Cov­er / cape for a back­pack — a piece of water­proof fab­ric cut in a cer­tain way. Pro­tects the back­pack from rain, snow, dirt, dust, mechan­i­cal dam­age. The cov­er / cape retains the orig­i­nal appear­ance of the back­pack for a long time. It is used by tourists, fish­er­men, hunters, mush­room pick­ers and oth­er out­door enthu­si­asts.

Impor­tant: cov­er / cape is made of thin and light mate­ri­als. There­fore, dur­ing oper­a­tion, it wears out over time, los­es its water­proof prop­er­ties and needs to be replaced reg­u­lar­ly.

It is good if the cov­er / cape itself is equipped with a bag made of water­proof mate­r­i­al. This allows you to com­pact­ly fold even a wet mod­el and place it in a back­pack.

Eval­u­ate the qual­i­ty of the seams: they must be her­met­i­cal­ly glued. Oth­er­wise, the cov­er / cape will let mois­ture through.


Case - com­plete­ly cov­ers the back­pack, except for the belt and shoul­der straps. Occurs most often. There are two types of cov­ers.

  • Cov­er with an elas­tic band — quick­ly put on / removed, but due to the pres­ence of a bot­tom it is not prac­ti­cal enough. Such a mod­el wears out and accu­mu­lates water that gets inside, which neg­a­tive­ly affects the back­pack and can wet its con­tents. The cov­er can fly off the back­pack in windy weath­er.
  • Case with straps / laces — unlike the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, it does not have a bot­tom. This prod­uct lasts longer and does not col­lect mois­ture. This cov­er is bet­ter than the ana­logue on the elas­tic band trans­fers strong gusts of wind. Due to the screed, the mod­el can be turned into a case with a bot­tom, if the back­pack is rel­a­tive­ly small.
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Impor­tant: the mod­el with an elas­tic band should be addi­tion­al­ly attached to the back­pack by fix­ing the tie on the car­go loop of the back­pack. But tie a cov­er with straps / laces with strong knots so that they do not spread on a hike and in strong winds.

Cape - com­plete­ly cov­ers the back­pack and the per­son. Thus, the cape pro­tects the tourist from nat­ur­al influ­ences, but at the same time cre­ates incon­ve­nience when mov­ing.


Poly­ester – resis­tant to wear and UV rays, dries quick­ly. The dis­ad­van­tage is a lot of weight.

Nylon - There are two types.

  • With polyurethane impreg­na­tion (PU Nylon) — wear-resis­tant, dries quick­ly, lighter than poly­ester. Minus — sen­si­tiv­i­ty to UV rays.
  • With sil­i­cone impreg­na­tion (sil­ny­lon, Si Nylon) — com­pares favor­ably with the pre­vi­ous vari­ety of nylon in light weight and longer ser­vice life. Sil­ny­lon is resis­tant to UV rays. The dis­ad­van­tage is the high price.

Mate­r­i­al den­si­ty – deter­mines the strength and dura­bil­i­ty of the cov­er / cape. This para­me­ter is indi­cat­ed in two ways:

  • Deny - the thick­ness of the threads in the weave (mark­ing exam­ple — 60D);
  • Thread Count - num­ber of threads in sq. inch in the trans­verse and lon­gi­tu­di­nal direc­tion (mark­ing exam­ple — 100T).

The high­er the num­ber, the denser the mate­r­i­al.


For com­fort­able putting on / tak­ing off, the cov­er should slight­ly exceed the size (vol­ume) of the back­pack. If the size of the cov­er is much larg­er, then the prod­uct will impede move­ment (sail, cling­ing to branch­es). Also, the cov­er should pro­vide com­fort­able access to the most impor­tant nich­es and pock­ets of the back­pack. The size of the cov­er is usu­al­ly adjustable, which allows it to be adjust­ed to the desired vol­ume of the back­pack.

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Many man­u­fac­tur­ers do not take into account the pos­si­bil­i­ty of wear­ing a rug (kare­mat) paired with a back­pack. There­fore, for a back­pack with a vol­ume of 80–90 liters with a kare­mat, a cov­er not for 80–90 liters is suit­able, but for a prod­uct designed for a vol­ume of 110–120 liters.


The water­proof­ness of the cov­er / cape is mea­sured in mil­lime­ters of water col­umn (mm w/s). This para­me­ter must be at least 1000 mm/s. Oth­er­wise, the prod­uct will not ful­ly pro­tect the back­pack from exter­nal influ­ences. The max­i­mum that such a cov­er / cape is capa­ble of is pro­tec­tion from minor dam­age and dust.

The weight

The denser the fab­ric of the cov­er / cape, the heav­ier it is. Also, the weight of the prod­uct direct­ly depends on the desired size (the weight of the cov­er is less than the cape). The weight of most mod­els does not exceed 100–200 g.