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Ortlieb Velocity Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 113 reviews

We have checked tens of reviews and found 9 reasons to buy the Velocity - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

92% of the reviewers give the Ortlieb Velocity a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (74%)
Good (18%)
Average (4%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (2%)


Reviews Summary

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

Reviewers like these things about the Ortlieb Velocity

  • Reviewers said that It's great for walking around town, biking, and overnight hikes.
  • Reviewers also said that the foam ventilation system keeps the users back from getting sweaty when it's hot.
  • One great feature mentioned by many users is that the detachable inner pocket fits their pens, phone, sunglasses, and computer cord just right.
  • They also mentioned that the straps are easy to adjust.
  • Users commented that the single-compartment design is versatile and can carry anything from a laptop and a bunch of books to a load of groceries.
  • Several users said that it also works as an airplane carry-on.
  • Other users said that the waterproofing has worked well.
  • Many reviewers liked the fact that the closure is easy to open and easy to close. It holds well and does not open by itself.
  • They said that there is one pocket with a zipper that can hold your wallet, phone, and keys.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • Some users complained that If the pack is full and they flex their shoulders forward, the Velcro pops open.
  • Another user complained that after a few years of consistent use, the seams are coming unglued at the point where they roll down against the hard plastic back liner.


Crowdsourced specs across all Ortlieb Velocity models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight2.1 oz (1 kg)
Length iconLength16 in (41 cm)
Width22 in (56 cm)
Height4 in (10 cm)

The bag is recommended for these activities:


Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Ortlieb Velocity features:
  • Waterproof

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


vs Ortlieb Bags

The Ortlieb Velocity ranks #3 compared with the other Ortlieb bags.

1Ortlieb Back Roller
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2Ortlieb Dry Bag
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3Ortlieb Velocity
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vs All Bags

The Ortlieb Velocity ranks #1318 compared with all the bags we have checked.

1316Brooks Dalston
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1317Ortlieb Velocity
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1318Quechua Arpenaz
Quechua Arpenaz
1319Alps OutdoorZ Commander
Alps OutdoorZ Commander
1320Alps OutdoorZ Pursuit
Alps OutdoorZ Pursuit

Vs Other Bags

Crowdsourced comparison of the Ortlieb Velocity vs the Ortlieb Commuter.

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Ortlieb Velocity vs Ortlieb Commuter

Ortlieb Velocity
Ortlieb Velocity


Based on 113 reviews
Weight: 2.1 oz
Price: $$

Ortlieb Commuter
Ortlieb Commuter

Based on 6 reviews

Weight: 1.6 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Velocity is rated a little bit worse than the Commuter.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 119 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Velocity is 31% heavier than the biggest Commuter (2.1 oz vs 1.6 oz).

Carrying handle
Laptop compartment
Water resistant

Both bags are available in these colors:

Only the Velocity is available in these colors:

Only the Commuter is available in these colors:

Selected Reviews

Road CC

Waterproofing is the Ortlieb Velocity's headline feature, and for that reason alone it's worthy of consideration, but it does have its flaws. Impressive waterproofing, but there are better backpacks available for the money.

Posted 4 January 2016 by Ash Quinlan - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019