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DryCommuter™ 32L OutDry Backpack


https://www.mountainhardwear.com/drycommuter-32l-outdry-backpack-1676981.html 1676981


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.
$79.90 $159.00
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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 -


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.



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


  • 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 Dimensions 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


  • 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


DryCommuter™ 32L OutDry Backpack is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stylish backpack and functional I was choosing between the 22 version and 32 version and glad I chose the 32. The size is just right, not too big, I can imagine the 22 would be too small for me. I have a 4 year old kid and I can easily put her jacket and my jacket in it with other stuff if we go out. The water proof is good enough for me, I had a cup of coffee spilled on it and after wipe off it looked great. Haven't tested it in the rain but the material feels high quality should be fine in raining days. The grey color looks nice it is a stylish backpack unlike any others. I like it very much.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cavernous for a student!! I'm a Mountain Hardwear fan. I have many of their products from jackets to backpacks. When i saw this backpack i wanted it do to the minimalist yet modern appeal. Being an occasional backpacker i figured the 32L would be more suitable than the smaller model. I know Columbia, being the parent company i think still, wanted the premium name of Mountain Hardwear to reflect on the price of this pack. It's just too expensive for what they were asking when they launched it. $150 retail for this pack was a bit steep. I caught mine on sale and didn't want another North Face. Also, i wanted to stand out at University over the sea of North Face packs. :). The MAIN critique of this pack is that it states that the pack is waterproof. Like many of the other reviews about this pack, the waterproofness doesn't include the laptop compartment in the back, a mistake in the design. However, that's s simple fix when you take your laptop and put it inside the MASSIVE main compartment. For a 32L this bad boy holds all my books, calculators, pencils, and other school supplies for all of my classes. When its rainy i simply put my MacBook inside the waterproof main compartment and all is well. The anti-skim pocket included on the backside is a plus since i don't use my wallet often but like to have it on hand just in case. When you carry enough as it is that little pocket is a nice touch. The front zipper compartment separates my smaller supplies so i know where everything is. Since this backpack is on sale at the time im writing this on their main website and REI, i would buy this with confidence.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Commuter Bag I use this backpack for work in rainy Seattle. It keeps my things dry and is a comfortable fit. I wish the laptop pocket wasn't on the side and that there would be more compartments on the outside pocket for pencils, etc.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looking for Best Bag For school and traveling I have purchased many, many, bags. I always want a waterproof one for winters and rain, so this is my second Mountain Hardwear bag for school but the first OutDry one. I love it. Its main compartment is huge, hold all of my books easily. I wish the pocket had more areas for pens and pencils and other random things you need for college.
Date published: 2017-09-20
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
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