Ortlieb Atrack Backpack Review — Why It’s the Only Backpack You Need

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By: Sonia Zannoni

Many hiking backpacks are available today on the market, and many of these backpacks are water-resistant. Still, very few can claim to be truly waterproof. In this Ortlieb Atrack Backpack review, we’ll look at the many features it has to offer and some pretty handy accessories that we’ll get to later…

Let’s face it, getting caught in the rain while out on the trail is a miserable experience. Sure, you manage to find shelter. Yet, you go into a panic when you discover that all your clean clothes, socks, food, and everything in your backpack are completely soaked. And there’s nothing worse than hiking a trail in wet socks and shoes. You know how that feels, right?

Well, it so happens that the Ortlieb Atrack Backpack is genuinely waterproof and was designed with convenience in mind. It’s easy to pack and easy to locate items with a zipper that runs the backpack’s length. Let’s take a look at some of the features.


  • TZIP zipper runs down the middle of the pack, making it seem like a duffle bag.
  • Four interior pockets.
  • Two outside net pockets for water bottles.
  • An adjustable back panel allows for different heights.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps make it more comfortable.
  • Padded hip belt with zippered side meshes pockets.
  • Four compression belts.
  • It comes in three sizes: 25L, 35L, and 45L, and weighs in at 50.4 oz (1430 g), 51.9 oz (1470 g), and 55.0 oz (1560 g), respectively.
  • Available in three different colors: black/beige, petrol, and rooibos. 
  • Hydration hose port.
Ortlieb Atrack Backpack Review — Front View.
Ortlieb Atrack Backpack Review — Back View.

Before jumping into the Pros and Cons, watch the video below showcasing some of the awesome features of the Ortlieb Atrack Backpack:


Waterproof and completely air-tight.

TZIP zipper allows for easy access while also being a theft deterrent.

Excellent accessories add to the versatility of this backpack.

4 zippered inner pockets help keep your gears organized.

5-year limited warranty.


The Ortlieb Atrack backpack is a little on the heavy side in comparison to other backpacks in its category.

Stiff Zipper. Because the zipper is waterproof, it may be difficult to move. Some backpacks come with a lubricant. If not, Ortlieb recommends applying a lubricant if you have trouble with the zipper.

It was challenging to find anything negative about the Ortlieb Atrack backpack other than perhaps the weight and maybe a stiff zipper.

The TZIP zipper hidden between the back panels means that should you drop your backpack, the zipper won’t be damaged.

Ortlieb Atrack Backpack Accessories

Few companies can make the claim that their backpacks are completely waterproof. This backpack is waterproof, and the nylon material is also tear-resistant and PVC-free. Another added benefit is the accessories that can be purchased separately. So let’s check them out.

Atrack Hydration System: The Atrack Hydration System is designed explicitly for this backpack with a 2-liter hydration bladder, bite valve, removable tube, and protective cap.

Atrack Hydration System.

Here’s a video on how to install your Atrack Hydration System.

It also comes with a thermal sleeve that keeps water cool for hours.

Attachment Kit for Helmets: great for climbers and bikers. The attachment kit solves the problem of carrying your helmet with you when you’re not wearing it. It can be attached to the front or top of the backpack. Your helmet will fit snugly and securely.

Attachment Kit for Helmets from Ortlieb Company.

There’s also a specially designed toggle to use with helmets with large vents that can be attached to your backpack belt or by using a daisy chain. The attachment kit includes 2 helmet toggles.

Gear Attachment Kit: for the true winter enthusiast. This kit is a must if you enjoy winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. The attachment kit can easily hold trekking poles, snowboards, snowshoes, skis, and even tripods.

These attachments allow you to securely attach gear to your backpack while preventing rattling and shifting.

All the elements can be connected to daisy chains or tension straps. These straps may also be compatible with other Ortlieb backpacks.

Gear Attachment Kit for Atrack Backpack.

These accessories make this Ortlieb Atrack backpack even more versatile than other more popular packs. Now that we’ve explored the product, let’s take a look at the company. Where did it all start? 

The Ortlieb Company

Ortlieb backpacks were born out of a frustrating bike trip taken by the original founder, Harmut Ortlieb. In 1981, after experiencing a very wet bike trip in southern England, he returned home. He began making backpacks out of truck tarps using his mother’s sewing machine. 

The company was then founded in 1982, and all products are made in Germany. Its mission is to produce the best waterproof products on the market. Today their product line includes bike bags, backpacks, and accessories. Many of these products have won awards over the years.

Final Thoughts

The Atrack backpack is a tough piece of equipment that checks all the boxes. It’s not just for hitting the trails. Take the Ortlieb Atrack Backpack canoeing, skiing, or any other water sports outing. You’ll never have to worry about your gear getting wet.

It comes in three different sizes and three different colors with an adjustable back panel for better fit and comfort.

Having the zipper between the shoulder pads means that you won’t have to worry about traveling with this backpack. There’s no chance that the zipper will open even accidentally.

If you have any questions or comments about the Ortlieb Atrack Backpack, please be sure to leave me a comment below. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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4 thoughts on “Ortlieb Atrack Backpack Review — Why It’s the Only Backpack You Need”

  1. Well, you definitely proved a point that this is the only backpack that we will need.

    I like that the Ortlieb Atrack Backpack is 100% waterproof because, as you said, many backpacks available nowadays claim to be waterproof. However, once you find yourself in a heavy rainstorm, you discover, unfortunately, that it is not the case.

    Also, very clever of the Ortlieb company to make this Atrack backpack open like a duffel bag!

    I will definitely consider the Ortlieb Atrack backpack as a serious contender for my next hiking backpack!

    Thank you for this information.

    • I am glad to see that you agree with me… that the Atrack backpack is the only one you need!

      I think that you can’t go wrong by picking the Ortlieb Atrack Backpack as your trail companion for your next hiking excursions! And if you are ready to invest a bit more, you can get awesome accessories to complement the Atrack backpack.

  2. Thank you for your review of Ortlieb Atrack Backpack. I am getting tired of finding the right backpack, and after I used it a few times, I also find something that I do not like and ended up buying a new one, and the cycle goes on.

    The only thing that I do not like about this backpack is the weight, but I can live with that. I love the fact that it has many accessories. I am going to check it out.

    • Even though the Ortlieb Atrack backpack is on the heavier side, it is still an awesome pack. One thing you can do to help with the weight is don’t overpack your backpack! A common mistake made by many hikers out there, including myself!

      If you need help to avoid overstuffing your backpack, read my post about how to pack your hiking backpack. I hope it helps. Thanks for stopping by.


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