ORCA 45 Waterproof Bike Panniers

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Streamlined design with durable fabric and a mounting system you can count on. This waterproof pannier stands up full or empty.

If your rack tubing diameter is bigger than 15mm (and up to 21mm), you will need the Oversized Cam-Lock. More details here

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79 in stock

From: CAD$154.99

(1 customer review)

Key Features

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Ride Like The Wind

Our welded seam technology ensures that the bag will stay dry no matter the conditions you ride in. Our patented Cam-Lock® mounting system will keep the bags on the rack, regardless of the load or road conditions. No one else offers such a solid and reliable mounting system for bike panniers. Many smaller details make this bag unique, an internal organizer for easy access to documents, maps, tablet, wallet, etc. This means you won’t have to empty half the bag to reach these.

A plastic protector at the bottom backside of the pannier adds protection between the bag and the rack and will avoid any premature wear caused by friction against the rack. We also added D-rings for an optional shoulder strap, This is very practical when travelling at the airport or simply carrying your panniers around at the end of a long ride. Many small details make these panniers functional, durable and most importantly fun to use.

Technical Specifications


Volume for the pair: 45 L (2 750 cu. in.)

Weight for the pair: 2.29 kg (5.5 lbs) or 2.02 kg (4.56 lbs) without the removable internal cradle


Volume for the unit: 22.5 L (1 375 cu. in.)

Weight for the unit: 1.145 kg (2.75 lbs) or 1.01 kg (2.28 lbs) without the removable internal cradle

Questions? We can help!

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Equipped With Our Cam-Lock® Mounting System

This patented technology allows you to securely attach and remove a bag pannier to your bike rack in seconds.


1 review for FOR ORCA 45 Waterproof Bike Panniers

  1. Julia

    Just a testimonial here on the waterproof Orcas. I have the 45L. Last September I was riding north of Parry Sound on the Seguin Trail. Going into it I did not realize that it was such a tough ATV trail, this year especially. There was serious flooding along the route, but most of it I could carry my bike on my shoulder and wade through. One water feature however, was going to be above my waist. I decided I’d try to tiptoe with my bike along the vegetation at the side. That vegetation gave way and myself and the bike went completely underwater. Completely. After the initial panic I hoisted my bike up and out of the water as fast as I could and onto dry land. It was 12°C, in the middle of nowhere, and my first thought was that my entire sleep system (hammock and quilt) and all my clothes would be soaked and I was in trouble. In fact, everything in my Orcas was completely dry. I went on to finish a 100km ride that day, camped, and rode 135km the next day, finishing my weekend trip. These panniers saved my trip!

  2. FLTGear

    I’ve been using Arkel panniers for many years, my XM series had been my go to gear for long tours. Although I still love my XM’s, recently switched to the Orca 45 and 25 combination. These are excellent panniers; hold a tremendous amount of gear, waterproof, and the rugged material is simply awesome. I like that the bottom protector can be removed – that was a big help when I needed to flatten out the panniers to store in a duffel bag for a plane ride.

    I was concerned at first about heel clearance, since I have a size 14 foot and that was one of the reasons that I bought the XM’s with their narrow design. But I’ve used the Orca on several racks, even on a folding bicycle, with no problems. On a Tubus Logo with the lower top rail, it would mean retying the bungee cord to shorten it. Just ended up using my Tubus cargo rack instead.

    Price wise they do some a bit high when compared to Ortlieb, although the Orca’s do have an additional small outside pocket that the Ortlieb classic lack. All in all, these panniers look to last a lifetime.

  3. Jeremy

    I really think these are great panniers. I recently upgraded from low quality panniers I found on Amazon that got me started, and now that I’m interested in getting into touring, I wanted larger and higher quality panniers. This definitely fit that description, and I’m happy I got this. 210$ is definitely not an easy price to handle for the average person, but they’re obviously high quality and I’ll most likely not need to buy new panniers for many years to come, so it’s an investment worth making.

