Outdoor Products Canyon Weather Defense Backpack Review
Canyon Weather Defence Backpack Initial Thoughts
The Outdoor Products’ Canyon Weather Defense Backpack was a surprising treat. At first glance, the backpack looked like an attempt at a technical waterproof pack and at an economical price. Something fit for the aggressive students that needs a rugged school backpack for all seasons. However it was a do-it-all tool that worked for the daily transport of work items, and a very comfortable day pack for short hikes.
Despite my initial judgement, a handful of days using this pack across a variety of situations I was pleasantly surprised. I stuffed a work laptop and notebook, clothes and outerwear for a day hike, and even packed a 6-pack and a bottle of wine. This hybrid of a daypack with rugged materials worked like a gem.
Technical Features and Performance
At 29 Liters, the Canyon Weather Defense Backpack has plenty of volume for any day mission thanks to the majority of its space located in the primary compartment. This space is secured with a double zipper enclosure, and includes a convenient elastic sleeve that fits a hydration bladder where the tube can be ported through the top of the pack. The pack is surrounded by its Weather Defense ® fabric which is weather resistant. Not only is this weather protection noted by the manufacturer, but also proven when pack contents were kept dry from an afternoon rain shower descending from Beaver Lake in Beaver Creek, CO. In addition to its large main compartment, the waist belt and chest straps were a welcomed addition to the pack, stabilizing the load on the near 8mi round trip trek for enhanced comfort and minimizing fatigue of the typical pack “bounce”.
On the other hand, this Canyon Weather Defense Backpack straddles the line of versatility/technical ability versus the commuter needs dependent on the user. It offers a few details that weren’t suited for my true outdoor passion, yet would still do very well for a student looking for something more rugged than a nylon outer shell. Remember the old Jansport days…? The secondary compartment has the qualities of a school pack with a velcro key-holder (versus a typical plastic carabiner type element), and pockets for a few writing utensils. There are layered pockets for a notebook or paper items, and as the manufacturer photo suggests, even a few credit cards and money. Realistically though, they work for business cards, a calculator, and even a nice nook for your handheld GPS if you’re out on a hike.
Final thoughts on the Canyon Weather Defense Backpack
Overall, the Outdoor Products Canyon Weather Defense Backpack is a good investment at $3o. It’s definitely a great addition for any student. If the user ventures out on the light day hike it can also hold its own with enhanced attributes usually seen on more technical daypacks.
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