The Vario PS: A Backpack & A Pannier
Ortlieb's Vario PS Backpack/Pannier is an innovative hybrid with highly versatile dual applications as both a bike bag and waterproof rolltop commuter backpack. The bag's quick, intuitive conversion between modes employs a reversible front pocket design which quickly converts from QL2.1 mount to a full-coverage padded carrying system.
The backpack's ergonomic shoulder straps are lined with reflective trim that is highly visible in both pannier and backpack mode. Structured interior and exterior pocketing includes a laptop sleeve, convenient carrying handle and stabilizing chest strap.
Waterproof backpack with roll closure and Quick-Lock2.1 mounting system
Use as bike bag or backpack
Quick, intuitive conversion between functions using a reversible front pocket
Complete coverage of QL system and shoulder straps
Quick-Lock2.1 mounting system for racks up to 16 mm tube diameter
Reducers for tube diameters 8, 10 and 12 mm with anti-scratch function
QL2.1 hook adjustable without tools
Second additional loop on the Quick-Lock rail to fix the locking hook when the load is low
Tear and abrasion resistant nylon fabric
Comfortable carrying system
Zippered outer pocket in the flap
Side mesh outer pocket + Easy and larger access to main compartment
Inside pocket with laptop compartment (36 x 24,5 x 2,5 cm)
3M Scotchlite reflectors
Available in Black and Rooibos color options
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Expensive but worth it
If you can get past the ridiculous price tag, the Ortlieb Vario does exactly what it advertises -- a single pannier that can hook on to a rack or be used as a backpack. The conversion is simple and all the moving parts are reinforced to reduce wear and tear. I commute 2x a week and walk 2x a week, so this has eliminated the need to transfer all of my work stuff from pannier to backpack. The laptop sleeve is and outside pocket are much appreciated details. I'm not surprised they're sold out. Highly recommend.
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