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Being a keen cyclist I have a million and one different accessories to go with my bike but one of the essential items for me is the backpack cover. In an attempt to get fit I cycle to work at least once a week. I have seen people cycling to work in their work clothes but for me this just couldn't happen, I for one would be filthy from the spay of the road, but secondly I would stink! This means I need to carry my work clothes and shoes with me and change when I'm at work, therefore a backpack is essential. One thing I hadn't even thought of when I first started cycling though was a protective cover for the backpack for when the weather is poor. I soon realisised my mistake though and opted for the Respro Hump Hi-Vis cover.
With two main advantages (supposedly!), the bag is high visibility which only increases your safety, and its meant to be waterproof. The high Vis aspect of the cover is excellent, with the two tone colours it provides more visibility as opposed to just fluorescent yellow or orange. The bag screams 'look at me'!
Th mesh pocket at the front is handy to store items that are needed for quick access, however the only things I need quick access to on my bike are my water bottle which is attached to a cage on the bike, or my keys for work which I would be nervous to place in this quite exposed part of the bag for fear they would fall out, so unfortunately I don't use this part of the bag but its a nice idea nonetheless.
The description of the cover says it covers between 15-30 litres, however I would say this was slightly optimistic and I would say that it would only cover a bag with a maximum 25 litres.
The cover obviously gets quite a lot of splashes on it from the weather, and I've found that these are here to stay unfortunately. It is machine washable but this won't get it back to looking new again and the mud splashes almost stain the material. It does save your backpack from such a fate though!
Now for the main downside of this cover, it's not actually waterproof! I have made the mistake off trusting the cover, getting to work and finding my work clothes completely sodden inside. The cover does come with a waterproof valuables bag which is probably meant for phones etc. This is quite small so I've found myself using a heavy duty carrier bag to store my clothes in, and putting the cover over my backpack too. This does ensure my clothes stay dry but when I've bought a waterproof backpack it's not something I should have to do.
The elasticated edging means it stays securely gripped to the backpack so you don't need to worry about it coming off.
The £20 RRP seems fair, but do shop around, I picked mine up on Amazon for around £15.
"Polaris RBS Back Pack Cover. High Visibility. A rain cover for a back-pack Features: • Designed from bright fluorescent colours and reflective so the wearer is visible during daylight and night-time hours • Leaves the back-pack shoulder and waist straps free so it can be worn as normal • Pa ...."