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Green Guru 36L High Roller Backpack Pannier

- published November 2016

81

2016

RATINGS

Ease of Use
6
Versatility
7
Durability
8
Weather Resisitance
5
Features
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
81

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$130.00
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THE GOOD

  • Made in the U.S. with recycled bicycle inner tubes
  • Durable
  • Easy on/off
  • Backpack harness

THE BAD

  • No organization
  • No laptop compartment
  • Heavy
  • Thin carry handle

THE VERDICT

The Green Guru 36L High Roller Backpack pannier is a durable, waterproof pannier that is made in the U.S. of recycled bicycle inner tubes. It has a fast and simple rack mounting system that securely attaches the pannier to the rack. It comes with a stashable backpack harness that is fast and easy to use. However, organization is very minimalistic.  

FULL REVIEW

EASE OF USE
The Green Guru 36L High Roller Backpack pannier’s Quick Mount mounting system consists of two simple, non-locking, durable metal hooks that hang from the top of the bike rack and lower metal hook with an adjustable strap and bungee that attaches to the bottom of the rack. Our tester found that the best method to attach is to clip the bottom hook first then the top. To detach, lift from the top first than detach the lower hook. 

VERSATILITY
The Green Guru 36L High Roller Backpack pannier comes with a stashable backpack harness that fits conveniently inside a Velcro-sealed compartment. Converting from pannier to backpack and back is fairly quick and easy. However carrying it backpack-style is not very comfortable for longer distances when carrying heavy loads. 

The Green Guru 36L High Roller Backpack pannier fit equally well on a Civia Hyland and a Trek District rack and works well for both general commuting and light shopping runs. However the upper metal attaching hooks are riveted to the pannier and are not adjustable forward and backward so may not fit all bike racks.

DURABILITY
The Green Guru 36L High Roller Backpack pannier is made with recycled bicycle inner tubes and a durable ten-ounce vinyl waterproof tarp material with black nylon Cordura on the ends and bottom. Internal structure is constructed using HDPE plastic framesheet. Cleaning the pannier is very easy and requires only a damp or wet washcloth. The Green Guru 36L High Roller Backpack pannier mounting system hardware is vinyl coated metal and the clips that secure the flap and attach to the bottom hook are a very heavy duty plastic.

WEATHER RESISTANCE
The Green Guru 36L High Roller Backpack pannier has a TPU laminated nylon liner and a weather-resistant envelope-top closure that is secured in place with strip of heavy Velcro making it waterproof.   

While our tester did not encounter rain during her testing period, she did drench it with a garden hose to confirm waterproofness.  

FEATURES
The Green Guru 36L High Roller Backpack pannier is very simplistic in design. Its envelope-top design and sturdy plastic clip with adjustable webbing compression strap allows for moderate flexibility in cargo capacity. Our tester successfully carried lunch, clothing, shoes and a fifteen-inch IBM ThinkPad inside the main compartment. However the Green Guru 36L High Roller Backpack pannier does not have a separate laptop sleeve. 

The Green Guru 36L High Roller Backpack pannier comes with a stashable backpack harness that fits conveniently inside a Velcro-sealed compartment. Converting from pannier to backpack and back is fairly quick and easy. However carrying it backpack-style is not very comfortable for longer distances when carrying heavy loads. A webbing grab-handle is moderately comfortable as long as the cyclist is not carrying heavier loads. 

A set of outer side pockets can hold items like a bike lock or water bottles. However the pockets are not stretchy or very deep. During the testing period, our tester rode over a pot hole in the bike path and her bike lock fell out. 

Each outer side pocket also contains a wide webbing loop that can hold a blinkie light. 

Reflective elements are generous and include a highly-reflective simple triangle on the front and reflective stripes on the blinkie light webbing loops on both ends of the pannier.  

How We Tested It

The base in this test were used for three weeks as  daily commuter panniers and for grocery, farmer’s market, and other general urban errand rides on distances that ranged from six miles to fifteen on a Civia Hyland and a Trek District.

For more reviews beyond this 2016 test, check out our bike helmet tests, bike shoe tests, along with our bike computer tests, and other related cycling gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Marie Malinowski

Marie Malinowski

Marie Malinowski is a Minneapolis-based mountain biker, bike commuter, backpacker, and trail runner. She is inspired by all things outdoors and has searched (unsuccessfully) for life's answers in the fjords of Norway, Roatan's coral reefs, Moab’s singletrack, the Swiss alps and while wandering aimlessly through Amsterdam with only a messenger bag, twenty Euro's and a dog-eared copy of In a Sunburned Country. When not researching and testing gear, she can be found snuggling up with her husband, cat and the newest addition to her family: A Moots MootoX RSL. 


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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$130.00
N/A
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Ease of Use
6
Versatility
7
Durability
8
Weather Resisitance
5
Features
5
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
81

Specs

  • Volume (unverified): 36 liters

Weight

4lbs 1oz

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