Firstgear Torrent Backpack
Backpack is made well, all the wields and stitching are solid. My big complaint is how difficult it is to tighten the shoulder straps, near impossible with gloves on. Also the tightening the roll top straps is kinda a pain.
June 17, 2015
Best Bang for your buck
Overall the cheapest waterproof pack on the market that I could find. Looks great and holds up to the task. I rode through a few monsoon like rain storms on an 1,800 mile ride and not a drop of water got inside!
May 25, 2015
Really crossed my fingers hoping for an awesome back pack.
I really crossed my fingers for an awesome back pack and that is what I got. Looks like there is much room if needed and just enough zippers and not an over kill of them. Very comfy and does not feel cheap at all. I would recommend this to another person.
May 18, 2015
Exactly what I wanted!
It fits perfectly while riding. Doesn't hang too low or too high. It is not bulky and stick out like a sore thumb. It has a lot of room for anything I want to carry. When stuffed with random things it is still really comfortable to wear while riding. Highly recommend for anyone.
March 9, 2015
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