Originally designed in 1981 by a young German bicycle tourist, the Ortlieb Back Roller Classic panniers have become the world's 'quintessential' panniers, and the product that all others are compared to. Originally coveted by long-distance touring cyclists for their durability, waterproofness and ease of use, in recent years they have also become wildly popular among everyday cyclists—it turns out that the same things that make them great for touring make them great for commuting and life in general.
But Ortlieb have come a long way from their beginnings as a pannier maker. They are now one of the world's biggest manufacturers of bags and luggage solutions for the cycling, outdoor and urban market. Their range includes backpacks, bikepacking bags, office bags and camera bags, among many other things. All Ortlieb products are still made in Germany, are waterproof, and come with a five-year warranty.