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  • Roll-top closure with strap and adjustable alloy hook
  • Reinforced thermoplastic urethane bottom
  • Lightweight, ventilated shoulder straps
  • Removable waist and sternum straps
  • Loops for U-lock, helmet and blinking light


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Best Use Cycling
Bag Style Backpack
Frame Type Frameless
Gear Capacity (L) 21 liters
Gear Capacity (cu. in.) 1,281 cubic inches
Weight 1 lb. 10.8 oz.
Material(s) Nylon
Number of Exterior Pockets 1
Hipbelt Yes
Dimensions 19.7 x 11.8 x 6.1 inches
Gender Unisex
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful cycling pack Great cycling bag! Ortlieb has always made good panniers and I'm excited to see they have branched out into quality cycling packs. This pack is lightweight, durable, and even stylish. Several interior pockets and a laptop sleeve, as well as a discreet exterior pocket round out this wonderful bag. Its a well engineered and comfortable, especially for summer riding-- anyone who rides a bike in the summer know about the dreaded back sweat! While no bag completely eliminates this problem Ortlieb's air flow design significantly mitigates it. You can't go wrong with this one!
Date published: 2016-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One durable bag This is my first Ortlieb bag that I purchased for commuting to work on my bike. Big plus is the insert with small pockets organized with a zipper. Also, this bag has a slot for your lap top as well. Great look and it accomodates clipping lights on the outside pack easily with the multiple slots. Shoulders straps feel comfortable. Only 4 stars because the sternam stram does not lock into the shoulders straps. They easily can fall out. I ended up using some small zip ties to ensure they stay on when I take the bag off. 5 yr warranty, can't really beat that.
Date published: 2016-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great daily commuter backpack I'm a daily bicycle commuter since 2008 in Seattle. For this review I'm going to be drawing comparisons between this model -- Commuter City -- and an older Ortlieb-produced model -- Velocity. I owned the Velocity for over two years before switching to this newer model back in May of 2016. Commuter City has improved on the Velocity in all the right areas. Pros: Waterproof This is important for bike commuting in Seattle (it rains a lot here in fall and winter). This bag passes the water proof test easily -- the shell is polyester lined with a waterproof membrane. Even in a downpour it keeps all contents dry. Reliable and improved closing mechanism This was the biggest drawback on the Velocity -- the closing strap was velcro. The problem being over time the stickiness of the velcro wore off to the point where it would not even hold the bag closed -- especially if it was full. That has been updated to a stainless steel buckle hook that you slide in to one of the three notches. Easy, quick, secure, and it will last. Light(ish) weight Ortlieb improved on this from the previous iteration, the weight savings is noticeable, they got rid of the plastic panel that lined the back portion of the bag, as well as using lighter, thinner material for the shoulder straps (Velocity was 2.14 lbs., this one 1.7 lbs.). The lighter weight doesn't compromise the storage capacity, in fact, the Commuter has 1 liter more capacity than Velocity (21 vs. 20). Slots for rear blinker light There are three slots to place your rear blinkers (such as Planet Bike's SuperFlash), and this time there are two located a bit offset to the left, roughly 10" from the bottom of the bag and 6.5" from the bottom. They are positioned lower so when you are hunched over the handle bar the blinkers should be more visible than it was on the Velocity where the slots were located near the top of the bag. You could also attach your u-lock using these slots. Interior compartments of various sizes to store the essentials: flat tire kit; wallet; phone… Velocity lacked compartments -- it only had one small pouch inside. Commuter has a padded laptop compartment (do people still carry around laptops these days, though?), and a zipped, large pouch, inside which contain four more smaller pockets for your smart phone, keys, and what not. Exterior compartment They added a pocket on the front of the bag, which Velocity did not have. It's nice to have a storage for quick retrieval of things like your house keys and your key card, without having to unlatch the hook and unfurl the bag, etc. This was not ideally implemented, however, it's better than not having it at all -- more on this in the cons section. Rigid surface for back comfort While they did away with the hard plastic backing, they kept the firm foam pads (18 total) that come in contact with your back. These do two things: 1) they help to keep the back of the bag rigid even without the hard plastic board inside, so when you have unevenly shaped hard items in your bag (such as say, your bento box or a can of soda) it doesn't jab into your back causing discomfort or pain. The foam pieces help distribute the pressure more evenly across your back; and 2) they provide "some" (read, better than nothing) gap between your bag and your back to allow for air to cool down your sweaty back. Comfortable shoulder straps They did away with the thick padded straps in favor of thinner, lighter straps that help to keep your shoulders cooler, and they are wide so they sit comfortably on your shoulders. Understated design The design is more subdued, a bit more upscale (or more grown up, or more boring, depending on your taste), than the ubiquitous messenger bag look of Velocity. For me, this is a plus. Well made The construction of the bag is high quality. The seams have tight bonding, there are no loose stitching to be found. The bag is made in Germany to a high standard. Cons: Exterior pocket zipper orientation While it's good to have an exterior pocket, the vertical orientation of the zipper is not ideal. The vertical slit makes it more cumbersome to deposit items like my keycard and keys, since they have a tendency to just slide back out. I would have to fiddle with getting things in, make sure nothing is hanging out or falling out then quickly zip it up. I would have preferred a more traditional horizontal zipper so I can simply drop things in. Visibility The three colors the bag is available in are all dark, and it lacks big reflective patches -- the small Ortlieb logo (2" across) located at bottom right is the only reflective material. Overall this bag does many important things right for a daily bike commuter. It improves on the older Velocity model in many respects, and it's well worth the extra $35 over that model. I would highly recommend this backpack.
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best wet bag ever Have many wet bags, but this is the best functionary and looks. Gave away at Little Cayman when my private guide like it so much. And, purchased same on e when I got from the trip. Best!
Date published: 2016-07-11
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How waterproof is this bag? Does it have a rubber liner or is it just the water-resistant fabric?

Asked by: jacobbbbbbb
The Commuter City Cycling Pack does not have a rubber liner. The fabric on the pack is weather-resistant and the pack should have no problem protecting your gear in the rain, but it is not waterproof due to the nature of the bag closure. The pack has an IP64 rating.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-08

About how many changes of clothes can you put in this bag? Need to carry two cycling kits and two changes of business casual.

Asked by: Madman
​Unfortunately, that information is not available.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-17
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