It's been over two years since I bought this and it has served me super well. I commute daily year-round in all kinds of weather and I've had zero leaks. The hardware has held up despite salt on the roads and the anchoring system is perfectly solid. For a trip to the grocery store, the capacity is excellent. I've had a whole chicken, several bags of dried fruits and nuts, a few bags of frozen peas and corn, and a loaf of bread and it all fits. Yes, you can buy a cheaper pannier, but for anyone who plans to use a bag regularly, this is a great value.