The Horizon is a high-performance Discovery Series model that has a DLC (dual-lateral compartmental) design which includes very uniquely designed outer pockets. It is commonly custom-designed to fit both front and rear ATS racks for all types of touring conditions. Originally I created the Horizon panniers to have a slightly larger capacity, in a very narrow-profile design (as narrow as 4 or as wide as 6.5), than the Paradigm and with a little more advanced outer pocket design.
The top-of-the-line Discovery Horizon Hybrid pannier. This is a mid-weight version of the panniers which were custom-built with dual-relieved aluminum plate stiffeners and lightweight webbing in the compression system, but with heavy 500-denier Cordura as a primary exterior fabric and 9mm zippers.
In the ten or so years that I've been making this model its design has
been consistent, but the ways that I have custom-built the Horizon has
changed dramatically as it has been hybridized with many details taken
from the Hummingbird panniers. It is now available in a broader range
of fabrics, a selection of zipper types (5mm, 7mm and 9mm) and the
inclusion of relieved-plate stiffeners of new designs. I have also
added to their design new choices among webbing and fastener types, plus
more advanced versions of mounting systems and other detail upgrades.
All of the modifications have ultimately led to a very different
execution of the panniers. Like all of my other pannier models, the
Horizon's highly customized forms allow the panniers to be
extraordinarily versatile and variable in weight, and in the range of
touring conditions for which they may be built, from ultralight touring
to the most extreme expedition conditions.
Their dual outer-pocket design, which features an upper pocket with a
27entry zipper and lower pocket with two 12 entry zippers are what
distinguish it most clearly from the Paradigm model, which has a single
outer pocket configuration accessed by a single, vertical entry
zipper. As with all Discovery Series models the Horizon is built in
14.25, 16.25 and 18.25 versions. My preference, except when ground
clearance is an issue, is to always build the panniers in an 18.25"
version to keep them as narrow as possible. The Horizon is the
top-of-the-line Discovery Series model that has the most complex
dual-lateral compartmental design. It is a great front or rear pannier
that reflects the highest quality and performance levels.
Base price of the Horizon in a rack/pannier system with ATS touring racks: $1250