Guaranteed waterproof and incredibly durable, ORTLIEB bike bags, backpacks and travel bags have long enjoyed the best reputation among bike and outdoor enthusiasts. Their bike bags make for the perfect companion when you’re out biking, bikepacking or touring! Hikers, climbers, canoeists and many other adventurers rely on the quality of our outstanding gear. You’ll encounter waterproof ORTLIEB bags throughout the world, accompanying their owners on hikes in the Catskills, expeditions in the Himalayas and bike tours in the Australian Outback.

What’s behind the legendary “Made in Germany” waterproof quality? ORTLIEB work exclusively with durable materials, advanced bonding methods and best types of closures. For instance, they use high frequency welding to meet the highest of waterproofing specifications. This helps to distinguish ORTLIEB products as true outdoor champions compared to other merely sewn or glued products.

Durable Materials

ORTLIEB’s outstanding waterproof quality is based on selected materials that are developed for specific applications. Such materials include polyester, nylon and Cordura fabrics that are coated on one or both sides. If a fabric is coated on one side only, the opposite side will retain its textile look. If both sides of a fabric are coated, they will both have the familiar tarpaulin look. ORTLIEB’s thermoplastic coatings meet extremely high waterproof specifications, and are therefore far superior to most commercially available tent or backpack coatings. Ideal for bike tours in heavy rains and other tough weather conditions.

Advanced Bonding Methods

The coated fabric used by ORTLIEB – including all welded seams – continues to resist leaking when exposed to a 100,000 mm column of water! This extreme degree of waterproofing is achieved using a process known as high frequency welding (HFW). Instead of applying heat from the outside, HFW involves the application of high frequency voltage to the objects that need to be welded. The voltage causes the molecules within the various materials to vibrate and, essentially, to generate heat. Softened from within by the heat, the materials are then bonded under high pressure, leaving the welded seam at least as strong as the surrounding material.

Whether it’s a matter of taking a stroll through town or going off on a bike tour around the world, bike bags and backpacks by ORTLIEB are the best for those who want to venture outdoors no matter what the weather. Waterproof, built to last, multifunctional and produced according to principles of sustainability, our bike bags and backpacks stand for adventure and responsibility. With equipment by ORTLIEB, the world is your home.


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