The Exped Cloudburst 25 is based on their 25 litre Fold Dry Bag, so it's lightweight, only 300g, and 100% waterproof.The back has been stiffened with flexible U shaped reinforcement that allows the bag to stand upright when partially loaded and not to sag off your back when in use.
The arm straps are lightweight double layer mesh which is breathable and comfortable. There is an adjustable sternum strap and waist belt, both can be removed as required.. The front of the bag has an elasticated storage system that also doubles to compress the bag according to the contents. The top of the Drypack Pro 25 is Exped's standard stiffened roll top that is on all their drybags. Simply roll the top over 3 times and click the buckle for a watertight seal. Key clip inside Strong grab handle at rear.
The Exped Cloudburst 25 is not designed to be a large load bearing sack, it only weighs 300g, but is a fantastic sack for those moving fast with minimal gear. You don't need to use a rucksack liner so more weight is saved there. It makes an ideal summit bag for those on larger expeditions and also doubles as a dry bag in camp.
It's actually a good running sack (I use mine with a waist belt), maybe a bit over simple (no mesh or organiser pockets ) for mountain marathons but not many other bags come close in terms of weight and volume. It's an excellent commuter bag for the runner or cyclist who wants light weight. Possibly the most extraordinary thing about the Cloudburst is the price, so much bag for so little money.
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I'm not a newcomer to Exped having been very pleased with their range of Synmats as well as the waterproof, zip bags as well as some rucksack liners, so I thought I'd take the plunge with this highly rated waterproof rucksack. I chose it for cycling, specifically as it seemed a no-brainer to have a lightweight pack which didn't need either a yellow cover or a something waterproof to go over it if it rained. True - you can't put that much in it (although as it doesn't have any pockets, whether internal or external), the 25 litre interior is actually pretty spacious. Naturally you have to take care with how you put stuff to the rear so it doesn't jab into your back but I personally haven't found this an issue. I like that they've not "padded out" the back for comfort as this would make it more bulky as well as heavier - not its purpose. It seems waterproof (tested only in showery conditions rather than a downpour yet) & I'm very happy with it. Others have commented that this is the Mark 2 version & that its predecessor was superior - well, since I don't know any different, it seems fine to me. Finally, the hooks & elastic on the rear face of the sack are genius, giving multiple ways to stash a helmet or soggy top etc.
A little excellent bag used this to cycle the coast to coast, and done the job, all kit had to be light weight as had no support vehicle helmet was secure on the back and was easy to access, this is a good bag to pack some water proofs n a fleece some bait and go out n about defo 5/5 my next venture is the coast and castles I will be using it again
Just got back from doing the three peaks challenge using this bag. It carried small loads up each peak and was perfect for the job. Other day sacks seemed over kill in comparison and because they were not waterproof they were carrying waterproofing on top of that.
Its light, comfortable (with light loads) and really waterproof. Shoulder and waist strap strike the right balance between light enough with just enough contact. waist strap keeps it in place more than transferring any weight.
For the money really impressed.
I've had a Cloudburst 15 for a couple of years, then bought the bigger 25 as a birthday present for a friend who loves walking. The Cloudburst concept is brilliant - a totally waterproof, minimalist bag which is comfortable to wear even when quite heavily packed. It packs into nothing - so ideal to stuff into bike panniers on a tour where you might need a bag for trips away from the bike. But I've often used mine for fell-running - so comfortable and secure with its waist and chest straps that you hardly know you're carrying a pack. It doesn't lose its waterproofness, but you do need to remember that the fabric is very thin - it can get torn on sharp rocks if you're careless. That's happened once on gabbro with my Cloudburst 15 - but the tear was easily repaired with a patch and the bag is as good as new. Highly recommended and surprisingly cheap.
I bought this backpack to replace a similar one which has at last worn out after several years of almost constant use. Its decent daypack capacity, light weight and ability to fold down into almost nothing make it ideal for daily use. It's also invaluable on cycle tours, when I normally keep it inside one of my panniers, but bring it out for day-tramps in the wilderness or sightseeing days in towns and cities, when I leave my bike parked for the day. Its being waterproof means that your gear and shopping are protected from rain and snow when being used as pack, while it can be used as a dry-sack inside panniers to guarantee that your sleeping bag and other essentials stay dry, even if you carelessly don't close the lid of your Ortleibs quite properly. It has happened....
The design of the bag has changed slightly from the first one I bought, but the changes aren't big and bag is still very flexible in use and great value for money.
I bought this bag as I needed a light weight bag for when I travelled to Thailand. As it happens I'm writing this review while I'm still here.
The bag is exactly what I need, light weight, waterproof and large enough for day trip essentials. To make this bag 5 star I would suggest a small internal compartment for a wallet etc.
I would recommend this bag if you want a handy day light weight day sack. I wouldn't suggest it would be any good for carrying much weight as it's really only made from tent material.
Bought this bag to accompany me on the great glen canoe trail, mainly for packing spare clothing so I could change into something dry at the end of a hard days paddling.
The bag arrived very quickly and first impressions are very good the bag is very lightweight appears to be well made and is very comfortable to wear when packed important when you have to portage over any distance the bag can be totally sealed so that in the event of a capsize it will actually float and you won't lose your valuable gear (not tested this but I have faith in it's ability) overall very pleased with my purchase would definitely buy another.
Comes in a great choice of colours too.
Love the Cloudburst 25. I use it for kiting expeditions where I am a lot around water and as I like photography I need to keep my cameras dry. This bag is the ideal solution with minimum weight and being watertight. For hardcore tracking there are better backpacks but for my purposes this is ideal. Recommended.
I've had this model for a couple of months now, and have used it a few times. I have the 2013 model. So far I'm very satisfied! It fits nicely on my back, is waterproof, has comfortable shoulder straps with a sternum strap which is adjustable both in length and up/down, and has a (thin) removable waist belt. The pack seems to have the same excellent quality I'm used with from Exped, and I can't see any obviously weak points with it. Time will tell. It is just like Expeds other dry packs, just with a little padding and the straps. My pack actually weighs only 275g, not 300g as Facewest states. Exped.com says 280g.
This is my second Exped Cloudburst 25 sack, to be used as a day-sack, my first for my swim-gear. Whilst the sack is pretty good, it is not as good as the first one.
Exped have made some changes, but not what I would call improvements, where there was a clear panel in the back, where you could see what was where, this has now been removed, the base which was somewhat of a stronger material, is the same as the rest of the pack, the shoulder straps whilst wider at the top, are now thinner, in my opinion the original straps were better, they had a vertical strap on top of the mesh with loops, where a clip or small carabiner could be attached.
Altogether a bit of a disappointment, still good value for money and a good day sack, but nowhere as good as the original.
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