The Aqua Front Light are pretty well named as light weight, waterproof, rear panniers. With a really good attachment system, internal pockets and external compression straps these panniers are great to use day-in, day-out for anything from commuting to serious cycling adventures.
Lightweight yet robust! The Aqua Back Light lightens your load where it’s the easiest to do — right there in your panniers. Passionate bike travelers know the routine: you’ve worked hard to bring down the weight of your gear — and then your heavy panniers push it back up again. The Aqua Back Light is here to help with its clever combination of materials. It is made of lightweight yet robust 2D-welded material and is stable enough to survive even demanding bike packing and cycling adventures without complaint. Although the Aqua Back Light still has a large number of useful details, they’ve been reduced to the bare essentials to keep the weight low.
The roll closure provides quick access and waterproof storage, the cargo net at the front provides compression while also providing a handy place to keep your rain jacket or spare shirt close at hand. Its manufacturing is also plain and simple: Made in Germany with no long supply chain! The Back Light is also completely PVC-free with eco-friendly manufacturing in accordance with the Greenshape 2.0 criteria.
Vaude's Aqua Back Light Pannier are a lightweight, waterproof travel solution for anyone after a pair of front panniers. With a simple but effective attachment system the bags can easily be securely clipped into place or released. You get used to this pretty quickly and the panniers can be adjusted to fit different bikes and racks quite easily too. The waterproof material is durable and with the roll top they are capable of coping with serious rain.
There are compression straps to keep the contents from bouncing around inside and they can also act as a place to stash layers when the weather changes. Inside each pannier there is a large main compartment with a big drop pocket and good sized zip pocket for keeping your gear organised. The reflective details on the packs are a useful feature and would be even better if they were a bit larger and more obvious for riding in low light.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear