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Essential for travel
Having used the Fairy Down pack cover, I found the Macpac Totem and bought 4 of the last 8 in the country (I was told), I am glad this carried over from Fairy Down, because it is one of the best pack covers for rain and travelling, tough and durable and keeps all the straps safe, wouldn't backpack without one.
Good improvements are the locking zips to prevent "dipping" when your pack is in transit.
Unfortunately, printed upside down.
For me the best benefit of the cover is being able to lock up your bag when flying or on the numerous overnight long haul buses. It stops the straps from getting caught, damaged or ripped and prevents the oil drips getting into your bag. When leaving your bag at the hostel or bus station or even when walking through the streets you can be assured that nothing in your bag has been taken or added. When it rains the draw string allows you to pull the cover tight against the bag where as the rain covers tear easily and act as a parachute when the wind gets up. Finally, when you buy too many Alpaca blankets the layer between the bag and the cover acts as a second storage bag which means you don't have to constantly repack your bag. Also the Macpac logo is great for finding fellow Kiwis!
I have never regretted buying my backpack cover and although there are now some pretty flash travelling gadgets this is a simple classic with a lot of potential if you know how to use it. I recently heard the saying â€œthere is no such thing as bad weather only bad equipmentâ€� and I now strongly agree in this statement having recently spent eight days with the worse rented sleeping bag in Torres del Paine, Patagonia.
Perfect for Overseas Travel
Really durable. Protected my pack on numerous plane and bus trips. The zip can be locked and has its own stuff sack. Perfect for travelling to third world areas where you find the pack stowed due to its size on the top of tricycles or compartments that leak oil or water.