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Old 10-02-2014, 01:35 PM   #1
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So yesterday I lost a few of my electronics to the only cloud in the sky. I was just using a cheap under armor bag that wasn't weatherproof.

Anyone have experiences with any good bags that will protect your stuff in the event you do encounter rain?

Would love some input before buying a $150+ backpack.
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Bring along a zip loc 1 gal bag, will hold a lot of stuff
yup i carry two of those and one carries the raincoat
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I had something similar happen with my UA backpack i used to use.. it opened up on me during a drive in. So i invested my money in the Ogio no drag mach 5 bag, and I love it... (just wish it was a little bit bigger). It fits on my back perfectly even with a full load extends when I have more stuff to carry. I would recommend it to anyone (plus the zipper is inside where the straps are.) I also ride when it rains and it keeps all my stuff dry would definitely recommend it.



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I had something similar happen with my UA backpack i used to use.. it opened up on me during a drive in. So i invested my money in the Ogio no drag mach 5 bag, and I love it... (just wish it was a little bit bigger). It fits on my back perfectly even with a full load extends when I have more stuff to carry. I would recommend it to anyone (plus the zipper is inside where the straps are.) I also ride when it rains and it keeps all my stuff dry would definitely recommend it.



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Been there. I was on a closed road in mexico years ago moving along a pretty high rate of speed. Looked over and saw my shadow on the road..err, track, and noticed may backpack was flapping. Wallet, phone, hat, smokes and sunglasses gone. Doubled back and found everything but the hat, which I thought was odd.
I just put a baby carabiner on the zipper pulls.

+1 on the ziplocs, too.
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Coming home from a girls place I dated years ago, I lost my work phone black berry, prescription glasses, works two way radios, mh shirt, and left over pork chops with mashed potatoes. Screw Jansport back packs that don't stay zipped!

I currently use a Hurley mil spec bag which is water proof. works amazing in the rain and doesn't open up on it's own.

Racer X has the right idea using a zip lock bag
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Another vote for Ogio Mach 5 bag. Very rider friendly and useful. Tons of storage and it doesn't flap around in the wind.
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Another vote for Ogio Mach 5 bag. Very rider friendly and useful. Tons of storage and it doesn't flap around in the wind.
Weather Resistant shell? That mean only the outward most piece is weather proof? I was soaked from head to toe, water could get in from my back?
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So yesterday I lost a few of my electronics to the only cloud in the sky. I was just using a cheap under armor bag that wasn't weatherproof.

Anyone have experiences with any good bags that will protect your stuff in the event you do encounter rain?

Would love some input before buying a $150+ backpack.
As I followed you last night, I was thinking to myself..... What is on his back is worth more than whats between his legs...
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Weather Resistant shell? That mean only the outward most piece is weather proof? I was soaked from head to toe, water could get in from my back?
roll up 2 trash bags as tightly as you can, drop them in a small Ziploc and then place that Ziploc inside a larger Ziploc. If it looks like rain, bagging your stuff is far cheaper than replacing it. Whatever backpack you buy, go to walmart and buy a can of Camp Dry waterproofing spray from the camping section and give the bag a few good coats and allow to dry. It won't make a bag waterproof, but it will certainly help shed water rather than absorbing it.
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I like my kriega r25

http://www.kriega.us/r25-motorcycle-backpack/
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Has zippers isn't water proof. Kriega makes a completely water proof main compartment pack called the r30. I've tested it several times, great pack but is $$$$
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The Mach 5 has no backprotector option but the water bag and abrasion resistance are great. When I went down I was wearing mine and it protected both me and that lap top that was in it. Had in the rain several times. Its not waterproof but it will keep your laptop opperable through a pretty good rainstorm on the rair occassion you get stuck riding in conditions you normally wouldn't.
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I just picked up a new back pack, and I have to say I'm very pleased.

I was looking at the Kriega and Ogio Mach series, but I did not decide on them for a few reasons.

I've read that the Ogio Mach series scratches easily when it's placed on it's backside, since you can only open it fron the "front" / back portion. It also states that it cannot carry a 17.3" laptop, which is what I have. It fits 15" fine. I checked them out at Cycle Gear anyways, and thought it looks close, I can't justify spending $170 on one.


I looked at the Shoei 2.0, whch has a convenient helmet carrier, but alas, it's not waterproof / resistent.

The Dainese R is not water resistent either. Lame. Cool spandex helmet carrier though. Tricky to operate at first.

The Alpinestars Commuter is awesome, and is water resistant. I can't remember how good the zippers are though. I recall some people having trouble operating them. It has side bockets, chest & waist straps like the others mentioned, and it seems durable. $100

I finally settled on the Alpinestars Roving backpack.

alpinestars roving backpack black red detail

It's the lightest weight, cheaper at $90 shipped, 18L capacity, carries 17.3" laptop snug, has 2 basic pockets (I like), is water resistant (can use a bladder), seems durable despite what you might htink about the fabric (haven't tested this harshly, but it's been holding up the past few weeks), and it's water resistant!! I was worried about this, considering our random drizzles lately. If it's a full on downpour, there is a small pouch where you can easily slip the rain cover over. It doesn't flap in the wind (you need to use the supplied bands to wrap the excess straps). It has a loop to carry your helmet and an area to fold and clip your jacket under.

This seems like a really good piece of equipment that holds electronics, clothes, shoes, a lunch, and your pocket things. It fits me well (6', 180#).



I pack, travel, and like gear a lot. This is my other favorite Osprey 48L bag for hiking & backpacking other countries. Another fine piece of gear that I throw on my pillion seat for longer bike trips (also not waterproof, has a rain cover):

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Yea, previously used a JanSport, too. Moisture, comfort, security of contents.

All decent bike packs will have a mesh padded lumbar region and back airflow for breath-ability & overall comfort. You forget it's on there.
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Has zippers isn't water proof. Kriega makes a completely water proof main compartment pack called the r30. I've tested it several times, great pack but is $$$$
true its not water "proof" but is water resistant, so unless you get stuck in a down pour for and extended period of time you will be fine.. and yes that has been tested
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I went to cycle gear after class. Which made me nervous because I was on the bike and spotted a few dark clouds. Decided I would just turn around if it rained. Didnt want to risk losing my laptop. lol

I ended up picking this pack up for $152
http://www.revzilla.com/product/alpi...-aero-backpack

I know a guy that works there and I got his discount. He also said "use it for 30 days, if you don't like it, bring it back." Its kinda neat. It has a built in helmet carrier and while the bag is "water resistant" it has a built in cover that is water proof, making it at least mostly water tight.

So, I'll have a review up of it after I ride some miles with it. It has rubberized zippers that are supposedly water tight. I'll test it. If I dont like it Im going to buy a chrome off of Neon, or order the Kriega R20.

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