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North Carolina Dadwrote a review of on July 25, 2009

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This is a small pack--which fits the bill nicely for day trips and doesn't get in the way whether you are climbing rocks or navigating through crowds. It can snugly hold two water bottles (two excellent elastic mesh pockets on each side), a rain coat (tied on the outside), camera and snacks--not much more. The harness is very comfortable and capable of supporting the load--and pulling it in close so it isn't flopping around throwing off your balance. The cargo area is very accessible and has a zippered inside pocket and another inside pocket.

We liked it so much we bought one for everyone in the family and have taken it on every hiking/canoe/swimming/car trip since. My wife loves it and has taken to leaving her purse at home in favor of this little pack. On our last trip to the waterpark there was enough room for a beach towel and one other item inside, either lunch, spare shirt/socks, or medium size camera bag.

While the pack makes no pretension of being waterproof, it did hold up well in the bottom of the canoe on the last trip. Only the items around the zippers were wet (the outside was muddy and wet). We have used these on short rainy hikes exposed to the downpour, and didn't have issues with our gear getting wet inside after three hours. A couple of more hours and the contents would probably have gotten wet--but we were done before the packs gave out.

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North Carolina Dadposted an image about on May 25, 2009

Day hike with the Seal Line waterproof backpack

This is the small Urban Backpack which is just a bit large for my 7 year old son. The pack is waterproof, and best suited for urban environments (like going to school or work). It worked well on our day hike and easily held two rain coats, a lunch box, and camera. This would be a great pack for carrying a laptop and office work--especially if you find yourself commuting to work in the rain. This is an expensive pack, even for the small version--but it is waterproof and that (for me) is worth the extra cost. The harness is very comfortable and suited for adults, with enough adjustment range to fit a child in the 8-10 year old size range.

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