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Old 10-19-06, 04:39 PM
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Ortlieb Velocity pack

Does anyone have any personal experience with this backpack?

http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod...8000&langId=-1

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Old 10-19-06, 05:10 PM
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I have the bigger version and If I had to do it again I would have gotten the Velocity. The width makes it hard to see around when head checking. The only issue I've had is the strap pulling out where they are bolted onto the backing (from me carring some pretty heavy loads). A few nylon washers fixed the problem.

Other than these minor issues, it's a great piece of gear. Comfortable, and the rigid back keeps stuff from poking you. Totally waterproof as advertised.
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Old 10-19-06, 06:33 PM
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I've had one for almost three years now, use it just about every day. I love it! It's big enough to hold my work clothes, lunch, tools, mini-pump, rain jacket, and odds and ends. But, it's not big enough to hold all that plus a pair of shoes. I thought about getting the bigger one, but I wanted a backpack I could wear off the bike, too.

Good: It's big, totally waterproof, and very durable. By far the most comfortable bag I've ever used on a bike. The straps are removable for washing. If you take it on the subway or around town, it is completely pickpocket-proof, unlike messenger bags and zipper-shut backpacks.

Bad: No place to clip a blinking tail light. It takes two hands to open and close it, and you can't do that while wearing it. If you wear it high up on your back, the roll-up part obscures your over-the-shoulder rear vision. Although, you learn to look under it.

Oh, I found the waist strap to be useless - I cut mine off, and I don't miss it. The sternum strap keeps the bag from moving just fine if you carry really heavy stuff.

As I said, I've abused mine for almost three years now, and it hardly shows any signs of wear.
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Old 10-19-06, 06:40 PM
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Your "Bad" and the following cutting off of the waist strap was the solution to the problem!

I actually wrap the waist strap the other way around, over the back of the bag and pull it taut so that it acts as a place to clip lights. It's also useful for holding down any other oddly shaped objects on the outside of the bag (like a wheel).

Not sure about the Velocity but on the messenger (the version I have), you can remove the waist strap via the bolts -- can you not do that with the velocity then?
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Wow, I can't believe I never thought of that! That's a good idea.

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Not sure about the Velocity but on the messenger (the version I have), you can remove the waist strap via the bolts -- can you not do that with the velocity then?
No, waist strap isn't bolted on, it's sewn into the seams.

When I cut them off, I left about 2 inches of the straps still on the bag, so if I ever wanted to sew them back on I could. Maybe It's time to go find them...
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Originally Posted by absntr
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Your "Bad" and the following cutting off of the waist strap was the solution to the problem!

I actually wrap the waist strap the other way around, over the back of the bag and pull it taut so that it acts as a place to clip lights. It's also useful for holding down any other oddly shaped objects on the outside of the bag (like a wheel).

Not sure about the Velocity but on the messenger (the version I have), you can remove the waist strap via the bolts -- can you not do that with the velocity then?
I was going to remove the waist strap via the bolts but then i thought water might get in through the bolt holes. so i just wrapped it around back.
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this is just a back pack right? Not a pannier as well like the Arkel bug?
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Old 10-20-06, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Bolo Grubb
this is just a back pack right? Not a pannier as well like the Arkel bug?
Right.
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I have this bag and used it successfully for three or four years before the Velcro started to wear out. Then if everything in the bag wasn't just so, the strap would separate from the velcro. Then the velcro would start to tickle my neck, driving me bananas. I still have it but don't really use it anymore, as I picked up a Timbuk 2 backpack that I like better for when I use a backpack. But mostly I use an Ortlieb Classic Pannier with a Blackburn rack on my cross bike for commuting. I'm not in a hurry and it keeps all the weight off my back. The Timbuk has tons of pockets and this huge reflective strip on the back. It is noticably heavier than the Ortlieb though, which weighs next to nothing.
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