Ortlieb looks at the rampant stereotypes of the cycling industry and subverts them. Eight women took on a course around 300 kilometres and 5000 metres of altitude difference in Slovenia…
Words and photos by Morgan Taylor
Carrying stuff on bikes can be complicated – especially when you’re a notorious over-packer who likes to have a DSLR on hand. The Wolverine is my first ground-up drop bar build in a while, and I wanted to ensure that both transporting and accessing my camera would be well thought out.
Since we got married last October, Stephanie and I have been putting the pieces together to take off on a multi-month trip beginning in July. Wanting to produce galleries and stories on the road means having a bike-camping friendly way to carry my camera gear. I decided on a Swift Ozette rando bag – and the Hinterland Collection made with X-Pac VX21 had classic rando utility with a technical, modern twist.
I got talking with Martina at Swift over email, and ended up heading down to Seattle to visit their studio and pick up my bag in person. While Martina does get out on a lot of adventures herself, she also loves to live vicariously through others. Finding out that Stephanie and I were headed in the direction of the Great Divide route and planning on sticking to dirt as much as possible, she recommended finding a robust decaleur solution for my Ozette.
While Ortlieb may be known for their brightly colored, yellow or red waterproof touring panniers and handlebar bags, the brand has developed a new line of bikepacking bags that are technical, yet utilitarian. This new line is completely welded and waterproof, available at your local dealer for ordering now. Head over to Ortlieb to see more.