All backpacks are created equal, right? WRONG! There are backpacks, and then there is the waterproof backpack!
To some people, any backpack will do, but for others, there is the need to get a waterproof bag. So why is there all this fuss about a waterproof backpack and what’s the difference with a water resistant backpack? Can a water resistant backpack fit the same purpose?
Let’s find out…
Waterproof vs Water Resistant
Before we dive into the review which will help you find the best waterproof backpack, I think it is important to differentiate two commonly confused terminologies. Trust me, this will help you make an informed choice, not just on backpacks, but on EVERYTHING…
Waterproof refers to something that is COMPLETELY, impervious to water. On the other hand, water resistant entails that something is able to resist water to some degree, though not ENTIRELY.
At this point, someone would say… ‘hmmm, I think a water resistant backpack works for me since there is not so much to soak in the bag.’ However, another will go, ‘i don’t want my MacBook or iPad to get any drop of water; they really cost me so much!’
You see, the difference is in what damage water can really do to whatever you are carrying. And that’s where the waterproof backpack is KING! You want a backpack that you can dive with in the ocean/swimming pool or get rained on with, and still find you hand towels perfectly dry!
Of course, there are more valuable things to take care of and these are the ones that require such attention. All in all, in my opinion, a waterproof backpack is the go-to choice since you never quite know what may happen at some point when it will really pour on you.
That being said, here is a comprehensive review of some of the best waterproof backpacks that you can buy.
NB: They have not been ranked in any order. The selection is just random, and one’s choice may be based on factors such as manufacturer and pricing. Nonetheless, you can rest assured that a very thorough review was done on all of them.
Waterproof backpack: Reviews of the Best Picks
Timbuk2 Spire Backpack
This backpack has been exclusively designed by Timbuk2 for Apple! Right off the bat, you know that this is some serious gear! Obviously, Apple makes top-notch products and thus, they deserve the best to carry their Macs and iPads.
This backpack has a compartment that can fit a MacBook Pro as well as an iPad in a separate pocket. It has an anodized aluminum hardware that gives it a sophisticated look.
It offers plenty of protection in case of a serious drizzle thanks to its water-resistant TPU and canvas fabric construction. Its volume can also be expanded via the flap or roll top main opening. Additionally, access to your phone, MacBook or iPad is very easy. Moreover, it comes with a Timbuk2 Lifetime Guarantee, thus, it has your back, FOREVER!
Wait, there’s still more…
It has a main compartment for books, jacket, and other carry-on essentials. Also, it has front zip pocket fits for your earbuds, cards, cash, and ID. As if that’s not enough, it comes with a ventilated back panel to give your back breathing room, plus there is an external side pocket for water bottle (with a bottle opener for party tricks and quick refreshment) or U-lock.
As you can see, it’s not just meant for MacBooks and iPads, since you can also pack some clothing and other gear. Moreover, by the virtue of the fact that it is designed for Apple, it doesn’t mean that you can’t carry your Windows PC and tablet. You still CAN!
|Fabric Type||Fabric/Canvas/Heirloom Cotton Canvas|
|Item Dimensions||5.12 x 18.7 x 12.4 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.48 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||2.36 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||2.75 pounds|
- Comfortable strap
- Good protection
- Not enough pockets
- Wears easily
- Light protection
- Heavy duty protection
Timbuk2 Rogue Laptop Backpack
This top-loading backpack has been designed for adventure, both near and far. It is made of waterproof tarpaulin exterior that keeps rain and grime out. Indeed, it a waterproof laptop backpack (just like the Timbuk2 Spire Backpack)
What is it all about?
It is a military-inspired backpack with a slim urban profile. The laptop compartment is stretchy due to its mesh material that keeps your laptop safe and cool. It also has an internal organization that provides a place for pens and power cords. Its exterior has cushy straps that are super comfortable and come with a bottle opener for hydrations emergencies. With regards to its rogue nature, it comes with daisy-chain webbing that provides attachment points for your U-lock, carabiners or more serious strap-on accessories.
Yes, there is. It has a large main compartment that can fit books, lunch, and a light jacket. It also has a front zip pocket for small bits, a ventilated back panel, an external side pocket for water bottle or U-lock, and an on-strap bottle opener.
|Item Dimensions||18.9 x 6.3 x 12.2 inches|
|Item Weight||1.79 lbs|
|Shipping Weight||2.07 lbs|
|Sport Type||Camping and hiking|
- Good protection
- Not enough pockets
- Uncomfortable strap
- Light protection
- Heavy duty protection
DryCASE Waterproof Backpack Masonboro (BP-35)
Why is that the case?
This backpack has a fully waterproof main compartment that is capable of holding 35 liters, an internal zippered waterproof pocket to store smaller items, and a front mesh pocket where you can keep wet items out the waterproof area. Just what an adventure seeker wants.
That’s not all…
It also comes with a drink Holder, padded lower back support, bungee straps, waterproof padded shoulder straps, padded waist and hip support, tie downs / front straps, and chest straps. Additionally, there is a carry-on bag, a removable internal velcro wallet compartment, an internal zippered pocket, a durable rubber top hold handle, and webbing to secure carabiners to the side of the bag.
