COR Surf 40L Waterproof backpack
COR Surf 40L Waterproof backpack
If you have ever paddled a canoe solo in open water, you’ll know that it can be challenging. Add in a rambunctious 40lb Catahoula Hound puppy and things are bound to get wet. Jack (puppy) had never been out on the canoe before and I was starting to question if picking late November was a good idea to start. As we left the ramp, he was calm but he soon realized that just him, me, and a 16 foot Old Town Guide Canoe left plenty of room for activities.
While he mostly stayed in the boat the constant walking and slipping around led to many weight shifts which led to plenty of salt water chop splashing in. He also perfected a move I have never seen a dog do before, he would stick his whole head and chest in the water and blow bubbles for a few seconds.
By this point he was wet, I was wet, and few inches of water was puddled in the stern. Our destination was a small island beach across the mile-long channel. When we arrived at the beach, I was getting cold and needed some dry layers. I pulled the Cor Surf 40L out of the now large puddle in the stern. I opened it to find my fleece and rain jacket completely dry!
Overview: Over the past few months of testing the Cor Surf 40L has excelled in a variety of conditions. Including the current torrential rain Nor’easter that is bringing heavy rain and driving wind to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Here are a few times to consider using this pack:
- Torrential Rain and Wind: I recently filled the dry bag with towels and left it out in a heavy Nor’easter storm. During the time that I left it outside, we received about three-quarters of an inch of rain and gusts up to 30mph. However, not even a drop made it into the pack!
- Paddle Adventures: I have used this pack on my SUP and Canoe and have fully submerged it a few times. The main waterproof pocket kept everything dry. Additionally, the padded shoulder straps made for a very comfortable walk down to the bay with the pack fully loaded.
- Hiking: As mentioned above the strap system on this pack is fantastic. The shoulder and waist straps allow you to easily carry a heavy load. I have done some short rainy-day hikes in it and found it to feel a lot like my similar-sized backpacking pack. Couple that with its ability to keep things dry and it’s perfect for wet weather hiking adventures.
- Everyday use: I have also used the pack as my everyday gear-hauling pack when I am going from home to work to the trails or bay. The padded laptop sleeve adds peace of mind when carrying expensive electronics in wet weather.
- Straps: as mentioned above the strap system on this pack is excellent. It allows for comfortable gear-hauling during crappy weather.
- Shape: The pack reminds me of a climbing haul bag with its large opening and cylindrical shape. This reduces bulk and allows you to maximize space.
- Outer Zipper Pocket: While this pocket is not waterproof its perfect for quick access items like snacks, keys, and sunglasses.
- Welded Seams: The welded seams feel very durable and do a fantastic job of keeping water out.
- Side pockets: the two side mesh pockets are great for water bottles, sunscreen, and cold beer!
What I love: I absolutely love the opening for the main compartment. The large opening allows you to easily load the pack with bulky gear. I also like that you can either secure the top to the sides of the pack or to themselves above the pack. This helps to free up or reduce dead space depending on the load.
What would I change: I would make one minor change to the laptop pocket. I think this pocket is important but it would be fantastic if it could be removed when not needed. This would free up a little extra space.