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The waterproof backpack can do one thing very well – protect the contents from moisture. Unlike a conventional backpack, you can take it with you on trekking tours and even go swimming or diving with some models.
With our detailed waterproof backpack test 2022 we want to help you find the right model for you. We have also compared different waterproof backpacks for you and answered the most frequently asked questions in our guide section.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The Best Waterproof Backpack in the United Kingdom: Our Choices
- 3 Buying and evaluation criteria for waterproof backpacks
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a waterproof backpack
- 4.1 What is special about a waterproof backpack and what advantages does it offer?
- 4.2 What types of waterproof backpacks are there?
- 4.3 Waterproof backpacks for outdoor activities
- 4.4 Waterproof backpacks for everyday use
- 4.5 Who are waterproof backpacks for?
- 4.6 How much does a waterproof backpack cost?
- 4.7 What are the alternatives to a waterproof backpack?
- 4.8 What is a waterproof backpack made of and what are its advantages?
- 4.9 How do I clean the waterproof backpack?
- Whether hiking, on a bike tour or camping, this is where a waterproof backpack is beneficial as it protects the contents of the backpack from getting wet. But these types of models have to meet the German industry standard of waterproofness.
- The wetness usually penetrates the inside via the seams or the zip. This is where waterproof backpacks differ in their use and features.
- In addition, cleaning waterproof backpacks is a little more complicated, as you should not clean them in the washing machine.
The Best Waterproof Backpack in the United Kingdom: Our Choices
Buying and evaluation criteria for waterproof backpacks
In the following, we will explain all the important aspects in more detail, which you can use to compare the different waterproof backpacks. These are the following criteria you should look for when buying a waterproof backpack.
Most waterproof backpacks are made of a water-repellent nylon material (polyamide 6.6) or truck tarpaulin. However, some models have a more flexible and adaptable fabric than others, which is not as rigid and uncomfortable. Some fabrics are coated with polyurethane (PU) or silicone for waterproofness. Most often, backpacks are made of polyester or polyamide. However, polyester is not as UV-resistant as polyamide. The latter must be specially coated so that it remains tear-resistant.
You should note that PU coated backpacks wear out more easily. As soon as the coating becomes porous, water permeability can occur. You can also make leather backpacks water-repellent by impregnating them before use. However, their heavy weight makes them unsuitable for outdoor activities such as trekking or hiking. And cotton backpacks soak up water and are not durable enough.
Size / Capacity
You can compare the capacity in litres or the dimensions in centimetres. In terms of capacity, some start at 5 litres and go up to 70 litres. But the most typical sizes are between 10 and 30 litres. Depending on the purpose, it depends on what you want to carry in the waterproof backpack. If it is more of a daypack, then 10-20 litres is usually enough, and for hiking backpacks we would recommend a size of 30 litres or more. Regarding the dimensions, it is important that they are not too wide or too high for your height and strength. This is the best way to prevent back problems and make it easier for you to move around.
It depends on the occasion for which you need the waterproof backpack. Depending on what you plan to do and how much you need to carry, you can choose between different features. You have to decide whether it will be used for any water sports. Or is it enough to carry your belongings dry on the way home from work or university?
The International Protection Index (IPXX) shows how extremely waterproof and dirt-repellent the model is. On most tested and certified backpacks you will find the IPX6 (protection against strong jets of water), IPX7 (protection against temporary submersion) or IPX8 (protection against permanent submersion).
Padded and breathable shoulder straps as well as back padding prevent unwanted cutting and sweating. If you wear the waterproof backpack on your back for a long time, you certainly don’t want to feel heavy, so additional hip or chest straps are an advantage. They take the strain off your shoulders.
Type of closure
The roll-up or wrap-around closure has proved its worth. This means that hardly any water or dirt can get through. Most IPX6 certified waterproof backpacks have such a closure. The backpack is folded three times and then locked with clip fasteners. In addition to the roll top closure, there is also the waterproof YKK zip. These are usually sealed or taped so that no water can penetrate.
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a waterproof backpack
Below we would like to answer the most important questions about waterproof backpacks. By answering them briefly, you will soon have all the important knowledge you need on this subject.
What is special about a waterproof backpack and what advantages does it offer?
There is the roll or wrap closure where the opening is rolled three times and then closed with the two retaining rings. In good models, the brackets themselves lock into place so that unintentional opening can be prevented. In addition, the seams and zips are the typical places through which dirt and water can penetrate, so both must be sealed or taped. Only with these features will your contents be safe from heavy rain and showers. Before buying a waterproof backpack, you should think about what you want to use it for. This will determine the size and additional features.
What types of waterproof backpacks are there?
Waterproof backpacks for outdoor activities
Not all waterproof backpacks for outdoor use are ergonomic. Some lack padded shoulder straps and breathable back padding.
Waterproof backpacks for everyday use
A big disadvantage is that you can’t use it for longer hikes. If you pack it fuller, it might become less comfortable on your back.
Who are waterproof backpacks for?
How much does a waterproof backpack cost?
|Waterproof outdoor backpack||30- 200€|
What are the alternatives to a waterproof backpack?
|Rain poncho||Also serves as backpack protection and takes up little space in the bag|
|Protective cover||Protects everything except the back area from moisture|
If you only want to carry small valuables, there is also the option of using small waterproof compact bags. These are about the same price and are not as ergonomic as the backpacks.
What is a waterproof backpack made of and what are its advantages?
Some models have more compartments or divisions. Others have only one main compartment. Again, it depends on the purpose for which you will use the backpack. A big advantage of the waterproof backpack is that it can have the same features as a normal backpack.
How do I clean the waterproof backpack?
It is important that you check regularly to see if any small tears have crept into the material. In addition, spray the zips with silicone if you have them. That way you can enjoy your backpack for longer.
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