ZPacks Cuben Fiber Backpack Cover

Some like a pack cover while others detest them. Me? Well, I like them. Don’t get me wrong though, I still use water “resistant” sacks inside my pack to help ensure my nice new down stays dry so that it will perform when I need it too. But I also like a pack cover because it helps to keep the pack itself dry, as well as anything that is in the outside pockets. But, there is one twist, water will still get to the pack because the water will run between my back and the back of the pack. So, no. It is not a perfect system. But, just to add to that, my nice new ULA Circuit is made of dynema gridstop which is pretty darn water “resistant” as well, so there.

So, on with it… I am still trying to get my “kit” lighter and better. When I came across the ZPacks Cuben Fiber Backpack cover, well I felt like it was something that I “needed.” Now that I have it, I am glad that I “needed” it because, well,  it is pretty darn cool. So, check out my video and let me know what you think. And if you are interested, just type “www.zpacks.com” into the little address bar at the top of the screen, click on the “Accessories” tab and then the “Cuben Fiber Pack Covers” tab and get one for yourself!

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My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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5 Responses to ZPacks Cuben Fiber Backpack Cover

  1. danakee says:

    Thanks for the great review! I am glad to see this pairing because I’ll be purchasing a ULA Circuit soon and I am also a big fan of the Zpacks Cuben fiber products as well. Are you still satisfied with your choice? Any regrets on the large vs medium cover. I am planning a NOBO thru-hike of the AT and this looks like a good combo. Any additional feedback on the cover or pack would be greatly appreciated.



    • Stick says:


      I must admit, I have not kept up with all the gear in the last couple of months like I did at one time, however, I am quite sure that the pack covers they sell now are a little different. At the least, I believe that they are now made from a slightly heavier weight cuben, which IMO is not a bad thing. Sure it’s not the lightest, but if you are planning to use it often, a slightly heavier material is a good option. Mine is still holding up, but after the last hike I held it up to the light and saw a handful of tiny little worn holes. Thankfully though, with a little cuben tape, it was very easy to repair, and I still have plenty of use with it.

      As for sizing, I no longer have my Circuit. I sold it in favor of a 60L Arc Blast. To be fair though, the packs are very similar in size. The large that I have is a good fit, especially for when the pack is filled. (Which is how I prefer to carry my packs… of course, that is not to be confused with heavy… I like to let my clothing, or sleeping bag, or what not expand to fill the pack. I find it carries better this way than when everything is super compacted and mushed down…) Anyway, I would recommend to go with a large for a Circuit. You can always cinch it down a little, but you can’t stretch it out if it’s too small. And at the weight difference between a medium and a large, it’s a safe bet.

      Hope this helps some, and enjoy your hike!



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  3. Hey ! Thanks, now I gotta get one. The never ending quest. Nice jacket! Is that a Montbell? Thanks—Two Tents


    • Stick says:

      Two Cents,
      Thanks for checking it out. I am very happy with the rain cover, and if you use them I highly recommend you check them out!
      And yes, that is my new Mont-Bell UL Down Inner jacket. At 7.6 oz it is super light and don’t let the 2 oz of 800 down fill fool you, it is surprisingly lofty, and warm. I will do a video on it soon too.


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