Nelson Rigg Survivor Series Dry Saddlebags - Long Term Review

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by C-Stain, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    will it fit a helmet? :ear

    One thing I love about my Ortliebs is that you can put an XXL helmet in it, I put it in upside down and then shove stuff in it like a pair of gloves or a balaclava.
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  2. MightyMouse

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    Still does not answer the question. Frustrating. Says nothing about woven fabric or coated fabric. PVC=Plastic. If Nelson Riggs says "PVC" and nothing else, then I can only assume they are made out of 100 percent plastic and not PVC coated fabric, so will not buy them unless they say there is fabric in them.
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  3. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    Why not email them yourself instead of asking someone else and not liking the answer you get :deal
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  4. MillCreek

    MillCreek ADV Risk Manager

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    I had these bags for a brief while before returning them. I am of the opinion that they are made of a coated fabric, not a vinyl or plastic sheeting. In flexibility, feel and construction, they were similar to other coated fabric dry bags that I have.
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  5. C-Stain

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    I would tend to agree with MillCreek. The weight of the material seems to be on par and of the same construction of any of the paddling bags I've been exposed to. As the guy who got them and is going to use them extensively all season and beyond, I can not give you the answers you want.

    I would suggest that if this is such an issue, either buy a set that you can return if you don't like them and make your own observations or look for a different manufacturer.

    I've been as forthcoming as I possibly can be, attempted to supply answers and you're still not happy. I'm done.
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  6. MightyMouse

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    Sorry if I offended or annoyed you. I thought it was a simple question that could be easily (and absolutely) answered upon examining the bags, but I guess it is not. I appreciate your help and that of others in this thread. I value the honest opinions of members on this forum much more highly than those of manufacturers who all say their product is great.

    I pressed the issue more than I normally would because you were given these bags to keep in exchange for writing a review. I'm careful to not expect anything from people on this forum who are volunteering helpful information with no compensation.

    It makes me think that if Nelson Riggs, when asked specifically if their product is made from woven fabric coated with PVC, responds that they are made of PVC, then they are either made entirely of PVC; are avoiding the question; or else their customer service people are not well-informed or don't care. That is the perception this answer projects.

    I'll continue to follow this thread in case you or others post further observations when you start using the bags, but I'll make sure to not ask any questions.
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  7. mouthfulloflake

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  8. C-Stain

    C-Stain Accredited Nincompoop

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    Let me clear something up.

    I offered to write the reviews AFTER I was offered a piece of luggage. The folks an Nelson Rigg did not offer these with conditions.

    I have been a user of Nelson Rigg products for many years and have ALWAYS been happy with their products. There was a reason why I was anxious to see a set of these bags when I saw who the manufacturer was.

    For what it is worth, given the price point of these bags, what I have observed so far from the set I have AND comparing them to others on the market, I think they are a great value for the money. I still have yet to load them and mount them on my bike.

    I am still able to find fault.

    Please continue to watch the thread. If something fails you will know about it. If I find that these bags are absolutely incredible for the type of riding I am doing and they exceed my expectations, you will know about it as well.

    Honesty is not something I have a problem with.

    I've given you all the information I have. I have given you a comparison to the paddler's duffel I have used for the past 3 seasons. MouthfullofFlake has given his assessment. The only other way I could really tell you what the fabric is would be to cut them and see what's in the middle. THAT, I am not going to do. Ping Inmate FredGreen. He's seen the bags and has experience with waterproof fabrics with his job. Maybe he can give you more information.

    Just know, I'm not offended. Annoyed, yes. I can't give you any more answers than I already have.
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  9. mashy

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    I used NR 850's on my V-Strom and was very happy with quality and service. When I switched to the Tenere I threw the 850's on it and burned up the left side bag. I contacted NR wanting to buy the left side only and was told they only come in pairs. OK, I'm ok with that as it was my fault it burned. NR did offer a discount on a slightly used set but I didn't think the discount was enough. I'm happy with NR and now want to decide on the 850's or the new Survivor Dry Bags. Could you provide me with your thoughts on the two different styles? Based on my limited contact with Nelson Rigg, I will continue to use their product.
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  10. adictiverx

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    Hi C-Stain (and world)
    Could you post some images of the bags stuffed, or with various pieces of kit inside? also would love to see pics of them on the bike prior to making any mods (stiffeners and the like).

