Our 185th Collective Reward comes from the waterproof experts Ortlieb, who are giving away a couple of Toptube Frame-Packs to randomly selected site supporters. Learn more about our latest prize package and become a member of the Bikepacking Collective to help make our work possible here…

When it comes to truly waterproof bike bags, no one has been doing it longer than Ortlieb. Since 1982, to be exact. I’ve been using their bags since my early days of touring on a wobbly bike with four overstuffed panniers, and they’ve never failed to keep my precious cargo dry. It’s been fun watching the company’s evolution throughtout the years, and I even had a chance to visit their sprawling production facility while I was living in Germany a couple of years back (find that post linked in the Further Reading grid below).

  • Ortlieb Frame-Pack Toptube Bag Review
  • Ortlieb Frame-Pack Toptube Bag Review

Ortlieb debuted a line of bikepacking bags in 2016, and they’ve regularly refined the range in subtle and not-so-subtle ways during that time. One of the latest updates that caught our eye was the addition of a long-awaited color alternative to black, and we think they nailed it with the new Dark Sand color, which was launched earlier this year. Today, we’re excited to share that we’ll be giving away a couple of Ortlieb Toptube Frame-Packs to randomly selected members of the Bikepacking Collective, up to a $170 value for our lucky winners, who can choose between Black or Dark Sand and 3L and 4L sizes.

Ortlieb Frame-Pack Toptube Bag Review
  • Ortlieb Frame-Pack Toptube Bag Review
  • Ortlieb Frame-Pack Toptube Bag Review
  • Ortlieb Frame-Pack Toptube Bag Review

If you missed Neil’s recent Toptube Frame-Pack review (also linked below), he found it to be a practical and hardwearing partial frame bag that offered a surprising amount of space inside and had a stable and secure fit. More broadly, he was impressed that someone managed to make a bag with a zip that’s actually waterproof thanks to its 3D-welded construction and burly TiZip zipper. The 4L version he tested measured 19.7 x 5.1 x 2.4″ (50 x 13 x 6cm) and weighed in at around 190 grams. Inside, he fit layers, a repair kit, a stove, his kitchen/dopp kit, a pump, a tube, and 1.5 liters of water, concluding that it’s an ideal option for bikepackers seeking a “simple, durable, waterproof partial frame bag with attention to detail and plenty of usable space.” You can find full details over at Ortlieb.

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