Ortlieb Back Roller Free pannier review - all the ingredients of the Classic minus the PVC

Offers everything that a decent touring pannier should without the use of harmful PVC - hence 'free'

Ortlieb Back Roller Free panniers on a bike against a wooden garage door
(Image credit: Emma Silversides)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Ortlieb's Back Roller Classic is hugely popular among tourers with good reason - it does exactly what a pannier should and stands the test of time. The latest addition to the range, the Back Roller Free, boasts exactly the same functional, practical design with eco-credentials to boot. Without the double coating of PVC, the material is a little more malleable and prone to abrasions but overall it does exactly what it should without the use of one of the most harmful plastics out there.

Reasons to buy
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    100% waterproof

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    Well made

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    5 year warranty

Reasons to avoid
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    Potentially more prone to aesthetic wear than the Classic pannier

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If something works well, why change it? Ortlieb’s Back Roller panniers are a superb example of this. The rugged design does exactly what a pannier should, protecting hefty loads from the elements and offering a stable and secure attachment to a variety of racks. 

Ortlieb isn't a company to sit back and be complacent where innovation and new technologies are concerned though; its latest Back Roller Free means those upgrading or investing for the first time have a more environmentally friendly choice.

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