Overboard Fully Waterproof
Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Sizes: Claimed sizes : 20 litres, 25 litres
SRP: £34.99 for 20 litre, £39.99 for 25 litre
Features to Note:
Features to Note:
- Waterproof rating of 3 - can handle quick, full submersions and will float
- Fully welded, seamless construction
- 2 way closure system (top or side)
- Padded shoulder straps and lumbar support
- Elasticated front webbing
- Padded Shoulder straps and lumbar support
- Reflective front patch
I usually pack the contents of my daypack or backpack inside a waterproof bag because - in my usual walk haunts - I've always wished I had on those rare occasions when I've chosen not to. So I was intrigued to say the least, when presented with a daypack from Overboard which is claimed to be fully waterproof. Not surprising, I suppose, given the name of the company!
On first inspection, the Overboard day pack is a large rubberised bag with a welded, seamless construction and a roll down top. The well padded, adjustable shoulder straps, an unpadded belt and a strernum strap mean that this 'bag' is really a daypack. And it functions as a general purpose daypack really quite well.
There is a zipped compartment inside the sack for keys, phone etc. plus two mesh pockets and some elasticated webbing on the outside. It's comfortable to wear and the full load I had in it remained quite stable. You have to be quite careful not to fill it up too much in order to roll down the top so I think this may reduce that actual available space a little. I also found all the fastenings to be really stiff and quite difficult to operate. Hopefully this might improve over time.
And all our tests showed it to be definitely waterproof!
Perhaps not surprisingly given its origins in the sailing/boarding world, there are none of the walking specific features available such as walking pole/ice axe attachment points, hydration compatibility or any external pockets.
Overboard's waterproof backpack is not the best option if you're looking for a daypack specifically for walking. However, an outdoor photgrapher with some expensive gear to transport may find this very useful. It's certainly a terrific option for winter commuting.
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