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Ortlieb weaves a waterproof bicycle basket, pannier inserts, Velocity packs & more! [Remote Otter]

ortlieb waterproof panniers and backpacks get upgrades for 2020
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German waterproof bag expert Ortlieb has just made a waterproof bike basket. Yes, it’s real, and no, it’s not as ridiculous as it sounds. Designed to the keep the elements out, it’ll also keep a little ice and condensation in, so you can get some fresh foods and drinks to your picnic in style.

They also have a new, smaller size of their iconic waterproof backpack, plus pannier inserts to help you organize…whether it’s for bikepacking, touring, or commuting, it’ll get your stuff together. Check it all out in their Remote Otter video right here:

Ortlieb Velocity backpack’s new size

ortlieb velocity waterproof commuter backpack with internal organization for laptops and tablets

Ortlieb’s Velocity pack has been a mainstay of their line for years, and now it gets a new smaller 17L size and fresh colors for spring/summer 2020.

Ortlieb packing cubes for pannier bags

It also gets internal organization, with a padded laptop sleeve and zippered pockets. The 17L Velocity retails for $140, and the original 23L size is still available for $150.

Ortlieb Pannier Packing Cubes & Commuter Insert

Ortlieb packing cubes for pannier bags

Got a bunch of stuff bouncing around in your pannier bags with zero organization? Ortlieb’s new Packing Cubes make it easier to keep things more accessible and easy to find when you’re daytripping or bikepacking. Or maybe you just want your toiletries in an easy-to-grab pack when heading to the gym. The three pack is shaped to stack and nest perfectly inside their waterproof pannier bags and retails for $50, though they look like they’d work just fine in most brands bags and backpacks.

ortlieb commuter insert with laptop sleeve for bicycle pannier bags

For those who bike to work, their Commuter Insert (also $50) offers padded protection for electronics, a water bottle/insulated cup sleeve, and a padded laptop sleeve. Handles make it easy to pull the whole thing out and carry into the office.

Ortlieb E-Glow Handlebar Box w/ Locking Mount

ortlieb e-glow handlebar box bag with lights

The E-Glow handlebar bag (box?) is designed for e-bikes and can plug into compatible systems to power it’s lights. Or, use any USB battery pack to get them glowing. It has a front mesh pocket with reflective patch, a clear top sleeve for phones or GPS devices, and clicks into the locking mount shown below. Check the video up top for more details on how it all works. Retail is $125.

locking handlebar mount attachment for ortlieb bags

The E-Bike mount with lock uses a cable security system to keep it on the bike, with mounting legs spread wide enough to go around many e-bike computer mounts. They also make a regular version with a narrower stance for standard bikes. Retail is $30 for each model.

Ortlieb Up-Town Urban waterproof basket

ortlieb waterproof handlebar basket for bicycles

The Ortlieb Up Town Urban is a waterproof basket that attaches to their handlebar mount shown above and gives you a sealed container for transporting lunch, drinks, or anything else you want to keep safe from the elements. Retail is $110.

Ortlieb Commuter Daypack High Visibility

reflective commuter backpack for cyclists with waterproof construction

Using reflective, PVC-free Cordura yarn throughout the entire exterior, the Ortlieb Commuter Daypack High Visibility shines brightly as soon as light hits it from any angle. Like all their bags, it’s waterproof and protects your assets, and now it’ll help protect your…self, too. The material is on the shoulder straps, too, helping you be seen from the front as well. It has 21L of storage, a reinforced bottom panel, and exterior daisy-chain loops and slots for your helmet, a light and even a U-lock. Retail is $285.

Save 15% on all purchases through May 31st, 2020, with code MayPromo15.


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4 years ago

The organization stuff looks like a great idea, although it adds some weight. I suspect that much weight probably isn’t something that concerns riders who need those though. The basket is interesting but I’m having a hard time seeing how that’s different from a handlebar bag?

4 years ago

The glowing handlebar box might be a plus, but i suffers the same defect as other handlebar-bags by Ortlieb : you can’t use a handlebar lamp with them, because the bags are too high over the bars 🙁
Otherwise excellent products, Ortlieb.

4 years ago

How has Ortleib made such great stuff for sooo long and only now coming up w/ these shaped organizers?
Wait…. No, what I meant was, How have I lived out of panniers, piled my debris in the dirt at each stop, and never wondered about making organizers?
It’s either brilliant or something I don’t need. But in the rain? When I can’t find the bread, again? Seems perfect.

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