Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gear Review: REI Duck's Back Rain Cover

"When the rain comes in fast stay worry free with an easy on, reliable pack cover. "

The Stats:
Size: 20-100 liters
Weight: 3.7oz(20 liters)-8.0oz(100 liters)
Materials: Polyurethane-coated Polyester

Pros's: Secure Fit, Easy to Put On & Take Off, Light, Fully Reliable

Con's: Replaceable with a trash bag, Not very aesthetically pleasing, Over Branded

Full Review

Honestly we have to call into question the necessity of owning a pack cover when it can be replaced for pennies with a trash bag. Still when rain is coming down and you can't afford to get your pack wet, it's nice to know you have something which will go on quickly and provide consistent protection so you can focus on your hike, and not the gear inside your pack.

The Duck's Back specifically goes on very quickly, just a couple seconds from it's pouch to covering your pack. It has drain holes on the bottom to vent out the pack too, preventing condensation.

It would be nice to see a little less branding. The REI logo sticks out like a sore thumb. It's too large, and too centrally placed on the cover, and the stark black contrasts too much with the light grey. Aside from feeling like a walking billboard though the Duck's Back does it's job. The rain stays out, your gear stays dry, and you stay happy.

Tested in: Olympic National Park, Mt. Rainier, Santa Cruz Mountains

For More:

REI: Duck's Back 20Li
REI: Duck's Back 40Li
REI: Duck's Back 60Li
REI: Duck's Back 80Li
REI: Duck's Back 100Li

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