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    iDoes anyone have any good ideas about how to keep your backpack dry? I sprayed my cover with water repellent, but I'm not sure that would be enough.

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    Why? stick a small kitchen garbage bag inside... that's water proof - not water resistant. Easier to keep it clean. UL etc. etc. etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Old Owl View Post
    Why? stick a small kitchen garbage bag inside... that's water proof - not water resistant. Easier to keep it clean. UL etc. etc. etc.
    Yep, best way.
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    Hefty brand trash compactor bag 18 gallon size. Sold in a box of five. Bombproof.

    http://mybrands.com/product/Hefty-Tr...18-gallon-5-ct

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spokes View Post
    Hefty brand trash compactor bag 18 gallon size. Sold in a box of five. Bombproof.
    DITTO!!! And multipurpose.

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    Once again. As they say. I know my backpack is waterproof. It rained 3 days ago and it's still holding water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Man View Post
    DITTO!!! And multipurpose.

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    x3 works great.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by lush242000 View Post
    Once again. As they say. I know my backpack is waterproof. It rained 3 days ago and it's still holding water.
    Yes waterproof works in both directions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Man View Post
    DITTO!!! And multipurpose.

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    I have used mine to haul lots of water when the spring is much farther than you ever want to walk twice.

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    Wow never considered this...
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    So, why exactly, in the year 2013 (and having sent a few men to the moon decades before) would it be so hard to manufacture a backpack that isn't waterproof right out of the box? Most backpacks I see, especially the internal frames, are essentially nothing more than fancy duffle bags with shoulder straps and a few pockets attached. They sell "dry bags" that are just that without the shoulder straps. What, is this really rocket science?

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    http://www.thewaterproofstore.com/canyonpack.html
    7200 cu.in. even tipi would approve.
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    pretty cheap too

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    a pack cover
    The only things that will get wet will be the ones at the bottom of the pack. Use one dry bag for the sleeping bag.

    Waterproofing a pack will make it difficult to clean in a washing machine.
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    Cover it with some polythene bag which is very easy and also effective.
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    +4 on the trash compactor bag. Easy, cheap, waterproof, UL and easy to replace in the next town should you get a tear. Make sure anything in an outside pocket goes into a ziploc bag. Also, if it's raining and you're hiking, consider a poncho that fits over you and your pack. Double protection.
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    visit YouTube and sniff around for waterproofing tarps. people do it with silicone (the stuff you buy in the big tubes at Home Depot or Lowes) squirted into a bucket and mixed with paint thinner (or some other solvent). you just mix it until the silicone dissolves into the liquid, dip in whatever you want to waterproof, and then hang it out to dry in a well ventilated area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowsirocco View Post
    I have used mine to haul lots of water when the spring is much farther than you ever want to walk twice.
    also great for doing laundry away from water sources,

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    My pack is treated on both sides of the material, silicon on one side and I believe urethan on the other so it's pretty much water proof but I still put all my gear in waterproof bags, not so much for waterproofing, but for organization of gear.

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    Uh, people, carefully read, and perhaps reread, what the OP asked. He asked how to WP his backpack not specifically what goes inside the backpack.

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