Ortlieb Duffle RS 85 review£215.00

Expedition-oriented kit bag

BikeRadar score4/5

In anyone’s books 2.85kg is good for an 85l holdall with plenty of expedition-biased features. The tough PD620 outer material is reasonably flexible, meaning the bag doesn’t hold its shape well, but it’s tough and should shrug off a lot of bad weather.

Likewise, the zippered opening is long, with a sturdy, lockable, weatherproof zip. However, this easily catches on fabrics packed inside the bag, as there’s no zip guard.

There’s not much in the way of organisation with this bag – just a small pouch inside and a sleeve on the outside. There are daisychain loops on the outside though, which are handy if you need to strap more items to it.

The long, lockable zip is a boon, though a guard behind it would nullify the risk of snagging on the contents:
The long, lockable zip is a boon, though a guard behind it would nullify the risk of snagging on the contents:

The long, lockable zip is a boon, though a guard behind it would nullify the risk of snagging on the contents

The Duffle's profile is relatively short, with a correspondingly wide wheelbase. There’s lots of ground clearance and the space between the wheels has an aluminium plate for durability.

The lack of much structure means a lightly packed bag will sag a bit when pulling on the lightweight and comfortable strap-adjustable handle, even with the internal compression straps used. There are a couple of grab handles and the Duffle benefits from also having padded and adjustable shoulder straps.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Seb Stott

Technical Writer, UK
Seb is a geeky technical writer for BikeRadar, as well as MBUK and What Mountain Bike magazines. Seb's background in experimental physics allows him to pick apart what's really going on with mountain bike components. Years of racing downhill, cross-country and enduro have honed a fast and aggressive riding style, so he can really put gear to the test on the trails, too.
  • Age: 24
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  • Weight: 85Kg/187 lbs
  • Waist: 86cm / 34in
  • Chest: 107cm / 44in
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  • Preferred Terrain: Steep!
  • Current Bikes: Focus Sam 3.0, Kona Process 111, Specialized Enduro 29 Elite
  • Dream Bike: Mondraker Crafty with Boost 29" wheels, a 160mm fork and offset bushings for maximum slackness.
  • Beer of Choice: Buckfast ('Bucky' for short)
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