Originally Posted by lmychajluk
Been looking at these (and the Expedition Saddle Bags) a little more closely, and got to wondering - Is the seat strap really neccessary? Is it a weight-distribution thing (especially considering that the Wolfman Pelican box / hard pannier mounting kit seems to simply holds to the rack)? Will they hold securely to the rack without the seat strap in place?
the Seat Straps are absolutely necessary as they carry about 70% of the weight. The side straps that attach the bags to the side racks carry about 30% and are used to stabilize the load and compess so the bags are as one unit.