Review: The dhb 25L waterproof backpack

Disclaimer: This backpack was sent to me to try for free by Wiggle. As with anything I review all the opinions I give are honest and my own, and I only agree to review things that I use.

First impression

The dhb 25L waterproof backpack looks and feels solid, giving you confidence that whatever you put inside will remain protected and dry. It seems like the commuting bag I have been searching for, one that is spacious enough that I can easily fit all my work clothes and a computer inside, and comfortable enough with its patterned foam back that I can easily run or ride with it without getting back pain. My first impression was that this bag is very practical.

25L waterproof rucksack from dhb

25L waterproof rucksack from dhb

Road test

I also knew straight away that I would use this as my "events bag", perfect for Swedish autumn when you never know when the rain is going to come. I used it last weekend when I went to run the Hässelbyloppet, and it could easily fit a change of clothes and shoes.

#140 at the hässelbyloppet
Plenty of storage space to fit a change of clothes

I also tried running with it. It is quite a big backpack for a guy my size (172 cm), and I wouldn't want to put too much weight in it when going running. But it sits comfortably and has this nice patterned foam at the back. I can see myself using it for hiking trips too.

Testing it out on a trail in Stockholm

The details

The bag is well thought through, with a zip at the front for small things like your wallet, phone and keys. The large central compartment has waterproof lining and the seals seems like they are going to stand up to tough conditions and not let water in. It has the typical waterproof bag style on top, so you can roll and clip it shut at the top. It also has an an extra strap and buckle to fix it closed from front to back. On the back side of the rucksack is a soft patterned foam, which feels very comfortable on your back, and the pattern means you get good ventilation too.

The bags stands tall when the top section is not rolled down and clipped closed

The bags stands tall when the top section is not rolled down and clipped closed

Conclusion

At £55 (642 SEK) the dhb waterproof rucksack 25L seems very good value for money. I can see myself using it for a number of different things, from commuting, to events, to hiking, and even as a travel bag for weekend trips in Europe. 

The bag is available here, through Wiggle.co.uk and here, through Wiggle.se.

Happy running,

Dan.