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Water-Resistant Backpacks for Wet Commutes

Don't let rain ruin your bag (or what's inside it).


Rain is no excuse for soaked belongings. Check the weather reports and pack accordingly. Many brands are making water-resistant backpacks to keep your goods safe and dry, no matter the weather. With classic, understated designs, they seem less like dry-packs and more like day packs. So prepare for unexpected weather, and peruse our favorite styles below.

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Our Pick
Topo Designs

Big enough for all your EDC, or the bare necessities for an overnight trip, Topo Designs' made-in-the-US Klettersack features a cinch top tucked under a water-repellent flap, straps for slimming its profile, and padded shoulders.

An upgrade
Slick Series Ballistic Backpack

This rubber-like fabric is really durable nylon. Made in Japan, the design features an asymmetric zip pocket, leather detailing, padded shoulder straps and Cordura backing. 

an affordable alternative
The ReNew 15" Transit Backpack

Available in five colors, Everlane's The ReNew Transit Backpack is made from water-resistant recycled polyester. It's got a roll top, plenty of exterior pockets, and dividers within to keep things organized even while you're on the go.

Field Bag

This minimalist bag has a padded laptop sleeve and an external zip pocket, and the PU-polyester blend is inspired by the Danish brand’s classic raincoats. 

Dryden Backpack

Made from 1000D heavyweight nylon, this one's obviously water-resistant, but it's hard-wearing too: The bag's double reinforced in most places and resists fraying, ripping or bottoming out.

Black Hole 32L

This double-entry bag allows access to your goods from the side or the top. It is cut from water-repellent rip stop fabric and features a padded back and buckled flap top.

Everyday Backpack 2.0

Lululemon's entry isn't the biggest of bags, but it can still fit a 16-inch laptop. Plus, it looks pleasingly plain (with plenty of performance tech embedded within).

The North Face

Want a backpack that looks like a normal backpack — while still being completely water-resistant? The North Face's Daypack is just that: a simple, heritage-inspired design with a water-repellent finish.

The Backpack

You know Away's suitcases, right? I'd hope so by now; they're everywhere. But did you know they make backpacks, too? The Backpack, as it's so plainly called, is cut from water-resistant nylon and features three easy to access interior pockets.

Apex Backpack Explorer

Made from a lightweight waterproof fabric, Troubadour's Apex Backpack has a breathable back panel and a trolley sleeve for slipping it onto a suitcase handle. It's the ideal travel bag.

Everyday Backpack 20L Zip
Peak Design

Peak Design emphasizes versatility in everything it does. The Everyday Backpack is no exception. It has an ergonomic point of entry, a handle on the side for carrying it like a duffle and impressive durability (meaning it's as good for days in the city as it is dirt roads).


Made from coated ripstop fabric, this bag features three exterior pockets, a padded laptop sleeve, a lined interior and side buckle-tabs. 

Davis Daypack - EPX
North St. Bags

North St. Bag's Davis Daypack comes constructed from Ecopak EPX sailcloth, a recycled polyester-derived waterproof material. It has a roll top to keep the elements out and exterior pockets for easy access to valuables.

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