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Old 04-20-2014, 07:17 PM
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Backpack rain cover?

Do you use one / carry one on extended trips?

My backpack is pretty darn water resistant and everything within my backpack is stored in water resistant sacks including my sleeping bag. I've never felt the need to take a rain cover before and I've hiked in day long drizzles but honestly never a downpour. I've been on some trips where 1/2 the people used one and half didn't but most that didn't still had one they carried.

Do you carry one and do you actually use it?
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:33 PM
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:16 AM
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I use a pack liner to protect the contents of my pack. I have experiemented with trash compactor bags but, I currently use a Z-packs cuben fiber pack liner.

I also carry and use a pack rain cover. Not only does this protect items carried on the outside of my pack. It prevents my pack from absorbing precipitation and me from having to carry that accumulated moisture.

A light spring shower followed but a warm drying sun? No biggie.
A constant, cold penetrating downpour? I am thankful for the extra 3 oz of pack protection I have with me at all times.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:52 AM
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We used to use packs with a raincover that was built in---you could just unzip the top flap and unfold it over the rest of the pack.

Now we use GoLites that can be sealed up pretty effectively against rain.

So no pack cover here.

We do carry a couple of large garbage bags....just in case something goes wrong.
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:30 PM
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I think it's important to consider the climate you'll be hiking in. I've always found a rain cover to be essential where I've hiked (along with a pack liner!). While most of my packs have been made of water resistant materials, they have not been water-proof. Eventually -and far too often quickly, the water would seep in through the fabric, and along stitching and seams.

While I've been pretty good about protecting my gear inside my pack by using waterproof (or water 'resistant') stuff sacks, and using a pack liner, I find my gear will absorb and attract dampness during usage. Alas, as I load my gear back into my pack, I am also adding water to the inside

I don't much care for the extra weight of wet gear. To me, it's seems the pack cover really helps to shed a great deal of the extra water-weight I'd be carrying if I didn't use one, especially during a downpour!

I've also always liked carrying things on the outside of my pack, so the cover has been a plus there.

YMMV,
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:07 PM
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I carry a Kelty Super Tioga. It's already a heavy pack, so adding the weight of water is something I would like to avoid. I pack most of my items in water proof bags always, and carry a pack cover when rain is a possibility.
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:34 PM
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I always carry a pack rain cover on any trip. It's the one sure way I know to guarantee it won't rain on the trip.

I usually have one or two side pouches on my pack, and the rain cover needs to fit over my pack and side pouches, so that usually means getting one size larger rain cover.

I think the surest way to guarantee rain on a trip is to forget to test fit the rain cover on the pack and pouches at home. Kind of like forgetting to test fit the tire chains when you buy new tires...
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Old 05-23-2014, 10:34 AM
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I have all outside pockets removed from my pack - no water getting in that way. I do keep my tent and sleeping pad on the outside of the pack but water there isn't going to be extensive.

I've done some long hikes previously where it rained almost every day and never had water get inside the pack. Those weren't downpours and we might get a few of those on our trip this summer but it's unlikely it'll be prolonged downpours. Slow soakers most likely.

Skipping the cover! The leader of the trip said about 1/3rd of the people are skipping the cover and in his experience half who take one will likely skip actually putting it on their backpack after the first rain. He compared it to people who take water crossing shoes. They stop everyone at the first creek and swap out their shoes / boots but the second creek onward they just skip it as a time killer.
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Old 05-23-2014, 09:35 PM
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a rain cover is really nice, i can vouch, when you might be forced to have your pack exposed to precipitation overnight. it's a great layer of additional protection. even a 'waterproof' backpack like mine will pick up moisture given enough time/exposure.
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Old 09-02-2014, 11:00 AM
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I like to carry a trash bag just in case. I am considering investing in a nice pack cover soon as the trash bags can be a real PITA.
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