Reviews of Ortlieb Back-Roller City Rear Pannier (pair) - Red/Black

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StarStarStarStarStar Love these panniers for grocery shopping!

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Ownership: two months
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Waterproof, large capacity, easy attach/detach, very secure.

Cons

None, these are great!

StarStarStarStarStar My husband loves them!

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

I bought these for my husband about 6 months ago. He commutes to work via bike and loves these panniers. They are easy to fit onto the bike and they are attached very securely. They are waterproof, can hold his suitcase, change of clothes and shoes, lunch, and have room to spare. He gets compliments on them all the time and for the price, they were definitely worth it.

Cons

I should have bought matching shoulder straps for them too. Will be purchasing those soon.

StarStarStarStarStar great product

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

great bags no problems

Cons

when bouncing down the trail the bottom clip can disengage. the solution is to use a bungee cord or something to keep pressure inward.
I was on a single track very rough when this happened.

Other Thoughts

4 stars because they should come with carrying handles and down low extra attachment bungee. the bags are super tough and carry a half rack of soda no problem

StarStarStarStarStar Awesome Panniers!

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Great fit, highly waterproof and durable.

Cons

None.

StarStarStarStarStar Miles and miles

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Ortlieb panniers are the absolute best product out there. They hold plenty and keep the weather out. I wouldn't trust another product as much as I trust Ortlieb. Second set.

Cons

Can't think of any

Other Thoughts

Miles and miles

StarStarStarStarStar Good Locking system

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: low

Pros

Best locking system I have used so far.
Easy to put on and take off
Even though the paint of my rack has been removed where the locks attach, the locks are in pretty good shape.
Good color makes you visible.
Sturdy bag without signs of wear

Cons

Not as stable as I would like at higher speeds.
Needs to be balanced for heavier loads
I did not receive the adapters which change the locks for thick tube rack to skinnier tube racks. Has worn off the paint on my rack where the locks attach due to significant bouncing. Concerned something might fail due to this (rack or pannier).

Other Thoughts

Some friends think I ride like Mary Poppins (careful, slow, avoiding drops, stairs, and jumps). Others think I ride like a SF delivery cyclist. If you ride like the SF delivery cyclist with heavier loads, fast speeds, on rough roads (or off road when confronted by someone/thing on the road you have to maneuver around) you might want to go with the standard version. So far this pannier has gotten into my wheel rarely (high speeds, jumps (small ones like a curb), or heavy unbalanced loads) and in a few months removed the paint from my rack with all the bouncing.

StarStarStarStarStar Great Bags

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Ownership: several months

Pros

Nice durable bags
Works great with standard racks and the QL3 Rack
Love the size and shape

Cons

Volume size refers to both bags, not a single bag.

Other Thoughts

I wish they'd make the rollers in a QL3 design.

StarStarStarStarStar Waterproof City Panniers

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Ownership: two weeks
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

Waterproof, easily loaded and attached to rack.

Other Thoughts

I have one overnight trip on these. They stay attached and don't rattle going down the road. To improve mine, I bought a bunch of stuff sacks to keep things organized. The roll top is great with no zipper to break.

StarStarStarStarStar Ortlieb Back-Roller City Rear Pannier: Pair; Black

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Ownership: a few months

Pros

Waterproof, secures well on bike rack, spacious.

Cons

No pockets in internal compartment. Can be difficult to carry.

StarStarStarStarStar Great product

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

-Easy to use
-Waterproof
-Spacious

Cons

-No shoulder strap so not the easiest to lug around

Other Thoughts

-Recommend!

StarStarStarStarStar Great buy

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Ownership: a month

Just what I wanted. Good price. Quick delivery. These bags have made my commute much easier. I added a couple shoulder straps that I had laying around.

StarStarStarStarStar Great Pair

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

- Great price for two bags
- Water-proof
- Easy to put on and take off rack
- Plenty of space for treks, daily commute and more
- Two D-rings on closure clips so you can buy your own shoulder strap

Cons

- Can't adjust closure to accommodate for amount of items in bag (this is when your own adjustable shoulder strap can come in handy)

Other Thoughts

I couldn't commute daily without these bags. I usually only need one for my things and my purse slung around my shoulder.

StarStarStarStarStar Best of breed

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: high

Best of breed and best for the price. These are the older version and don't have the strap that you don't need anyway. They also roll and clip which I think is a better system than the new version. Very waterproof and nothing much that can go wrong. Everything else is a cheap imitation.

StarStarStarStarStar Nice bags, good value.

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

100% water tight. Simple setup and attachment. Reasonable price. Lots of storage.

