The Ortlieb Handlebar Pack is a large waterproof pack capable of carrying bigger pieces of kit for real bikepacking adventures. As with the rest of the Ortlieb bikepacking range this is a high quality product that is well designed, with a strong durable construction.
Indispensable if you’re planning to spend nights in the great outdoors while on your bikepacking tour, the ORTLIEB Handlebar-Pack is a waterproof pack with 15 liters of space for your sleeping bag and sleeping pad. It also helps to ensure a balanced pack and load distribution on your bike. Thanks to the two-sided roll closures, you can easily access your stuff at any time. Compression belts and drawstrings on the outside enable you to stow and attach additional equipment.
If you need extra volume, use the four hooks to attach the Accessory-Pack to the Handlebar-Pack. The mounting system, consisting of spacers and two straps with ultra-strong Velcro closures, ensures a stable attachment to any handlebar type. Integrated plastic stiffeners on the inside of the handlebar pack and an attachment fixture for the head tube provide reliable stability in any terrain.
Ortlieb's Handlebar Pack - M is another well designed and well built piece of bikepacking kit. This is a significant size and with ends that roll then clip close, compression straps and an external draw string you can adjust this pack to suit your trip needs. It was large enough to fit a sleeping bag and mat along with a few additional pieces of kit. This would be excessive for single day outings but it has worked perfectly on overnight and a couple of multi-day trips.
The adjustable straps mean that this doesn't bounce about on rocky trails and I didn't really notice the additional weight in terms of the balance and handling of the bike. Even with pretty muddy trails and a few river crossings the pack handled it all with ease and the contents remained dry and after a good wash the pack looked in perfect condition.
- Reviewed by BasecampGear