This 25L backback is meant to be used as a drybag when canoeing or kayaking. So I decided to put it to the test. First I placed a 25 pound anvil in the bottom of the backpack to make sure it would sink to the bottom and get completely submerged, as if I was canoeing and the boat flipped. Next, I put in a roll of toilet paper so i would be able to see if it got wet. Then, I placed the pack in my hot tub. Immediately, I could see air bubble starting to come up, which I knew wasn’t good. The reason is that the zippers allow water to leak through.For this to truleybe a waterproof backpack that is capable of replacing a drybag, It need to have the same type of closure as a drybag. Zippers, by design will never be completely waterproof. You can see this in the image below.
On the other hand, this is a decent bag. If you are hiking in raining conditions, or even if you live in a humid climate like Seattle and want to use this to carry your school lsupplieson a rainy day, it would be a good choice. Because of the flap over the zipper, rain will not get into the bag. It also comes with a waterproof case for your cell phone, which had a tight closing clasp that per my tests is in fact waterproof. Here is a complete video of my test.
My conslusion is that this backpack would be great for being in the rain, but it will not replace a true drysack. Available at: http://amzn.to/2BLwyFn
I received this product at either a discount or for free for my honest, fair, and unbiased opinion. All opinions in my reviews are my own and are not swayed in any way due to receiving a discount. I am under no obligation to write a review, the choice was purely my own and I received no compensation.