If I was fairly certain I would never fall, the Jesse bags would have been on my bike. I say this not because the Jesse's wouldn't survive, but rather because I wouldn't want to beat them up and not be able to afford replacing one. I think they are a work of art. The HT panniers that I settled on were a nice surprise, but it is clear where they (HT) saved money. If need be, I can get out my old TIG machine and fix them up myself, or buy a new pannier as needed. In the event of a serious crash, I don't see any brand not being severely damaged.