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Old 05-13-19, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by AlmostGreenGuy View Post
You can pick up a Chrome Industries Barrage Cargo backpack on sale for $128.00. Its worth every penny. Bombproof construction, and your stuff will never ever get wet. Best commuter backpack ever made.
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Second the Chrome bags. I've commuted with a Prawn roll-top bag for 8 years or so and never had a drop of water get inside any of the pockets through the worst GA thunderstorms. Even the two outside pockets have kept cell phones and wallets dry in torrential rain.
Thank you both. I just ordered the Chrome Barrage Cargo bag and I'm pumped to try it out. It's just what I was looking for and they were offering a 15% off promo code. Hoping this can survive many years of commuting and hiking.
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Old 05-13-19, 02:47 PM
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Thank you both. I just ordered the Chrome Barrage Cargo bag and I'm pumped to try it out. It's just what I was looking for and they were offering a 15% off promo code. Hoping this can survive many years of commuting and hiking.
I got 5 years of use out of my first Barrage Cargo. The only reason I stopped using it was because I bought a new version Barrage Cargo with some design improvements. Its a solid pack.
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Old 05-14-19, 01:29 PM
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JanSport makes an inexpensive mesh backpack, which I use daily for commuting. When it rains, I pack everything into a drybag that I toss inside of it.

https://www.jansport.com/shop/en/jan...kpack-js0a2sdg

It's also great for the beach... doesn't collect any sand.
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Old 05-14-19, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
I really appreciate the quality of the Osprey line of rucksucks. I'm just struck by how garish they tend to be. Great if I'm in the Alps and need to get found by air after an avalanche but not so good for a daily commute. Also, the colour-retention of the brightly coloured packs seems to fade after a few years.
Commuting in the US, that garish high visibility is a major plus, not a minus. Drivers here are so distracted (mostly self-induced), my wife and I have taken to wearing construction-type high-vis vests even when walking. We've found high-vis definitely effective in both situations.

We've also noticed how much anything high-vis fades. For my pannier/backpack, I found a high-vis rain cover online. Handy that I can remove it, so the bag looks "normal" for carrying a laptop, etc. to meetings. About a year old, just starting to fade.

The vests fade at aprx. 3-4 years; we also keep them under the seats of each truck, so we rotate those in to daily use and replace them when the old ones fade.
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Old 05-14-19, 05:13 PM
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I have a Mountain Hardwear Scrambler backpack that I use on rainy days. It's a bit large, but works well and is quite waterproof.
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Old 05-15-19, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
Commuting in the US, that garish high visibility is a major plus, not a minus. Drivers here are so distracted (mostly self-induced), my wife and I have taken to wearing construction-type high-vis vests even when walking. We've found high-vis definitely effective in both situations.

We've also noticed how much anything high-vis fades. For my pannier/backpack, I found a high-vis rain cover online. Handy that I can remove it, so the bag looks "normal" for carrying a laptop, etc. to meetings. About a year old, just starting to fade.

The vests fade at aprx. 3-4 years; we also keep them under the seats of each truck, so we rotate those in to daily use and replace them when the old ones fade.
I haven't see any fade over here.

We don't get much sun

Respro HUMP seems to be most common that I see.

http://respro.com/hi-viz/hump

Where I am speeds are low (usually under 20, if that, as it's all beachside bumper-to-bumper), I'd just more casual collisions and the HiViz just gets drowned out by the headlights and streetlamps.
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Old 05-15-19, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
I really appreciate the quality of the Osprey line of rucksucks. I'm just struck by how garish they tend to be. Great if I'm in the Alps and need to get found by air after an avalanche but not so good for a daily commute. Also, the colour-retention of the brightly coloured packs seems to fade after a few years. Thus, I went with an all-black Arc'terx which still looks good 9 years later.

What are you studying that requires scrubs? I spent some time teaching medical professionals at university.
You can buy them in black you know. I have the red one myself.

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Old 05-16-19, 04:35 AM
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I'm a big user of Osprey packs as well (I have around 10) and haven't seen any fade either. I do stick to black/dark grey though.
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Old 05-18-19, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
What are you studying that requires scrubs? I spent some time teaching medical professionals at university.
I'm currently an in-hospital medic - pretty sweet job, very unique with a broad scope of practice. I just signed a contract, however, for an accelerated BSN program at a local university. I was on track to get into another clinical profession a few years ago but came to the realization that I fit much better into the nursing side of clinical medicine.
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Old 05-21-19, 11:33 AM
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Get a cheap rucksack.

Get a cheap waterproof hi-viz rucksack cover.

Use an inner bag if its pouring down.

Job done!
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Old 06-05-19, 08:47 PM
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I've been using Osprey backpacks for the last 8 or 9 years. Best commuter backpack I've used and way more durable than I expected. I made a long term review video about a year ago of what features I like about them and how they've held up and such.

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Maybe an Osprey is in my future. My Timbuk2 has a rip after two years of use.
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Can't go wrong with Chrome
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Maybe an Osprey is in my future. My Timbuk2 has a rip after two years of use.
Can't go wrong with them IMO. Very durable and functional. Love their "kick-stand" feature.
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Try a tennis backpack. They are reasonably priced, hold a ton of stuff, and usually have a lot of useful sub compartments. They won't be completely waterproof in a downpour, but as others have stated you should be using secondary bags for valuables anyway.

Also, whenever it's raining if you ride fast enough, the rain will never even hit your backpack. Yes, I'm kidding, but it's good motivation.
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Old 06-13-19, 01:09 AM
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I have had a Timbuk2 Messenger Bag and a backpack for some years now, no problems so far...durable, not too bulky and waterproof.
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