Review Rains Backpack – Stylish Choice for Fly Fishermen

Last updated on January 10th, 2024.

Leonard Schoenberger

Heading out to the water, everyone has his own rituals of what to bring and how to store his most important items like spare spools, tippets, fly boxes, etc.

I try to keep my gear to a minimum as I like the freedom of movement that comes with it. But there are days when you need a little more equipment or some food or drinks for a long day out fishing. That’s when a backpack can come in handy. Of course the big fly fishing brands all have backpack models in their range of fly fishing equipment.

However, as I like multi-purpose items, I took a look beyond the classic fly fishing brands to discover new options for a fly fishing backpack. One model that I came across was the Rains Rolltop Backpack. Produced by the Danish street- and rainwear brand, Rains, it has a modern and sleek feel to it. I got it in black since I like to use it in the city as well in daily life. There is even a more suitable color if you want to primarily use it for fly fishing: green.

In the next few paragraphs I want to give you an idea of what the Rains rucksack can deliver and what it can’t.

Rains Backpack
The Rains Backpack in black. Photo: Leonard Schoenberger © The Wading List

Rains Backpack Review:

The features

The Rains Rolltop Backpack has a classic minimal design. Its main compartment can be accessed and secured through the rolltop opening on top. Inside the backpack has a nice, mesh-like coating that prevents scratches to any sensitive items you might store inside.

Besides the small front pocket that can hold your wallet, phone, keys or a fishing license, the Rains Rucksack features a slim laptop pocket that can be accessed on the side of the backpack. You wouldn’t even realize it if you didn’t know it was there. It can hold a 15” laptop.

Rains Backpack Laptop Sleeve
Rains backpack review: laptop sleeve on the side. Photo: Leonard Schoenberger © The Wading List

Water resistance

One of the most important features for fly fishermen surely is the water resistance. This bag has a water repellent coating which works really well but it is not waterproof. If you roll the top of the bag tightly water should be prevented from entering the main compartment. The front pocket however is not waterproof. If you take a look at models offered by classic fly fishing brands such as Simms, Patagonia or Filson, there are backpacks that are 100% waterproof. However, they come at a much higher price point than the Rains Rucksack.  

Rains Backpack Rucksack Water Repellant
The coating is highly water repellent


The build quality of Rains products is very high from my experience. I personally use the Rains Weekend Bag since a few years and it is still going strong. The coating of the roll top backpack makes it unsusceptible, yet again it is probably not as sturdy as some higher priced items from other brands built specifically for situations requiring utmost reliability and waterproofness. However, taking into account that most fly fishermen don’t spend 100 days on the water each year, the Rains roll top backpack will most certainly do its job just fine for them.

Zippered Front Pocket of Rains Backpack
Rains Backpack Review: The slim front pocket holds a license or wallet. Photo: Leonard Schoenberger © The Wading List

Style of the Rains Backpack

This is where the Rains roll top backpack can really shine. Since its design is inspired by a classic cycling backpack it has a minimal, sleek look to it that is underlined by the coating. The padded back side makes the Rains Rucksack a comfortable companion for a long day on the water. For more comfort it also features adjustable shoulder straps and a chest strap.

Rains Backpack Fly Fishing
The padded back side makes it comfortable to wear. Photo: Leonard Schoenberger © The Wading List

The facts about the Rains Backpack

Roll top closure with adjustable strap

Bike lock loop

Front pocket with zipper

One main compartment

Side-access 15” laptop sleeve

Measurements: H 60 cm (open) / H 48 cm (close) x L 32 cm x W 11 cm (H18.8 x W12.6 x D4.3 inches)

Volume: 13 liters

100% polyester

Fabric column pressure: 8000 mm

Water-repellent zipper

Padded backside

Adjustable shoulder and chest straps

Weight: 29.5 oz (835g)

Price: $140




Is the Rains Rolltop Rucksack waterproof?

Yes, the backpack is made from a water-resistant material and features a roll-top closure to keep your belongings dry in light rain or drizzle.

Is the backpack suitable for everyday use or more outdoor activities?

This backpack is versatile and designed for everyday use. Its minimalist design makes it suitable for urban commutes, work, or casual outings.

How do I clean the Rains Rolltop Rucksack?

The backpack is usually easy to maintain. You can clean it by wiping with a damp cloth. For more detailed cleaning instructions, it’s recommended to check the care label or guidelines provided by Rains.

What is the carrying capacity of the Rains Rolltop Rucksack?

The backpack has a capacity of 13L. The roll-top closure that allows for flexible storage.