I have this and it is green and I love. I work with college kids who have never been backpacking before and this is part of the gear we have for them to use. There is better if you are going to do a through hike or if you are going in colder climates but if you need to keep your stuff dry for the night its great. I was climbing in the Gunks a little while ago and it thunder stormed at camp that night. Everyone I was with had this pack cover and we were all in hammocks, needles to say, all our stuff was still dry in the morning. Packs up small which is nice!
"Too thin and zero abrasion resistance for backcountry"
I had a crappy heavy back cover I got while living in Thailand and I, er, misplaced it. Maybe it will turn up somewhere in this hole, I mean house, but in 2 years- no such luck. In 15 years I sprayed it and seam-sealed it 3x-it was a workhorse. It weighed about 11oz with its albeit unnecessary stuff sac.Well, since then the UL push has been ever-seeking the lightest equipment EVER. Love that, but not at the expense of function- who cares if its gossamer if it shreds upon use?This rain cover will work perfectly if you:1) do not walk on wooded trails that have branches2) bushwhack3) ever set your pack down on say, rocks, sticks or concrete(if your city-journey packing.I was gentle, one use on a 9-day backcountry trip, I had to patch it in 6 places with ducktape and a lighter, 2 different times- and we stayed in lean-to's the entire time.So damage was simply from hiking rough trail and setting down pack. BOO!I gotta find my old cheap crappy knock-off Thai cover...
When trying to keep weight down this is the perfect solution . It does the job and when not in use it's packed away tiny and hardly weighs a thing. I still like to keep my gear inside my pack in S2S dry sack ... Just to be sure to be sure!!!
Does what it is supposed to - covers your pack and keeps it dry when mother nature decides to let loose. Keep in mind that it doesn't cover the back panel so water can still seep into your bag during a down pour if it's lodged between your shell and pack.
I bought the small size cover for travel and work, and have yet to get any gear wet. It has been through the soft weather of Ireland and Scotland. As well as torrential downpours in Florida. The small size fits wonderfully over a normal size day pack/book bag. My only warning is to be careful where you set your pack while the cover is on the silnylon is easy to cut on rocks, cement, branches or whatever your around.
"Lightweight, but as a result slightly weaker"
Overall this pack cover is great. It is lightweight and packs small. However, as a trade-off the material is very thin and a bit more prone to small tears. However, if you are looking for a super lightweight and packable cover you cant go wrong. The price to pay for lightness is a little less durability.
"Excellent Proudct works great for daypacks"
I have 4 of these for packs of varying capacity, and they all work excellent. Very light weight and dont take up tons of space, even includes a little stuff sack. Also includes bungee straps to help keep it attached to your pack
This is crucial/essential gear without a doubt. You can buy multiple waterproof items and stuff sacks etc.. but of course not everything is waterproof and nobody likes soaking wet clothes and poteintial electronics getting wet. The answer, just make sure you have this and before it starts downpouring you will have nothing to worry about. It packs into a small ball for maximal portability, and easily fits over your pack (with approprite sizes). Well worth the money and will really make your day when you reach camp and ALL your stuff is dry not just the waterproof stuff.
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