Ortlieb Downtown QL-3.1 Briefcase Pannier

$170.00 with Free Shipping to the Lower 48 US States!

AK, HI, and international destinations may receive a shipping credit.

  • COLORS . . . OceanBlue-Black,  Aubergine-Black,  Lime-Black
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The Ortlieb Downtown QL-3.1 Briefcase Pannier is a classic yet heavy-duty waterproof commuting briefcase with a flap closure with robust metal clips.

Volume . . . 1098 cubic inches (18L)

  • Dimensions . . . 14.2 x 14.2 x 5.5 inches (H x W x D)
  • Weight . . . 54 oz (3.4 lbs)
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  • The Ortlieb Downtown QL-3.1 Briefcase Pannier is a classic yet heavy-duty waterproof commuting briefcase with a flap closure with robust metal clips.  Attachment and removal is quick and easy.  There are no protruding hooks on the side of the pannier, so carrying the pannier as a shoulder bag is more comfortable, and it doesn’t look like a bicycle bag when you carry it into your office.
  • Features:  Carry handle; removable, non-slip padded shoulder strap with D-ring attachment; great internal organization with large zippered pockets, pen slots, snap hook with clip for keys, and laptop compartment with Velcro closure; reflective ORTLIEB logo, piping on handle and 2 sliver-moon reflectors; edge protection plates on lower corners and plastic feet on bottom for stability.  The Downtown Briefcase can be mounted on either side of rack.
  • Fabric & Construction:  The Ortlieb Downtown is made in the Classic fabric, a very durable, coated polyester fabric.  This fabric has been the standard in waterproofing for many years.  All seams are high-frequency welded, providing excellent waterproofing and narrow manufacturing tolerances.
  • Mounting System:  The Ortlieb QL-3.1 Mounting System works without top-hooks.  The mounting bracket is attached semi-permanently to the side of the rack.  Pins on the mounting bracket lock securely into slots on the back of the pannier.  The mounting system can be adjusted to fit either side of the rack at different heights and angles.  QL-2.1, QL-2 and QL-1 pannier hooks will attach to the top bar on the QL-3.1 Mounting Bracket, so you can carry your other Ortlieb panniers on the same rack without having to remove the bracket.
  • QL-2.1 vs. QL-3.1 Mounting Systems . . . The QL-2.1 version will fit a wider variety of racks.  A QL-3.1 bag does not have external mounting hooks, so it will feel smoother against your waist when you carry it as a shoulder bag for long distances.  For shorter distances, you will be quite comfortable carrying a bag with the QL-2.1 mounting system.  If you have only one bike and rack and switch pannier types often, you will likely prefer the QL-2.1 system that does not use a semi-permanently installed mounting bracket on the rack.  If you have a dedicated commuter bike, and often carry the Office Bag on your shoulder, you may prefer the QL-3.1 version.