The Top Urban Bags & Backpacks for Wet Weather Commutes

Text by: Altitude Sports Editorial Team

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

As the days get shorter and fall weather begins to arrive, your commute might come with some unexpected showers. By bike, or on foot, if you’re making your way to work or school, crosstown traffic and inclement weather might get in your way. When the rain starts to fall, having a waterproof or water-resistant bag or backpack is a necessity for keeping your essentials dry. Check out some of our top picks for those rainy day commutes.

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Timbuk2 Classic Messenger

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, Timbuk2 goes back to basics with the CLASSIC MESSENGER bag. It features the classic look and functionality favoured by bike messengers and cyclists everywhere. The adjustable shoulder strap has a curved airmesh strap that makes the ride comfortable, and the crossbody design ensures a secure ride. The waterproof liner protects against the rain. Corner wings provide added reinforcement to make sure the bag stays sealed and dry. The flap gives it a clean look, while the buckles make sure all your stuff stays locked into place.

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Chrome Urban Ex Rolltop 28L Backpack

Designed with cyclists and bike messengers in mind, the URBAN EX ROLLTOP 28L is the best cycling backpack for those daring commuters that make their way through the city streets on two wheels. Chrome has reworked it’s classic one strap bags and installed a two-strap harness for additional comfort and security. The rolltop is a popular design for commuters that like to carry more. The ability to roll down the top makes it more compact and secures everything inside, including the 15” laptop pocket. Knurled welded construction seals tight the seams and gives the pack a rugged exterior, able to withstand some of the harshest conditions.

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SealLine Urban Dry Daypack 26 L

The SealLine Urban Dry Daypack is a waterproof backpack designed for your wettest urban adventures. Made from 100% waterproof materials and welded seams, so your things stay dry on your commute. The QuickClip flap closure seals the top of the bag tight so not a drop gets in. The padded shoulders will keep you comfortable, and the full pack panel offers added ventilation when rain turns to shine. The narrow profile gives you added over-the-shoulder visibility. Minimalist and fully functional, the Urban Dry Daypack will help you stand out on those soggy spring commutes.

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The North Face Kaban 26 L Backpack

The sleek design and rugged features of the Kaban have everything a commuter needs to face the everyday challenges of city life. Getting to school through rain and snow, the water-resistant polyester with TPE PVC coating can hold its own against even the trickiest conditions. The shoulder straps feature the FlexVent suspension system that offers both comfort and security when you’re on the go. The laptop pocket has an ejector handle for easy access. The main compartment is top-loading and has plenty of room for textbooks or a spare change of clothes. The secure-zip hidden pockets add to the bag’s minimalist and clutter-free look. 

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Arc’teryx Granville 20 Backpack

Style meets versatility with the refined design of the Granville daypack. The high water-resistant AC² (Advanced Composite Construction) technology keeps your gear safe and dry in the face of rain, or snow. A large flap closure gives easy access to the main compartment and features a padded sleeve that can accommodate a laptop up to 15-inches. Smaller pockets can be found under the flap and provide a convenient location to keep your phone, keys and other essentials. Rain or shine, the Granville daypack is the perfect bag for your commute to class or work.

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RAINS Unisex Backpack

Boasting a sleek and minimalist urban design, the Unisex Backpack is a stylish commuter backpack ideal for any urban dweller. The bag combines water-resistant fabrics with a folding system locks with a carabiner to keep the flap down and the rain out. The main compartment comes equipped with an internal laptop pocket, and a hidden pocket on the backside carefully stashes your phone for easy accessibility on the move. The adjustable shoulder straps make it easy for you to find that sweet spot between comfort and total security. The waterproof aqua guard coil zipper offers added protection against even the tiniest drop of rain.

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Expecting the Unexpected

Working and studying on the go means packing your bag for the day and being prepared for whatever gets thrown your way. Keeping your laptop, school work or clothes dry is a must, and a waterproof or water-resistant bag or backpack is your first line of defence against wind and rain.

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