I bought these panniers mostly for bikepacking, but also for some commuting/ grocery-getting around town. They are sturdy panniers, adjustable panniers with shoulder straps that also doubled as the tightening mechanism for the tops of the bags. The adjustable fixtures are made of hard, dense plastic, and the panniers material is thick while also being lightweight. Western Bike Works was also the only bike shop that seemed to carry these panniers in orange, and they were very competitively priced. I'd definitely shop here again.
You can't go wrong with Ortlieb products and you'll see all the serious riders use their products. The Classic panniers are reliable for carrying heavy loads. The only improvement would be compression straps when they are not full.
I appreciated that Western Bike Works had the widest variety of colors of Ortlieb Pannier set to choose from, in addition to the fairest price. The panniers themselves are great quality. I've already used them on a bike camping trips, and numerous other commutes. Would definitely recommend this Ortlieb Classic roller to anyone looking for sturdy, waterproof panniers.
Easy on/off, plenty of space for full week of gear, watertight and mounted easily to rack already on my bike! The outside strap cinches down the bag nicely and the optional handles on top are great for transporting off the bike, along with shoulder straps. Highly recommend.
The bags are new and so far they have been great. Installation was easy and I am enjoying the spaciousness of the bags compared to my old set. I need to put more miles into them before I decide if there are aspects of the bags I do not like. I have other products from Ortlieb and I expect these bags will prove to be as durable and functional as the previous products I have purchased.
I got these for my commuting bike and the only thing I can say about them is that they are amazing. The design is VERY good. Everything about them screams functional. I never worry about these coming off my bike. Completely waterproof as well so I don't have to worry about my laptop getting wet. There is a built in pocket in each pannier. It is too small for me to fit my laptop, but it is the perfect size for a tablet. There is also a mesh pocket that would be perfect to carry other smaller items. These panniers are also cavernous. I can fit my work clothes (button up, pants, belt, socks, shoes, etc.) in one pannier so I can put other clothing for weather in the other pannier, along with spare tubes, hand pump, and other bike tools needed for everyday commuting. I love these panniers!
These panniers are able to hold everything I need for commuting to work. Change of clothes, shoes, socks, rain jacket, etc. I am also able to carry a couple spare tubes, a multitool, tire levers in case I get a flat. They are completely waterproof and look great on my bike. I would certainly buy these again.
These are simple, cavernous, waterproof panniers that get the job done. There is a small divider inside with a shallow zipper pocket. More organizational options would be nice, but these are the classics, designed with simplicity in mind. They adjust easily and mount to my rack quickly and securely. Mission accomplished.
I have some Ortlieb duffels that have held up beautifully for over 10 years. These panniers appear to keep that tradition alive. The installation can be very complex is you're looking for perfect fit, but the bags went straight onto to two of our bikes with no adjustment necessary. Nice and secure while you're riding. And the bright yellow is just another bonus for visibility. I got these for my teenage kids to use and they manage very well with them.
I liked the simple adjustments that made them fit my rack. I was hitting my heel on one, a flip of a latc, slid it back an inch clicked it in, done. I went on a 63 mile overnight camping trip. Bags carried my tent, food, extra water, sleeping bag, inflateable sleeping matt no problem. I like the fact they are tall and you can stand things like your tent and rolled sleeping bag on end if you want. Got a great price on sale for these panniers, waiting fo their handlebar bag to come down in price. It is more than the big bags. Didnt rain, but they sure look waterproof to me.
I commute daily with these. They are great. Have had no issue with waterproofing but its summer so only incidental showers. Tons of room. And the mesh pocket keeps my swipe card easy acces. The inner pocket also allows me to separate my laptop from other gear. I use packing cubes for easy gear sorting.
Having used Ortlieb products for motorcycle trips many times in the past, I know that they're well made and designed, rugged, actually waterproof, and worth the extra $$ that they cost. These are no exception. Really nice. Heavy duty, extremely easy to slide onoff the rack, and plenty of space. Glad I didn't try to save a few bucks and get a cheaper model. In the long run, most of the time we basically pay for what we get, and these should last a long, long time.
I love my panniers. I was going to get a pair from another maker that was [$] cheaper, but the rugged quality of the Ortlieb material, including the hardware, their ease of use, classy good looks, and the fact that they are totally waterproof made my decision a no-brainer. I'm a serious commuter cyclist (I no longer own a car) and do everything by bike. My Ortlieb panniers make this possible and fun!
Westernbikeworks featured the Ortlieb Back Roller Classic Pannier Set as a deal of the day. Price was great for such a well reviewed product. Ortlieb has a great rank compatibility roll and it indicates that they worked with our Racktime FoldIt rear rack. So I bought the set. Easy to setup. Easy to mount and remove. Great capacity. Very pleased with purchase.
These panniers have made my life easier because prior to purchasing them I was using an old, small pannier that belonged to my son and I was constantly having to think hard about how to cram stuff into it. In contrast, my Ortliebs are roomy, totally waterproof (trust me on this, I live in Seattle) and very easy to place on and remove from my rack. I have to say that they look classy too (I ordered black because the black happened to be on sale) on my grey and blue cruiser. If I could change anything, I'd want the inside a vivid color because that would make it easy to identify what I need from the deep well of the bag. I'm a diehard cyclist (no more car!!!) and I even like the process of packing and loading the panniers up - it's kind of a Zen thing. I would recommend these to anybody who is committed to biking to the grocery store and to work. Plus, when you ride around with these, you're in a cycling club-I see riders with these great panniers all over the fab bike paths in Seattle!
These panniers are sturdy and solid. I do not worry about any of the contents getting wet on my commute, and I often have my laptop inside. They are well-made and I especially love the blue color. I would give them a 5-star, but I wish the side buckles would be longer so that I could attach them to each other on top, but they are just a bit too short, requiring using the add'l 'shoulder' strap which is a bit less convenient for me.