Cons

Easy for things to feel disorganized because there is only one pocket. There are also struggles even with organization if what you want is at the bottom of the bag.

Other Thoughts

On a four bag setup I personally would opt for 2 large Ortlieb bags. This could cover clothes, camping gear, and other large items. Then I would probably opt for a bag with multiple pockets in the front to keep small items organized.

StarStarStarStarStar Great for Bike Commuting

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: somewhat low

Pros

* Completely waterproof
* Attaches to bike rack securely
* Lift off the rack easily
* Spacious

Cons

* No quick access; the dry-bag style opening means getting to anything in a closed bag is not a simple task

Other Thoughts

I got these so that I could commute to work without carrying a backpack. I've loved using them. Got caught in the rain one day, but everything in the bags was completely dry!

StarStarStarStarStar Perfect

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Ownership: one year
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Work very well, hold up great in daily use environments, keeps everything dry in the rain. Love them!

Cons

Almost too small for a full size laptop, but it works. Every commuter seems to have the same bag.

StarStarStarStarStar great alternative to full-size ortlieb panniers

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

These bags have worked out so well for us, the classic ortlieb panniers just looked too big and bulky for commuting (plus they were almost twice the cost). For about half the price, these were ideal for us. We were really happy with how fast they shipped too.

Other Thoughts

We had to go on youtube to find a video showing the actual product and how big it was in relation to a bike. We were a little confused because the dimensions listed for these "city panniers" were the same as the "classic" version, which just look so much bigger. So we ordered this product not really sure what we were getting but we were really pleased with the outcome and would definitely order from this site again.

StarStarStarStarStar Great Bags!

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: low

Easy on. Easy off. Waterproof. They are simple and dependable.

StarStarStarStarStar Basic

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Sturdy construction

Cons

Difficult to close, no shoulder strap (there are loops on the clasps, but no strap). Last model had an internal pocket that was very handy (so it's not just a bottomless pit).

StarStarStarStarStar Great panniers

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Used them to ride the Great Allegheny Passage and the C & O canal. They performed superbly. Easy to remove and replace, very secure no problems with them coming loose and I had them packed full.

Cons

No compartments so things you may want quickly move shift to the bottom and you end up taking a lot of stuff out looking for things.

Other Thoughts

Use them now for commuting and errands. Work well when using one or two.

StarStarStarStarStar Best deal I could find for an excellent product

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Water proof. Tough material-durable. Easy to attach to the bike frame.

Cons

I haven't found a downside to them yet.

Other Thoughts

I would like to have a pair that are slightly larger, but these have done well for me. The interchangeability about them is awesome. I use them on my mountain bike rack as well as my Pack Wheel. (Pack Wheels are push along hiking carts we use to carry our gear on camping trips instead of on our backs). I don't have to make any adjustments when attaching or switching them to either style rack. These panniers are solid and don't tear when pushing them through oak brush. Above all, they were priced better here than anywhere else I shopped. It was an excellent purchase which I have no regrets making.

StarStarStarStarStar Great bags

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

These are great bags - waterproof and easy to mount and use during a trip. Just roll the top and lock it - done. Nice reflective parts of each bag to keep you visible in low light. Tough material to last.

Cons

None

StarStarStarStarStar Nice city sized bags

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Ownership: several months

I would give these 5 stars but if you have them loaded they are very difficult to close up. Otherwise very nice quality. Also they should give you shoulder straps so you can carry the bags if you park your bike.

StarStarStarStarStar Great bags, great price

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Ownership: a month
Tech Knowledge: average

Pros

Waterproof, durable, great price, great product.
Easy on/off the bike.

Cons

None.

StarStarStarStarStar Awkward clips, otherwise great bags

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Ownership: several months

Pros

Waterproof
Attractive/Clean Design
Large Capacity
Adjustable to Fit Rack
Quick-release Handle

Cons

Awkward Side Clips
No Compartments
No Shoulder Strap

Other Thoughts

The closure mechanism is awkward and a bit frustrating if you're in a hurry. I much prefer the center buckle style of closure. Otherwise, these are great large-capacity bags that can adjust to fit multiple rack sizes. The handle automatically releases the bag from the rack, which is very convenient.

StarStarStarStarStar Good product and fast delivery

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Ownership: a few months

StarStarStarStarStar ortlieb back-roller city pannier

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Ownership: two months
Tech Knowledge: low

Pros

ortlieb quality

Cons

actual capacity greatly reduced due to closing mechanism. traded them in for classic back rollers, which has a larger capacity due to adjustable closing mechanism.

Other Thoughts

would be great if cargo is small and always the same. the closing is simple and easy. dont be fooled by capacity, it is much less than other ortlieb panniers.

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