Stu’s Aquapac Waterproof Waist Pack Review details a useful pack suitable for a wide range of conditions and multiple activities. We hope you find it useful.
Aquapac are a British manufacturer with a long history and a reputation for producing top-quality waterproof and splash-proof storage and equipment carrying options. My mission was to check out some of their products and see if this reputation was deserved. My review of their 25l lightweight backpack is also available here. The Aquapac Waterproof Waist Pack is part of their Trailproof range. It is a 3-litre capacity designed for when you need to travel light and carry only the minimum of kit.
The waist pack is made from hard-wearing 500D vinyl which creates a robust and solid pack. It is a simple design with no flashy pouches or add-ons to over-complicate matters. There is the main body of the pack which is sealed by a rugged water-resistant zip. The exterior has one splash proof quick access pocket on the front. On the inside is a simple mesh pocket with a key-clip. This pocket is perfectly sized for storing credit-cards or cash. The waist belt is padded in the lumber region and around the hips with a breathable mesh padding. The buckle closure is a chunky clip which is adjustable from both ends.
The Aquapac Waterproof Waist Pack is not advertised as being fully immersion-proof. Rather, it is rated against spray, splashing and water jets. Aquapac recommend that the roll-top closure is rolled over three times for maximum water-repelling performance. There is also a strip of velcro to help to seal the closure, though Aquapac stress this is not enough to seal the pack on its own. The velcro is there to ensure that when the pieces of velcro meet up, the pack remains tightly rolled. To seal the top there is a clip at each end which secures onto the sides of the pack. This is a great idea. It ensures there is no loop of closure that can catch on things and gives the pack a sleek profile when worn.
In terms of capacity, I could comfortably fit a pair of lightweight overtrousers, a windproof, small first aid kit and energy bars inside. This would make it a good choice for runners or mountain bikers. It could also be used to carry essentials you want to access easily on walks.
Please do bear in and Aquapac don’t rate this as suitable for immersion activities. Having said that, I did want to test the water resistance and decided on an extreme test. I threw the Aquapac Waterproof Waist Pack, complete with kit inside, into a river and let it float there for around three minutes. When I hauled it in again, I was impressed that the kit inside was completely dry.
This could suggest it would also perform well for people like paddle boarders. However, this would certainly be against the Aquapac recommendation. For any immersion activities I would also protect vulnerable items in something like Aquapac’s waterproof rated cases.
The broad padding and chunky waist belt ensures the pack is comfortable and yet stable. The pack also remains secure during activities like running. This is significant as a waist belt bouncing up and down can soon cause chafing and rubbing. I noticed no slippage or need for re-adjustment once it was in a comfortable position.
The Aquapac Waterproof Waist Pack retails from Aquapac’s website for £34.99, and comes with a choice of colours of Acid Green, Cool Blue or Matt Black. The green and blue colours are very visible. The Matt Black version features reflective detailing. The pack is covered by a five year guarantee against defects caused by manufacturing. In the event of a manufacturing defect, Aquapac will either repair or replace the pack free of charge.
As my Aquapac Waterproof Waist Pack Review details, I have been really impressed by the performance and functionality of this simple waist pack. It is good value and seems durable enough that it will last for a long time. It is also suitable for a wide range of activities which suits the many people who enjoy different sports. Aquapac’s long guarantee should also add confidence. The waist pack is available direct from the Aquapac website here.