Ortlieb Bike Panniers – Evaluating the OLD vs NEW Kinds

by jpc_touring-bicycle

You recognize I like my Ortlieb bike panniers… proper?

Nicely, I just lately determined to retire my notorious purple (7+ 12 months outdated) Ortlieb bicycle panniers with new (denim-steel blue) Ortlieb bike panniers of the very same design.

Right here’s what my new and improved Ortlieb bike pannier setup seems like:

When you watch the video above, you’ll see that fairly just a few years have handed since I bought my authentic purple Ortlieb bike panniers and due to this, there have been some minor modifications within the total design of the Ortlieb Bike-Packer and Sport-Packer Plus panniers that I like so dearly.

Right here’s a fast breakdown of the most important modifications / enhancements which have been made to the Ortlieb bike panniers / handlebar bag over the past a number of years:

Ortlieb Final 6 Handlebar Bag

The lock/handlebar bag mount has modified slightly bit, to permit for a safer attachment and better help of further weight.
The handlebar lid closure has modified from the usage of two buttons to the usage of magnets (That is the largest and, by far, the very best enchancment with the Ortlieb Final 6 Handlebar Bag).
There’s additionally a small thumb loop within the middle of the brand new handlebar bag which lets you 1) simply open the bag with the usage of one hand, and a couple of) means that you can extra securely shut the lid of the handlebar bag by locking it in place excessive of the locking mechanism.
The way in which the optionally available map case attaches to the handlebar bag has additionally been modified and now not makes use of to outdated type button attachments.

Ortlieb Sport-Packer Plus Panniers

The small exterior mesh pockets have been faraway from the brand new pannier design.
The pannier lid clips on the brand new pannier designs are sewn into the entrance of the pannier, as an alternative of being sewn into the again/backside of the bag like they was once. This reduces the quantity of fabric used within the manufacturing of the panniers, and on the identical time, reduces the general weight.
One of many two rails on the again of the pannier has been eliminated, leaving just one rail on which to maneuver the underside pannier attachment. This certainly reduces the general manufacturing value of the pannier, in addition to reduces the general weight.
Two small plastic protectors have been sewn into the underside of every pannier – meant to provide your baggage some added safety when inserting them on the bottom, and many others… however I’m too satisfied this stuff will truly do a lot to guard the panniers from any kind of damage and tear.
Two giant plastic attachments meant for use with the included shoulder strap have been sewn into the perimeters of every pannier. I want this weren’t the case, as I don’t ever use the shoulder straps and now I’m compelled to hold round 8 giant, plastic ought to strap attachments (2 on every of my 4 panniers)… which I’ll by no means, ever use (and solely add to the general weight of my fully-loaded touring bicycle).
The carrying deal with on the high of the pannier has a brand new rubber pad round it, which not solely feels higher when carrying the pannier off the bike, however extra importantly, ensures that the deal with doesn’t rub towards the spokes of your wheel whereas the bike is in movement.

Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus Panniers

The outside mesh pocket has been eliminated and replaces with a bigger, harder-to-get-into, however fully-waterproof exterior pocket. This exterior pocket cannot be eliminated.
The 2 shoulder strap attachments (like with the Sport-Packer Plus Panniers) are on the perimeters of every pannier.
The 2 rails on the back-bottom of the pannier have been decreased to only a single rain.
And the carrying deal with, identical to on the brand new Sport-Packer Plus pannier has a rubber pad round it, which prevents the deal with from rubbing up towards your spokes as you journey.

For extra info on the Ortlieb bike panniers featured on this article/video, be sure you click on right here and skim my evaluate of the Ortlieb Bike-Packer and Sport-Packer Plus panniers.

Then click on right here to buy the panniers featured on this article/video.


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