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Moose
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PostFri Sep 08, 2017 4:30 pm 
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I've been looking for a truly [waterproof] backpack for an upcoming trip to a very wet and windy part of the world.  Hoping to find something approximately 20L (small enough to fit underneath the seat of a plane) that is waterproof without needing a rain cover (as I expect a lot of wind where I'm going).

So far the best one I've found is the Mountain Hardwear Rainshadow 18.  Not all of the compartments are waterproof but the main one is.
http://www.mountainhardwear.com/rainshadow-18-outdry-backpack-1709291.html

Then there's the Patagonia Stormfront, but it's a bit larger and pricier than I'm looking for (30L, $300).
http://www.patagonia.com/product/stormfront-waterproof-pack-30-liters/49154.html

Anyone have any suggestions?  Why is there such a gap in the market for waterproof packs?
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PostFri Sep 08, 2017 4:35 pm 
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I've never seen anything more waterproof than an Ortlieb pannier. You can get this attachment and make a pretty good pack out of one.

https://ortliebusa.com/product/carrying-system-for-panniers/

They actually make a 25L pack now for a fairly cheap price.

https://www.biketiresdirect.com/product/ortlieb-light-pack-25
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PostFri Sep 08, 2017 5:01 pm 
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I have a big dry bag with shoulder straps for canoeing/kayaking but you wold be nuts to carry it very far with weight. It holds 4 sleeping bars with clothes and pads. I do not know much else that is really waterproof I.e. Capable of total immersion. Sea to summit makes similar bags look at marine outfitters.

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PostFri Sep 08, 2017 5:12 pm 
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Crux RK 30 might interest you, although slightly large and pricey. Crux quality is phenomenal...
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PostFri Sep 08, 2017 6:42 pm 
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I have a 65L OutDry. It's a good pack and has been in rain, hail and snow. Like you mentioned, only the main compartment is waterproof. I just plan accordingly and put what I don't care gets wet in the non-waterproof compartment.
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PostFri Sep 08, 2017 8:16 pm 
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Here are WP pack offerings from Sea-To-Summit.

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PostFri Sep 08, 2017 8:44 pm 
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OR makes some nice light WP packs

https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/en/gear/gear/backpacks-and-duffels/dry-payload-pack/p/2501610961222
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PostSat Sep 09, 2017 5:02 am 
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Hyperlite Mountain Gear packs are made out of waterproof Cuben and have roll-down tops. I have been using them for years and consider it to be my main pack even in dry weather. When I stuff things in the big outside pocket I usually put it in one of their waterproof stuff sacks or pods.
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PostMon Sep 11, 2017 1:59 pm 
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Google:   "Dry Peak Bagger"  by Outdoor Research.  this is a dry-sack type ultralight/ultra-compressible pack. Very simple construction.  You could cut a piece of "blue foam" to size and use it to pad the back....   When backpacking this is light and thin enough to carry inside my big pack and then use for day hikes and non-technical peak scrambling.  Totally waterproof, 9 oz., 25 litres,  $75.00
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PostMon Sep 11, 2017 3:55 pm 
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I'd do the SealLine Black Canyon backpack.
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PostTue Sep 12, 2017 8:48 am 
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Not sure who makes it but if you went to West Marine, LFS or any maritime type store they sell a roll top waterproof pack. I consider the straps and waistbelt inadequate, but it does fit under a seat and keeps everything dry.
$50-60.

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PostTue Sep 12, 2017 2:56 pm 
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It seems like any waterproof pack can develop a leak. But you can put stuff in plastic bags inside your pack, or even double-bag it. Also, every stuff sack in your pack can have a plastic bag liner. That way everything has multiple waterproof covers. Then when water gets in the pack, your gear might stay dry.
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PostWed Sep 13, 2017 1:16 pm 
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Use any pack. Put a trash compactor bag in it. Done!

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PostThu Sep 14, 2017 5:38 pm 
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RE: trash compactor
That is what a lot do but under prolonged rain the pack itself will start absorbing rain and get heavier and heavier.
With attrition the bag inside may also start to leak .
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PostThu Sep 14, 2017 6:06 pm 
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Franco wrote:
RE: trash compactor
That is what a lot do but under prolonged rain the pack itself will start absorbing rain and get heavier and heavier.

A pack cover will prevent that
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