Quite the backpack if you’re out on the go!
The best part is that it has a 2-way purge valve which you can inflate or compress, and even use it as a draining tool if using the pack as a shower or cooler.
|Item Weight||8.3 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||24 x 18 x 18 inches|
|Shipping Weight||2.3 lbs|
- Available for shipping outside the U.S
- Limited compartments
- Side water bottle pocket too small for most water bottles
- Boat activities
Abonnyc Photo Hatchback 19L Camera Backpack
This backpack can fit a DSLR with an attached lens of up to 18-55mm zoom, one or two extra lenses or flashes, a tablet, and some personal items. Better still, you can carry a CSC with an attached kit lens, 2-3 extra lenses or flashes, a tablet and some personal items. Alternatively, you can fit a GoPro camera, accessories, a tablet, a 15” MacBook, and some personal items.
Is that all?
Nope! It comes with multifunctional compartments where you can neatly organize your camera gear and tablet. Also, it has double-waist belt organizer that can fit all smartphone models, a removable, padded camera box with storm-flap closure and grab handles that offer customizable storage for a complete camera kit. You can remove it and convert your bag into a fully functional daypack.
You will get a body-side, hatchback opening that provides easy and secure access to camera gear, and padded, front stash pocket that easily allow you to quickly access a dual compartment that fits a compact laptop or tablet, plus other fast-grab items. Moreover, the backpack has a padded, mesh-covered back pad that provides soft, breathable comfort for all-day wearing.
Sounds like quite the deal for a very affordable price!
|Product Dimensions||11 x 10.5 x 8.5"|
|Item Weight||2.9 lbs|
- Attractive and well crafted
- Holds a lot of camera accessories
- Multi-velcro compartment dividers
- Lacks space for additional items
- Velcro doesn’t hold very well
- Ideal for photojournalists
Aqua Quest Sport 30 Pro Backpack
This here is the perfect waterproof backpack for everyday use capable of carrying a whole weekend’s gear!
What’s good about it then?
Apart from rain, the Aqua Quest Sport 30 Pro keeps your valuables away from snow, dust, dirt, and sand. It also has a fast and easy roll top closure that protects your stuff from quick temporary water submersion.
On the plus side, it is quite a light bag weighing only 1.7 lbs (761 gms). Also, it is abrasion resistant, has TPU lamination and DWR coating, heat taped seams, and double bar-tacked stress points. Indeed, this makes it one very very durable backpack.
Yes! It is very comfortable since it has fully adjustable, padded, and flexible waist and shoulder straps, and its shape contours to the shape of your body. Also, it has a breathable air-mesh in the back panel that is also comfortable against the back. Additionally, it comes with water bottle pockets that are secured with strong elastic drawstrings that can be used to carry a wide variety of items, and 2 D-rings on the shoulder straps and 7 reinforced webbing loops on the front of the pack that provide multiple attachment options.
|Item height||3.9 x 8.7 x 13.1 inches|
|Shipping weight||2 lbs|
|Size||Large, 30 litres|
- May run color
- Limited capacity
- Light expeditions
Abonnyc DRLBP-CZ Waterproof Anti-shock Backpack
For comparison check Abonnyc Photo Hatchback 19L Camera Backpack, that is also on this list.
So what’s the big deal about this bag?
A lot! First, besides being waterproof, it is abrasion resistant, extrusion resistant, and is made of shockproof material. It also has customizable inside dividers that have been deluxe padded. The best part is that it has a large camera case that can fit a DSLR/SLR Canon, Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, Pentax, and other photography equipment.
It comes with a brand zipper that can be open-shut more than 100,000 times! Also, it is made out of tear-proof material that is also low temperature and corrosion resistant.
|Product dimensions||22 x 9 x 6"|
|Item weight||3 lbs|
|Shipping weight||3 lbs|
- Great for all photographers, amateur or professional
- Large capacity
- Buckles don’t hold well
- Ideal for photojournalists
COR Waterproof Dry Bag
I bet there should be more…
Oh, yes! It comes in two sizes. There is a 40-liter version and a 25-liter version. Both have a laptop sleeve. Its seams are sonic-welded, has padded ergonomic shoulder straps, a rolling hook-and-loop closure, and air-mesh shoulder straps that enable the flow of air and keep your back from getting too sweaty. Additionally, it comes with a padded laptop sleeve for specialized storage to keep your computer, iPad or camera from breaking when setting it on the ground.
It has a window in the smartphone sleeve to enable you to see notifications, super reflective patches on the front of the bag and both shoulder straps for riding your bike at night, and can float in case it is dropped in water.
Ideally, it can also be used as a carry-on backpack since it has the perfect size.
|Package height||2.8 x 20 x 20"|
|Shipping weight||3.1 lbs|
|Product dimensions||20 X 14 X 9"|
- Visible at night
- Seams don’t hold well