Previously I had purchased the small Ortlieb bag which was ok for a tube and multi-tool but not much else. Now with the medium size red bag, I switch it back and forth between two bikes. The mounting bracket is the same for each size. A great value!
I really like the mounting system. I use a small bag on short rides and the click and remove system is really hand. It also holds a lot for an under seat bag. A part of shoes and a rain shell fit with room to spare. I bought this for a two day ride and I think it will work great.
Perfectly watertight for well more than my needs, and the Medium has plenty of space for tube, multi tool, tire levers, patch kit, a blood sugar test kit and glucose tablets for this diabetic. If you arent carrying the diabetes stuff, a packable jacket can be crammed in there.
I bought this bag in order to avoid riding with a backpack to work. It perfectly fits spare clothing to wear in office. Cant go shopping with it but, that is not a purpose. Its small enough and you can adjust its volume based on your stuff you put in there with a couple of straps.
- While the twist closure may be unique it flat out doesn't work in practice. One twist isn't enough and two twists (if you can make two) just reduces the capacity by 1/3. And whether twisting up or down only one side wants to twist a second time.
- With closure twisted up it holds rain water.
- With closure twisted down things fall out while opening.
- Open cavern with nothing to secure keys to, which I see as a requirement with the ridiculous twist closure.
- Not a totally one-click removal like the 12-year old pack I was about to replace.
C'mon Ortlieb!! Do your engineers actually ride a bike?
This product would be 1,000% more useful if you provided a zipper instead of the two plastic Popsicle sticks!
This is a great product - well made, easy to install, easy to remove, nice wide opening. The smallest one fits all the stuff one should have while on the bike (tire lever, tube, CO2,multi tool), the largest will carry that plus a lot more. The opening is quite wide, making it easy to access the items inside. Unfortunately I had to return both sizes as my saddle is pretty low and there wasn't enough clearance to accommodate even the smallest bag. I am probably an extreme case (really short legs) but I was bummed because it seems like a bag that would perform well.
I used the Giant Scout saddle bag before I bought this product. Scout saddle bag is not bad. But too big for my intended purpose and it wasn't completely waterproof.
I ordered Ortlieb Saddle Bag, size is L. It's 2.7 Liter and very impressive waterproof performance. I ridden in the rain all day, but clothes in the bag didn't get wet at all. Awesome!
The only regret is that this product does not include Fastening Straps. So you need to purchase separately if necessary. Of course Fastening Straps is not needed for general riding, except when your contents are heavy.
Anyway, I'm very satisfied with Ortlieb Saddle Bag. I recommend this saddleback to all my friends.
I can get a bit more into this bag than in more traditional design. The simple closure is nice. The strap and D-rings permit additional items to be tied onto the outside which has helped in taking rolled papers or other commuter things to work.
The bag is well made and designed, but it's just too wide. I was looking for a decent waterproof bag for underneath the seat, but this is wider than the saddle itself. If you want to carry luggage, this is a good choice, but it is NOT a simple spare tube and multitool carrier. High marks for the mounting system idea, although it can be a bit annoying to figure out (and I'm a pretty competent mechanic). I put it on my city bike instead of where I originally planned to mount it.
I commute 9 miles each way and have been using this bag for about a month. It's large enough for a complete change of clothes (I roll my clothes, rather than folding) OR a lunch in a container, plus phone, keys, wallet. Unfortunately it's not big enough for a change of clothes AND lunch. It's easy and quick for me to drive to work on the weekends so I usually drive in on the weekend and drop off clothes for the week. This allows me to just carry lunch and my personal items each day.
The bag fits very snug on the seatpost and saddle rails and has absolutely zero movement, even when standing and pedaling hard. I've also taken it on a five mile ride on rough gravel roads and it did fine. With it being winter, I have not yet commuted in the rain, but I've used Ortlieb products in the past and I have zero concern over its waterproof-ness.
I was debating between this bag and a larger bikepacking bag such as the Revelate Terrapin or Porcelain Rocket Mr. Fusion, but I was worried they would be overkill for my application. I kind of regret not going with a bikepacking bag but this will work just fine for my needs. Ideally I'd have something with a capacity a little larger than this, and slightly smaller than a bikepacking saddle bag.
On weeks when I cannot make time to drive into the office, I use a large backpack (Osprey Radial 34) and carry my clothes and lunch.
Although this would be an incredible seat bag for the money (almost as large as some bikepacking seat bags), I actually purchased a pair to mount on the front fork of my bike to act as mini waterproof panniers. The construction is top notch and the roll top design is awesome.