Firstgear Torrent Backpack
This bag is tough as nails... Thats right, nails! I've had the Firstgear Torrent bag for about a year and it's been so very useful. Overtime small tears, around the rolling portion of the bag, had developed but still remained relatively waterproof. Just to let you know, I'm not your average Joe, and with about 50 miles a week cycling with this thing, practice 6 days a week, and hauling around all my books, the wear was anticipated. The bag itself has three water proof compartments, the first being the main center chamber with the securing roll top and clips, and the other two being the twin side pockets secured by a waterproof zipper seal. For a years worth of use, this bag has exceeded my standards, and with average daily use will last a very long time.
...btw the holes/tears are not something you'll most likely encounter with use overtime with your Torrent Backpack, however if you'd absolutely want to ensure the waterproof ability of your bag, covering it with dish soap and looking for bubbles, filling the main pocket with water and looking for leaks, or submersing the bag in water with a couple of tshirts will do just fine. And for 60 dollars + free two night shipping, this is probably the best deal you'll find for a brand new (joshua approved) waterproof bag.
January 30, 2015
Superior to every backpack available in this price range
I've been using freebie backpacks, and other packs that I've had all the while looking for a decent backpack that is waterproof. I'm tired of putting my laptops into zip lock bags in my old one which was falling apart.
I didn't find a lot of information online dimensions or what it would hold, or I didn't look hard enough, but here's what it holds for me:
1 17" laptop
1 15" laptop
1 10" tablet
1 gallon zip lock bag with other misc stuff, and I can still fit in an extra pair of gloves head warmer, and hat.
In terms of how this thing works the top opens up like a dry bag that you then roll down and use the snap locks or whatever to connect it to the sides. I haven't had a chance to use it in the rain yet, but you need to get air pockets out first in order get the most amount of roll down.
With the exception of one thing, any strap on this bag is setup in a way to be attached to another strap. Any slock on the bag adjustments do not flap in the breeze, hit you in the face, make annoying noises etc. They show the adjustment straps in the picture to show that they're there but in reality they're not annoying as depicted like a regular backpack.
There is a piece of bungee cord adjustable on the back, not sure what it's for. It blows in the wind so I just put it into the mesh pocket.
Speaking of the mesh pocket why does this have a water proof/resistant zipper?
As others have said this doesn't have a whole lot of space on the outside pockets, they look water proof but don't expect them to hold anything larger than an old nokia phone.
At this price I highly recommend. It's a backpack that was engineered for you to ride with and it doesn't let water in since it's a dry bag. It's the only option for keeping your stuff dry in this price range.
January 10, 2015
I bought 2 of these - one for me & one for my wife. We ride Dual Sport bikes, and frequently get wet and muddy. For the first few rides, these backpacks have held up well, and have been waterproof, so far.
The only real negative is lack of mounting straps. The pack has 2 on the bottom, but to secure the top, you'll need to attach bungees to the handle strap, which isn't as secure as I'd like. A large bungee net is probably a better solution.
December 4, 2014
Great quality. Great price. Small. Single internal pouch.
This product was great quality at a great price. It's small but I knew that off the bat. The only drawback beside size is the singleness of the large internal space.
August 14, 2014
Great backpack for the price
I got this for my husband. We've used it for getting groceries home (it holds a surprising amount of stuff). He keeps his spare rainpants in it as well. It's definitely very waterproof.
The bag looks nice, has a good amount of carrying capacity, and does not feel noticeable when it's worn at highway speeds.
The only downside in my husband's opinion is a lack of pockets/compartments within the bag, but it's otherwise a fantastic value for the price.
June 30, 2014
Functions as intended, but disorganized
This backpack does exactly what you're buying it for: keeps your stuff dry.
My only problem with it is the lack of compartments. There is a front mesh zipper pocket which can hold smaller items like pens and things. There are two side zipper compartments that are really small--I guess they're for things like your wallet or ID or something.
And then, there's the one big inside compartment where most of my stuff goes. I find it troublesome to dig through half of my things to get to one item, as opposed to a school backpack, where there are multiple compartments to organize your things better.
Other than that, it does a much better job at keeping my things dry versus a school backpack or something similar.
June 23, 2014
great pack - very well made, exceptional functionality, truly waterproof, nice big main compartment, the front zip/mesh compartment is a nice size, the side zip pockets are very small but good for pens, credit cards/DL, keys, etc. the shoulder & sternum straps work great & the back pad adds some stiffness. this is a great, simple pack for riding, hiking, work, school, anything.
February 28, 2014
Good size bag. Not overly big. Great quality and for the price of a waterproof bag, it can't be beat. The only thing that I would change, is the buckle that clips around the chest. It is small and could be a little better. Other than that, it's an awesome bag.
2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC
February 3, 2014