The Rhake Weatherproof Laptop Backpack from Mission Workshop entered my life during one of the wettest weeks of months, so of course I exposed the 22-liter roller bag to a flood attempt. I threw in my expensive 15-inch MacBook Pro along with our iPad Pro and another MacBook. Beyond that, I filled it with my AirPods, my iPhone, my Bose QuietComfort 35s, a jacket, a book and even a Satechi keyboard. (I was already impressed that it could keep all this garbage.)
In this way I braved a river for several blocks towards the train station, armed with nothing beside the Rhaken and a trash umbrella. Half a mile I was soaked. Water sucked into unpleasant cracks in my jeans. But when I rolled up the Rhaken home, I found everything inside as dry as a Steven Wright routine. So let's get it out of the way: If you want a bag that lets MacBooks giggle on hurricanes ̵
Shake it off
Rhaken may be storm, but with $ 365 from price tagyou want to make sure your bank account can be beaten before you pick up once. It's worth it under the right conditions. So weather resistant, Rhake's difficult 500d nylon fabric is actually that you might think it was made of the same tarp used for heavy duty tents. The model I received was actually the $ 455 Rhake VX model, made from even tougher VX-21 ripstop fabric.
Like a big tile, it shrinks with every single movement. When the water hits it, it sounds like the relaxing tracks of the rainbow. Much of the bag has two layers of this, and you find it in all seven rooms, including the deep main room. The exceptions are few, but they include the mask sleeve that lets you release the Rhaken over your luggage's retractable handle and back and shoulder straps padding.
The eagerness of the raken for weather staking extends beyond the outer. Unravel rolltop (which you can hold in place with either a velcro panel or a hook for speed) and you will see the weather-resistant fabric reaching to the depth of the cavernous 25-inch main compartment. It's a bit thin, but I can empty so many things in here, sometimes I forget what is at the bottom, and photographers will like Mission Workshops $ 130 "Capsule" for cameras that fit nicely into this room. And there's more! Along the back of this hole, the holy shrines await: a zipper with 18-5-inch weather-resistant compartment hides within the weather-resistant headroom. If doesn't convince you, Rhaken takes his mission seriously, so nothing will.
Many other pockets go into the Rhagos pages, but getting things out of them can sometimes hurt. The biggest exception is the zippered 10 x 10-inch room near the top, which has more than enough space to hold sunglasses, AirPods, chargers and other items I get daily. If you plan to use this bag as a daily wear, you will probably use this pocket more than anything else.
The most practical part is a 16-inch laptop sleeve that is available with a zipper that runs along the left side of the Rhake, allowing you to tear the entire Rhaken to pull out the MacBook. (You will also be grateful for this sleeve in TSA queues.) Towards the bottom of the other side you will find another 9-inch zipper that looks like it is hiding another pocket, but in truth it is filled with a bag to Keep your water bottle. I love this design. It allows a popular feature without gilding Rhakas hiking-meeting-tactic aesthetics, and it also keeps your pocket from filling with water when it rains.
The smallest handy pocket looks like it should rank higher. It is a zipper that runs along the bottom of the Rhaka, and is a great place to hold power stones and objects of the type. The problem is that you'd rather have packed it before filling the main room with clothes, books or a store worthy of MacBooks, in my case. If you didn't, the weight of everything else in the bag weighs this room, making it difficult to get things in the objects later.
Hold it in
You can get around this by putting the Rhaken on your back and holding inside as if you were doing an operation. This seems to be of design, as it is also the best way to get into the two "medicine cupboards" spaces that extend across the front. Although already attached with zippers with a water-repellent coating they are also bonded by two buckled straps. The plastic buckles are easily opened thanks to a locked buckle, but there is still a bizarre extra step. If you want to spend an extra $ 60 on this $ 365 bag, you can also buy some $ 60 metal cobwebs that further simplify this process.
I like to think of these parts as "toolbox", as they are good for small things like medication or small flashlights. It left an unzips to reveal small mesh zipper pockets in varying sizes, two of which have small sleeves behind them. The right chamber has no petite pouches, but has a small flap that holds larger objects from tripping. I saw a guy who said he was using this right room to store diapers for his baby.
Fair enough, but I can't say I'm much of a fan of these tracks. As a carless San Franciscan, I love bags with pockets I can reach without completely removing my bag or putting it on the pavement, and it just can't happen with those slots. The only pockets on the Rhaken that allow that kind of convenience are the top slot and the rear portable sleeve (and to be fair, they are super helpful). Oddly enough, the Mission Workshop put the key foot in the left "medicine cabinet" slot instead of in one of those two more convenient places.
Don't take what means that the Rhaken is not a quality bag. Rhaken will last for many years. Even with everything I had filled in, Rhaken kept almost as comfortable as it was at 3.1 pounds of empty weight, thanks to the stabilizing power of a bent chest strap. Extra comfort comes from back pads and back straps, and a convenient nylon handle makes it easy to handle Rhaken as a suitcase. If you still don't think that the Rhaken has enough pockets, you can add extra accessories from the Mission Workshop to nylon "Archiv" rails along the shoulder straps.
Just make sure you get the most out of its strengths for this prize. Mission Workshop can do the Rhaken here in San Francisco, but I don't think it's raining enough here to justify dropping that kind of money into a daily bag. I might think I lived in a wetter place like Seattle or Houston, though I would surely reach it if I had to take my technology out into the woods or work as a bicycle shed.
There is also a bag for those of us who will never worry about the safety of their electronics: Unless you throw this bag in a river, Rhaken is not water evidence of zippers and rolls The top-your-technology is likely to be fine. You may have to spend a few seconds without having any straps before you can get to it.