Hi, Thanks for the reply, I have a set of OEM Panniers and they are a pain to pack, however i have toured with them through Europe 'twice' and had no problems with them. One does become a dab hand at packing them and filling every 'nook and cranny'. They are more aerodynamic than the right angled edged ones but top loading is far more convenient and more secure. The safety side of things is a concern but think id be more concerned about the bike, my good lady and my auld self and have had experience of kicking bikes away ( sadly) to save being used as a buffer pad between the tarmac and my pride and joy.
I Have purchased the Trekker Outback ones this morning for a steal - it is the bracketry that i was looking for some knowledge on as i want the right side pannier to sit as close to the frame as the left.
Best Regards for the New Year..