Altura Sonic any good?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Thorn Sherpa, 24 Sep 2017.

Tags:
  1. Thorn Sherpa

    Thorn Sherpa Senior Member

    Location:
    Doncaster
    Currently looking at some small panniers for the commute to work and eventually some touring. Has anyone any experience with the Altura Sonic bags or any alternatives people recommend? Cheers
     
  2. Altura have a good name. i also have Ortleib panniers which are waterproof and pretty bombproof, but expensive. For the past 3 years I have been using Biltema panniers. Biltima is sort of the Scandanavian Halfords. The bags are equally as good as Ortleib but a fraction of the price. Unfortunately, they dont do mail order.
     
    Thorn Sherpa likes this.
  3. OP
    OP
    Thorn Sherpa

    Thorn Sherpa Senior Member

    Location:
    Doncaster
    Yes the Ortleib panniers look really good but like you say you pay for that quality, haven't heard of Biltima il have a look online
     
  4. BurningLegs

    BurningLegs Well-Known Member

    My first set of panniers were a Lidl special buy. They had two plastic hooks at the top and a useless velcro strap at the bottom. I used a bungee around the middle to stop the bag moving away from the rack, and the plastic hooks at the top worked fine. The bags were showerproof without any additional protection, and included an integrated rain cover for anything more than a shower.

    For the price, I do think they were good value, but there are much better bags available. I was lucky enough to receive some Ortliebs for my birthday, and they really are the gold standard - absolutely solid as a rock, with no movement at all.
     
    Thorn Sherpa likes this.
  5. OP
    OP
    Thorn Sherpa

    Thorn Sherpa Senior Member

    Location:
    Doncaster
    The Ortlieb's sound like they warrant their price tag. I'm needing something durable and waterproof as they'll have my work gear, food (I take a lot 12 hour shifts!!), waterproofs puncture kit and some tools. Cheers burninglegs il see what's online at the moment
     
  6. Unfortunately, they don't sell online. I have 2 sets of Ortleibs in the shed. Biltema should go into bikepacking gear.
     
  7. OP
    OP
    Thorn Sherpa

    Thorn Sherpa Senior Member

    Location:
    Doncaster
    I was just interested in what the Biltema gear was like, shame they don't sell online! Think I'm going to head to somewhere that stocks Ortleibs and see what their like, I've not heard any negatives so far
     
  8. Last edited: 25 Sep 2017
    Thorn Sherpa likes this.
  9. OP
    OP
    Thorn Sherpa

    Thorn Sherpa Senior Member

    Location:
    Doncaster
    Cheers steveindenmark :okay: no function over fashion for me colour doesn't matter!
     
  10. gizmo1994

    gizmo1994 Active Member

    Location:
    France
  11. BurningLegs

    BurningLegs Well-Known Member

    Thorn Sherpa likes this.
  12. OP
    OP
    Thorn Sherpa

    Thorn Sherpa Senior Member

    Location:
    Doncaster
    Just had a look on Rutland I think for that price I'd struggle to get anything on par with these. Compact waterproof and durable by what people are saying, sounds good to me!
     
    BurningLegs likes this.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice