Rear mounting, these panniers are constructed from a waterproof polyester fabric, with a lid closure and the QL1 mounting system which fits racks up to 16mm. The QL1 mounting system is reliable and easy to use; the panniers can be removed from the racks by simply lifting up on the short carrying strap, yet they'll stay in place on rough roads and trails. The Ortlieb Bike Packer Classic lid has been newly designed to optimize the packing volume, and the inner dust/snow gasket is more easily accessible. Handles attached to the bags allow for easy carrying and the 3M Scotchlite relectors on each side provide increased visiblilty.
Height: 16.5"/ 42cm
Width: 9"/12.5", 23/32cm
Depth: 6.7"/ 17cm
Volume: 2,441cu.in./ 40l
Weight (Pair): 73.4oz/ 2080g
Reviewed by: Sarah Raz 11/18/09
if you're looking for the classic, waterproof panniers, do it. basically unbreakable, high-quality bags.
Reviewed by: A customer from Austin TX USA 10/9/10
These Ortliebs are well-built, and mount securely and conveniently. I haven't had a chance to test their rainproofing, but have no reason to doubt its effectiveness. The one criticism that can be made against them is that they're each one big bag (there's a small, flat mesh pocket in each one, but it's located in a way that's not accessible when the whole pannier is fully packed), so you need to figure out how to organize the contents for ready access to what you'll need. No separate pockets must make them cheaper and easier to rainproof, but also less convenient.
Reviewed by: A customer from Pittsburgh, PA USA 3/9/11
The Bike Packer Classics are great. They attach to the rear rack easily, the connecting hardware is highly adjustable and they are very stable on the bike. The interior has one big compartment with a zippered interior mesh pocket. The shoulder straps snap on to carry your loaded panniers when you are off the bike. I would highly recommend them if you are looking for quality panniers that are big enough to hold your stuff (gear or groceries), keep it dry and last for years.