Ortlieb Back Roller Plus review

Both a commuting and touring favourite, Ortlieb pioneered the fully watertight, seam-sealing process. The Back Roller Pluses use a lighter-weight Cordura finish, fully backed by a laminate, which is more eco friendly and expensive than the heavier, arguably tougher PVC versions (Classic Top Roller, £82.50). The design is incredibly simple - they're easy to get into and straightforward to shut - a lid version is also available. The mounts are very easy to adjust, requiring no tools, and have loads of range for positioning. Although the feel is more plasticy than the mounting system used on the Classic range, we haven't had any problems with durability. With the insert supplied, the clips are a touch tight for a standard 10mm diameter - a basic carry handle releases it. There are two big reflective patches, an internal pocket and a shoulder strap.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £104.00 RRP
Ortlieb Back Roller Plus

Our review

Lightweight, high quality, fully waterproof panniers - expensive
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Both a commuting and touring favourite, Ortlieb pioneered the fully watertight, seam-sealing process.

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The Back Roller Pluses use a lighter-weight Cordura finish, fully backed by a laminate, which is more eco friendly and expensive than the heavier, arguably tougher PVC versions (Classic Top Roller, £82.50). The design is incredibly simple – they’re easy to get into and straightforward to shut – a lid version is also available. The mounts are very easy to adjust, requiring no tools, and have loads of range for positioning. Although the feel is more plasticy than the mounting system used on the Classic range, we haven’t had any problems with durability. With the insert supplied, the clips are a touch tight for a standard 10mm diameter – a basic carry handle releases it. There are two big reflective patches, an internal pocket and a shoulder strap.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Back Roller Plus
Brand Ortlieb

Capacity 40
Depth (mm) 325
Features Fully watertight seams
Height (mm) 340
Sold As Pair Yes
Weight (g) 1400
Colour Black/Blue
Additional Bag Features Internal pockets Reflective Stripes Shoulder Strap Waterproof
Closure Mechanism Buckles
Shell Material Cordura
Position On Bike Rear
Specific Function General