Ortlieb Bike Packer CLASSIC Waterproof Rear Panniers

$200.00 (Pair) with Free Shipping to the Lower 48 US States!

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Ortlieb Bike Packer Classic Waterproof Rear Panniers are great quality cross-country touring panniers with a draw-string top under a lid closure.  They work equally as well for commuting or shopping.

  • Ortlieb’s Classic Series waterproof panniers earned Ortlieb the reputation for building the best quality panniers in the world!
  • SPECIFICATIONS for Ortlieb Bike Packer Classic Panniers:
  • Height = 16.5 inches.  Width = 12.6 inches.  Depth = 6.7 inches.  Volume = 2441 cubic inches/pair (40 Liters).  Weight = 73.4 ounces/pair.
  • Add a pair of Optional Size Small Outer Pockets (220 cubic inches per pair – 3.6 Liters), and increase your pair capacity to 2661 cubic inches!
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1. Matching Packs & Accessories
2. Features and INFO

Ortlieb Bike Packer Classic Panniers

  • Features Found in the Bike Packer Classic Panniers include . . . fittings for included shoulder straps, styling that matches the Ortlieb Ultimate 6 Classic Handlebar Bags, and scuff guards on the bottom of the packs.
  • Each pannier has an internal pocket hanging from the inside of the back panel — nice!
  • Ortlieb Bike Packer Classic features include vertical compression straps, lid closure, shoulder straps, scuff guards on the bottom of the packs, dustproof drawstring closures, highly reflective patch on front and back.
  • If Ortlieb Packer Plus series panniers are simply out of your budget, then the Ortlieb Classic series panniers are the way to go.  You can spend less, and still have top quality panniers that will stand up to many years of serious bicycle touring!
  • Ortlieb Plus and Classic Series panniers utilize the new QL2.1 Quick Lock mounting system, adjustable without any tools, with automatic opening and closing by lifting the handle.  The QL2.1 system comes with 16mm wide top hooks, and adjusts with 8mm, 10mm, and 12mm hook inserts to help you fit various rack top-rail diameters.   Adjustable width hooks at the base of the panniers keep the bottom mounted securely to the side of the rack.  The sliding top hooks can be repositioned to allow precise placement on the rack top rails.  This can also help move the panniers toward the rear of your rack, providing heel clearance while riding.  Optional extra top hooks can be added to reinforce the mounting system when you take your panniers off-road.  Optional 20mm QL-2.1 Top-Hooks are available for over-sized rack top-rails.
3. Versatility
  • These panniers will hold a lot of gear.  I have filled other panniers with higher rated capacity, and then transferred everything to Ortlieb panniers – meaning that you may not be able to trust rated capacity, or it could be that panniers with lots of pockets are inefficient to fill — so many corners.  All I can tell you for sure is that I have trouble imagining that you will need larger panniers than Ortlieb panniers, even for the longest tours, especially if you plan on using a handlebar bag and a dry-bag bedroll style pack like the Ortlieb Rack Pack
  • Ortlieb rear panniers can also function as large capacity front panniers for Tandem tourists who are carrying enough gear for two riders on only one set of bicycle racks, BUT, be careful putting panniers this large on the front of a solo bike that steers faster than a tandem. Such large panniers have a lot of surface area, and may make your bike harder to steer in a crosswind than smaller front panniers.   Some folks do this and tell me it is OK, but not all bikes handle the same, so I hesitate to make the recommendation.
4. Construction
  • Ortlieb Classic panniers are made from 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 along with narrow manufacturing tolerances.  You will be impressed by the high quality workmanship!
  • Don’t think “Plastic” when you see the mounting system.  Ortlieb hardware is made from a fiber-reinforced high-tech plastic that is extremely strong and durable, and in many tests can be stronger than metal parts.
5. Packing Tips
  • Ortlieb panniers are great for cross-country touring.  Have no worries about staying organized when using panniers with large main compartments.  If you pack inside with a variety of sizes of stuff sacks and zip-lock bags, you can stay very well organized.  Smaller bags inside the main compartment are removable inner pockets.  They can help you stay organized in camp, and when you are ready to pack up in the morning, you simply toss the pre-packed into your panniers, and you are ready to go.  You won’t be riding with a jumbled mess inside your bags.
Waterproofing
  • Ortlieb panniers set the standard for waterproof bags.  Make certain you pack your tent and sleeping bags in waterproof stuff sacks if they are going inside the panniers.  Keep your clean clothing separate from dirty laundry, and hang things where they can air out and dry out when you have the opportunities.  If it rains in the night, you don’t want a wet tent to get everything else in your pack wet.  And if you put a dry sleeping bag in a wet pannier, then at the end of the day you won’t enjoy trying go to sleep in that wet bag!
  • Sometimes I get customers who say “I don’t want waterproof bags.”  They are worried about wet gear in the bags not drying out while they are riding.  They are correct.  Gear will not dry out while you are riding with Ortlieb panniers.  But that is true with non-waterproof panniers.  Most non-waterproof bags are at least water resistant, and they have tightly sewn seems and the zippers do not provide ventilation.  And if you put wet items in a waterproof bag before it goes into a pannier, in order to avoid getting other things wet, of course the wet items stay wet.  Put wet items in ANY pannier, and unless you leave the tops of the panniers open and risk losing some gear, you will have some items to hang out to dry when you reach your next camp.  Get caught in an all-day rain, and you sure will be glad you have Ortlieb waterproofing!  Bottom line:  Hang your gear out to dry whenever you get the chance, but don’t worry about riding with waterproof panniers.
  • I once had a customer tell me that he rode for three months through the rainy season in Vietnam, and he bragged about his Ortlieb Packer series panniers and how well they kept his gear dry!
Comparisons

Packers vs. Rollers, Plus vs. Classic, QL-2.1 vs. QL-3, etc. . .  I planned to write comparisons for every Ortlieb panniers page, but ran out of time to do so before going live with this new website.  You will find a LOT of such information here . . . Ortlieb Panniers and Packs Comparisons . . . and FAQ.  And you are welcome to contact me if you have questions.  Find my email and telephone contact information at near the bottom of every product page.

Wayne