Best Waterproof Backpacks for College, Commuting & EDC

Best Waterproof Backpacks for College, Commuting & EDC

Where to Buy
Ortlieb Commuter-Daypack City:
Black Ember Citadel R2:
Chrome Urban Ex:

11 Best Waterproof Backpacks for College and Beyond:

Looking for the best waterproof backpack for college, commuting or everyday carry? In this video buying guide we take a quick look at three waterproof laptop backpacks that have all of the features you need to take on a busy day on campus or in the city. These backpacks include large main compartments for books, padded laptop and tablet sleeves and plenty of pockets to keep your daily carry organized while featuring the waterproof protection you’ll need on rainy days.

Featured bags:
Ortlieb Commuter-Daypack City
The Ortlieb Commuter Daypack City is a lightweight and waterproof laptop backpack for commuting. Designed with daily carry in mind, the Commuter-Daypack City features a fully padded laptop sleeve and plenty of pockets for organizing daily essentials.
We like this backpack for its light weight, quick-drying materials and small footprint at only 21 liters. Unlike other waterproof laptop backpacks, the Ortlieb Commuter Daypack City doesn’t have a bulky and heavy profile allowing for a more versatile and comfortable experience for anyone with a smaller frame.

Black Ember Citadel R2 Minimal
What makes the Citadel R2 Minimal backpack special is that Black Ember set out to design a daily carry backpack first and foremost – and then made it waterproof. As a result you have a waterproof backpack that is packed with special features like a clamshell zipper, an insane amount of pockets and the option to attach modular accessories.
Black Ember specializes in waterproof backpacks and we recommend the brand to anyone who wants a backpack that is technical in design with a moderns style.

Chrome Urban Ex Backpack
The Chrome Urban Ex is essentially a dry bag for commuters, college students or anyone else that needs great waterproof protection while on the move. There are a ton of waterproof backpacks on the market but few make good backpacks that you would want to use on a daily basis.
Equipped with padded laptop sleeve and plenty of smaller pockets, the Urban Ex doesn’t disappoint when it comes to everyday carry.
Chrome has recently released the Chrome Urban Ex 2.0 version of this backpack which adds some cool features like reflective details and new 30 liter and 20 liter sizes. The brand also has some great options for anyone looking for a water resistant backpack for college or commuting.

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  1. Illidan Stormrage on December 27, 2022 at 1:48 am

    Do they have space for a bulletproof plate?

  2. Nitin Sharma on December 27, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Price kya h is bag ka ?

  3. andre bradley on December 27, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Great video but can you please do a update on best waterproof back pack that has a side pocket for water bottles or umbrella thank you

  4. Sammy Patterson on December 27, 2022 at 1:56 am

    Thank you for this video!! Xx

  5. Pinoy Bisaya Travels on December 27, 2022 at 1:57 am

    All colored black? No other color?

  6. Starship Driver on December 27, 2022 at 2:02 am

    Going to get the citadel r2 to replace my tortuga daypack since after some heavy rain, I found some water got into the bottom of the backpack.

  7. Sheldon JL on December 27, 2022 at 2:02 am

    Thank you so much for helping me find my ABSOLUTELY Perfect waterproof carry-on/day pack. The citadel truly gave me the fizz seeing it. Thank you thank you thank you

  8. Bryce Wragg on December 27, 2022 at 2:06 am

    Just bought the Urban X 2.0, thanks for the information on the backpack!

  9. Get Shrekd_ on December 27, 2022 at 2:10 am


  10. Daniel Fitri on December 27, 2022 at 2:12 am

    Is this really a waterproof rating that can be submerged underwater or just rainproof?

  11. David Roe on December 27, 2022 at 2:14 am

    Great video and subscribed. Would have been good to have heard the price and maybe what they were like to wear, comfort etc.

  12. Le Petomane on December 27, 2022 at 2:22 am

    Cool a pocket for sunglasses. I own some of those. Its not a filter i actually own some sunglasses, but I’m not even rich. Ask David.

  13. 10 2wenty1 Music on December 27, 2022 at 2:28 am

    Nice review, thanks!

  14. Idrissa Morehouse on December 27, 2022 at 2:33 am

    Love this video!! Finally a real torture test with a full on hose!! You guys were actually serious about finding the best!!

  15. L D on December 27, 2022 at 2:33 am

    Hello, what a Great video! Really liked it! I have a question, is there a waterproof backpack that could resist long periods of time being submerged underwater?

  16. Anonimo Anonimo on December 27, 2022 at 2:40 am

    I would to buy but I don’t like they don’t have packet on the side for bottle water.

  17. Isaiah Laderman on December 27, 2022 at 2:45 am

    How are they to carry?