Aquapac Stormproof Messenger Bag

 

The Aquapac Stormproof Messenger Bag is a beautifully designed, lightweight and 100% waterproof messenger bag that is packed full of features and comes with a 5 year guarantee.

 

Aquapac Stormproof Messenger Bag

 

We tested and loved the Aquapac Bike-Mounted Waterproof Phone Case and so jumped at the opportunity to test the Aquapac Stormproof Messenger Bag, so that we could see what they could offer to protect larger items from rain and dirt.

 

And our first impressions of the Aquapac Stormproof Messenger Bag were all good – this is one seriously waterproof bag.  To be fair, waterproof is what the guys at Aquapac do so perhaps it is no surprise that this key feature is done particularly well, but notwithstanding our very high expectations, we were still properly impressed. 

 

The total waterproofness of the bag is delivered by four layers of protection that all add up to a bag you can be completely confident will do exactly as it promises and keep your valuables dry and safe.  The first layer of protection is offered by a removable inner sleeve.  This sleeve is padded to offer protection against bumps and bangs, and once inside the bag it is held securely to the outer layer by a generous amount of velcro.  This inner sleeve is itself water resistant and is sealed along the top edge with more velcro.

 

It is however from the second line of defence onwards that things start to get really serious.  The outer bag is made from tough PU coated nylon fabric and all the seams have been sealed, making it totally waterproof.  This 100% waterproof bag is then sealed with a highly water-resistant zip, which for the third layer of protection is rolled over and secured to itself with a strong strip of Velcro and finally there is a storm flap, made from the same waterproof fabric that the bag is made from, and this flaps over the top of the bag and is held in place with a clip on the front.

 

Frankly we think that any water or dirt looking to get past these defences would give up without even trying because it would be utterly pointless!  If you want to see it for yourself Aquapac have loaded up a youtube video showing them packing a rather nice MacBook into the messenger bag before spraying it with a garden hose.  Actually, we’ve tested it in weather that was altogether more “biblical” but the result was just the same – lovely dry, clean and happy valuables – we only wish we could say the same for our tester!

 

The removable padded interior sleeve will take a 15.6 inch laptop and it has plenty of little storage solutions for essentials like pens, mobile phone, a clip to hold keys and zipped pocket for business cards as well.

 

Aquapac Stormproof Messenger Bag inner sleeve

 

The across-the-chest shoulder strap is made from sturdy nylon and is adjustable and removable – although we are not sure why as once this strap is removed there is no easy way to carry the bag – and they have included a pad that can be slid into the ideal position for the wearer.  Aquapac have even kindly added two padded areas to the back of the bag which not only add to the comfort, but also give the feeling of a little more security when the bag is being worn. 

 

Thoughtfully there is a tab on the outside front of the bag that can be used to clip a light to and a large Aquapac logo that feels like it ought to be is reflective but isn’t. 

 

There is however no compromise in weight as you get all of these wonderful features in a bag that weighs in at just 623g. 

 

For sure at £95 it’s not a cheap option, but then what price do you put on keeping your computer and phone protected from the elements?  And it is worth mentioning that it comes with a five year guarantee which suggests a level of confidence we have to applaud – there is no doubting the guys at Aquapac really believe in their products. 

 

This bag was judged ‘Best on Test’ in a review of messenger bags by Outdoor Fitness magazine which did not come as a surprise to us, because the Aquapac Stormproof Messenger Bag is perfect for those that commute by bike, but it is equally great off the bike too.  So whether you are on foot, sailing or even camping, this bag is really easy to wear and will quickly become a trusted friend.

 

Colour: grey/orange

Size: approx. 47cm x 35cm x 15cm measured at the widest points

Price: £95.00

Website: aquapac.net stormproof messenger bag

 

Value for money: 9/10

Performance: 9/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

 

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