Several companies make backpacks-cum-panniers but Ortlieb make what we think is the best. In its pannier guise, the Vario’s shoulder straps fold into the zipped vertical front pocket, a stiff internal backing plate ensuring there’s no disconcerting wobble behind you.
Chest straps keep it in place in its rucksack mode, the wide shoulder straps and rubberised padding ensuring it’s comfortable. It’s made from waterproof nylon, with Ortlieb’s usual high quality construction, has two external pockets, an internal pocket for a 15in laptop with plenty of room to spare. It’s not a quick swap from rucksack to pannier, but it performs well in both modes.
|Name||Vario backpack/pannier (12)|
|Description||• Waterproof backpack with roll closure and Quick-Lock2 mounting system • Application as pannier and backpack • Tear- and abrasion-resistant nylon fabric • Padded carrying system can be stowed away in the zippered front pocket • Quick and simple fixing of carrying system to rear of bag • QL2 hooks need not be removed • 2 lateral neoprene outer pockets (not waterproof) • Integrated fixing for bike helmet • Size fits DIN A4 documents and 15.4-inch notebooks • Inner pocket • 2 reflectors • QL2 anti-theft device and padded notebook sleeve available as optional accessories • Dimensions (H x W x D): 50 x 28 x 20 cm • Volume: 20 L|