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I recently switched to this backpack after using a North face Surge backpack that I bought in August 2016. That bag was fine for dry days but when it rained it did let in water which was a poor design for a laptop back. So after a colleague recommended an Overboard bag I decided to give it a go.
I travel daily by train which means I spend a lot of time walking too and from train stations. The rain seems to be getting heavier and heavier these days so I needed a bag that would put up with the harsh weather.
The bag I was using previously was a 30L but I was amazed at just how much more space I have in this bag, Its like Mary Poppins bag. I have been able to merge my two bags down to this one bag (Gym duffle and laptop backpack) and I still have room.
There are no compartments inside this bag its literally just a sack so if you have anything you want to keep handy its probably worth buying a little neoprene case for them, for example keys. You can buy an Overboard laptop insert for about £15 but I am just using an AmazonBasics neoprene laptop sleeve for £8.
An example of what I am able to carry in this bag:
1x pair of running trainers 1x large microfibre towel 1x pair of shorts 1x T-Shirt 1x pair of socks & boxers 1x MacBook Air 13" in neoprene sleeve 1x laptop charger 1x large sports bottle 1x large lunch box 1x small case that holds keys, wallet, usb keys etc 1x Coat ....There is still room in the bag!
Reluctantly I did drop my bag into a bath full of water to test it and it did keep everything dry.
Read earlier reviews before buying this and some were not favourable - however, I liked the look of it and considered that if it fell apart as others had suggested (holes etc) then I would be contacting the seller (obviously considering wear and tear and length of ownership) But - looking at the bag itself it appears at first glance to be of excellent quality - a very practical design and perfect choice for using on a motorcycle due to it's hi viz colour on the back panel. Wearing a hi viz jacket then covering it with a rucksack defeats the objective of being seen on the road!!! I will come back and give a longer term review after using for a reasonable length of time but I am at this stage very happy with the bag - hope this helps
The overall waterproofing is of good quality, however, the inner part of the backpack in question in void of any pockets, or compartments making an absolute nightmare to get anything out. Firstly, taking gear, especially costly equipment, in an pile can cause damage to said items and secondly it is very frustrating to have to rummage inside the pack to find what you are looking for. Whereas the product may be fit for water sports, it is not fit for purpose for storing items in a tidy and safe fashion. Sorry guys, in today's epoch of production and design, you have fallen far short of my expectations hence the 1 star review. You could do more with incorporating pockets, chambers and other within the deign itself, rather than having to have to purchase, in other words, up-selling, a fit in, Velcro pocket which is, among other things, of extremely poor quality. Devil is in the details they say.
Love it. Opened flat measures 50cm x 70cm. Closed drops to about 55cm. Depth is about 15cm but it bulges more if you need to without any problem. It is more spacious than I thought, which is great, it has a single big compartment inside, material is all rubber, completely waterproof (some parts have an extra nylon layer for nice looks). Convenient side pocket for a bottle, and 3 hooks on the front to hang more stuff. Also comes with a carabine and a metal ring (useful to hang your keys on one of the hooks).
I can easily fit two kayak seats for the Sevylor SK100 DS (with some room left for food), or two drop-stitch floors for Sevylor SK100 DS plus a big hand pump 2800 cm^3 ... I'll probably buy another one so both me and my wife can carry all the bits for our two SK100 DS (drop-stick floors, pump, seats, etc), except paddles and main kayak body. Previously we were hassling strapping all that on the bikes with bungee cords.
The shoulder straps are wide and padded but could have had a little more padding (I'm a little skinny), though I'm not bothered since our main usage would be to carry the kayak bits to the river while cycling.
This is one impressive bag! If you’re looking for a rucksack with handy zipped compartments and inner pockets - this isn’t it. However this is a an exceptionally high quality waterproof bag and very comfortable to wear. I bought a thirty litre model and use for my daily cycle to the station. It will swallow a two piece suit, shirt, shoes, laptop, toiletry bag and my lunch without a problem. Thinking of getting a twenty litre version in another colour for the weekend. Recommended!
Early days yet and as I commute by bike it will get some use. The material seems a lot more flexible than the Polaris one it replaces, the material had cracked on that one after about one year so I'm hoping that this one last longer that that. As with most of these bags the only downside is that it is all one space, so I bought some of the smaller waterproof bags that are recommended for it (off Ebay as cheaper) and they solve the problem. I'll hopefully update this review after further use.
It's been a year since I bought this. I needed a bag that would keep my work clothes bone dry whilst cycling to work...and it hasn't disappointed !! An excellent , durable bag thats served me well so far.....
18 months on.. one of the back straps came loose... gutted , but I bought another one immediately. I ocassionally use it to carry my once/twice weekly grocery shopping in. This might have exacerbated the wearing of the strap over time, I'm gonna try and repair It's still the best waterproof rucksack I've ever owned...so here goes for a 2nd time..
I bought this for a coast to coast cycle. I wanted to avoid panniers because of the weight. Our first day was very wet and the back pack was none dry. I was surprised how comfortable this pack was considering we were riding fir about 8 hours a day. The quality is excellent and I am delighted I bought it.
I bought this for keeping my kit dry for wet day sea swims. It’s perfect for my needs, I can fit everything I need into the roomy bag, and the side mesh pocket it perfect for my post swim warm drink flask. The bag is well made, very waterproof and comfortable to wear in my walk to and from swims. I’m glad I made this purchase, so would recommend to others 😃