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Freerain22 Waterproof Packable 22L Backpack

2 out of 5 stars
1 Review



Why We Like The Freerain22 Waterproof Packable 22L Backpack

When we embark on a trip we stash the Matador Freerain22 Waterproof Packable 22L Backpack into our luggage for peace of mind. This waterproof backpack packs down small so we can travel with it, and then expands to be a fully capable hiking pack.


  • Packable backpack that for travel-friendly use
  • Durable nylon face fabric handles daily wear and tear
  • 22L capacity offers ample storage for day hikes
  • Roll-top closure secures your snacks and layers
  • Shock cords hold your hiking poles or ice axe
  • Multiple pockets keep you organized on the go
  • Item #MTU001I
70D Robic nylon
22L (1343cu in)
Shoulder Straps
nylon monomesh
Waist Belt
2 oversized mesh side, 1 zippered oversized water resistant front
Gear Loops
Ice Axe Carry
Trekking Pole Carry
19.5 x 10.5 x 7in
Claimed Weight
hiking, mountaineering

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2 based on 1 ratings

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2 out of 5 stars

February 26, 2024

Perfect For The City, Not The Crag

I've put it through the wringer

This bag came to my attention from a rave review on the New York Times' Wirecutter site. I was looking for a new, more packable bag to wear on long multi-pitch climbing days. First, the good: it packs down to nothing, holds way more than you think it will (1 liter water bottle, shoes, puffy jacket, collapsed trekking poles, snacks). Now, the bad: thin material began visibly abrading and breaking down after contact with the rock on the first day, the small pouch on the front doesn't include an interior clip for keys, and opens in a manner that could lead things to fall out unless you hold the bag sideways. Last but not least, the drink holders on the side don't have any straps to keep the drinks in. I'm not confident that this bag would make it through a month of climbing, let alone a year or more. A tough pill to swallow given the price point. If you want something fashionable and packable for the city, or a simple day of hiking, this bag is probably great. For more active outdoor endeavors, consider a more durable, but slightly less packable, bag made of a Cordura-type fabric.

Mark J