6 Best Soft Panniers for Adventure Bikes in 2020

Welcome to the Best Soft Panniers of 2020 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.

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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 in 2020 to help point you in the right direction. 

The 6 Best Soft Luggage Options for Adventure Bikes in 2020 

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.

Mosko Moto make four different types of bike luggage options: panniers, rackless panniers, duffels and tank bags.

  • The panniers use a double bag system. The outer bag is the protection and the inner is a removable dry bag.
  • The racked panniers use a ‘quick-mount wedge system’, which means they can be taken off and on again without using straps.
  • There’s no overseat straps and the bags are fixed to the racks so they don’t flail around on rough terrain.
  • The rackless system sits on the rear pillion seat and is fixed to points like the passenger foot braces or frame.
  • Scout 25L panniers (50L total)
  • Back Country 35L panniers (70L total)
  • Reckless 80L Revolver rackless pannier system
  • Reckless 40L rackless pannier system.
  • Mosko produce rackless panniers as well as frame mounted bags for the more serious off-road focused adventure riders.
  • Super high-quality gear
  • No dealer mark-up as the bags are sold direct.
  • The bags are adaptable, come with pockets and can have additional storage pouches attached
  • Lifetime warranty on sewn seam bags and two-year warranty on welded seam bags.
  • Mosko is US based, but if you’re in the EU then the bags are shipped from Amsterdam, so factor in shipping prices.
  • Racked panniers from £580
  • Rackless panniers from £400

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.  

The Lomo large pannier bags are throw-over bags with three sets of straps: a large middle strap and two supporting straps. These can all be tucked under the seat or strapped over it. The bags have a plastic loop on the bottom corners which can be fastened to the pannier rack.

The medium and smaller panniers don’t have a connecting strap and can be fixed to pannier racks or crash bar racks up front.

All the bags are roll top with two side and top fasteners.

  • 6.5L crash bar bags (13L total)
  • 13L medium panniers (26L total)
  • 30L large panniers (60L total)
  • Easy to use throw-over bags
  • Three size options
  • Very affordable
  • Can fit any frame
  • Not as tough as competitors if you’re going to be seriously off-roading and laying the bike down
  • No option to expand with additional pockets or pouches
  • Large 60L panniers – £51
  • Medium 26L panniers – £58
  • Small 13L crash bar panniers – £39 

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.

Giant Loop produce rackless horseshoe shaped rear bags, clip on/off soft panniers and a throw-over rear pannier.

  • The rackless pannier system sits on the rear pillion seat and fastens down to the frame and passenger foot pegs/braces. The entire bag is one compartment. This is different to Mosko Moto’s rackless system as it’s split into three. What’s better depends which you prefer and find easier. 
  • The clip on/off panniers work without straps and fix onto the pannier rack with a quick release fastener.
  • The throw-over pannier set has a rigid connector that sits on the pillion seat and allows the bags to drape over the racks.
  • The Great Basin rackless bag is 68L
  • The Coyote rackless bag is 39L
  • Round-the-World panniers are 90L+ in total
  • Siskiyou throw-over panniers are 70L total
  • Giant Loop produce rackless and clip on/off panniers
  • The US firm has been in the game a long time and have a long-standing good reputation
  • Simple in design
  • Works well on most bikes
  • Waterproofing isn’t as good as competitors
  • Great Basin 68L is £366
  • Coyote 39L is £300-£450
  • RTW 90L+ panniers from £550
  • Siskiyou 70L throw-overs from £569

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.

Adventure Spec produce the Magadan panniers MK2, an upgrade to the previous MK1.

The Magadans use two velcro straps which lay over the pannier seat and then the bags are fastened to pannier racks. These panniers use a dry bag insert, which can be removed and taken into your hotel or tent without unstrapping the entire pannier.

The Magadan panniers are 35L each side (70L total).

  • Designed by legendary adventure rider, Walter Colbatch
  • Integrated PacSafe cables make the bags slashproof and lockable. They can also be locked to the pannier frame.
  • Easily attached
  • Large external pockets
  • Durable, tough, well thought out and simple
  • Pricey for a throw-over bag
  • The Adventure Spec Magadan panniers retail for £375

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.

Kriega produce throw-over panniers and a rackless system as part of their Overlander System (OS).

The Kriega OS soft panniers work in one of two ways, you can either use them as a traditional throw-over set with two top straps that rest on the pillion seat. Or they can be attached to a specially designed OS platform and then use a quick release system.

The rackless OS-Combo system uses a harness which is attached to the bike first. You will need to drill two holes into the rear fender for it to attach to. The OS-Adventure packs are then attached to that.

  • The OS panniers come in 32L (64L total) and 22L (44L total) options
  • The Combo set comes in 12, 24 and 36L options.
  • Excellent reputation
  • Durable, waterproof and cleverly designed bags
  • Panniers are sold separately and don’t come with the OS-Platform (quick release option) or OS-straps (overseat straps). They need to be purchased separately, which bumps up the price.
  • The OS-32 is £249 per pannier
  • OS-22 is £225 per pannier
  • Platforms range from £90-£120 per side
  • OS-Straps are £40 and the OS-Combo range are from £235-£275

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.

