In keeping with its commitment to innovation, ORTLIEB has just introduced another PVC-free line of products made of polyurethane-coated polyester fabric. The base fabric of the products in the FREE Line is coated with polyurethane in a manner that ensures lasting waterproof qualities. The result is a waterproof and durable canvas material that is as outstanding as the conventional ORTLIEB canvas material when it comes to durability and service life. The products in the FREE Line are available in classic black and two other appealing colours.
The PVC-free version of the universal travel and sports bag: the ORTLIEB Rack-Pack FREE can be easily combined with Back-Rollers and Sport-Rollers on your rear bike rack. The durable, waterproof Rack-Pack is also cherished among motorcycle and canoe enthusiasts. The large opening makes it easier to access the bag’s interior.
The bag’s large payload and volume adjustability - thanks to its compression belts and roll closure - add even more convenience. The removable, padded shoulder belt and carabiners increase the Rack-Pack's comfort and practicality.
- Multipurpose bag for many activities: sports (e.g. wet diving suits), travel, leisure, biking, motorbiking, expeditions, canoeing, trekking
- Made of PVC-free, PU-laminated polyester fabric
- Removable, padded shoulder strap with snap hook
- An indication of volume on the inside
- Variable packing volume thanks to compression straps and roll closure
- Easily accessible comfortable bag with wide opening
- Can be combined with ORTLIEB Back-Rollers and Sport-Rollers on top of the rear rack
- Easy to clean inside
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is a functional and durable polymer. It has been used for many years for applications as diverse as blood donation bags and truck tarps. However, PVC has been considered controversial with regards to ecological and health aspects, due to phthalates and other plasticizers added to make the material softer. These softeners accumulate in the environment and are suspected to cause cancer.
The discussion about the general advantages and disadvantages of PVC are well known. ORTLIEB uses PVC laminations because PVC is extremely functional, and it is regarded as one of the most intensely investigated polymers. In particular, plasticizers used to soften PVC have been the subjects of long-term studies. However, ORTLIEB also sees the ecological risks in manufacturing and disposal. Therefore, ORTLIEB’s PVC fabrics are exclusively manufactured in Europe, and the plasticizers are made in Germany. DINP and DIDP are the only plasticizers (phthalates) used by ORTLIEB.
ORTLIEB’s aim is to provide a collection entirely free of phthalates and this FREE collection is just the start of that journey in employing alternative plasticizers with reduced impact on people and environment while guaranteeing at least the same product quality and product life as now.