The Aqua Quest Sport is pretty much what it reads on the tin – a waterproof backpack with some 30L capacity for storage – it’s ideal if you plan on doing some more demanding activities, such as hiking, climbing, backpacking, canoeing, and generally enjoying nature to the fullest. It’s not made for the timid types who prefer calm waters, but rather for the adventurous folks who don’t think twice when seeing white water.
Why Get a Waterproof Backpack?
Truth of the matter is you probably don’t need a waterproof backpack. That is, you don’t need one if you live in an arid area, with little or no rain, or, alternatively, if you plan on camping in the Death Valley. If, on the other hand, you plan on canoeing, rafting, hiking through a rainforest or an area with lots of streams and creeks, then you might want to consider getting one. Bear in mind, though, that this type of backpack is focused on keeping your things nice and dry, so it won’t come with as many bells and whistles as a specialized hiking backpack or other such specialist products. Also, keep in mind that water-resistant is by no means synonymous with waterproof, so buy accordingly. The difference is that the former will keep its contents dry in some light rain and splashes, but the latter will survive being submerged.
What Makes the Aqua Quest Sport 30L Dry Bag Backpack a Great Choice?
The Aqua Quest Sport 30L Dry Bag could be pretty much summed up like this – it lives up to the name, nothing more, nothing less. It’s a sports basic model, if you will, and comes with no bells or whistles. Some might not like that, or feel they need more features, more gizmos, more compartments and zippers, but then again, there’s also a market for that type of products, as well. This backpack is a waterproof backpack, plain and simple. It’ll do a wonderful job of keeping your stuff bone-dry even if you have to take a swim with it or pass underneath a waterfall, and that’s it. It’s made of heavy-duty RipStop fabric (resistant to abrasion), coated with DWR (durable water repellent) and TPU-laminated. All the stress points are reinforced using double bar-tack stitching, and the seams are heat taped, so you can fully expect this puppy to give you years of loyal service.
As noted above, it’s quite minimalist, so it would mostly suit folks who don’t need much on their trips. On the flipside, it does have a decently-sized main compartment (which is its only compartment, to be honest), which fits about 30L. In other words, it should be more than enough to fit all the gear of an individual hammock camper (so, the hammock itself, a bug net, the tarp, plus some extra clothing and an emergency kit). We liked that there are also a couple of D-rings on the shoulder straps to hook on a variety of tools, as well as seven heavy-duty webbing loops for the same purpose. Moreover, the backpack does feature a couple of side pockets where you can put your water bottles (or bug spray cans, or both, whichever jingles your jollies), both reinforced at the top with elastic strings so that whatever you put in there will remain nice and secure even if you drop the pack. One thing you should keep in mind, though, is that you mustn’t over-pack the backpack, as it will jeopardize its waterproofness. If there’s too much gear in it, you won’t be able to roll down the top enough times to get a full waterproof seal.
The bag isn’t weighed down by extra padding or fluff, so it’s pretty lightweight (about 1.7 pounds unloaded), which is just as well, as it means you’ll pretty much be carrying only the weight of your camping gear. There is an Air-Mesh panel in the back, though, which provides plenty breathability and at least some measure of comfort on your spine. While we’re on the topic of comfort, it’s important to note that the shoulder straps, as well as the waist straps, are fully adjustable, so you can play around to get a custom fit. They’re also amply padded and fairly flexible, so they should contour to your body for even more comfort. On that note, we should also mention that this model isn’t exactly perfect for tall folks (think 6-foot-three, or thereabouts), and the straps may come short. Then again, every cloud has a silver lining, as Aqua Quest also has this backpack in a 40L version.
We would’ve liked if there were more colors to choose from, although the Charcoal Gray and vibrant Red are indeed eye-catching. Still, it’s only a minor gripe, and one which we’re more than willing to forgive considering the backpack comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
- Plenty of storage within the main compartment (more than capable of fitting an entire setup for hammock campers).
- It does feature extension loops
- The pack’s built very sturdily, from the waterproof body to the straps and buckles – it won’t break down or rip up any time soon.
- The rest of the craftsmanship is very much up to scratch, including the seams, strings and stitches.
- Fairly lightweight (about 1.7 pounds), so you’ll pretty much be carrying only the weight of your gear.
- The straps are fully adjustable, so you can customize the fit for maximum comfort.
- Decently priced.
- The main compartment is pretty much its single compartment – no inner dividers or smaller pockets.
- It might be a short fit for taller folks (think 6-foot-two, give or take an inch), so you might want to go for something bigger (these also come in 40L version).
The Aqua Quest Sport 30L is a great choice if you need an extra-large daypack or a decent overnight pack, at least as far as the capacity goes. In the way of waterproofing your belongings, this is probably one of the best backpacks out there. Granted, it hasn’t got all the features you might want for backpacking (you might consider it a basic model), but it is very durable and, most importantly, completely waterproof (provided you don’t overstuff it).