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Turkana Gear HippoHips Saddlebags Hybrid Plate Mounted Panniers Classic Over the Seat
  • Turkana Gear HippoHips Saddlebags Hybrid Plate Mounted Panniers Classic Over the Seat
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Turkana HippoHips™ Hybrid Saddlebags

Turkana's roll-top HippoHips™ is the only true hybrid adventure saddlebags able to be fitted as classic “over the seat“ or as quick fit/remove plate mounted motorcycle touring soft saddlebag luggage.

These roll-top 100% waterproof and dustproof motorbike panniers are favoured by serious riding pioneers, the RTW crowd, dual sport enduro moto-adventure guys and girls that have been around the block and know what gear is essential.

With a new design and stronger, tougher upgraded fabric, the HippoHips™ 8-piece soft panniers handle bugger ups on old dirt roads, scrapes and drops from adventure enduro-type travel.

Disclaimer:  Please note that our products might vary in colour, material and construction from time to time.


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HippoHips™ Hybrid Classic "over the seat" or plate mounted kit

Turkana's roll-top HippoHips™ is a uniquely designed hybrid hard-mount system. The dual-use can be used as classic universal type "over the seat“ using the Classic-Strap-Set or on our injection-moulded, Nylon6 glass-filled plate mounted system. The HippoHips™ universal design will fit the majority of motorbikes soft saddlebag luggage and requires pannier frames on a motorcycle. They can be fitted with manufactures frames or after market frames.
 (Both sets sold separately)

HippoHips™ is an 8-piece luggage set with two additional removable waterproof and dustproof roll-top bags.

Bugger ups on old dirt roads, scrapes and drops will always be part of adventure enduro-type travel. HippoHips™ is designed for passionate riders going off the beaten path on remote backcountry trails, where each adventure demands gear that can handle a massive beating and adaptable to different motorcycles, the HippoHips™ soft panniers is a universal fit design allowing for fitment to most adventure enduro style motorcycles.

A closer look at HippoHips™ Hybrid universal fit motorcycle saddlebag

Removable waterproof/dustproof inner bags.


Each side makes use of a roll-top removable inner bag which are water and dustproof with an IP67 rating. Leave the pannier bags on the bike and only take the inner bags to your tent or into a hotel. If fitted on the Hybrid plates remove the entire HippoHip™ saddlebag pannier.

It has a light colour on the inside to allow you to easier find contents when searching for your stuff on the inside of the bag.

Water might still come between the liner and the outer bag, but it will not penetrate the inner liner. If the worst happens and the liner is damaged it can be replaced without the need to replace the entire bag. When used with Turkana modular packing cubes it is easy to find what you are looking for as each cube has a different colour and makes packing the inner bag easy 

The HippoHips™ fits in with the Turkana philosophy of finding that balance between great quality, lifelong durable tough as nails soft luggage and importantly, value for money. Hopefully, we are doing less better.

Unique Cross-over seat and compression support.

Our load-carrying cross-over straps disperse weight evenly and compress the bags to allow access into tight places when riding those dual sport off-road trails.

The crossover straps ensure the total width of your bike is kept to a minimum and keeps the weight centred. 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 HippoHip™ bags are made for enduro-adventure bike style riding and for the popular 1000cc+ Adv bikers, as it fits on most motorcycles and suits many different riding styles and preferences. True versatility.

The wide, over the seat support strap, connect with hook & loop to secure the bags to the motorcycle, yet it allows for a pillion to ride comfortably. Depending on your specific bike, this strap may also be installed underneath the seat. 



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 used to? 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 saddlebags 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.

Impact Protection all round

The HippoHips™ offers additional impact protection all around. The front is padded and double-layered to protect gear.

For additional protection, there is a Hdpe/high-density polyethene impact protection plate. The plate is inserted at the back on the inside of the panniers to ensure it remains flush and close to the frames. Drops, spills, muddy and rocky rutted goat tracks, deep water crossing, tree branches the combination of the wear and tear fabrics, and protection plate will be able to protect your gear. 

The outer layer is made from durable fabrics, namely Rhinocote™. The fabrics offer a high tear, wear and abrasion resistance and can take enormous abuse associated with adventure type travel. The outer shell is water-resistant with double stitched seams which makes this luggage perfect for gritty offroad use and last for many years.

Turkana gear motorcycle soft luggage impact protection for adventure offroad trips

Turkana gear motorcycle soft luggage impact protection for adventure offroad trips

Field Repairable

Field repairable saddlebags mean 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 is required as the case may be to fix hard panniers.

We know the HippoHips™ might be dragged to hell and back and that riders may have to make repairs now and then, as accidents are part of enduro-adventure riding. So, you do not have to throw your bags away due to cuts or tears. Just replace or repair what is needed.


HippoHips™ Classic "over the seat" Saddlebags set includes:

  • 2 x Turkana HippoHips™ Outer Bags 2 x Waterproof 30L Inners
  • 2 x Plastic Backbones
  • 2 x Cross Over Hook & Loop belts
  • 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


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Simply - 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 travellers and hardcore adv-enduro riders choose a lightweight design as preferred motorcycle luggage over aluminium panniers.

"Over the seat" styles are easy to fix and repair on the go. The lightweight 4kg total weight are kind to motorcycle subframes and pannier racks. Many riders still prefer and love this age old keep it simple stupid philosophy for soft motorbike baggage.

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 adventure motorcycles. Lightweight can still be bulletproof and HippoHips™ is a testament to that.

When we updated the design of these saddlebags, we stuck to the 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.

It is not a problem for weekend riders or commuters to leave the panniers on the bike as the waterproof/dustproof inner bags are removable and can be used to carry gear to a campsite or into a hotel.

Product Features

  • Dual-Layer System
  • Rhinocote™
  • 100% Waterproof Dustproof inner bags
  • HDPE backbone hard impact plates
  • Roll-top closure
  • Compression straps
  • M.O.L.L.E system - attach and configure more accessory pouches
  • Adjustable carry straps and as a shoulder or backpack bag
  • Crossover support straps
  • Field repairable
  • Universal fit to most motorcycle racks
  • Stowaway document pocket
  • Carry handles.

Product Specs

  • Width: 20 cm
  • Length: 35 cm
  • Height unrolled: 63 cm
  • Height rolled 3 times: 43 cm
  • Weight: 4 kg
  • Capacity: 2 x 30L (60L total)