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Wet gear in bike packing now belongs to the past. With the start of the bike season, as the waterproof bag specialist ORTLIEB launched our new bike packing product line at the Sea Otter Classic Festival in Monterey, California. Bike packing starts where bike touring –in the classic sense – ends. From ultralight singletrack tours to all-out backcountry off-road touring. We have created a new line of bags to help you get out and stay out in all weather

All products are 100% waterproof and made in Germany.  Ortlieb designed a new line consisting of three bags that cover important storage locations on the bicycle.The bike packing line includes the following products: a Seat-Pack, Handlebar-Pack, Accessory-Pack. All products are available by mid-April 2016.

Here are links to some early reviews of the Ortlieb Bike-Packing line:

Bike-Packing Part 1
Bike-Packing Part 2


Bicycling .com

Cycle Trade


Interbike 2015 Reviews

We made it through another week in the land of excessive flashing lights and smoky yet air conditioned desert that is Las Vegas.  Don’t get us wrong we enjoy meeting our retailers, catching up with old industry friends and making new ones (quick shout out to Faraday-they make rad e-bikes!). But the only thing sweeter than returning to our fresh, clean PNW home is reading all the awesome reviews! Here are links to what the top magazines are saying about our new 2016 products:

Bicycle Times Magazine

Momentum Magazine

Western Bike Works:

Velo News

Thanks for all the Ortlieb love and see you next year!

E Bikes+Ortlieb = the Perfect Match

When stripped down the main purpose of Ortlieb bags is to carry your possessions from point A to point B and keep the contents dry while doing so. No bike on the market allows you to travel from point A to point B faster and further between distinations than e-bikes. The integration of Ortlieb bags and e-bikes seems like a no brainer and the “Bag Man” agrees! Read his review of Ortlieb products below:

Electric Bike Report: Waterproof Ortlieb Bike Bag Review by the “Bag Man”

Ortlieb Velocity


The Velocity waterproof backpack is a versatile bag for urban outdoor & cycling environments. Thanks to our friends at Triptent New York who created this video.


Duffle RS

There are several light-weight roller duffle bags in the outdoor market today. They attempt to achieve the goal of easy travel when heading on an adventure, but all fall a little short. We can proudly (and perhaps biasedly) say that Ortlieb has made the ultimate adventure-travel roller duffle- the Duffle RS. This bag was the winner of the 2014 European Outdoor Industry Award and soon we expect it to be top choice for retailers and consumers alike.

One of the features that makes the Duffle RS stand out among its competitors is that, like all Ortlieb products, the bag is 100% waterproof. It utilizes 3-d welding (pioneered by Ortlieb) and a combination of PVC-coated polyester and cordura fabric to ensure its water-tight nature. The zipper, which runs the length of the bag, is a TIZIP waterproof zipper. The zipper can also be locked using the integrated wire loop and small cable lock.

The designers paid special attention to the roller function of the bag. They opted for an adjustable grip handle that has plenty of leg clearance for comfortable towing instead of a heaving telescopic towing frame. The bottom is reinforced with foam padding to enhance stability when fully loaded. The industrial grade wheels are 90mm and set in a rigid floor plate made of contoured aluminum for increased floor clearance. It is ideal for both airport terminals and rugged outdoor terrain.

Reading over this, it sounds like a bunch of marketing gobbledygook, but this bag is the real deal. See the chart below for how the Duffle RS compares to other brands. As employees of Ortlieb we are stoked to offer this bag to the outdoor community. Basically, there is no other word but “cool” for the Duffle RS.