Though we certainly don’t want to admit it, fall is just weeks away (the Autumnal Equinox this year falls on Friday 22 September, FYI). it’s already been a wet summer here in the Northeast, and it’s only going to get more wet. So, we put together a quick little list of three favorite weatherproof bags, for your back, bum, and whatever body part you prefer to carry a duffel with.
Patagonia 45L Stormfront Roll Top Pack
In recent years roll top bags have become a bit ubiquitous. Every brand makes one. But few do it as well as Patagonia. With the 45 liter Stormfront Roll Top Pack ($149), perfection is found in simplicity. The pack is made of 11.7 oz 800-denier nylon with a serious TPU coating and boasts a single cavernous main compartment. Exterior features include a removable waste belt, flanking daisy chains, multiple lash-on points, and web loops for attaching a fly rod or tripod.
North St. Pioneer 9 Hip Pack in X-Pac
Portland’s North St. Bags makes some of the more better looking casual yet functional bags for cycling and general life on the move—the Davis Daypack is a favorite of ours for quick city missions and grocery getting. The Pioneer 9 Hip Pack ($69) is a minimal bum bag perfect for traveling, biking, and hiking. Weighing just over 6 ounces and made with waterproof X-Pac sailcloth, the 9” x 6” x 3” pack can be worn as a sling, around your waist, or even attached to your handlebars. Buy it, and get hyped.
Stio 40L CFS Duffel
A good dry duffel bag should be in every gear closet. At 40 liters, the sleek CFS Duffel($200) from Stio is a solid bet. Seriously sturdy hardware ensures you’ll get where you’re going, and a body made of TPU-coated 600-denier nylon with welded seams, PU-coated zippers, and a fold-over storm flap entry ensures you’re gear will be dry when you get there.