Rains Rolltop Rucksack Review

Mark’s Summary: The texture of the Rains rolltop rucksack caught my attention before the design and features did. With a unique polyurethane coating on a polyester base, this rucksack felt soft and smooth – and was surprisingly strong. The roll-down top has two functions. Firstly, it ensures these rucksacks are waterproof. Secondly, it is secure, unlocking uses for commuting, biking or at crowded events like festivals.

You can see the impressive full picture gallery – along with the colour options on this page at the official Rains UK site.

Disclaimer: Rains kindly sent me a rolltop backpack for review. While this is greatly appreciated, my opinions are never influenced by review copies, you’ll find my genuine thoughts below.

Green Rolltop Rucksack from Rains

Detailed Review of the Rains Rolltop Rucksack

Let’s start with the size and materials – then I’ll get to the style and features below.

When packed, your Rains rucksack is 48cm tall, 32cm wide and 11cm deep. Note that the polyester build means you can pack more (as long as you don’t mind the odd bulge). The total volume is 13 litres, and it weighs in at a light 835 grams.

There are ten colours to choose from. My review copy is black, though there are bright and stylish options to pick from – here is the full list:

  • Black
  • Navy
  • Green (dark shade)
  • Sand
  • Grey
  • Metallic Grey
  • Ash (white)
  • Haze (lighter green)
  • Waves (bright blue)
  • Lazer (metallic blue)

All these designs are made with a unique combination of polyester with a polyurethane coating. They are waterproof, strong, and flexible.

Rains Rolltop Rucksack Review: Pockets and Access

What makes these rucksacks unique is the roll-down top. Rains have made this a feature of the design. When you unfold the top, the backpack opens wide, a couple of simple turns and your possessions are secure from casual thefts on go. The long front clip secures the roll.

You get a small pocket on the front with a logoed zip. This part is great for small (non-valuable) items, there is a side access sleave for your laptop too. There is no water bottle holder on the side of the Rains rolltop rucksack.

Popper on Rains Rolltop

Adjusting / Fitting Your Rains Rolltop Rucksack

Let’s start at the front, where the strap holding the rolltop opening in place is adjustable. When your rucksack is full, simply let out a little more slack then bring it back when your load is lighter.

The back is where things get flexible. You get the standard two straps, which link in the middle (perfect for cycling). These are fully adjustable to suit your size, I found this backpack easy and comfortable with a single strap over my shoulder. All the clips are unique, and have a Rains logo.

There is a D-ring for hanging, Rains mention bike locks – though what you hang is entirely up to you!

Small details are well taken care of. A great example is the popper to hold the sides in when your bag is empty.

Alternatives to the Rolltop: What Other Backpacks and Rucksacks do Rains Offer?

Rains have a big range of bags, covering the standard shapes and designs – and many that are uniquely styled. Here are some that caught my eye:

  • Texel Tote Backpack: Two distinctive front pockets side by side.
  • Backpack Micro / Mini: Stunning designs with contrasting clasps.
  • Book Backpack: This is closer to a regular laptop backpack, only cooler.
  • Rucksack Cargo: This one has twin side pockets.

There are more to choose from, plus luggage, accessories, and clothing. I don’t want this review page to become a list – so I’ll leave anyone interested to check out the Rains website here.

Rear view Rains rolltop backpack

Feedback from Users of the Rains Rolltop Rucksacks

As my bag is brand new, I collected feedback / comments from different retailers that sell Rains bags. This was in different languages, and I hope that Google Translate did not stray too far from the real meanings!

Buying a second one is always a positive sign, though most comments mentioned the practicality and style above all. One person was upset at the size, believing the rolltop backpacks to be bigger. I’m not sure how that mix-up happened, Rains show them in-use and clearly show the dimensions on their website. The lack of internal compartments was mentioned, for me this is part of the design, though I do understand that many other backpacks have this.

Overall, this is good feedback – with the most ‘love’ from people that loved the unique design and waterproof materials.

Packed view Rains Rolltop Rucksack

Wrapping Up: Is the Rains Rolltop Rucksack Right for You?

These bags look wonderful and feel smooth and silky to the touch. They are waterproof, with the roll-down top making them perfect for peace of mind from petty thefts in crowds. While black is always popular, there are colours that suit every personality too. While I can’t see myself wearing the ‘Lazer’ or ‘Waves’, the dark green has style!

I can see these rucksacks working for festivals, commuting, study or work. Personally, I’d put my laptop inside, and use the separate back compartment for something less valuable. Some packing cubes to keep everything separate will get the best from these bags.

Check out the gallery now (you can switch colours and see the bags in action) over at the official UK website for Rains!


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