Quick update on my back pack. 11.13.12
So far I have not had any issues with the back pack regarding workmanship and materials holding up. Zippers still function just find and no signs of wear/tear.
Weve just had our first "winter" rains here in Cali and I was excited as it gave me the chance to use the water proof cover on this back pack. I rode home from work as it started to rain....right when I got home I took off the back pack and started to inspect for water leaks...NONE.
Im extremely happy with the results but I really want to try this out in POURING rain.
There is one thing I would like to note though. The cover does have an elastic band all the way around the cover to help it hug the back pack but it doesnt allow you to tighten the elastic band, which I have discovered to be a bit of a problem. If you use the cover....make sure you fold in the straps on the bottom and tuck them into the side pockets and fold them back INSIDE the cover, like so:
If you do not fold them in and leave them like so:
You increase the chances of air getting inside the cover and blowing it off as it doesnt allow the cover to tightly hug the back pack around the back. The cover is attached to the back pack so it wont "BLOW OFF" but simply come "un-done" per se.
I may make a modification to the coover and "install" some adjustable elastic bands to allow me to tighten the cover.
I will update as soon as I do this "mod".