The Arkel GT-18 Convertible Backpack Pannier is the Backpack version of the regular GT-18. Perfect for the bike and hike trip, for the evening stroll in the park or as airplane carry-on, the GT-18BP is an outstanding multi-use bag. Designed as front panniers to compliment our GT-54 for fully loaded touring, the GT-18’s Backpack exemplify Arkel’s commitment to quality and functionality. The rectangular shape offers the most versatility in terms of lodging capacity. The exterior mesh pocket is great for stashing that rain jacket after a summer shower, and if you are just going across town instead of across the continent, you can also use the GT-18’s as rear panniers. As with the GT-54’s, the GT-18’s come with a fully waterproof integrated liner bag inside the main compartment.
The Arkel GT-18 Convertible Backpack Pannier come as a single unit (and not as a pair) so you can decide if you want 2 regular GT-18’s to form a pair, or one regular and one backpack or 2 backpacks. Talk about versatility!!
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Arkel designs and builds the finest Bicycle Panniers for Bike Commuting, Mountain Biking, Bike Touring, or around-the-world Expeditions.
Arkel panniers are designed for cyclists, by cyclists, because there is no substitute for on the road experience.
Arkel have come a long way from their humble beginnings when, in 1988, Serge Vigeant set out to design the best bicycle pannier bag available to cyclists period! From the very first pair of touring panniers he made for himself to any touring, off road, randonneur series or commuter pannier you’ll find with the Arkel label today, one thing remains true, they care about your experience on the bike. They’ve always made and will continue to make panniers for cyclists like you; with the finest fabric (Cordura), the best zippers (YKK), the ultimate hook system (all aluminum Cam-Lock® system with no plastic parts to break) and flawless, practical designs that make your tour, commute or bike ride down to the corner store more satisfying.