MY2013 prototype panniers
For 2014 I purchased my own Tark prototypes and used them first time for 7000 km trip to Croatia. In 2015 I did 15000 km trip to Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tadzhikistan. Road conditions were so bad, that my bike’s rear shock failed. And despite very tough conditions and several crashes, Tark panniers survived all this. My prototype panniers had some issues with lid locking system not working properly and missing lid seals allowed dust to enter panniers. But most important feature of the concept worked flawlessly - panniers were unbreakable and flexible material survived all crashes.
Tark Adventure comment:
We changed lid locking system design completely for next prototype model to avoid this problem (lid lock not engaging hook). Also is pannier collar redesigned and we use now proper D-type rubber seal to avoid dust issue for serial panniers.