Ortlieb Bike Packer PLUS Waterproof Rear Panniers
Suggested Retail = $240.00 (Pair)

Colors:  Lime/Moss Green, Signal-Red/Chili, Granite-Black, Denim/Steel-Blue

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Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus Waterproof Rear Panniers are Ortlieb’s Top-of-the-Line, expedition quality, cross-country touring panniers with a draw-string top under a lid closure.  They work equally as well for commuting or shopping.  These are our most popular rear panniers for cross-country touring.  The outer pocket on the lower face of the pannier is quite handy, and the lid closure is completely intuitive.

  • SPECIFICATIONS for Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus Panniers:
  • These are for the main compartment only:  Height = 16.5 inches.  Width = 12.6 inches.  Depth = 8.7 inches.  Volume = 2746 cubic inches/PAIR (42 Liters/PAIR).  Weight = 77.6 ounces/pair.  Please read the paragraph below about the stated volume of the Bike Packer Plus panniers and the waterproof outer pockets . . . in the bottom of the section titled
    Features and Info.
  • Add a pair of Optional Size Small Outer Pockets (220 cubic inches per pair – 3.6 Liters), and increase your pair capacity to 2966 cubic inches/PAIR (48.6 Liters/PAIR)!
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Features and INFO

Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus Panniers

  • Features found in the Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus panniers include . . . waterproof outside lower pockets, vertical and horizontal compression straps, lid closures, higher volume due to external waterproof pockets with flaps, fittings for included shoulder straps, abrasion protection plates on the back sides of the bags with small abrasion protectors on the bottom front of the bags (not visible in the photos), styling that matches the Ortlieb Ultimate 6 Handlebar Bags, and highly reflective patches on front and back.
  • The Bike Packer Plus panniers can be securely closed with a waterproof and dustproof lid, providing extra protection against the elements.  A drawstring closure on the dust flap, beneath the lid, keeps dust and moisture out while still providing easy access to your gear.  The external waterproof pockets are easy to access during your ride.  The shoulder straps will help you carry these through the airport or up the stairs in your apartment complex.  The waterproofing is incredible.  You will probably have to submerge these packs to get any water inside.  These are wonderful panniers!
  • Each Ortlieb Plus Series Pannier has an internal pouch pocket hanging from the inside top of the back panel.  There is a zippered mesh pocket on the face of the internal pocket — nice!
  • The waterproof outer pockets on the lower face of the pannier are not removable.  They are welded in place.
  • These panniers will hold a LOT of gear.  I have filled other brand 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.  Most tourists will not need larger panniers than Ortlieb Plus or Classic panniers, even for the longest tours, especially if you plan on using a handlebar bag and a dry-bag bedroll pack like the Ortlieb Rack Pack.
  • 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.
  • OK . . . we have conflicting info on the Bike Packer Plus Volume . . . On the German website they say 42 Liters for the pair of Bike Packer Plus panniers.  That doesn’t seem correct from what I see when I handle these panniers.  Before they added the two outside waterproof pockets, the volume was 40 Liters for the pair.  If they only increased by 2 Liters for the pair, then the outer pockets would only be 1 Liter volume each.  I have filled one of the outer pockets with 2.5 Liters of water below the fold.   That pocket is larger than 1 Liter.  I am not saying you will be able to fill these pockets with 2.5 liters of gear.  If you fill the main compartment first, items inside the pannier push at the back of the front pocket, and may make it difficult to insert large items.  How much you can carry in the outer pocket may depend on the size and shape of the items, and the order in which you fill the panniers.  Stuff the main compartment first and you probably can’t put 2.5 Liters in the pocket.  Fill the outer pockets first, then fill the main compartments, and you will likely be able to carry a lot in those outer pockets.  I suggest that you look at the outer pockets as places to carry a few small items that you might want to access easily during the day’s ride.  Bottom line . . . these panniers are BIG!  The outer pockets make them noticeably larger than the 40 Liter Bike Packer Classic or Back Roller panniers that don’t have the waterproof outer pockets.
  • 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.
  • Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus panniers use Ortlieb’s Plus fabric, which is lighter in weight than the Classic fabric, yet still very tough.  The Plus fabric is a bit more flexible as well, and easier to handle in extremely cold weather.
  • All Plus series panniers are made from very durable Cordura fabric with a substantial, and highly durable, thermoplastic polyurethane waterproof inner layer.
  • All seams are high frequency welded with narrow manufacturing tolerances, providing excellent waterproofing.  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.
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.
  • 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!

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