Portland-based Showers Pass has just launched a new Cloudcover range of waterproof bags, including the Utility Backpack, Transit Backpack and the Refuge Duffel bag.
The bags are designed to be tough and withstand plenty of use, with an 840 denier ballistic strength Nylon fabric with a waterproof TPU coating to ensure they’re waterproof. All seams are welded and waterproof zippers are used throughout, and compartments are protected from the elements to ensure everything you pack for the commute/adventure remains as dry as when you packed it.
“When we branch out into new categories we aim to solve problems for the end user. On one side of the industry there are many functional non-waterproof backpacks and duffel bags, while on the other side there are many great roll-top waterproof bags that don’t provide much organizational utility” says Kyle Ranson, Showers Pass president. “We designed a line of bags that combined functional design for better organization with waterproof construction, and with many innovative features.”
Both the Transit and Utility Backpacks have padded shoulder straps and a low profile sternum strap, 3D mesh spacer panels to aid airflow, and a padded waist strap. There’s a suspended laptop sleeve in each bag and a self-supporting design that is said to make loading the bags easier.
Visibility is a key requirement of a product intended for the daily commute, and Showers Pass have added an integrated LED light panel, with four silicone-clad LED Beacon Lights that clip into metal grommets. They run on coin-cell batteries and are removable, and offer a claimed 200-hour run time with two flashing modes.
The Transit (£195) is aimed at urban commuters and offers a 42-litre capacity and weighs 1.8kg. It can swallow a 17in laptop with a fleece-lined compartment, and it’s designed to not touch the ground if the backpack is dropped. There are all sorts of pockets for media players, water bottles and other essentials. 3M reflective tape, along with the four red LED Beacon Lights ensures nighttime visibility.
Smaller and lighter at 1.5kg with a 26.8lb capacity, the Utility Backpack (£160) has a separate hydration bladder pocket and there is plenty of space for all those riding essentials, with two side pockets for water bottles, a pocket for a D-Lock, front webbing for lashing spare clothing to the outside, and four red LED Beacon Lights. There’s space for a 15in laptop with a fleece-lined compartment.
Lastly, the Cloudcover Duffel (£140) is a 51.3-litre capacity bag with three separate waterproof compartments so you can keep clean and dirty clothes apart. A smart fold-out waterproof changing mat is a useful addition when getting changed in a car park before or after a race.
More at www.showerspass.com
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