Reviews of Ortlieb Rack Pack Medium Yellow

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StarStarStarStarStar Ortlieb Rack Pack Medium

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

I used this bag to cross the Ortlieb panniers on the back of the bike for touring. I love the attachment system that holds it securely in place. You can put lots of stuff in this bag and have fairly easy access to it when you stop.

Cons

My only con is that I would like to have areas of separation or some netting to separate items you want to find quickly.

StarStarStarStarStar Great Water Proof trunk bag

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Ownership: a few months
Tech Knowledge: somewhat high

Pros

The Ortlieb Medium bag is waterproof. I used it in 3 days of rain on a 150 mile bike tour and it kept all water out. The roll top must be rolled down 3 times per Ortlieb for complete waterproofness. That limits the height of the bag, but you don't want it tall anyway on top of a rack. The best part of the bag is it attaches at two points to Ortlieb roller top panniers. You don't need extra bungee cords or tie downs to attach the Rack Pack to the rack, this applies only to the small and medium bags. You must also not overfill the roller top panniers or you could defeat their waterproofness when attaching the Rack Pack to the panniers. This is because it is the weight of the Rack Pack bag that holds the panniers closed if it is attached to the panniers. The straps on the panniers must be used to hold the Rack Pack securely and so the pannier straps are not used to seal the top of the pannier. It's a great bag.

Cons

Carrying any bag on top of panniers or on top of a rear rack raises the bikes center of mass which creates balance issues with the bike. The volume of the Medium Rack Pack is pretty much the same as the volume of a pair of Ortlieb front Roller top panniers. Moving items from the Rack Pack to front panniers balances the load on a bike much much better than using a trunk bag.

Other Thoughts

Ortlieb bike bags are very well made.

StarStarStarStarStar Outstanding value

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Ownership: several months
Tech Knowledge: high

Pros

Just the right size.
Comes off and on easily.
Easy to roll up to keep elements out.
Yellow color adds visibility.
Cleans up easily.

Cons

None

Other Thoughts

Three of us have used these bags on top of our rear panniers for bike camping, including a 9 day trip through rain and snow from the plains of Texas to the moutains of Colorado. There is nothing better. Items that must stay dry, and need to follow you into the tent each night, go into this bag.

StarStarStarStarStar Great, durable, waterproof bag.

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Ownership: more than a year
Tech Knowledge: average

Great, durable, waterproof bag. I have 2 31 liter bags and one 90 liter bag. They hold all our stuff on the motorcycle. Great product.

Cons

none

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