    Oh, and Nelson-Rigg is releasing their new CL-855 soon and i am debating between them. Long distance/term trips are rare for me so i am leaning toward these (<$)
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  11. C-Stain

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    Hey Folks,

    I should be bringing my bikes home in the next couple of days, so I will pack up some camping gear that would sustain me for a 7-10 day trip and mount up the bags. The weather has been so rotted here that I didn't even do my registration till yesterday.

    And Mashy - I can't offer you an opinion on the CL-855 bags, as I have no experience with them. Given my previous experience with Nelson-Rigg, I can safely assume that they'd be a decent set of luggage. Hopefully, someone else can offer you an opinion for those bags.

    However, this thread may help in your decision.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=671338
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  12. BigScotty

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    The 24oz material is a tarplin fabric coated with PVC, the tarplin material acts as a weave or membrane, what ever you wish to refer to it as...nice feel, flexible and seems to be very strong. Smooth finish both outside and inside the bag. The fellow I talked with at Nelson Rigg was very helpful. Nice price point.... I could by two sets of these for the price of some of the others.
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  13. Dan Alexander

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    :thumb
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  14. C-Stain

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    Thanks for the update!
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    Thanks C-Stain as I was unaware of the 855's. For the price I think I will go with them and then if needed also buy the survivors.
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  16. adictiverx

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    Update from Nelson-Rigg:

    The CL-855's will start shipping end of April (delayed from first week of April)

    just a friendly FYI :wink:
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  17. Marine By Choice

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    I have owned 2 Nelson Riggs suitcases for about 8 years. I travel extensively for work (28 countries the last 2 years) and have never had any issues. Their warranty is without question. I would highly recommend any of their products for any application. They are that good!:norton
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  18. CallMeBoog

    CallMeBoog hi functioning idiom

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    well I ordered a set of these bags for the new KLR, as well as some side racks and a rigid topcase.

    Coming from Givi rigid side cases, I was ready for something different. The givi cases are brittle, and I always thought that they would shatter in to fine, expensive italian dust if I laid the bike over on them. I'm going with a rigid topcase to keep things that I don't want broken (stove, food, beer, gadgets..).

    I'll post up a pic when I get all the loot.
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  19. MightyMouse

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    I went ahead and purchased these Nelson-Rigg Adventure Dry Saddlebags from Dennis Kirk. They arrived today. I am a tough customer yet I have to say, I'm impressed! I think they are a tremendous value and I would recommend them.

    They are bigger than the Ortlieb dry saddlebags I have, and overall quality is similar. The top velcro straps on the Ortliebs are not long enough to span the width of a V-Strom, while these Nelson-Rigg bags are. I will put those straps under the seat, not on top. I hate straps on top of a seat. Looks ugly, and my passenger sits there.

    I may put the bottom of a cut-off plastic trash can in them to stiffen the bottom since I will put the heaviest items (possibly some tools) in the very bottom, but this is not really needed if you are going to put clothing and sleeping bags in them. They should be stuffed full to retain their shape. Not good for riding around empty unless you add stiffeners, which is easy to do with a trash can or just a U-shaped piece of plastic cut from a large plastic bin.

    I was thinking of getting the Wolfman Rocky Mountain Saddlebags for $360, so price was not the only consideration. I thought that for $105.39 and free shipping I could not go wrong giving these a try. I'm glad I did. Looks like I got the last one at Dennis Kirk for that price; they are now $123.99 from them and out of stock.

    When I get them mounted on the Wee-Strom (using small side racks from Precision Motorcycle Racks (www.pmracks.com), I'll post a picture. It looks like these bags have enough other straps to fasten securely to these racks. I really like these racks because they are well-made and weigh less than 3.5 lbs for the pair.
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  20. C-Stain

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    So what is your impression of the fabric used? Any opinion? Glad to hear that you like them - told you I wasn't lying!
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