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DryCommuter™ 32L OutDry Backpack

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Thoughtfully designed for the traveler, busy commuter or student.  OutDry™ waterproofing technology bonds a durable membrane inside the large main compartment to help protect against the elements.
$159.00
Style# 1676981
product.components.activity: Casual / Travel

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Features & Specs

  • Waterproof Technology - -
  • Weight: - 1 lb 11 oz / 764 g
    1 lb 12 oz / 790 g -
  • Reviewers rated this product: - True to Size -
  • Pack Capacity: - 2023 cu in / 33 ltr -
  • Good For: - Casual / Travel -

Summary

Thoughtfully designed for the traveler, busy commuter or student.  OutDry™ waterproofing technology bonds a durable membrane inside the large main compartment to help protect against the elements.

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Materials

  • Fabric Accent: 4-Way Stretch Woven
  • Fabric Body: 400D HD Nylon Plain Weave

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  • Apparel Fit: Equipment
  • Weight: 1 lb 11 oz / 764 g
  • Pack Weight Regular: 1 lb 12 oz / 790 g
  • Pack Capacity Regular: 2023 cu in / 33 ltr
  • Pack Dim Regular: 21 in x 12 in x 12 in / 52 cm x 30 cm x 29 cm
  • Pack Torso Regular: 16 in - 22 in / 41 cm - 56 cm

    Details

  • Special OutDry™ main compartment keeps contents dry
  • Side access padded laptop compartment
  • RFID side acces pocket behind back panel helps reduce unwanted data transfer
  • Padded back panel and shoulder straps for a comfortable and secure fit
  • Zippered exterior storage pocket includes organizer sleeves and key clip
  • Side pocket fits water bottle or anything you need close at hand
  • Reflective accents and rear light attachment point for visibility

