When the new Rains bag range arrived here at Bell’s Bicycles HQ, I couldn’t wait to try out their Field Bag. It’s domed shape and two pocket system reminded me of the bag I used at sixth form, which was full to the brim of books, ring binders and my first ever mobile phone, I loved that bag.
The Field bag has a large main compartment with good capacity; it fits my 13” laptop, the latest book I’m reading, a spare rain jacket (just in case a friend should need one), my water bottle, and my millionth mobile phone. The bag could hold loads more, it has ample room to spare, but I decided to pack light. My wallet I put in the smaller outside pocket, a throwback to my care free student days.
I head out into town, luckily (or not) the weather decides to turn and rain starts to fall, this is where the Field bag holds its own. It is an almost completely waterproof bag (as in it is as waterproof as it can be without being a dry bag). The rain simply runs off the water resistant fabric, immediately I think this bag is perfect for festivals - anything to keep the loo roll dry!
But then I check myself, the Field bag is too pretty for festivals, the fantastic overall colour and minimal look of the rucksack makes it incredibly fashionable, I would not feel embarrassed going to a party with this backpack; nor is it cumbersome, tube and train journeys would be a breeze. The padded shoulder straps hold the bag nicely on my back - as I said I packed light, so there wasn’t too much weight, but by the end of the day walking around and up the hills of Hastings, the straps didn’t dig in and my shoulders did not ache.
All in all the Rains Field bag is fantastic, weatherproof and beautiful. It’s definitely a keeper.