All ATS Hummingbird IFT Pannier models are custom-made, and are designed as part of integral systems with Hummingbird IFT Racks, in three basic designs (single-lateral compartment, dual-lateral compartments and a modular version of the dual-lateral design). Each of the designs, or models, is made in two different lengths: a 14-inch version and an 18-inch version. Each model may be built in a front-pannier version or to fit a rear Hummingbird IFT rack, and within each custom-built design the depth of lateral compartments is variable. For instance, in the single-lateral design (SLC model) the depth of the compartment may be as wide as five inches or as narrow as two, as in a very low-profile front pannier. Changing the depth of compartments is simply a way of adjusting the carrying capacity of each pannier model to meet specific touring requirements in an individual way for each customer.
ATS Hummingbird IFT panniers are only available in rack/pannier systems with ATS Hummingbird touring racks. Hummingbird racks are the only racks that are compatible, performance- and quality-wise. The 9.75 oz. Hummingbird Front Mid-Mount rack is a great example of the Hummingbird racks' rare blend of form and function.
The primary fabric of the panniers is 2.4 oz. is a durable,
solution-coated ripstop nylon. Three different reinforcement fabrics
are also used. In the areas of the panniers that require the greatest
fabric strength, such as in reinforcing the area underneath the pannier
carrying handles, 7.5 oz. 500 denier Cordura nylon is used. The rear
side of the panniers is constructed of a specially laminated 4.4 oz.
Oxford nylon that is not only super-waterproof, but is also
air-impermeable under high pressures. A 3.4 oz. Oxford nylon is used
in the bottom of the panniers, which is also an area that requires more
abrasion resistance. (As in all ATS and RBD panniers, custom fabrics
are available and the location of fabric types is variable in each
model, upon request.) The standard zipper size used in the construction
of each model is a 5mm YKK coil. The zippers in all Hummingbird IFT
Panniers are sewn in reverse. That is, they are sewn in place with the
zipper coils facing inward, leaving zipper coils unexposed to external
wear and abrasion. For individuals that prefer a heavier zipper, the
panniers are also available with 7mm and 9mm YKK zips.
Pannier weights are highly variable, relative to how each individual
model is ultimately custom-built. 14” SLC models are the lightest in
weight, starting at about 18 ounces per pair. The largest and heaviest
of all the Hummingbird IFT models, the 18” Modular Transit Panniers
(3,000 cu. in. capacity), weigh in at about 30 ounces per pair.