8 Best Waterproof Backpacks Keep Everything Dry Most In 2019

Marchway Floating Waterproof Dry Bag


Looking for something simple, affordable, and effective? Marchway’s dry sack is all three! Offered in 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40-liter sizes and more than 10 colors, this waterproof bag will protect your belongings, no matter how wet the environment. Just simply roll the top, clip the buckle, and get wet! Leave some extra air inside if you’re heading out on a boat or kayak, and this bag will even float. 

It may not be the most comfortable or stylish, but it’s an economical way to protect your camera, cell phone, and map in monsoon season. 

Chaos Ready 22L Waterproof Backpack


As the name implies, this option is ready for chaos! The 100% waterproof bag is flexible, yet durable enough to withstand being tossed around like an Alaskan fishing boat. 

With a 22-liter capacity, there is just enough space to keep your phone, wallet, sandwich, and camera dry when you head out for a day of off-shore fun. It also has a friendly price tag, and a style that’s not so technical, so you won’t look out of place while bopping around downtown. 

SealLine Skylake 18L Dry Daypack


Slip into your wetsuit, grab your board and paddles, stuff this pack with essentials, and head out for a day of paddleboarding, kayaking, or any other water sport! 

Seattle-based SealLine has been making packs to protect your gear from the elements for years, and their newest offering, the SkyLake, does just that. It’s made of a polyurethane-coated blend of polyester and nylon, which makes it much lighter (just 13.5 ounces!) and more compressible than most other packs built from heavier PVC plastics. The lightly padded shoulder straps are comfortable when it’s stuffed to the brim, and they can be removed to stow away so they won’t snag in transit. 

When you’re not on the lake with your paddleboard, this pack doubles as the perfect commuter bike bag, with plenty of space to keep your laptop and business files dry in an early-evening downpour. 

DAKINE Cyclone II 36L Dry Backpack


We absolutely love Dakine’s lineup of snow and surf gear, so it’s no surprise that we are drooling over the Cyclone – it’s a stylish, yet functional alternative to the dry sack’s classically rubbery look. 

But what do we love so much about the Cyclone? For starters, its roll-top closure means the main compartment will stay bone-dry when submerged in water. Blow into the two-way purge valve, and this pack will float on the ocean’s surface, or empty all the air and compress the pack to stuff it away when traveling. 

A stand-out feature is the integrated board-carrying system, which makes it simple to haul your board to and from the beach. The breathable shoulder straps and back panel will keep you comfy when you’re strolling in the summer heat, and the main compartment has a laptop sleeve, so it’s perfectly capable as an everyday commuter pack, to boot!

Watershed Westwater 65L Backpack


Stuff a weekend’s worth of clothes, food, and gear into this 80-liter pack, strap it to your raft, and head straight through this summer’s biggest rapids. 

The seal is completely watertight, and the thick fabric is made to withstand being thrashed against rocks or dragged across the river floor if your raft capsizes. This backpack definitely has its niche —which is why it’s used nationwide by professional raft guides. 

We think it would be a pretty smart choice for anyone who spends lots of nights outside in rainier climates, like the Pacific Northwest, too. 

Simms Dry Creek 45L Waterproof Backpack


Fly-fisherman who set out from dawn to dusk need a do-it-all backpack like the Dry Creek from Simms. 

With 45 liters of space, it’s just the right size for a day’s worth of fishing gear, rainwear, snacks, and libations. Multiple exterior pockets will keep gear within reach, including a sleeve for your extra rod and a water bottle holder. 

And if you fill it to the brim, your body will thank you for the investment — the ergonomic shoulder harness, sternum strap, padded back panel, and fold-away waist belt provide as much comfort and support as a multiday overnight backpack, helping you find the stamina to go the long haul.

Sea To Summit Hydraulic Dry Pack


Whether you’re trekking through a rainstorm or kayaking treacherous rapids, it’s not an option to get your tent, sleeping bag, and camp stove wet. Thankfully, Sea to Summit makes gear specifically for voyages on the water. The Hydraulic pack can be fully submerged and still come up completely dry.

The removable shoulder straps and hip belt are highly adjustable, so it’s easy to find the perfect fit when hauling heavy loads. And the material, in addition to being completely waterproof, also resists UV damage, so it will still be going strong after years of exposure to the elements.

Patagonia Stormfront 30L Waterproof Backpack


Serious fishermen love how bombproof this pack is when wading high waters just as much as college students love it when making the journey from one side of campus to the other. It’s made with a burly, completely waterproof fabric that Patagonia fans have come to adore, because it can be fully submersed in water andwill last you a lifetime. 

The waterproof zipper makes it easier to access the inner contents than the typical chunky roll-top closures, a mesh-lined back panel improves air flow, and the overall style makes it versatile enough to be your one-and-only backpack from the concrete jungle to the Amazon. 

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