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    01-20-2013, 02:49 PM
Where did you get those Utah paniers? They are quite a bit wider at the bottom than others I have been seeing.

The aluminum cabinet paniers are pretty cool and would be nice for a hunting camp setup, or a family camp. Wouldn't work for what I need for now, though.
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    01-20-2013, 05:06 PM
I have personally always been a sawbuck guy. Partly in where I have done most of my packing...colorado and Wyoming. Idaho and Montana seem to be decker country. Some of the new deckers Have a bar across the top that facilitates hanging bags from them kind of like a sawbuck. Those are MUCH easier to load by yourself than a traditional decker where you have to buckle and unbuckled your pannier straps. If I were going to buy a decker it would likely be this one Decker Pack Saddle from Davis Tent. I have bought from Davis Tent and Awning for years and their stuff is top notch.
    01-20-2013, 06:44 PM
We have got some of the Utah bags from AA Callisters and some from Burns saddlery. They are only about 10-12 inches at the bottom but fairly deep. They are not a perfect fit but kind of form to fit around the coolers. I have looked at a few different places that have bags with different dimensions. I have them saved on my computer at home. I'll try to remember to post them later.
The Deckers we have used are similar to those from Davis tent. You just hang your panniers just like on a crossbuck. After using both styles, I prefer the decker.
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    01-20-2013, 06:53 PM
Originally Posted by Painted Horse    
dbhrsm, Welcome to the conversation.

Lets compare some notes on trails in So Utah. I need to try a few new trails.
Thanks, I know a lot around Garfield county. I grew up here. I have been on a few other trips around. We have talked about going to the swell this spring and want to spend some time around robbers roost also.
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    01-20-2013, 06:55 PM
Originally Posted by Painted Horse    
dbhrsm, Welcome to the conversation.

Lets compare some notes on trails in So Utah. I need to try a few new trails.
Thanks, I know a lot around Garfield county. I grew up here. I have been on a few other trips around. We have talked about going to the swell this spring and want to spend some time around robbers roost also. All I usually need to get out and ride is an excuse.
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    01-20-2013, 07:30 PM
Hey! My dad was born and raised in Panguitch! You probably know Steve and Jesse Hatch. They're my cousins. They're off down to St George now, I guess. That's an area I'd love to do some riding in as well.

Boy, Davis Tent's photos are so small I could hardly make out the details of the pack saddle. He mentions that his paniers are nylon. I suspect Iron Cloth is just a marketing name for a nylon product. Is it the same stuff?
    01-20-2013, 07:44 PM
They are not the same. Iron cloth is a lot more durable. It is really hard to tear and puncture. If you do get a hole, you can just use a red hot nail or piece of metal to mend it. I do know Steve and Jesse. Not really well but I do know them.
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    01-20-2013, 08:29 PM
Iron Cloth was developed as portable landing pad for Viet Nam. Just unroll it and lay it on the ground and the Helicopters could land on it and not sink into the softer ground. It is a much heavier fabric than even the Cordura fabrics.

I have several of Davis Tent saddle panniers and one of the 14x16 tents.. They make good stuff.

Dbhrsmn, Invite me down to join you for the Robbers Roost. I've been wanting to ride into that side for years. I've ridden a lot on the west side of hiway 24. Chute Canyon, Wild Horse, Ernie, Lone Man, and Straight wash. I also had a Desert Big Horn tag for the South Swell and hunted most of that unit looking for my ram. So I spent a lot of time up in Eagle Canyon, Justinson Flats and over west by Moroni Slopes, Chimney Canyon, Segers Hole, Ireland Mesa, Poor Canyon and the Dike.

I've also ridden a lot around Bryce, But would like to explore a little more of the Paunsaugunt. I have hunted the top of Boulders a lot for elk, so I'm familiar with that area. But I'm sure there is a lot to see dropping down off the side and over into Capital Reef.

It wouldn't take much arm twisting to get me to load up and head down. Well, maybe when I get the trailer un-frozen.
    01-20-2013, 09:19 PM
Originally Posted by thenrie    
Is it the same stuff?
I feel kind of dumb. My eyes saw nylon but my brain saw canvas. It is a heavy form of nylon
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    01-20-2013, 10:23 PM
Here are a few sites with different iron cloth bags that I found a while ago.
Oversized Bear Cloth Pack Pannier

Pannier Bags *** Canvas & Iron Cloth *** Bear Proof

Utah Panniers Iron Cloth PACK SADDLE SHOP

Gundersen Sunrise Iron Weave Utah Copper Pannier


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