Axiom’s always been known for its solid range of bike panniers and accessories, as our six year old red Monsoons can attest to. I wanted to see how Axiom had improved the Monsoon over the years, and with Vancouver Bike to Work Week nearly here (starting October 31), I thought this would make a great time to review their current Monsoon Pro Tour bags.
The set I was sent for review, the Monsoon Pro Tour, is the second to largest of the Monsoon series. There’s a larger set called the Typhoon Pro Tour of the same design that retails for CAD $199.99.
What I noticed first about this updated version is the lighter waterproof nylon material used, making each bag weigh in at a mere 1.5 lbs. The bags are very easy to clip onto a standard bike rack and a secure flip lock system designed by RIXEN & KAUL works as an extra measure to secure the bags.
Although the bags can be used either as front or rear panniers, I put them to the test on my rear rack, loading the bags with a backpack, jacket, spare water bottle, iPad — anything and everything that I’d want to take with me on both day trips and around town.
The German-designed RIXEN & KAUL VARIO adjustable hooks will fit 6-20 mm bike racks. On a side note, RIXEN & KAUL is a leading European producer of bike bags.
I attached the padded shoulder strap and tucked it right into the bag before clipping it onto the rack. Works like a charm, easily becoming a large carry-all at the market or wherever you need to take it.
I also noticed that the corners now feature plastic guards against wear and tear on the road. There’s also a handy zippered pocket on the exterior of each pannier to hold tissues, keys, gloves, etc.
Each bag measures 20.47″ x 11.23″ x 6″ (52 x 28 x 15 cm) and between the two can haul 45 litres total. Standard 4-way reflective logos by 3M help to be seen at night.
The adjustable tie-down bungee cords can be shortened as needed and are easy to replace should they wear out after years of use.
The Monsoon Pro Tour comes with an extra hook in case one of the original hooks gets damaged, however Axiom bags have a lifetime warranty against standard fabrication and craftsmanship.
Lightweight, perfect size for city touring and shopping
Easy to adjust, put on, and remove
Reflective logos on sides
Easy to clip on and off padded shoulder strap
I couldn’t find any cons with this pannier set.
The Monsoon Pro Tour retails for CAD $179.99.
Disclosure note: I was sent the Monsoon Pro Tour for the purpose of writing this review: cmply.2