Ortlieb Velocity Yellow backpack review$115.00

Brightly coloured German-made waterproof backpack

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The Ortlieb Velocity Yellow backpack, with its bright design and extra-large reflective patch, shares the same straightforward design as the more expensive High-Viz Velocity, which is free of external encumbrances and pockets.

It’s pretty much the same story inside, where there is just a small zipped pocket that attaches with poppers. This means you’ll have to pack a laptop carefully to keep it from moving in this impressively large bag.

The plus side to the design is great waterproofing from the rolltop closure, which is secured by super-strong Velcro.

The top strip is visible when you look behind, though you get used to this pretty quickly. And you can feel the brackets for the waist strap when you’re off the bike.

  • Weight: 980g
  • Volume: 24 litres
Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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