WATERPROOF – that was of the utmost importance to the contemporary Ortlieb GmbH, founded in 1982 by Harmut Ortlieb in Nürnberg. The first products, such as dry-bags and saddle bags, were made by Harmut on his mother’s sewing machine from the tarpaulin off lorries.


What started with very primitive tools and materials has now become a worldwide leading high-tech venture. The characteristic of Ortlieb products is the waterproof fastening, whether this be a roll fastening, a Tizip zip, Velcro or a Quick-seal zip lock. Many of the various parts are patented and normative in the bicycle and Outdoor market.