4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
I really wanted to love this trunk. I am a big fan of Ortlieb products, and as a four-season commuter as well as a short-term commuter, I was eager to add a waterproof trunk bag to my collection for use not only while touring but also on my daily commutes.
On the positive side, I will say that this bag did in fact prove to be waterproof, despite the fact that the roll-top is held in place only by a center hook-and-loop (Velcro) closure, as opposed to having buckles to fold over and secure the ends. Also, despite the bag's relatively diminutive size, the interior feels quite cavernous, probably due to the minimal structural reinforcements in its lightweight construction.
But this then leads to what I consider to be the bag's primary weakness it is too lightweight. At one point during my last tour, I heard something behind me as I pedaled through a construction zone, and I turned to see this trunk bouncing down the road. Picking it up, I figured that I had not adjusted the award-winning attachment system properly, and went about moving the hooks in a little tighter. Problem was, once I did this, it became noticeably more difficult to attach the bag to the rack. Because the bag lacks a rigid structure, pushing down on top of it did not easily cause the quick-release hooks to close around the tubing on my rear rack. Instead, I had to reach under the bag and force the two attachment hooks-one at a time-to close. Over the past couple of months, I have tried repeatedly to find that happy medium between having the attachment hooks moved close enough together to hold the bag securely on the rack, and yet still far enough apart that the bag is easy to attach and remove. I just can't find it. And I have tried two different rear racks.
One other example of this bag being a little too lightweight for my taste is the material used for the bag itself. Rather than the more robust material of most of Ortlieb's panniers, this trunk is made with the thinner material found in their smaller saddle bags. That single fall my bag experienced last month did noticable damage, causing a small hole to form.
So again, I generally love and have gotten much use out of Ortlieb products, but I find this trunk to be too lightweight for long-term touring use. And even just as a daily commuting bag, while I appreciate the fact that I don't need to worry about my clothes getting wet in a downpour, the inability to find that sweet spot in the attachment system that would ensure the bag won't bounce off, but still is quick and easy to use, has led me to switch back to my old trunk.
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