The Sea to Summit Pack Cover Sn240 forever ends the debate about whether you can afford the extra weight of a pack cover especially considering the medium size weighs only 4 ounces and packs into a tiny stuff sack.
Made of 30D Diamond Ripstop silicone impregnated Cordura®, this cover's waterproof finish can’t peel or wear off over time.
Siliconized Cordura is about one third the weight of traditional coated nylon. This pack cover uses a “no seam” construction for complete waterproofness, and has a mid-back keeper strap that helps secure it to the pack and keep the sides from catching wind. It comes packaged in its own mini siliconized nylon stuff sack that remains attached to the cover so it can’t get lost. This pack cover comes in four sizes to fit daypacks up to large backpacks.
|Capacity:||X-Small: 15L - 30L / 900 cu. in. - 1800 cu. in. Small: 30L - 50L / 1800 cu. in. - 3000 cu. in. Medium: 50L - 70L / 3000 cu. in.- 4300 cu. in.|
|Dimensions:||X-Small: 20" x 11" x 8" Small: 23" x 13" x 9" Medium 28" x 16" x 10"|
|Material:||30D Diamond Ripstop silicone impregnated Cordura|
|Pack Size:||(XS) 900 - 1800 cu in, (S) 1800 - 3000 cu in, (M) 3000 - 4300 cu in, (L) 4300 - 5800 cu in|
|Recommended Use:||keeping your pack dry|
|Weight:||(XS) 2 oz, (S) 3 oz, (M) 4 oz, (L) 4.6 oz|
|Weight [with packaging]:||X-Small: 0.15 lb, Small: 0.2 lb, Medium: 0.25 lb|
|Sea To Summit UltraSil Pack Cover Medium||$31.46|
|Sea To Summit UltraSil Pack Cover XS||$22.46|
|Sea To Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack||$29.99 - $54.95|
|Sea To Summit Backpack Cover||$29.96 - $29.99|
Used this a few times during a month-long hike. Seems to work well (i.e. it repels water), it's easy to put on, and it's light enough that I didn't mind throwing it in my daypack just in case. I could still grab stuff out of my pack while I was walking without the whole thing falling off, and it was secure enough that I could shove my rain jacket between my pack and cover for easy access and storage during on and off rain showers. I subjected it to the abuse of plane-side checking twice (gentler than normal checked luggage, but still can be a bit rough) and we hiked through some rather brush-filled areas...it held up through all of it. I'm not sure I'd test the durability too much if I didn't have to, but it seems to do well, particularly for being so lightweight.
I read a number of reviews about various pack covers when making the choice. Most indicated problems with tears or poor features. Sea to Summit's received the best consistent reviews so I gave it a try.
So far, it's been great. Kept the water out. Super easy and light to pull out of an outer pocket on my pack and quickly wrap around things. Put it through some brush/branches, etc. and no tears yet!
After trying a few pack covers, this is the one I chose. Here's why:
- The stretch draw-cord sold me. Bam! Love how quickly and easily it is installed, and how securely it fits.
- The material sheds water well. Period.
- Super light weight!
- Stuff sack: keeps the pack cover compact when not in use
- The trade-off with being light weight is the material will only take so much abuse. Just don't bushwhack too much!