Gear Question

I'm going to pick up this pack in a few...

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I'm going to pick up this pack in a few weeks. Do you think a rain cover is really necessary with it or would it just be a waste of weight/space/money?

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If you're going to the Pacific Northwest, you'll probably want a rain cover. Other places, you're probably ok without it. That said, they're pretty light and pack down very small so it may not be too bad to have along if there's a chance of a heavy rainstorm.

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Depends on what you're going into. There are definitely lighter weight alternatives to the Arcteryx covers. The finish and waterproof zippers on the pack itself do take a pretty fair amount of rain to soak through, but when it's heavy and consistent, or as the pack gets beat up and ages, it's nice to have the cover. I'm not much on hauling my pack into my tent to protect it at night, so when it's all opened up at camp, it's nice to be able to just throw the cover on it and lean it against a tree or rock.

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Just took my 3 year old Bora for a one night 12 mile RT in San Gorgonio mtns--SoCal. Never bought a rain cover based on reviews (and the number of times i've been in rain) and sales reps comments on water repellency. On the descent rain came in hard for 45+ minutes. When I got to the car and opened the brain it had collected about 1/2" of water!!! Literally poured it out. I had wrapped my wifes Nikon in my fleece beaney so it didn't get ruined. The rest of the pack was fine, but definitely moist/damp. Needless to say I've ordered the $50 pack shelter.....best be prepared!! (Still LOVE this pack!!!) I've had Lowe's and Marmot's and this pack blows them away!

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for the real cheapie, just cut a heavy-duty trash bag with a slit and rig it up. it looks ghetto, and will only last one trip, but it's cheap and if you're in a non-rainy climate, you can get away with just carrying it for backup. if you're just worried about putting it over the pack at night, even better, you don't have to cut it at all.