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Old 11-02-09, 02:56 PM   #1
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Good Waterproof Bags

I'm looking to get a waterproof bag to replace my North Face Heckler, which leaks like a sieve. I'd prefer a backpack, but I'm open to messenger bags too if they work better. I've already looked at the Banjo Brothers commuter backpack (my front runner at the moment), and the Ortlieb bags, which I'm not crazy about in the looks department. I need to be able to keep my absurdly expensive engineering textbooks dry, and I'd like some organizer things for pens, calculator etc. What do you guys use / recommend? Let's keep the price under $120 or so.
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Old 11-02-09, 03:06 PM   #2
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How about a jansport and some plastic garbage bags, and spend the rest on beer.
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Old 11-02-09, 03:11 PM   #3
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How about a jansport and some plastic garbage bags, and spend the rest on beer.
Yeah, good idea. I don't want some ghetto setup, I want an actual waterproof bag.
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Old 11-02-09, 03:32 PM   #4
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Dakine makes really great bags. We see them at the shop I work at in the summer. They're pretty waterproof already but most come with a deploy able rain cover. It goes on in like 10 sec and is great extra insurance. I use one for my camera gear ($$$) and would trust it in a hurricane. You can find them for a pretty good price online too.
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Old 11-02-09, 04:21 PM   #5
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Never gotten any water inside of my Timbuk2, you just have to fold the flap over carefully.
I'm sure the same goes for their backpacks as well as any of the other vinyl-inside-nylon bags.
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Old 11-02-09, 04:39 PM   #6
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i just sewed a plastic tarp into the inside of my jansport. it actually works pretty well...
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I have been using a SealLine Urban Backpack for 6 months and love it: http://cascadedesigns.com/sealline/u...ckpack/product.



It is a roll top backpack and is 100% waterproof. Basically, it is a dry bag designed for cycling/commuting. Gets a little hot on the back in warm weather, but probably no more so than any backpack. I use the smaller size, which easily fits a change of clothes for the day, lunch, a spare jacket, and a pair of shoes. The large is absolutely huge if you need a big bag. Similar in style to the ortleibs, so may not be your cup of tea looks-wise. Completely bombproof bag, however
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Old 11-02-09, 05:13 PM   #8
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^^^Yes. I've been using the SealLine for about a year now. I'm a daily commuter in Seattle and these things are awesome. Nothing but function, but fully functional. When I first saw them I didn't think they would be comfortable. They are.
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I use a standard Chrome citizen bag, and haven't ever had any leaks during storms.
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I use a standard Chrome citizen bag, and haven't ever had any leaks during storms.
+ 1; military grade cordura & industrial truck tarp = great waterproof combo!
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I have been using a SealLine Urban Backpack for 6 months and love it:

It is a roll top backpack and is 100% waterproof. Basically, it is a dry bag designed for cycling/commuting. Gets a little hot on the back in warm weather, but probably no more so than any backpack. I use the smaller size, which easily fits a change of clothes for the day, lunch, a spare jacket, and a pair of shoes. The large is absolutely huge if you need a big bag. Similar in style to the ortleibs, so may not be your cup of tea looks-wise. Completely bombproof bag, however
I like the idea of a roll top bag. It seems like with a messenger bag water can still find its way in around the edges of the flap. Are there any other roll top bags I should check out?
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Old 11-02-09, 07:15 PM   #12
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I like the idea of a roll top bag. It seems like with a messenger bag water can still find its way in around the edges of the flap. Are there any other roll top bags I should check out?
Chrome also makes a line of roll top backpacks that I've heard are good. I looked at them before I bought the SealLine.
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Old 11-02-09, 07:38 PM   #13
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I love my timbuk 2 Hemlock rolltop backback. and at $100 it's not too bad. Waterproof, expands out to carry lots of ****, pretty comfy. has a laptop compartment and a bottle opener.
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Old 11-02-09, 08:49 PM   #14
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ortlieb waterproof messenger
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Ortlieb Flight.

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...pack-22l-11518

It has taped seams like any good waterproof thing.

Mine can hold a 15" laptop, full change of clothes, u-lock, two water bottles, and a set of tools/pump/two spare tubes with room left over, and I'm 6'-3".

The rigid frame and hip support means you can load it up really heavy and it's comfortable for long, long rides. I took it on 50-mile mountain bike rides packed full of winter gear, totally rocks. Oh, also built to take a camelbak bladder.
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Old 11-02-09, 09:14 PM   #16
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Ortlieb Flight.

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...pack-22l-11518

It has taped seams like any good waterproof thing.

Mine can hold a 15" laptop, full change of clothes, u-lock, two water bottles, and a set of tools/pump/two spare tubes with room left over, and I'm 6'-3".

The rigid frame and hip support means you can load it up really heavy and it's comfortable for long, long rides. I took it on 50-mile mountain bike rides packed full of winter gear, totally rocks. Oh, also built to take a camelbak bladder.
That looks nice, but it might be too small. The bag I have now is 2000 cubic inches (33 liters). The Timbuk2 Hemlock looks like a solid choice. Brandonspeck, is there a lot of organizational stuff for pens and calculators and little junk?
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Old 11-03-09, 02:30 AM   #17
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Yes in fact! It's got a nice little front pouch with pen storage, and some sleeves for other stuff. I usually put a couple smaller books in there along with my pens, pencils, notecards and other stuff. I love it. It's also got a side pouch that fits a u-lock perfectly.
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Ortleib are the standard in waterproof bags. They are truly waterproof and can take a beating.
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ortlieb waterproof messenger
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If you can find a used one, Chrome rolltops are awesome, though they have a couple unnecessary straps that take some fiddling with to get out of the way.
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lot of bags are goingot be water proof, pretty much truck liner = dry (as long as you don't get a hole in it obviously). find one that suits your needs. i have used both chrome and R.E. Load in heavy rain and nothing got we inside. the chrome dried out a little faster, but my R.E. Load has custom appliqué, so that makes the flap a little thicker.

that was sitting in the rain all day while i sat in the rain and drank. which one do you think stayed dry.
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I love my Ortlieb Velocity bag, it holds a change of clothes, my lunch and some other odds and ends.
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I love my Ortlieb Velocity bag, it holds a change of clothes, my lunch and some other odds and ends.
Now I'm really torn; I first wanted an Ortlieb Velocity and now the Seal Line Urban backpack is looking very interesting.

I want a bag that is light, flat and not too large for commuting to work that I can fold my slack and a shirt into with a few odds and ends, but it must be light and not too bulky. What would you guys say is the major pro and con when comparing these two backpacks?
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Use one of these inside your current bag; it'll do.

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The Sealline bag is good, everything they make is awesome, but any decent messenger bag can give enough waterproofing. My Seagull bag doesn't let any water in cause the flap goes over the sides. The Sealline is totally waterproof though, you could through it of a waterfall and the contents would still be dry. If you really need that level of waterproofing it's the best, else its a bit excessive and maybe another bag might suit you better.
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i saw a north face backpack i wanted pretty badly. it was a smaller hiking backpack, but the top was similar to a roll top. however sewn into the top of the flap was a piece of spring steel. you would roll the top of the pack up around this metal, then on the ends of the metal was attached a strap with some buckles. the metal was bent into a circle shape and the buckles held it like this. this ensured the top of the pack was sealed tight since the bent metal was compressing the fabric rolled up around it.
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