What is the perfect backpack for my needs? Do different types of weather or activities require separate backpacks?
This search got kicked off in earnest after I ran several blocks in the rain with a Chrome supposedly waterproof pack. Well, it just had one problem, huge holes at the top outside of the flap that let rain in. I'm about long hours so I pack a lot into my bags. Ruined a library book, destroyed my paper day timer, but somehow my Macbook Air made it through a little wet (it happened that day I'd forgotten my waterproof case).
I told the library and quickly replaced the book. Turns out, they kept the damaged one and
the new one. I'd been better off reporting it lost and keeping it.
This was the second disaster with a backpack in my life. All right. Let's get this right.
- It had to be waterproof. Not water resistant.
- It had to be rolltop.
- Preference to lightweight, not a requirement.
- Would love bottle holders, but not required.
- Under $60 in price.
So now, from that one disaster I've repaired four bags (one a recent purchase*), have two heavy duty bags, two superlite bags, and two travel daypacks. Not all purchased after the rain storm.
*One of the lite bags developed a small hole which the company repaired.
Out of pocket costs, repairs, 3 free (shipping 3.75 i think, for one), $32.75 for one. This one replaced by the company and developed the same problem in the new one. Found a shop in Oregon shipped it off and in less than a week got it back good as new.
New bags, $45, $44, $50, $60, more or less, total: $200.
Grand total, including $25 for the book: $25 + 32.75 + 200 = $257.25.
Wish I'd gone straight to the solution but I would have missed the fun of shopping and refining my tastes.