You plan on living out of this Pair of Ortlieb's Bike-Packer Plus Panniers on your Summer of Cycling tour across the country. Ortlieb made these panniers out of PU-coated Cordura to withstand the heavy abuse required with seasonal tours, and it'll certainly shed rainfall and snow once winter rolls around. The lid top access blocks not only wet weather but dust when you hit those long, dusty roads. Both the panniers also feature Ortlieb's innovative QL2. 1 system that lets you mount and release each pannier with a simple pull of a handle. Each pannier automatically locks onto the rack the moment you mount it; it's compatible with 16mm racks, but Ortlieb includes hook inserts to fit 8, 10, and 12mm racks as well. The QL2. 1 system also features a semi-elliptical hook at the bottom that you can adjust and rotate to fit your rack so the pannier doesn't bounce as much as regular panniers. Ortlieb also added 3M Scotchlite reflectors to further enhance the visibility needed to ride in low light.
Designed for those picking up groceries and carrying bulky items on their bike, the Ortlieb Trunk Bag RC replaces your traditional pannier or commuter pack by attaching to a rear-mounted rack. Ortleib's Rack-Lock system attaches to practicably any rear-mounted bike rack on the market, ranging from 2. 4 to 6. 3 inches across. Ortlieb claims it'll carry up to 22 pounds, so you can use the Trunk Bag RC on bike touring adventures and everyday rides to pick up your groceries. It's designed to be impervious to heavy downpours and road spray with its waterproof fabric and roll-top closure, meaning your precious items won't become ruined when a passing storm dumps rain with seemingly no notice. There's an external (non-waterproof) pocket for quickly grabbing and stashing essentials like your keys and wallet, plus an internal organizer pocket for safely storing smaller items. And because your daily commute and adventures often extend well past sunset, reflective accents and a tail light attachment ensure you're visible to passing whizzing by on the road.
You're on day four of your bikepacking trip, and your freshly river-washed chamois didn't dry out last night. Not to worry, though, you've got your Ortlieb Mesh Pocket to let the air pass through it all day. This convenient bag can be secured to just about any pannier with the included mounting hardware, holding on snugly to the outside with room for a pair of shoes or a helmet in its lofty mesh bag, and folding up neatly when its not in use, while adding in a boost of reflective tape for visibility. The bag itself is made from a light mesh to let air in all day, and features a drawcord closure that cinches down to secure your gear for the ride ahead.