Turkana’s roll top HippoHips™ is the classic universal type "over-the-seat” saddlebag that will fit the majority of motorcycles.
It is this style of saddlebags that is used by serious pioneers, RTW travelers or moto adventure guys and girls that have been around the block, got the t-shirt and really know what gear is essential. So ideal for people that love going off the beaten path and into the back country, extended off-road and adventure riding that demand the right stuff that can handle a beating.
The bags use a double-layer system, where the tough double stitched outside fabric offers protection taking all the punishment and the removable IP67 waterproof/dustproof inner bag keeps stuff dry and dust free.
Cockups on old dirt roads, scrapes, and drops will always be part of adventure travel. If you have a yard sale on a remote dirt road during one of those rare moments where you temporarily run out of talent, it should be easy to field repair the outer shell. We use tough thick fabrics that are double stitched for peace of mind.
The HippoHips™ unique style has evolved over more than 10 years through earlier designs. The earlier versions have been to hell and back and have a solid track record from being extensively used over the time. The latest design has been updated with quite a few groovy new features.
Why do we believe in over–the-seat soft luggage?
Simple: they work! The beauty of it lies in the simplicity of its design. It is one of the many reasons why so many seasoned experienced overlanders, adventure travelers and hard core adv-enduro riders choose a lightweight design as preferred motorcycle luggage over aluminum panniers.
"Over the seat" styles are easy to fix and repair on the go. They are kind to motorcycle subframes and pannier racks and won’t easily damage or crack the subframe when continuously subjected to thousands of kilometers of rough dirt roads when heavily loaded. With HippoHips™ the sub-frame and pannier racks carry the load which is further distributed over the seat with the main hook&loop belt and cross-over straps. As a result, potential damage and cracks caused to the frame is minimized.
These bags perform well in crashes and drops are not likely to damage the bike. Plate mounted or "hard back" soft luggage systems that are fitted to pannier racks in essence replaced aluminum for fabric. These systems may still apply the same forces to the pannier frame and sub-frame points as full metal panniers. Using a soft luggage design without a plate system, like the HippoHips™, should reduce the risk of a broken pannier frame or cracked subframe during a fall. Soft luggage also decreases the risk of a broken leg or sprained ancle, when you get stuck underneath your bag.
HippoHips™ weigh only 4kg in total and plate mounted systems can be more than double or even three times that. Weight on a motorcycle will always be a ball-and-chain and we believe having lightweight gear is the key for when riding off-road, enduro and Adv motorcycles. Lightweight can still be bulletproof and HippoHips™ show that.
When we updated the design of these saddlebags, we stuck to our KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) philosophy. HippoHips™ are easy to fit and remove, using a few straps to tie-down the bags to pannier frames and the bike. The bags are designed to stay on your bike during the length of your trip. After riding all day on dirt roads or in rain the saddlebags often become very dirty. Not very temping to take into your tent or put on your hotel bed. With HippoHips™ when arriving at your destination, you simply take out the waterproof inner bags and carry them to your place for the night.
Features incorporated into the design:
Our load carrying Cross-Over Straps disperse weight evenly and compress the bags to allow access into tight places when riding off-road trails. The crossover straps ensure the total width of your bike is kept to a minimum and keeps the weight centered. The cross-over straps further assist with ensuring the outside of the bag does not droop and remains at the height level when initially fitted, eliminating the tendency to sway into the rear wheel of the motorcycle.
The outer layer is made from durable fabrics namely Rhinocote™ and 1680 Tuffstuff™. These fabrics offer a high tear and abrasion resistance and can take a lot of abuse. The outer shell is splash proof with double stitched seams.
M.O.L.L.E. It is important that your saddlebags can be configured for different trips or adventures. What better system to use than what Chuck Norris and the military are using? M.O.L.L.E. is perfect for this application, making it possible to add and use different pouches fitted with PALS to add more storage space to the saddle bags. and allowing you to configure the system to your needs for the trip ahead. Each set of HippoHips™ comes standard with 3L OxPacker™ and 5L BushBaby™ accessory pouches, which can be fitted on all four sides of the saddlebags.
The wide Seat Support Strap connects with Hook & Loop to secure the bags over the motorcycle yet still allows for a pillion to ride comfortably. Depending on on your bike, this strap may also be routed under the seat.
An impact resistant HDPE Backbone sheet not only ensures the bags retain its shape when empty, but also provides for added protection against rocks, branches and other impacts on the bottom, front and back of the bags. The plate is inserted at the back on the inside of the panniers to ensure it remains flush and close to the frames.
HippoHips™ should not require special pannier-racks. They can be used on most bikes with an ordinary rack or just a basic bar to support. The frames will support the bags to sit well and keep them away from the exhaust and wheel.
Field repairable saddlebags means that most damages should be repairable by anybody with a sewing needle in most places around the world. No need for welding or special tools as the case may be to fix metal panniers.
We know the HippoHips™ will be dragged to hell and back and that riders may have to make repairs now and then, as accidents are all part of the fun of adventure riding. So, you do not have to throw your bags away due to cuts or tears. Just replace or repair what is needed.
Removable waterproof/dustproof inner bags. Each side make use of a roll top inner bag which are water and dust proof with a IP67 rating. Leave the pannier bags on the bike and only take the inner bags to your tent or into a hotel.
It has a light colour on the inside to allow you to easier find contents when searching for your stuff inside of the bag. The bottom is flat so it will stand on its own. If the worst happens and the liner is damaged it can be replaced without the need to replace the entire bag.
The HippoHips™ fits in with the Turkana philosophy of finding that balance between great quality, lifelong durable luggage and, importantly, value for money. These bags are therefore affordable, and all components can be easily mended as slip-ups can happen.
Gopher™ dry bags:
OxPacker™ Water bottle holder roll top:
BushBaby™ roll top canister pockets:
Your set of HippoHips™ Saddlebags includes the following items:
2 x Turkana HippoHips™ Outer Bags 2 x Waterproof 30L Inners
2 x HDPE Backbones
2 x Cross Over Straps (150cm)
2 x Turkana BushBaby™ Cannister Pocket
2 x Turkana OxPacker™ Bottle Pocket
4 x Compression Straps (60 cm) (to fit OxPacker™ and BushBaby™ pockets)
2 x Compression Straps with quick connection buckles (50 + 70cm) (to fit horizontally on and around each main HippoHips™ Bag)
8 x D-ring Tie-down Straps (40cm) (to attach the bags to the frame)
2 x Extra-long Tie-Down Straps (150cm) (Additional straps to attach bags to the frame)
Amazing product, tough as nails! Premium materials and confection, you can see it's been developed for adventure by people who pushed limits. Exceptional in every way, forget about other brands, this guys know what they are doing!!!
Ik gebruik deze tassen op mijn CRF1000L Africa Twin i.c.m. bagage beugels van SW-Motech. Heel makkelijk te bevestigen en te verwijderen.
Zeer te spreken over de kwaliteit en afwerking van het product. Super compleet product met alles wat erbij geleverd wordt. Simpel en doeltreffend product!
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