The Top Urban Bags & Backpacks for Wet Weather Commutes

Text by: Kelsey Begg

Arc’teryx, Cocotte Equipment, Dakine, Patagonia, RAINS, SealLine. The Top Urban Bags & Backpacks for Wet Weather Commutes

As the days slowly get shorter and the sun sets earlier, the sombre weather settles in and the chance for a surprise shower during your commute increases. Whether you commute by bike, foot or public transit, arriving at work or class on time and drily is essential and sometimes an umbrella doesn’t quite cut it – especially if you’re commuting by bike.

When you’ve got important documents, dry clothes and electronics in your bag or backpack, rainy weather can create a big problem especially if it arrives unexpectedly. For this, a waterproof or water-resistant bag or backpack is a commute necessity. Below are some of our top picks that are sure to keep your belongings safe and dry on the wettest commutes.

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Waterproof Bags & Backpacks

Cocotte Equipment Alfredo

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Montreal-made and designed for the most rugged bike messengers, the Alfredo messenger bag is built to be tough, durable and best of all, waterproof. It is conveniently designed to be reversible so it can easily be worn on both shoulders and has a sternum strap for added stability when cycling. Compression straps on the outside easily adapt the size of the bag and keep your gear inside secure so you can get from point A to point B and arrive with everything inside safe and dry. 

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Dakine Cyclone Roll Top 32L

From work commutes to afternoon adventures, the Cyclone Roll Top is a wet-weather companion you can rely on. This roll top backpack keeps its contents dry and safe even in the harshest showers thanks to its waterproof welded construction. Reflective logos keep you visible at night while an adjustable sternum strap enhances comfort and security. A mess side pocket on the side can hold a water bottle for quick access to hydration and you’re all set for a day in the rain!

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SealLine Urban Backpack

The SealLine Urban backpack is the perfect waterproof backpack designed for your wettest urban adventures. This pack keeps your belongings dry without a doubt while you commute by bike or foot thanks to its 100% waterproof materials and welded seams. The simple design is easy to use on-the-go and is a carries comfortably because of its padded and breathable shoulder straps. Choose from a variety of colours and stand out in style on your soggy, spring commutes.

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Water-Resistant Bags & Backpacks

Patagonia Black Hole Pack 25L

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The Black Hole Pack is a highly weather-resistant backpack designed with a busy, active lifestyle in mind. Crafted with a durable water repellent finish, your gear is sure to be safe and secure wherever you’re headed even on the wettest days. Equipped with a padded laptop sleeve, organizational pockets and even a set of daisy chain lash points on the front, the Black Hole Pack is sure to be a convenient favourite. It is also available in a messenger style so if you’re not a fan of backpacks, you can still get the Black Hole in a style you prefer.

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Arc’teryx Granville 20L Daypack

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Style meets versatility in the refined design of the Granville daypack. This highly water resistant AC² (Advanced Composite Construction) technology keeps your gear dry and safe whether you’re commute is graced with rain, sleet or snow. A large flap closure allows top access to the main compartment with easy visibility for all the contents inside while a suspended, padded sleeve accommodates up to a 15-inch laptop or 10-inch tablet. Smaller pockets can be found under the flap and are a convenient location to organize your phone, keys or other important gear. The Granville daypack is the perfect commuter bag for a day in class, work or exploring Downtown Vancouver’s Granville Island.

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RAINS Unisex Backpack

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 Boasting a sleek and minimalist urban design, the Unisex Backpack is a simple and stylish commuter backpack ideal for any urban dweller. Crafted with a water-resistant fabric, your gear inside is sure to keep dry even during a wet commute. The main compartment is equipped with an internal laptop pocket and a hidden pocket on the backside carefully stashes your phone so it is easily accessible while you’re on the move.

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