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Having a waterproof backpack that you can trust is key on any adventure.

If you’re reading this, you’re most likely wondering what waterproof backpack is best for you.

This is where ScubaOtter comes in.

We compare and contrast several waterproof backpacks on a variety of factors such as price, weight, and material quality, allowing you to make a choice for your next adventure.

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TimBuk2 Spirebackpack

timbuk 2 spire backpack

This backpack is a fantastic choice for those looking for everyday use. It’s not the most stylish bag by any means…but will certainly keep your stuff safe.

As a digital nomad, I find waterproof bags that have places for laptops to be extremely convenient which is why I rank this backpack so high.

This bag is great for nomads to travelers who carry two devices, such as a laptop and a tablet.

Inside the bag, you’ll find the organized compartments for pens, phones, and more.

One of the most impressive features of this bag is just how waterproof it is. A friend of mine had biked home for several miles in a massive rainstorm and found none of his holdings to be touched by even one drop of water.

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Lowepro DryZone 200 Camera Backpack

lowepro dryzone 200 backpack

This bag was made for photographers who like to be in the middle of the action.

No matter the conditions that mother nature throws at you, you’ll be able to get the perfect shot without ever worrying if your equipment is ok.

By default, the Lowepro Dryzone bag will float in fresh and saltwater when fully packed.

One of the most highly rated reviewers of the bag went on to say that this is not the backpack for shooting weddings due to how long it takes to access compartments of the bag.

The bag is a bit pricey, but if you are protecting expensive gear (we assume you are if you are on this guide) then no amount of security can cost too much.

One interesting thing about this bag is that the zipper is very secure and can sometimes require lube to allow it to zip freely. This is likely due to how dedicated these bags are to securing the inside contents.

This bag is surprisingly comfortable as well, with the shoulder and waist straps be extremely padded.

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FE Active CloudBreak

FE Active CloudBreak Bag

This bag is great for all sorts of outdoor activities. Made from the most friendly marine-grade PVC Tarpaulin, this bag is made for the great outdoors.

Take this bad boy on every excursion and not even worry about your stuff getting wet/dirty.

In addition, this bag features padded shoulder and arm straps with a mesh lining allowing extra comfort.

There’s a pouch on the side for the storage of water bottles and other things that is somewhat secure.

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AquaQuest Stylin

Aquaquest Stylin Backpack

The AquaQuest Stylin will get the job done. It’s not the most pricey or flashy bag, but it does exactly what you need it to do, keep your stuff safe.

It comes in Pink/Black as well as Red and Black. I personally like the red and black, but this is entirely up to you.

Expect to pay around ~$80 for this bag.

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AquaQuest Himal

aquaquest himal backpack

The AquaQuest Himal is the younger brother of the Stylin, as you can probably tell from the name. The bag comes in stylish black, blue, and camo.

The bag is 100% waterproof and can be used on a range of activities from the outdoors to daily life. No matter the conditions, rain, snow, sand or dirt, the AquaQuest Himal has got you covered.

The bag ways just over a pound, making it easy to carry. The bag is also extremely compact, being able to compress to 11 x 4 x 1.5 dimensions. In terms of pricing, expect to pay around $40.

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Mountain Hardwear Scrambler

The Mountain Hardwear Scrambler is constructed with efficiency and usability in mind. Designed to work for all tasks, you’ll find this bag to be able to store almost everything in a comfortable manner.

I see this bag most often used by mountain bikers, hikers, rock climbers and snowboarders.

The bag has dimensions of 20 x 13 x 5 inches and is around 1.6 pounds.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a good waterproof backpack?

Because everyone is different, the best backpack is different for everyone. Some important factors to think about when getting a waterproof backpack are:

  • Storage Capacity
  • Pockets and Compartments
  • Level of Water Resistance
  • Price of the Bag
  • Style (Color, Size, Patterns)

Which of the mentioned bags can be put through the wash?

All of the backpacks we mention in this guide are able to be washed. While I haven’t tried putting any of them in the wash myself, they should be ok. If you’d like, you can also try hand washing in a bucket with soap and water.

Can these waterproof backpacks be taken on a plane?

Of course! Every backpack mentioned in this guide is able to be taken on a plane as a personal item. If it doesn’t fit under the seat (they should unless you packed a lot), then it can certainly go to the overhead compartment.

Which bag is best for storing a laptop?

Nearly all of these bags are great for storing laptops. A few of them, include specialized compartments for storing laptops, which make them better choices than others.

The TimBuk2 Spirebackpack is #1 on our guide and is probably the bag we recommend most for day to day laptop storage.


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