  4. Philippe

    The panniers are just perfect. A 12-pack of beer in bottles fits right in ! Love them !

  5. Jake

    Great pannier. Been using Arkel for awhile in Seattle. These really work great and they also look really good on the bike. Love the Orcas and the arkel cam system is second to none. At around 100 per pannier the price is very reasonable too. All in all I’m very satisfied and felt good supporting goods made in our neighbor to the North. Would recommend and buy again.

  6. Free Rider

    I use these panniers to bike to work. So far they have worked great. I have used these for the last 2,000 + miles on my bike. I loved the can not say enough good things about the cam locking system and the quality. The Arkel Panniers have the best attachment method I have seen. These would work great for touring, but are also good for commuting. The exterior of the bags does get marked up if you lean the bike up against objects. As another reviewer noted, if you are in a consistant down pour sometimes you do notice your contents are a bit dam. I did notice this on a day when I went riding in a heavy down pour and flooding, but was not sure because I put damp items in my bag. Personally I can say that I would not have any hestiation about putting a electronic device (cellphone, laptop etc.) in the panniers and riding in a rain storm. I have done so several times and have not had any issues.

    I would say if you do not have a kickstand buy black bags… the Arkel logos are reflective and noticable at night. I noticed that the black color seems to hold up better compared to the red. The pockets on the Orca’s are great quality and were a great upgrade over the previous Orca 40 bags. Another huge plus is that Arkel does sell patches for their bags. So if life happens you can always patch them! Great panniers I would not recommend anything else.

  7. Michael

    I recently purchased a Pedego Stretch e-bike and had a frustrating search for suitable carrying bags. Fortunately a fellow Stretch owner, a photographer led me to Arkel.
    I could not be happier with the bags. Vancouver is in the middle of an ancient rain-forest and the Orca 45 is perfect for my trips!

  8. Jamie

    I’ve had the chance to use my panniers for everyday commuting as well as a small vacation in Banff, Alberta. In total, I’ve maybe travelled a little over 1500km on mostly dirt road, single track and paved roads. The bags are built with a high quality material and I think they do what they are suppose to under normal circumstances.

    In terms of “waterproof” I have to say that some of my belongings became somewhat damp after a few days of riding in some good downpours but nothing out of the ordinary. I would be reluctant to put something electronic (camera or computer in the long term in the bags if it was constantly raining).

    My only true disappointment is with the bags’ handle. Mine literally split in half already after less than a year of use. I will be contacting customer service to see what they can do to help.


  9. Mark

    My wife and I share a set of the Orca 45’s, using one each to carry our lunch, clothes and other items on our daily commute. Even fully loaded, having a pannier on only one side of the rack is not an issue for the bike’s balance. The panniers have done about 2,000km of commuting so far and look just like they did on day 1. The quality is excellent; I particularly like the metal rail assembly that should be much more durable than the plastic components on many other panniers. With the lower adjustable hook, the connection to the rack is solid. I carry a shoulder strap inside the bag that I use with the provided clip rings to carry the pannier off the bike. Using the integrated handle is ok for short distances, but since the handle is on the back side, the balance is a bit awkward.

    As advertised, the panniers are fully waterproof. With the roll-top closure and rugged material and buckles the construction is solid. I’m very happy with this product and it’s great value despite the price.

  10. Jason & Julia

    We have been on the bikes for 2 months now and everything has gone great. Kicked off in England for about a week and then caught the ferry to France and had about a month there, we have now been in Morocco for around 3 weeks.

    We have just come out of a 1 week trip through the High Atlas which was both beautiful and absolutely brutal. The bikes and bags took a beating but stood up to the test beautifully. We took (unknowingly) what turned out to be a donkey trail through two 3000m passes. We had to drag the bikes over boulders and along eroded river beds for 2 days. In the end we had to hire a guy and his donkey to haul our panniers out as we couldn’t physically drag them any further. We’ve put them through the best product testing you could hope for. Well this last 7 days was it! And they were brilliant. Couldn’t have asked for more.

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