Reviews

DryCommuter™ 32L OutDry Backpack is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not perfect, but is anything? I'm picky about my stuff and did a lot of research before purchasing this bag, so I was well aware of some of the design issues. The laptop compartment being outside the waterproof area definitely seems like a design flaw. In practice, though, it hasn't been an issue. I tested the bag in the shower (40 seconds under full strength with papers in all pockets) and very little water got into the laptop compartment. Not a drop made it into the main compartment. The front pocket was pretty safe as well. The top pocket on the flap got drenched. Knowing this, I put things that can handle some water, like keys and sunglasses, in that top pocket. I trust the front pocket to protect things like my planner and phone for short rides in lighter rain. If I expect to get drenched, all vulnerable items go in the main compartment. Even though the laptop compartment is decently water resistant, I purchased a waterproof laptop sleeve to complement the backpack. It means I have zero concerns about my computer getting wet, and it provides an extra layer of padding, meaning I have a very well protected machine! All told, it's a good backpack. It doesn't look huge, but boasts an impressive amount of space. The main compartment is cavernous, and the front zippered pocket is quite roomy as well. There are a couple of organizer pockets, but not too many. No, there aren't any dedicated pen pockets. Who the heck even uses those? I ride my bike in all weather conditions, so I investigated dry bag backpacks, but found them unwieldy for day to day use. This bag, with impressive "OutDry" material and efficient foldover design make an excellent compromise, offering a bag that is truly weather resistant. Despite lacking a waist strap, it stays secure on my back. Things I would change: -More reflective details. It does say it's a commuter bag, after all. I want to light up! -Use outdry material for the top and front pocket to substantially improve overall water resistance. -Bigger water bottle pocket. I consider a basic nalgene to be industry standard for what a bottle pocket should be able to hold easily. -U-Lock holder of some kind. Strap or sleeve, whatever. -More reinforcement for the strap that secures the flap. It seems like it could rip after sustained use. -Some daisy chain attachment points. -Make the dang laptop compartment waterproof, yeesh. Most people who search for "waterproof laptop backpack" do so because they want to protect their laptop. I found a useful solution that works for me and there really wasn't anything else on the market that fit my needs, but it sure would have been nice if the laptop pocket was waterproof to begin with. Okay, those are a lot of suggestions, but I'm not kidding when I say that I'm picky. A product can be excellent and I'll still have a lot of ideas for how it can be improved.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great features, average to less than average quality i love the large holding capacity and the locations of the pockets. i can store my jacket, DSLR camera, laptop, and drink bottle, backup batteries, food, toiletries, etc. easily. plus the conceiled RFID protective pocket is a great perk. certainly this backpack will be great for a variety of uses. the downside side is the backpack says waterproof. but the next day after i bought it when it rained, the water soaked in easily. also within a year after normal use, the nylon material where the strap cinches on the front tore. due to the tear i exchanged the backpack for the same design since i still liked the design. when recieved the 2nd backpack, i tested it to see if it repelled water. so far it passed the water test. finally, the top handle is very narrow, so it's uncomfortable when hand carrying while loaded. however, i made a paracord handle around it to solve that issue.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dry Commuter 32L - Sweet and Dry This is a Backpack that will be with me for years. Part of my daily commute is by kick scooter and I am in all kinds of weather here in NYC. I am extra confident that my stuff will stay dry! I normally carry swim gear as well as my office stuff, so it's a good size for all. I keep a flashing tail light clipped to the handy loop designed for that function. I have not yet used the pack on a hot summer day, and it doesn't have a ventilated back, so I hope it doesn't stick to my back! Also I wish they had added a protective flap over the laptop pocket, which does not seem quite as water tight as the rest of the back. Overall I love this pack and won't trade it for anything!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible quality, not as functional I have had this pack for a little over 6 months, and I really don't think it's worth the price. Only the main compartment is waterproof (WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY???). The top outter zipper pocket is not waterproof at all, which makes it inconvenient since I would like to be able to throw my phone in there. The laptop compartment is NOT waterproof. This is probably the biggest design flaw. I live in Seattle, and I bike to work everyday, so I do wish the top outter pocket and the laptop compartment were waterproof. The quality of the back is also terrible. My first pack came with the strap (where the buckle is) unraveled and I sent it back. On the one I currently have, part of the stitching of the right shoulder strap has completely come undone. Soon the whole shoulder strap would probably be ripped off. And I only wear it biking to work.. not hiking or anything. I have had other backpacks for much longer and have gone through more wear and tear and they still hold up better than this one.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Austin TX Commuter I got this pack after visiting with Mountain Hardware at Outdoor Retailer 2016. I go through backpacks about once a year, and this one is holding up quite well. I'll write about the things that matter to me... Durability: I am hard on my packs. They are often filled to the brim and thrown around. After 9 months, there are only two spots with visible wear. On the bottom corners the outer protective layer is scratched up, and the fabric that the hexagonal hatch is sewn to has ripped slightly on the bottom. A few threads have come loose here and there, but I just cut them off and they are fine. Overall, more durable than most. Appearance: Most of my backpacks are large, and most of them look like turtle shells. This one maintains a rounded rectangular shape due to its smart pocket layout. The Thunderhead Grey is a beautiful combination of blue, green, and grey. Very unique and easy to spot. Features: The laptop sleeve fits my 17" laptop (just barely). The waterproof shell keeps the interior dry in small bursts of moderate rain. It does remain damp on the outside though. The zipable cupholder hold my hydroflask quite nicely - it does fall out occasionally when I put it on though. All of the pockets are great and pretty much exactly what I need. Overall, a good purchase - thanks MH -Dann
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great Product.... BUT.... Important please read if you own a laptop! To anyone considering purchasing this....BEWARE....The laptop sleeve portion is NOT waterproof, and this has been confirmed by a phone call to the company and the warranty dept.. I recently purchased this as I wanted a waterproof commuter backpack for cycling to school. I wanted one specifically for cycling to protect my expensive laptop. The Mountain Hardware description tags that are attached to it in stores clearly stated the laptop sleeve is waterproof. HOWEVER, after purchasing it and calling the company I have realized that the tag attached stating a waterproof laptop sleeve is for the Commuter 22litre backpack NOT the 32litre backpack!! The company's error and is completely misleading (this is the specific reason I purchased this backpack in the first place)!!! However, the main compartment is fully waterproof. It is a well made product, well thought out, and comfortable. If it is raining, I will simply put my laptop in the main compartment inside a sleeve of my own. I could easily take it back, I have weighed the pros and cons, and the pros clearly outweigh the negatives. I certainly hope the company rectifies the misleading tag. Online, they should indicate that the laptop sleeve is not waterproof! They should rectify the tag issue as I would hate to have to battle an attempt on a warranty issue involving a damaged laptop! Why they wouldn't have made the sleeve waterproof as well is beyond me!! Would I recommend it as a great backpack with a laptop sleeve... absolutely. Would I recommend it based on the waterproof laptop sleeve... definitely not!!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sexy City Slicker If this bag were a US figure skater in the 80's, it would get 10's across the board except for the Russian's who would be like: '6.5!' It's an amazing bag on all accounts. I've used it through the Wisconsin (Madison) winter commuting to work and I find the bag to be very much waterproof, spacious, yet sleek despite being a 32L, and full of features I find useful every day. I actually really enjoy the Hardware Hexlock design. It allows me to get in and out of my bag very quickly and I've yet to have a problem with it getting caught. In fact I don't even notice it, and that's the really beauty of this bag. It combines features from day-packs, dry-sacks, and messenger's bags, in one light-weight, streamlined design that is effortlessly functional. Had you used the Hardweave back support and given it beefier shoulder and sternum straps, it would pretty much be my dream bag.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for commuting to work I bought this backpack because prior I was carrying a purse, a gym bag, my laptop, and sometimes a lunch bag and felt a little ridiculous. The great thing about this bag is that it has a separate pocket for my laptop and plenty of room for everything else I need to take to work. It is comfortable to wear and the fact that it is waterproof is great here in Oregon!
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not so dry I really like the simplicity of the bag but for something called waterproof I would have hoped the laptop compartment was dry. I realise that reading the description now only the center compartment is waterproof but why? Not only is the laptop sleeve not dry but the water pools in the corners. Kind of defeats the purpose. There is no waist belt on it either. I got is for bike commuting to school and when fully loaded it could really use a strap.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kinda Big, kinda pricey, issues with the details Recommended with reservations . . . very pricey for the minimalist features . . This a well made pack with great capacity. My issues are with the small things that keep it from being perfect. I have been looking for a pack to replace my Timbuktu shoulder bag for some time which has worked well, but I'm tired of bearing weight on just one shoulder. The hexagonal 'hook' for the top flap is a real problem. It is hard to work with one hand as it bunches the loop when one tries to open it. It takes two hands and cannot be done in a hurry. A regular snap lock would be much better. If the pack isn't fully loaded there's not enough slack to cinch the top flap snuggly. The top grab handle is a little small and thin for my XL mitts unlike my Marmot packs. The exterior storage pocket with its dividers works well enough however the dividers are poorly sized for my wallet and phone. The RFID shielding pocket doesn't feel convenient to me - probably something I will have to get used to. The zippered expandable pocket works well, wish there were two - I often bring a portable ham radio transceiver along on a hike in addition to water bottle, so having TWO pockets, one on each side, is a really good idea. One or two more exterior loops would be a much appreciated feature. I'm really on the fence about keeping it or returning it. Outcome to be determined.
Date published: 2016-11-01
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