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Ortlieb Vario Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

We have checked a few reviews and found 11 reasons to buy the Vario - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Ortlieb Vario:

Reviewers like these things about the Ortlieb Vario

  • A lot of users thought that the Ortlieb Vario bag combines the functionality of a pannier with the convenience of a backpack.
  • Other users found that its pockets were sufficient to store and organize things securely.
  • Reviewers noted that the bag has padded straps for a more comfortable use.
  • Other reviewers said that the interior makes room for files and a laptop as well as any touring gear.
  • Several users observed the bag is durable due to its construction and fabric.
  • Many of those who have tried the pack thought that the bag is versatile.
  • They also mentioned that the bag has two neoprene pockets on its exterior.
  • Others said that the bag could be utilized for everyday use.
  • Many testers noted that the bag has a sly compartment to hold a helmet.
  • They also mentioned that it has chest straps that are hidden in zippered pockets.
  • They also noted that the bag has a waterproof capability.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A user said that the bag does not have enough compartments to make things organized.
  • Another user thought that one of the zippers does not function well.

Vs Other Bags

Crowdsourced comparison of the Ortlieb Vario vs the Vaude Cycle.

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Ortlieb Vario vs Vaude Cycle

Ortlieb Vario
Ortlieb Vario


Based on 0 reviews
Price: $$$

Vaude Cycle
Vaude Cycle

Based on 11 reviews

Price: $$

  • The Vario is rated quite a lot worse than the Cycle.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 11 reviews of the two bags.

Both bags are available in these colors:

Only the Vario is available in these colors:

Only the Cycle is available in these colors:

Selected Reviews

Bike Radar

Works just as well fixed on the bike as it does on your back. Pretty pricey, though.

Posted 2 March 2012 by Cycling Plus - Read full review

Road CC

The first thing you notice about the Ortlieb Vario, aside from its Ninja friendly good looks (it does come in two colours other than post-industrial mat black- red/black or lime green/black) is that it’s got all sorts of complicated looking bits and pieces attached to it.

Posted 24 June 2010 by Lara Dunn - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019