We have cycled from Rotterdam to Kathmandu and crossed Europe again from Istanbul on the return covering 38.000km with our Ortlieb BIKE-PACKER PLUS and SPORT-PACKER PLUS. Are Ortlieb panniers the best you can get? Was this the right choice of panniers? Read our review and make your own wise opinion. We have cycled through all sorts of terrain and weather, really giving the panniers a task for their money. Speaking of cost Ortlieb is probably one of the most expensive options on the market. As we have never used other brands we cannot compare our experiences. Did our Ortlieb panniers hold up the last 38,000km? Not really, read our point of view below.
Why we went for the Ortlieb BIKE-PACKER PLUS and SPORT-PACKER PLUS.
We had some experience with the classic roller and found them bulky and heavy. So when we found the Ortlieb BIKE-PACKER PLUS and SPORT-PACKER PLUS we fell for them. The fabric is lighter, the lid makes for easier access and the pocket for small stuff needed on the road is practical. The model also looks a bit more classy. We were advised not to worry that the fabric is thinner than the classic models, this though did prove to be an issue later on.