With more commuting than usual here at Cyclo over the last few months we’ve been taking a look at some pannier options to take the strain (and sweat) off our back and have settled firmly and favourably on the Ortlieb Back Roller Classics. For more than two decades this venerable manufacturer have been the first – and last – word in no compromise waterproof pannier solutions and the Classics provide beautiful and simply engineered packs that, assuming the roll-top has been correctly fitted (a little practice recommended), is both air- and water-tight.
Measuring up at 42 x 32 x 17cm and weighing in at 1.75kg the 40litre capacity is not only ample for commute clothing, laptop, iPad (with Cyclo app, natch) and all the trappings of commercial life but arguably more than enough to see you through some comprehensive touring too. Quickly and easily fitted with the QL1 system, the bags take a handy shoulder strap for carting and the tough construction with integrated 3M Scotchlite reflectives looks hardy enough to outlive your bike (and possibly you too…)
Not the cheapest bit of kit on the market with an RRP of £105 for a pair, but if you are looking for near indestructible quality and a (probable) cast-iron guarantee that water will stay firmly on the outside then invest you should. Plus, for the fashion conscious, they are available in a nice range of six colours. What’s not to like?