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Recommendations - Daily Waterproof/Water-Resistant Backpack

Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by race2c, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. race2c

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    Hi EDCF,

    As my recent job transfer has constituted some changes in my daily carry, I wanted to reach out for some recommendations/opinions on a new backpack with some new requirements.

    • Preferably non-tactical or minimal tactical-ness (current carry is a 5.11 Covrt 18)
    • Waterproof/water-resistant is critical (my previous walk to the office was across the street, now its through a couple buildings, on the sidewalk, across a couple more streets....thus rain is a given.)
    • Black is preferred
    • Budget: $150 is maximum
    Just for some details, my current carry is a tablet, a few pens/pencils in admin pocket, Lenovo T430 laptop (and charger), first aid kit, utility tools, headlamp and mechanix gloves, various charging cables and battery pack, a 32oz hydro-flask and my lunchbag. On some rare days, I carry a pair of headphones or a bluetooth speaker.
    If I am not able to find something that fits my desires, I may just get a rain cover for the bag. Then again, I always love an excuse to get a new bag.
     
  2. Water-Rat

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    There are some ways to put a wax coating on your existing bag to help it repel water. There's tutorials on YouTube I think.

    There are some companies that make what is essentially a dry bag with shoulder straps. That would insure your stuff wouldn't get wet, but they have no organization, so you'd have to get some pouches to organize your stuff.

    A quick search turned up Aqua quest. No idea on their quality, but they have interesting designs, both a dry bag with shoulder straps and for a bit more money, a waterproof backpack.

    As you mentioned, a rain cover is a good way to save money and keep using the bag you have. There are some packs out there that have built in covers or that have a special pocket to put a cover. The cover is probably the best and cheapest way to go.
     
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  3. Ken Watson

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    I would recommend a North face base camp backpack, they are made in quite a few sizes, but regardless the base camp material is awesome in wet conditions. Should be within budget too.
     
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  4. gazz98

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    Many of the true waterproof backpacks (or so it seems) are geared toward boating or climbing Mt Everest and not made for hauling laptops and office gear.

    My wife uses a Granite Gear Boundary backpack. One reason we picked it (I helped do the research) is the repelaweave fabric does a good job repelling water according to reviews. Plus we sprayed it with Kimi Camp Dry Heavy Duty too. It seems to hold up well vs water and snow here in MI.

    Many of the big names are water resistant: Osprey, Kelty, Patagonia, North Face, etc. You might need to use a wax or spray (I'm not sure what is best, Kiwi Camp Dry is convenient) to add another layer of protection.

    I agree a rain cover might be the easiest and cheapest way to go.
     
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  5. Ken Watson

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    I would recommend a North face base camp backpack, they are made in quite a few sizes, but regardless the base camp material is awesome in wet conditions. Should be within budget too.
     
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    Check out Rickshaw Bagworks. Nothing tactical looking but I have a backpack made of waterproof x-pac material and aquaproof YYk zippers. High quality stuff. Sorry I can't post a pic now.
     
  7. 343KD

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    I was recently checking out the Condor Fail Safe pack. It was pretty well built, looked nice and it had a removable built-in rain fly attached to the bottom of the pack. The price is decent too, less than $100 on many sites. You should give it a look.
     
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    If you want fully submersible packs then i agree.. But don't forget motorcycle backpacks, they might not stay dry when pushed under water a couple feet for half an hour but they are more than adequate in a very very heavy downpour. And they are tailored more towards commuting than to heavy outdoorsy stuff like boating/climbing packs are. Check out your local motorcycling(clothing) store but do pay attention to em as lots of these have built in back-protectors (as do backpacks aimed at skiing) so make sure that that's removable as it can be annoying when using em as 'regular' backpacks.
     
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  9. race2c

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    That rain cover seems solid for 10 dollars.

    Luckily I live in a mostly dry state (southern ca), and it's more dry here than wet, but if it was more rainy and humid, I think a DIY wax layer would be more convenient than having to work with a cover over the long run.
     
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    Your post made me google that pack. Apparently it primarily goes by the model name Kaban and is made out of the same material as the Base Camp duffels (depending on the colors chosen). I ended up buying one--Kaban Transit to be exact--to use as a dedicated beach backpack. Not sure whether I should thank you or be mad at you ;)
     
  12. Jakala

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    If you want a true waterproof and useage proof pack, look at ortlieb, mine is 5 years old and only scuff and mud marks!

    Verstuurd vanaf mijn SM-G870F met Tapatalk
     
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    Verstuurd vanaf mijn SM-G870F met Tapatalk
     
  14. Ken Watson

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    Haha I know the feeling, this site is bad for that! Happens to me all the time. :)

    I have a basecamp messenger and a basecamp duffle, both with literally 100,000+ miles of travel on them. Both well thought out items that continue to serve me well.
     
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  15. race2c

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    Oh Southern California, I lived in Redondo Beach (Riviera area) for a year. Being able to hear the waves at night, going to the beach and seeing the sunrise/sunset everyday/night was nice. One of those experiences I miss. The traffic and amount of people on the other hand....not so much.

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    Ah cool! I was born in Redondo Beach. Went back a few years ago to reminisce, it's not how I remembered it in the mid 80s.
     
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    No matter if you get a waterproof backpack or not I would recommend getting a rain cover. Extra protection is never a bad thing and plus if it's cheap and lightweight.
     
  18. race2c

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    Cool! I can only imagine how the area has changed. Back in the day, no one wanted to be by the beaches....now it's the place to be.

    Jakala - What Ortlieb bag is that? I like Cor 13, but it may be to small for my use. How is the internal organization? admin pouch?


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  19. smokingfish

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    I see it as the opposite. Redondo was safe for kids to walk around at night, beaches were clean.

    Now, it's full of homeless drug addicts, thugs, and the beach is filthy.
     
  20. HardToHandle

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    Patagonia has several dry bag backpacks. Most new bags will not be in the desired $150 range.

    I have a 14-15 year old Patagonia dry pack that had a cool removable pod. I have successfully used it for kayaking and as a light travel pack. Unfortunately it has been discontinued for a decade or more.

    I did buy a similar Cabelas branded dry pack for wife. Another place to check.
     
  21. Jakala

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    Its the ortlieb vario, very little organisation; a letter shaped sleeve and a zippered net pouch.

    I used to have a A4 size grid-it in there, but now i use cheap "handbag organisers"

    See also:
    https://www.edcforums.com/index.php?threads/136454/
     
  22. race2c

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    Rain cover has been purchased and should be here Friday. I may try some other rain/water repellent stuff too.

    In the meantime, I have been looking at other bags too. Ranging from Osprey, Patagonia, TheNorthFace, a few motorcycle ones, a couple snowsport ones and so forth. One Osprey has been popping up, the Nebula, and then a few snowsport ones made by Mammut and Deuter. Just seeing what is out there at present time.