OverBoard Carbon Backpack full review
If you're someone who needs to carry a lot, and in comfort, then OverBoard offers backpacks, travel bags, duffel bags and messenger bags that don't skimp on space and storage. Designed to withstand water damage, from rain and snow, to dips in the pool, OverBoard promises waterproofing based on a 1 to 5 'Waterproof Store Rating System' originally developed by ROC Gear.
OverBoard's new Carbon Backpack, made from premium environmentally friendly thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), is rated a 3 and defined as: 'waterproof so tight it floats or can handle quick submersions.' We can only hope that you'll never have to test it fully, although it ably survived a horrendous night outdoors in wintery conditions. The precious contents within remained dry and snug throughout. Made from what's billed as a unique 'High Frequency' fully welded seamless construction, the backpack feels rugged and durable without resembling a soldier's weighty rucksack.
Empty, the OverBoard Carbon Backpack is remarkably lightweight and manageable. At 1.10kg it's quite capable of being rolled or stored conveniently away when not in use. Packed, it can hold up to 25 litres of stuff, although there's no dedicated padded compartment to shield laptops. Fully loaded, the bulk is supported by solid, comfortable padded straps, a waist belt and a top carry handle, which you'll need to tweak to suit your own build and height. A novel two-way closure system offers top or side fastening for keeping everything water tight, or as good as. It's worth reading the instructions here as, initially, the roll neck looked surplus to requirements.
The design is suitably space age. The pleasantly tactile material is a neutral black and grey, with the addition of a red cord on the front, which can be pulled tight in order to ensure that the contents remain secure. A zipped inner pocket offers some protection from unwanted inspection since carrying your possessions on your back can leave you open to opportunist thieves. The OverBoard logo is large, but not too obtrusive and rather than fashion statement, it appears more as a badge of functionality than fad.