Note: there are two different kind of latch saks. Our original V1.0 panniers with HDPE mounting frames use a rotary draw latch attached with screws. The V2.0 panniers with injection-molded glass-filled nylon mounting frames use a rotary draw latch with a locking loop on it, and the latch is connected with bolts and inserts. Please be sure to order the correct replacement latch for your bags.
Sometimes you crash and break a latch. Our latches and keepers are easy to replace. The Latch Sak includes everything you need. In the meantime, those two little slots at the top of the bag frame below the latch are there so if you break a latch, you can run a zip tie through the bag frame to keep it attached for the rest of the trip. The latch itself isn't load-bearing, it just keeps the bag from bouncing off the wedge in rough terrain. A zip tie or piece of wire/string will get you home.
I’m very happy with my back country 35l bags. I mounted them to Rally Raid soft luggage racks on my KTM 690 Rally with very little difficulty, even though they aren’t specifically designed for this style rack. The bags come on and of the bike very easily maintaining access to the rear tank and removing the seat - with no straps in the way. The bags themselves have many useful hidden features and are bomb proof construction.
I returned my new and unused aluminum panniers that I bought for my F800GSA for the BMW Atacama panniers for safety, versatility of storage and lightness. I was very surprised when I assembled the Atacamas that the Latch Saks had no padlock loop as on the Backcountry Panniers. Speaking with Andrew at the Vancouver Motorcycle Show eariler this year he said that BMW did not want this feature. I'm relieved that I can now lock the panniers to the racks. Next will be the cable locks from Mosko for the panniers and the 40L Duffle for more piece of mind when parking in populated areas. Easy to replace and a too bad BMW doesn't include this design of Latch Sak on the Atacama Panniers.