Enduristan offer throw-over soft panniers with three connecting straps. They also produce a rackless saddle bag set-up for enduro bikes.

Enduristan’s Monsoon 3 panniers are throw-overs with three connecting straps that rest on the pillion seat. They use a roll top closure system to keep the contents dry. Enduristan say that these bags can fit some bike without racks, but of course, do check and look into heat shields if you go down this route. They do fit to pannier racks.

The Blizzard saddle bags are more suited for enduro bikes and work by resting the connecting straps on the pillion seat and connecting the lower straps to the pillion pegs.

  • The Enduristan Monsoon panniers are 30L (60L total)
  • The Blizzard saddle bags are 12L (24L total)
  • Able to use on some bikes without pannier rack frames
  • Made using a three-layer fabric to keep it tougher and waterproof
  • Easy to attach
  • Simple and easy to use
  • No quick-release option
  • Enduristan Monsoon 3 panniers are £294

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. 

The Lone Rider MotoBags are two pannier bags that must be used with rack plates and a pannier rack. 

They also come with specific locks to make them more secure. 

The Lone-Rider MotoBags are two panniers that bolt onto a mounting plate and are then attached to your pannier racks. The panniers come with the racks and all neccessary fitments. 

  • The Lone Rider MotoBags come as either 31 + 38L / 2 x 38L/ 2 x 31L 
  • Comes with racks and fittings. 
  • Comes with waterproof inner bags. 
  • The bags are lockable. 
  • You can collapse the bags flat while not in use.
  • Extremely hard wearing. 
  • Larger capacity than most soft panniers. 
  • Easy to attach additional smaller bags.
  • The eye-watering price tag. 
  • Lone-Rider MotoBags are £818. But this does include the two bags, rack plates and fittings. 

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16 thoughts on “6 Best Soft Panniers for Adventure Bikes in 2020”

  1. This is awesome and just what I was looking for. Loving the website and all the advice. I had a read of your hard vs soft luggage guide and decided soft panniers are the way to go. Now just got to pick one of these! Thanks pals

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    • Hi Dan, thanks very much, we’re really glad you’re finding it helpful!
      That’s great! If you need anything else or have any more questions just leave another comment or send us an email. All the best and good luck.

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  2. Hi guys. Im still deciding between hard boxes and soft bags. I want to go for soft bags but the only thing thats stopping me is how safe my gear is going to be when i leave the bike. Any tips for this? I just asked the same question in your forum too. Top job. Thanks

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    • Hi mate!
      I replied to your question in the forum, here’s the link to it in case anyone else has anything to add https://www.madornomad.com/forum/bike-equipment/how-secure-is-soft-luggage/#post-65

      And here’s my reply:
      Good question! It is easier to steal stuff from soft panniers over hard panniers. But, if someone really wants to get in, they’ll take a chisel and hammer to your hard box and snap it open in no time. So the benefit is really in preventing the opportune thieves. To do that with soft bags you can either go for a slash proof bag like the Magadans or you can buy a Pacsafe mesh net https://www.madornomad.com/pacsafe-review/ or if that’s too much of a faff, there’s always a Pacsafe single cable, which you can use to wrap around your bag.

      We left 3 years ago with a net and chucked it after the first few months. We went to the cable and then chucked that too. In three years we’ve never had a single thing go missing from our soft panniers (touch wood) (and in 15 years of bike trips with soft bags as well). Stuff is far more likely to get nicked in cities or big touristy areas which we try and avoid. Here’s an article on how to keep your motorcycle gear safe while travelling https://www.madornomad.com/motorcycle-safety-while-travelling/ .

      Also, we tend not to worry about kit in the soft side bags because we have a hard top box. We keep our electronics and important stuff in there, so if the clothes and flip flops get taken from the side panniers it’s not the end of the world. You can read more about our set-up here: https://www.madornomad.com/hard-vs-soft-luggage-for-adventure-bikes/

      So to sum up… Yeah, hard boxes can do more damage in a fall, so if you want soft panniers because of that then don’t be put off by security. There are ways of protecting soft bags as mentioned above. But after travelling for a while we realised that they don’t really need protecting because theft isn’t as common as it’s made out to be. If you still want some piece of mind (like we do), then you can always opt for a hard top box to keep your valuables safe and use soft side bags for everything else. Best of both worlds! Hope this helps.

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  3. Hi guys,
    No mention of Lone Rider soft panniers. Ive looked at most of the above mentioned and actually bought an Enduristan 50l Tornado 2 before I came across Lone Rider bags.
    Have you had any experience with them? They seem to be well made, lockable and fit a wide range of racks. Not cheap however. Would be interested to hear your views.

