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  • Foam construction offers carrying comfort
  • Quickly converts a pannier into a backpack; rolls up small for easy transport when not in use
  • Padded ventilated back support is made from fold-resistant foam
  • Adjustable, anatomically-shaped straps feature reflective yarn; equipped with a chest strap and carrying handle
  • Fits Ortlieb bike panniers: BackRoller, FrontRoller, BikePacker, BikeShopper, all sold separately; also fits SportPacker and BikeTourer, not included


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Best Use Bike Commuting
Material(s) Nylon
Dimensions 18.5 x 11.5 inches
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Awkward backpack Of all my Ortlieb products this is my least favorite. The idea seems great to turn one of your back roller bags into a backpack, but in reality it makes a very awkward backpack with an uncomfortable weight-distribution. The lower attachment is also slightly hard to attach/detach. I can see its use on long bike travels where you might need a back pack for small excursions, or have to carry your bike bags over long distances. But it makes a pretty lousy backpack. Go for the Ortlieb messenger bag if you are looking for a great waterproof backpack and leave the back rollers on your rack.
Date published: 2010-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Odd but lovable utility.... Well, it might only be 4 stars but i'll give it 5 because for it's one odd use, it's the only show in town, and that use is, excuse my tautological redundancy, but to turn one of y our Ortlieb Panniers into a back pack. The reviewer that gave it three stars is quite correct on all the points they make, (it's awkward weight distribution, the difficulty of getting the two little bottom thingies in their slots and, omg, removing them is really painful, but possible once you realize it actually works), nevertheless the positives are: for a situation where you need this device it does what it is supposed to do. If you have a couple Ortlieb panniers (i use the Back Roller Plus set) on your bike, and you want to be able to turn one into a backpack, and specifically a FULLY waterproof heavy-duty backpack, then this device does it. In otherwords you could, instead, keep a tiny roll up super light weight back pack stuck in one of your panniers, but then you'd still have to deal with what you do to carry the two panniers, or more, you have on your bike. With the PannierCarrying System (pannier conversion to back pack thingie) you suddenly put one pannier on your back, the other folded up and into it also, or carry the other one, or three, with their carrying straps across your shoulders. Also, as weird and odd as the geometry of the way it hangs on your back, the weight shifting the reviewer accurately pointed to, you simply get used to it, or put up with it, and it works. Also it makes a weirdly odd, and henceforth in my opinion, quite stylish, backpack. I think especially with roller top back banniers attached to this thing it ends up with an odd but wonderful, very European but nobody has 'em, "look". I'm not into following styles, but you aren't you are "outsider" yet outsider-chíc.... One of the biggest problems, or things you have to live with or not, on this arrangement is there are ZERO external pockets on it, no waterbottle carrier or anything. (unless i guess you use it with a compatible pannier that has them on it... the Back Roller Pluses or original Back Roller Ortlieb panniers have no pockets on the outside, nor ANY dividers inside...) That's a problem in my opinion. But, you learn to live with it. Your water bottle should be non-spillable and/or kept in another back itself, and is put inside your backpack, as is everything or anything else. Get big sized plastic ziplock bags, or mesh bags to segregate gear into if you need to. You CAN buy an Ortlieb pocket for the outside... some people stick them on, but some use the correct powerful adhesive and thus there is zero risk of stitching causing leaks... Personally, i think they are nice just without anything glued on 'em. Anyway, the only reason you'd consider these, normally, is if you already got a pair, or more, of the compatible Ortlieb panniers, in which case this thing is it...... it's VERY well made and serious in build, functionally, and this conveys an aesthetic also. or maybe you're going back and forth as to whether to get into Ortlieb or a different system, in which case you are evaluating that the Ortlieb's having this conversion device (thought it doesn't look or feel like an afterthought, though it looks and feels.... weight distribution and the way it hangs from you back... DIFFERENT... anyway, good luck all with your choices.... I think the other reviewer's points are all excellent and right on, who gave it only a three star.... i think he was even forgiving on the difficulty of those bottom insert things (have you tried getting them OUT yet?)... but seeing this Ortlieb backback conversion device ONLY a three as its overall review, when the quality and construction of these Ortlieb panniers, and this backpack harness, stand head and heals above most junky inferior stuff out there, well i couldn't bare it. i guess you'd call it customer loyalty of some sort. Somebody, that makes a good model, should put a photograph of this thing on someone's back, as if it were a haute couture chíc accessory, and/or piece of survivalit gear.... I'll try to find some model and photograph them with this gizmo on and upload it down the line if i can. Good luck in your choices!!!
Date published: 2017-03-25
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