Ortlieb Sport Roller High-Visibility Panniers . . . for Front or Rear Racks
Suggested Retail = $220.00 (Pair)

COLORS . . . Black-Reflex or Neon-Yellow Reflex

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Ortlieb High-Visibility Sport Roller Panniers have reflective strands woven directly into the fabric!  Light from auto headlights and streetlights reflects from these packs, dramatically increasing your visibility when riding at night!  The Neon-Yellow Reflex fabric is terrific for both day and night visibility!  The Black Reflex fabric is not bright in the daytime, but is still night-time reflective!

  • Please Note:  All “Front” Roller Panniers have been renamed “Sport” Rollers.
  • SPECIFICATIONS for Ortlieb High-Visibility Sport Roller Panniers:
  • Height = 11.8 inches.  Width = 9.8 inches.  Depth = 5.5 inches.  Volume = 1526 cubic inches/pair (25 Liters).  Weight = 50.8 ounces/pair.
  • Add a pair of Optional Size Small Outer Pockets (220 cubic inches per pair – 3.6 Liters), and increase your capacity to 1746 cubic inches!
  • See the entire Ortlieb High-Visibility Line . . . High-Visibility Back Roller and Sport Roller Panniers, Handlebar Bag, Saddlebag, Office-Bag Pannier, and  Velocity Backpack!
  • HOW TO PURCHASE . . . Find detailed How to Purchase Info at the bottom of any product page.
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Features and INFO

Ortlieb Back Roller High-Visibility Panniers

  • The Reflective Neon-Yellow color is hard to describe.  Because of the reflectivity, the color value of light sources dramatically affects the appearance of the bags.  In the photos below you will see color variations from different lighting sources.  Viewed outdoors in daylight, there is an obvious yellow/green tint to the neon bags, but the tint varies with the time of day, and whether you are in direct sunlight, riding on a cloudy day or, or riding after dark.  After dark, the color varies from one type of headlight or streetlight to another.  Under 3500K indoor florescent lighting the photos appear quite yellow.  Photos taken under daylight balanced indoor LED lights,  approximately 5500K, have a definite yellow/green tint, so it is very difficult to take accurate photos of these bags.   It is beautiful fabric — just difficult to describe.
  • Please Note:  All Ortlieb “Front” Roller Panniers were renamed “Sport” Rollers.  Your panniers may say Front Roller High-Visibility or Sport Roller High-Visibility on the original packaging.  Ortlieb is making a running change and using up old packaging.  The name was changed because saying “Front Roller” gave people the impression that the panniers were only made for use on front racks, when they work equally well as smaller volume rear panniers.  The name Sport Roller does not suggest whether or not they are for front or rear racks, though they are more commonly used as smaller front panniers within a front and rear set.
  • The Black Reflex Fabric is not highly visible during the day, but is very reflective after dark.
  • These are Top-of-the-line panniers with the rolled “dry-bag” closure.  The High-Vis fabric is very supple and easy to roll down.  You will find them a bit easier to close than Classic rollers.  They are equally as waterproof and durable as the Classic fabric version, and they use the new more easily adjustable QL-2.1 mounting system.
  • Wayne is a HUGE fan of these new High-Vis packs.  “I feel like drivers are far less likely to run over me in traffic if they see me — unless they don’t like me!  Whenever I am asked “what color should I get,” I always say “something bright.”  The Neon-Reflex fabric makes these the ultimate bright panniers.  You must ride with them day and night to experience the full range of visibility.  They are amazing!
  • These packs are great  for all around use, touring or commuting.
  • Each pannier has an internal pocket hanging from the inside of the back panel — nice!
  • QL-2.1 Top-Hook Inserts are included in three sizes ‒ 8mm, 10mm and 12mm.  Optional 20mm QL-2.1 Top-Hooks are available.
  • Ortlieb High-Visibility 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.

Though Sport Roller panniers are most commonly used as the front panniers in a front and rear set, they are also great as smaller volume rear panniers.  For day rides when you don’t have a lot of gear to carry, you may choose to use only one.  A single pannier will not affect your bike handling.

If you only partially load a roller series pannier, you can press the air out of the unused space, and give them an extra roll down.  The panniers will ride nicely this way and the load will be better controlled.  If you see blue sky and know that waterproofing will not be an issue, you can roll the pannier tops down only slightly, and over-stuff them.  I once saw a cyclist riding home from the farmer’s market with a loaf of French bread sticking out of the top of a back roller pannier.  When you are not touring, roller series panniers make great shopping bag panniers.

  • Ortlieb High-Visibility panniers are made from very durable Cordura fabric with a substantial, and highly durable, thermoplastic polyurethane waterproof inner layer.
  • Reflective strands are woven into the High-Visibility fabric.  Light from auto headlights and streetlights reflects from these packs, dramatically increasing your visibility when riding at night!  Even the Black fabric reflects!
  • The Neon-Yellow Reflex color is extremely visible during daylight hours.
  • 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.