Even when cyclists have carefully selected and minimized their touring gear, there are conditions and types of touring which require larger panniers. The Hummingbird RP Sojourn panniers in the 18” version, with a lateral depth of 5” from the rack outward, have a carrying capacity of about 1900 cubic inches per pair. For many cyclists involved in high-performance touring, panniers of this size will be quite sufficiently large, but for expedition and tandem touring panniers that have a greater depth and carrying capacity may be essential. In such a case, another compartment (that has a vertical divider to bisect the compartment into fore/aft halves) is added to the outer face of the panniers to increase their volume. This model of pannier in the Hummingbird RP line, which has dual lateral-, and seven separate, compartments, is the Continental model. As a medium- or high-volume pannier, it is always custom-built and available in a number of configurations, including those that have an inner compartment depth of either 3”, 4” or 5” and an outer compartment of 1.75” or 2.75”. Each version of the pannier, size-wise, is determined when it is ordered relative to the capacity requirements and design preferences of each customer.
Like all Hummingbird panniers, the RP Continental model has a wide range of design features that contribute to a dimension of craftsmanship and performance that is far beyond that of any other panniers. Design that contributes to the highest levels of on-the-bike performance, including a wide range of four-point mounting systems and the most effective dual-strap compression systems, is an integral part of the design of the Continental. In addition, 100%-support, dual-relieved aluminum plate stiffeners are also combined with twin-wall HDPE load supports (in the bottom of pannier compartments) to create the highest level of pannier stability and contribute to the very best bicycle handling qualities in touring bicycles.
In areas of panniers that receive a lot of stress, such as under the carrying handles, very durable fabrics like 500-denier Corduara, are doubled over the primary lightweight (blue) of the panniers. Using heavy fabrics in small patches only where it is needed helps keep pannier weight very low.
In superior products, especially very lightweight ones, it is many
smaller details of design that add up to create superb performance. One
unique feature of the Continental and all ATS and RBD panniers, is its
five-fabric construction to provide excellent durability at the lowest
possible weight. Only in places of highest stress are fabrics like
500-denier Cordura used, and in those places, like in the bottoms of
panniers and under the carrying handles of the panniers, it may be
doubled or even tripled as a reinforcement. In areas of the panniers
which have little stress, very lightweight fabrics are used to keep the
overall weight of panniers as low as possible.
Another very important detail of the design of the RP Continental, with its large carrying capacity and numerous
compartments, is that it is always custom-designed to be as narrow
as possible. In this type of pannier it is crucial that, especially in
the 18" version, it have a loading design that provides great access
to gear, especially at the bottom of the panniers. The RP Continental
panniers absolutely do. Each pannier compartment is accessed by 40”
long access zippers that run nearly to the bottom of the panniers and
provide the best access to gear.
In an ultra-lightweight pannier, to develop a high level of
durability, the design of its lightweight zippers and how they are sewn
in place is also critical. Each zipper is designed to have the
smoothest operation and ensure the longest zipper life by virtue of the
fact that zippers are of an inverted design (zipper coils face the
inside of panniers where they receive less wear and exposure to the
elements), are sewn in place utilizing a special dual-pass method in
which only one line of stitching (of two) faces the outside of the
panniers and that are sewn in place by a unique method which eliminates
raw fabric edges along the zipper tape which can foul zipper operation
and is ultimately conducive to zipper damage or failure. In addition
each pannier is designed with extremely rounded corners to facilitate
the smooth operation of zippers, each zipper has a specially designed
pull tab at its end to help make using the zippers as easy as possible,
and in keeping with a long-standing tradition of addressing the
important details of design as no other products do, each pair of
Hummingbird RP Continental panniers is custom-built with the availability of three
difference zipper size choices: 5mm (the standard, lightest
size), 7mm and 9mm.
Every small detail of design in the Continental has been carefully executed to ensure that its performance is vastly superior to that of any other pannier. It is available to fit a very wide range of racks (Tubus, Gordon, Jandd, Nitto, Blackburn, Topeak and many others). For the highest level of performance at the lowest weight, it is made to fit all Hummingbird IFT racks.
Base price: $425 per pair (does not include mounting system prices)