Always ready for what lies ahead, the Ortlieb Sport-Roller Free Panniers are packed with waterproof goodness, and the space you need to load up for a quick get away. They pack in 25-liters of storage space, and an integrated interior pocket for staying organized, making them ideal for either your daily commute, or packing up for a light bike tour. Outside they are crafted from burly polyurethane-coated polyester that shields your gear from the elements, without the use of PVC. It mounts securely to nearly any pannier rack with a tube diameter of 16-millimeters or less, and comes along with adapters for running on bikes with 8, 10, and 12-millimeter tubes, while fighting scratches on your rack. Should your ride take you through dim alley ways, or shady canyon roads, reflective Scotchlite patches shine brightly under headlights to help you stay visible as you make your way on your adventure.
There are a couple of differences between Ortlieb's Back-Roller Pro Plus Panniers and the Back-Roller Classics. The biggest difference is the capacity; together, the classics have a 40L capacity, and the Pro Plus Panniers boast a staggering 70L storage. Ortlieb also updated the Back-Roller Pro Plus with a durable Cordura fabric treated to shed water spray from raindrops and splashes. There's also an additional exterior pocket that, although not waterproof, is perfect for sunscreen, water bottles, or storing wet things. Apart from those, this Pro Plus is identical to the Back-Roller Classic. Both the Classic and Pro Plus models 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.
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.