Its no secret that most of us would prefer to spend as much time on our bikes as possible on any given day, and to help us get the most out of our two-wheeled friends Ortlieb offers the Trunk Bag. This handy bag rides neatly on your rear pannier rack, and offers a whopping 8-liters of space to pack in groceries and bulky items on the ride. It can replace your traditional panniers, or pair up with them to boost your loaded capacity for days when you've got quite a few errands to embark on. Built to hold up to serious downpours and road abuse, the Trunk Bag is crafted from waterproof polyurethane coated nylon that sheds water like its going out of style, while holding to to abrasion. It features two external non-waterproof neoprene pockets for items that can withstand some wheelspray, and a zippered internal pocket to keep your wallet and phone securely stashed. And since your rides rarely stop when the sun starts to dip, two lateral reflectors shine brightly under headlights to keep you visible when your adventures take you out past the light of day.
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.
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.