    All the best,

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    • Hey Brett, thanks very much for your comment. Yeah, I did consider them when writing this guide – especially now they’re becoming more and more popular. The reviews all sounds pretty good and they do look very well made. Actually quite innovative really.
      You know what, you’re right, they probably should be considered for this article. I’m going to do some more research into them and ask around as I haven’t tested them personally and then look at getting them up on here.

      How did you get on with the Enduristan panniers? Are you considering switching to the Lone Rider panniers?

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      • Hey guys. Hope you are both well.
        I havnt bought the pannier bags yet. Its the 50l Tornado 2 roll bag that I have.
        Its well made and fits all my camping gear in it at a pinch. My sleeping bag is more bulky than my 3 man tent. I really do need to replace the bag.
        The reason I chose the Enduristan and Lone Riders is because you dont need dry bags unlike the Moskos which were high on my list. That said, I still put my gear in dry bags anyway. Just an added precaution. Nothing worse than a wet sleeping bag!!
        I have decided to go with the Lone Riders and not the Enduristan Monsoon 3 panniers. The features and build quality of the LRs appear to be a step up from a lot of others on the market. They do need a rack however. But.. LR dont do one for my bike (Super Tenere) so I settled on the Touratec rack. A lot are made from mild steel but Touratec racks are made from 18mm stainless steel tube. Ive had mild steel racks in the past. They always rusted and Im fed up with stripping them down, cleaning them up and getting them powder coated.

        All the best to you both

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        • Hey Brett,
          Ah I see. Woah, yeah that sounds like a big chunky sleeping bag! What tent are you using out of curiosity? Good shout on putting your gear in dry bags regardless.
          Good choice on the Lone Riders and thanks again for pointing it out. I’ve now added them to this list after a lot of research. They’re seriously expensive, but they do come with rack plates, all necessary fittings and the dry bags and you’re right, they do appear to be super high quality according to all the reviews and product tests I’ve watched and read.
          It would be really interesting to hear how you get on with them! Please do let us know.
          All the best to you too and I hope you like your new bags!
          Cheers mate,
          Andy

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  4. Hi Andy,
    The tent is a Snugpak Scorpion 3. Not a bad tent. Its a dome tent and as such is stand alone and can be pitched in under 10 minutes easily. There are several pockets the full length on both sides with a small loop above the entrance to hang a light. Good size vestibule that can be closed if you wish. Also 3 vents to help with condensation problems.
    Reasons for choosing this was price. I had a budget of £300 and got this on sale for £275.
    Secondly, it is pitched fly first and after initial setup you can pitch it and pack it in one hit. No need to disconnect the interior from the fly. A huge bonus when its raining. Everything stays dry. That was a consideration I wasnt going to compromise on. It had to pitch as one.
    Third, 5000mm rain head fly and groundsheet so its going to stand up to some serious rain.
    Fourth, it had to be 3 man because its used for camping with my little man (a 4ft tall 4 yr old takes up more room than you would expect. Hes a little giant!). And i like the extra room.

    I used to work in a hunting and fishing store for a few years in New Zealand and got to see a lot of tents so I had a good idea of the features I wanted. Ideally I would like to get a Hilleberg 2 man Tarra or 3 man Saivo but they dont come cheap! Shame they are not available in NZ because I would have used my staff discount and got one!

    I like your choice of cooking stove and was so very close to getting the same one several years ago. I had heard it was as noisy as a jet engine but very good. The noise thing did put me off a bit but not enough to discount it. In the end I went with the Whisperlite Universal for the same reasons you went with your Dragonfly. The choice of fuels is definitely a big deciding factor. Petrol, diesel, meths, kerosine, Coleman fuel normal gas canisters. You will always find fuel somewhere for it.

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    • Hey Brett, Yeah we have the Snugpak Scorpion listed in our 10 Best Motorcycle Camping Tents article. Definitely can’t argue with those reasons for getting it haha! Sounds like you really know your stuff. That’s awesome you’re camping with your son, I bet he must love it.
      Yeah, the MSR DragonFly is an awesome stove, I’ve used it for around 10 years now and just won’t change it. Yeah it’s a little noisy but it’s really not that bad. But yes you’re right, the most important thing is taking multi-fuels so the Whisperlite is a pretty good alternative too. Are you still based in New Zealand?

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      • Hey Andy.
        Nope. Im back in Dorset now since Dec 2018.
        Yep. The little man loves it. If it was up to him he would live in a tent.

        The only problem Ive found with my Snugpack is the rear guy line wasnt secured into the vent sheild very well and my sisters dog tripped on it and pulled it out. Ive since superglued it back into the slit (theres a flexible foam/plastic band to keep the arch in shape) and sewn it back up with fishing braid. Maybe it was just a one off so shouldnt be a big concern for anyone looking at the Scorpions.. and its not a huge effort to add some extra stitching if youre concerned about it.

        I usually do a lot of research on more than just a couple of sites before buying anything. Have been caught out in the past when I first started riding and camping by listening to advice from armchair campers. Never again. ;o)

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