The Cloud Cover Pack by Granite Gear. An ultralight pack fly in smaller sizes for ultralight packs and day packs. Made from 30-D Sil Cordura Nylon Ripstop. Designed for packs less than 4000 cubic inches. Check out the Storm Cell if you need a pack fly for a pack above 4000 cubic inches.
Pack covers are useful, so long as they're light—otherwise you'll hem and haw over whether to bring it, and then when it rains, Murphy's Law guarantees you'll have left it behind. The Granite Gear's Cloud Cover Pack Fly weighs less than four ounces, but keeps your pack bone-dry, so no compromises are needed.
|Granite Gear Cloud Cover Packfly||$31.95 - $39.95|
|Granite Gear Cloud Cover Rain Fly for Packs at SunnySports||$31.95|
I have a Cloud Cover pack fly from 2005 that is still going strong after 1,000 miles on the AT and multiple weekend hikes, so I ordered another one for my Osprey Talon 44 (XS fits perfectly - the S is too big, I tried that first). The attached stuff sack on this is very small, making it hard to put away. (It's harder than getting my sleeping bag liner in it's teeny stuff sack - I much prefer the bigger bag on the older Cloud Cover model.) The bungee cord is also tough to use at first - I think it needs to break in because it did get better after playing with it for a while. If I didn't have such a great experience with my older Granite Gear pack fly I probably would return this. The upside is that it's definitely small and lightweight. I haven't used this in the rain yet, but I have no doubt it will be waterproof.
I purchased this for my 11-year-old son who was going on a Boy Scout backpacking trip. This seemed a bit expensive for a plastic cover. I mean, wouldn't a tarp or poncho do? But, I am SO glad I bought this b/c it rained and it rained hard! I checked my son's pack, and bought the right size. He was able to put it around his pack with no trouble. When he got home, this cover was wet and dirty/muddy, but his pack was dry! It folds up into a small attached sack (estimate about 3X2X2") and is lightweight. My son told me it was great! He was glad he had it. He took it to overnight camp this week to cover his duffle bag, which is about the same size as his pack. This cover is smaller and less cumbersome than a tarp. I believe he'll get a lot of use out of this, so it was worth the money!
Used on the Inca Trail and in the jungle in Peru during rainy season over an Osprey Talon 33. This item weighed the same, but seemed less sturdy and didn't fit as well as the Sea to Summit Ultralight cover. (I ordered one of each for the Peru trip for my husband and myself.) I did like the light weight and small amount of room needed... these were identical to Sea to Summit, and I would choose Sea to Summit over Granite Gear for this product.
I ordered this to cover my backpack, to protect my laptop computer. This is a replacement due to my mistake. When I got the correct size, it rained 2 days later, and boy am I glad I had this. It protected my laptop and everything else. I decided to keep the original one for my larger backpack, and it works great. Backcountry.com will always get my recomendation for online shoppers!
kept my stuff dry. Has a nice pull cord around it so you can tighten it.
Super light weight and effective pack fly.
lightweight, works great.