Introducing Salsa Touring Panniers

We’re pleased to announce the arrival of our new front and rear Touring Panniers.

Salsa Touring Pannier, Front model...

We spent a lot of time discussing the merits and disadvantages of different configurations over the years, and shared our own experiences on the road and trail, to design what’s ultimately a very simple yet supremely reliable pannier.

Salsa Touring Pannier, Rear model...

I’ve tried quite a few variations of panniers myself over the years. Current offerings tend to fall somewhere in-between the “bazillion compartments” style and the “dry bag” style. There are pros and cons to each. 

For me, the “bazillion compartments” style only really lends itself to full-blown, Tetris-style geeking out about which pocket will hold what. “Should I make this compartment the tool pouch?” Inevitably, everything will fit except one tool I can’t leave home without, and the idea of that item having to be alone, away from the rest of its team, drives me nuts. When everything miraculously fits in the available spaces it’s a fun accomplishment, but it’s still limiting. It has often forced me into removing the entire pannier to bring into my tent at night even if I didn’t need everything in it. Not a huge deal, but it takes up room that could be used for hosting a party...or drying wet riding clothes.

The dry bag system solves the aforementioned issues. It’s much easier to find different sized pouches you can then make into kits – all your tools in one, toiletries in another, cooking gear in yet another. Just take out the pouch you need for the night or task at hand, roll up the top of the pannier, and leave it on the bike…even if it’s raining all night.

Salsa Touring Pannier, Front model mounting system...

I found bags like this to be far more efficient through the course of the day. They are one less thing to worry about in less than ideal weather and impervious to a zipper disaster. A broken external zipper on a compartmentalized bag is a big deal.

I’m pretty happy that our new panniers tick everything off my pros list. Fully waterproof fabric and radio frequency welded construction means they’ll get you through all conditions and see you through a great many miles and adventures. They’re also interchangeable left to right so they can mount to either side of the rack, and the highly adjustable, durable attachment hardware allows for a customizable fit depending on load weight and size.

I’m also pretty sure they’re just going to look better with age too, without losing any of the functionality.

Salsa Touring Pannier, Rear model mounting system...

All of these features make for a truly a great bag system that works equally well for long and short rides alike. They’re in stock now, and ready to be filled with a home away from home, or a six-pack, brats, and buns.


⋅ Built for all weather conditions with durable, waterproof fabric, roll-top opening, and radio-frequency welded construction
⋅ Panniers are interchangeable left to right, and can mount to either side of the rack
⋅ Adjustable, on-bag mounting hardware for optimal flexibility when loading on rack
⋅ Convenient carrying handle for off-bike portability and use
⋅ Includes a removable valuables bag inside for quick errands off the bike


Front : 14 liters (900 cubic inches)

Rear: 27 liters (1700 cubic inches)


In stock now through distributor Quality Bicycle Products!

Front (per bag) - BG8885 - U.S. MSRP $85

Rear (per bag - BG8886 - U.S. MSRP $90



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Mark Sirek

I had to live on both coasts a couple of times to realize that maybe being born in the Midwest wasn’t just arbitrary. I’m drawn to the terrain here, and if you catch me with one of this region’s supreme IPAs in hand, I’ll talk your ear off about my favorite spots. I’ll always take every opportunity though to explore every nook and cranny anywhere I can on a bike, because that’s what makes me feel most alive.


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Paul | February 17th, 2015

Interesting.  There are some new ideas here. 
What diameter rack are the upper clamps designed to fit? 
How did Salsa resolve the lower mounting, nothing is shown in the photo.  The bungee cord on the bottom of most touring packs is the weakest link.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | February 17th, 2015

Paul - The clamps are designed to fit up to a 10mm diameter tube. Thanks for the question. We will add that information as a bullet point on the website.

The lower mounting is accomplished via the lower part of hardware you see. That arm can be flipped to point either direction, and then moved side to side, to secure around the rack construction itself.

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Hugo | February 19th, 2015

These panniers look remarkably like the tried and trusted Ortlieb panniers that have been ruling the touring world for years. Are they in fact re-branded Ortlieb panniers in a similar way to the Salsa Revelate bags? If they are you can’t go wrong with the design or construction.

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Slammin Sammy | February 19th, 2015

No they’re not Ortleibs, although the manufacturing process looks very similar. IMO, one of their best features is the rack mount, and the ability to just grab the bag by the handle, lift, and off they come. Not sure how this system works, but it looks like a 2-hand process. More details, please?

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David | March 26th, 2015

The mounting system looks similar to Novara’s (REI), which works quite well.

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Colorado Salsaholic | May 12th, 2015

Looking forward to the answers to the previous questions posted above, as well as one of your video shorts showing how to install and dismount, along with all the “shared features”.

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Chris | June 15th, 2015

they’re actually very similar to a brand of Bags QBP used to offer…
Hyalite…. Mounts, etc are nearly identical.

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Hugo | June 16th, 2015

As there’s been no response from Salsa in the four months since this pannier bag blog was posted perhaps they may be hoping that we all forget about it. ??

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Mike | July 2nd, 2015

I would like to see a few photos of the Front and Rear mounted on a bike, as well as some photos of the interior of the pack.

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andre | November 3rd, 2015

Hi there, was just wondering if the front panniers would fit on a soma porteur rack? I have nener owned panniers before.

Kid Riemer

Kid Riemer | November 30th, 2015

andre - Without knowing the size of the horizontal bar on that rack it is impossible for me to say for sure. The upper mounting hardware on our panniers has some range of adjustability which makes me think they would work…I just can’t say for sure without knowing the width of the rack mounting space.

Mike - You can now see the mounting hardware as well as bag interior and removable pouch in the video on the product page: 

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MaryBeth Garel | December 4th, 2015

Where can I buy your bike touring pannier?

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