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Ortlieb Back-Roller City Rear Pannier
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- Quick-Lock 1 system
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- Waterproof material
- A pair of bags
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But for just a little bit more money, the Ortlieb Back-roller Classic is a far better buy. Here are features that are missing from this pannier that the Classic includes:
* Buckles with straps that enable closing the panniers more quickly and easily across the top for quick access when using as a commuter and when total waterproofing is not as critical (I live in the desert).
* Compression straps that double as carrying handles when toting the bags around off-bike. Again, for commuters, this is pretty important. The City model does not have any straps anywhere, although a strap can be purchased as an add-on. But the price of a single strap is more than the difference between the price of the City and the Classic.
* Buckles that are opposite each other so that the panniers can be attached to each other off-bike to make them into one big blog of baggage. Again, for commuting I've found this invaluable.
* Inner pouches, with a large, flat pocket and a small zipper pocket. These are very handy for keeping wallet, keys, sunglasses and so forth easy at reach, especially since my cycling shorts have no pockets. The City has one big cavernous space in it.
Otherwise, the two models of panniers are basically the same. But these differences are pretty important to me. I'm using the bags primarily for urban commuting, but I can imagine the same features would be just as important for long-distance cyclists. I just don't think it makes sense, when buying a top-of-the-line set of panniers like this, to save $20 or so just to compromise this much. I wouldn't be surprised if Ortlieb discontinued the City at some point because it's not really cheap enough to be worth all the missing features. Had I known more clearly about all this in the first place, I wouldn't have bought the City.
I just love the Classic, but I ended up getting a better deal elsewhere, so I haven't writtten an Amazon review of that product.
As a note to Ortlieb, I would suggest considering naming the bags by model, position, and size or some variation; e.g. City, rear, 40 (for the City model, a rear pannier, and it holds 40 liters). It would make the buying and comparison process so much easier.
I expected the City pannier to be lighter and smaller than the Classic---and perhaps to have fewer features. So none of these things were a surprise.
Mostly, I am disappointed by the quality of the buckles on this model. The designer decided to do away with the adjustable center buckle, and to replace the side buckles with different, extremely awkward ones that are difficult to use. In effect, this decreases the usable volume of the pannier and makes it much more difficult to open/close.
I can't help but feel like they could have made better choices when designing this pannier. Maybe I wouldn't mind if I hadn't already owned a pair of the Classic Back-Rollers. But anyways, this is an inferior product and I would recommend the Classic over it---even for bicycle commuting.
The Ortlieb line of panniers is pretty legendary and now that I have them it's easy to see why. The material is tough and well assembled but the real star is the Quick Lock mounting system. As some have said, it's not secure from a theft standpoint, but the ability to just drop the bags onto the rack (More or less) and know they won't fall off is a nice feature and since you can just pick up the bags and walk away, you probably should whenever leaving your bike., because someone else could detach them just as easily. I think this particular pair might be a bit large for the average commuter unless you carry a fair bit of stuff. My first use was to pack everything for a four day weekend trip and it fit pretty easily (This was not a camping trip and food wasn't packed either but there was plenty of room for four days of clothing, spare shoes, etc. ). Overall, a great buy, would totally buy again (but probably won't have too).