Originally Posted by NOS88
I know I could ask in the Touring or Communting forums, and perhaps will. But I wanted to post here first. I'm considering getting a set of these to use in the rear. Standard size panniers are a bit larger than I need for daily commuting and I find that I fill them up with stuff I don't really need. (I'm a believer in the adage that if you have space you'll find a way to fill it up.) I'm interested in: 1. ease of mounting, 2. ease of use, 3. actual ability to keep things dry, and 4. longevity. These seem to be a bit pricey, so I don't want to make the investment to only regret it later. So, any of you using them?
My wife and I have used Ortlieb panniers extensively since we switched over to them 7 years ago, including a set of Front Roller Classics. We have used them a lot, about 15,000 miles of touring during that time, plus a lot of grocery hauling, and commuting. If I ever wear them out, which I doubt will happen, I'd buy Ortliebs again. IMO they are worth the cost. I think this is one of the times you get what you pay for.
1. Once you figure the mounting system out, they are very easy to mount and dismount on the bike. It takes about 2 seconds! The mounts are sturdy and secure.
2. I prefer the Rollers, but my wife uses the Packer Plus series. I believe the the Classic Front Rollers are easy to use. They are easy to adjust for load volume. They are also easy to put on the bike and easy to take off.
3. They are waterproof! We have ridden a lot in the rain, and from our experience Ortlieb panniers are everything they claim to be. On a 3-month tour we encountered 35 days of rain, and they performed just as advertised.
This was on a tour last summer. I was washing the mud off of my front panniers. I did not bother to empty them, just took them off the bike and hosed them down.
4. They are very durable. I have not had a problem with the mounts or material. This is my right front pannier after a high speed encounter with a tall curb. The damage is only cosmetic, the bags are still waterproof. I really believe that any other pannier that I have previously owned would have been unserviceable or required major repairs after a scrape like this.
I was using my front panniers on the rear for a long weekend trip to test out a new bike. The rain we encountered this day tested both the riders and panniers. I didn't install fenders on the bike because I was not sure I was going to keep it--big mistake.
Did I mention that I really like Ortlieb products? Oregon Coast.
Last edited by Doug64; 12-14-13 at 11:17 PM.