Welcome to the Best Soft Panniers guide! Here’s 6 of the best soft luggage options for adventure bikes on the market today. You’ll find info on their features, how they work, pros and cons and loads more.
Soft pannier luggage is the way to go for adventure bike travellers. They’re cheaper than hard boxes, less strain on the frame, more flexible and adaptable and most importantly – hard panniers are way more likely to cause you harm in a crash. That makes going soft a wise choice for anyone focusing more on off-road than tarmac (check out our Hard vs Soft Luggage Guide if you’re not convinced).
But not all bags are made equal. You’re going to want the right soft stuff to suit your bike, budget and riding style. So, we’ve collected a range of the best soft panniers for adventure bikes to help point you in the right direction and choose the right luggage for you.
The 6 Best Soft Luggage Options for Adventure Bikes
Mosko Moto Soft Luggage
Quick Info: Off-road focused, Racked, Rackless, Heavy duty, High price range
American firm, Mosko Moto, are new players to the motorcycle luggage scene, but have already cemented their place on the soft luggage top spot. That’s because they produce seriously high-quality, tough and durable gear. Their kit is off-road adventure riding focused and the bags emphasise that. If you’re looking for premium kit and are going to be spending most of your time on the rough stuff, then these are for you.
Mosko Moto sell directly to the rider and don’t have a dealer or distributor network. They say this allows them to skip out on a costly distribution step so that they can use premium materials without making their products too expensive.
Lomo Motorcycle Panniers
Quick Info: Most affordable, Easy to use, Throw-over, Low price range
Scottish watersports company, Lomo, have recently started producing more motorcycle orientated dry bags and the latest additions are their waterproof soft panniers. There are three sizes to choose from. All are single opening, welded seam waterproof PVC bags. The bags are simple, easy to use and no fuss.
Lomo produce the large 30L rear pannier bags which have fixed Velcro straps to connect them. They also make medium13L pannier bags with no connecting straps and a smaller 6.5 litre pair to be used as crash bar bags. Lomo also offer duffel and tube bags as well as panniers. Check out our reviews of both the Lomo large and adventure panniers on the Motorcycle Equipment Reviews page.
Giant Loop Luggage
Quick Info: Off-road focused, Rackless, Racked, Mid-price range
Giant Loop pioneered the rackless luggage system back in 2008. The US based company developed their horseshoe-shaped bags to sit where a pillion would and not need pannier racks. Giant Loop have been in the game 12 years and know how to produce quality gear. They also now provide standard soft panniers too.
Adventure Spec Magadan Panniers
Quick Info: Suited for long-term travel, Secure, Throw-over, High-price range
The Adventure Spec Magadan panniers were developed by Walter Colbatch (if you haven’t seen his incredible Sibirsky Extreme on YouTube, you need to check them out!) The panniers were made to be simple, tough and secure.
READ MORE: Magadan Pannier Review
Kriega Overlander System OS Soft Luggage
Quick Info: Racked, Rackless, Premium, High-price range.
British firm, Kriega, have been in the luggage business since 2000 and have a long standing reputation for high-quality and ultra robust kit. Kriega kit comes with a 10-year guarantee because they’re so confident of its build.
Enduristan Monsoon 3 Panniers
Quick Info: Throw-over, Mid-price range, Easy to ue.
Enduristan are a Swiss company offering a range of soft motorcycle luggage options including panniers and rackless systems – all with a five-year warranty.
Update: Semi-Rigid Option
Lone Rider MotoBags Semi-Rigid Panniers
Quick Info: Semi-rigid, High-end price, Requires rack.
The Lone Rider MotoBags are semi-rigid soft panniers. We decided to include them in this list after they were mentioned a couple of times in emails and in the comments section. They’re expensive but super high-quality panniers that Lone-Rider claim are 100% waterproof.
You get the two pannier bags, two removable inner dry bags, two universal mounting plates and the necessary parts to attach them to your rack and two specific locks for the bags.
Update: New panniers
Givi GRT709 Canyon Panniers
Quick Info: Racked, lockable, quick release
The Givi Canyon motorcycle panniers are packed with features. They work by attaching the bags to nylon backing plates (included). These plates have a quick fit and release attachment to racks and can also be locked to the racks with a key (which can be keyed to a Givi top box etc). The bags use a waterproof roll down closure, have removable inner bags, handy exterior pocket for bottles and straps for when off the bike.
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