Matador Freerain24 Backpack Review | 24L Waterproof Packable Daypack

Matador Freerain24 Backpack Review | 24L Waterproof Packable Daypack


– Hey, it’s Rebecca from Pack Hacker here and in this review we’re
going to be taking a look at the Matador Freerain24, the weather resistant and
slightly larger version of the Matador DL16. Here at Pack Hacker we
do reviews on travel gear and packs like this all the time. So if you’re new here
consider subscribing. Over the past three months
we’ve been testing this pack at music festivals in the U.K. and up the mountains in Spain. So let’s jump straight in to this review with the Matador Freerain24. [upbeat music playing] First of all, we’re big fans
of the simple minimalistic and streamlined design of
the Matador Freerain24. We decided to ask our
Instagram audience too, and an impressive 64% of you from 165 votes gave it the thumbs up. And if you want to take part in our next Instagram poll, make sure that you are following
@packhacker on Instagram. The singular piece of branding on display is a lovely white fabric logo on the front. Similar to what you’ll
find on nearly every piece of Matador gear. And this bag is available in two colors: gray and indigo. Both will work in most environments and are equally unisex. Just a note though, even
though we love this color, we think it’s closer to a teal than an indigo in our opinion. Moving on to the materials –
the Freerain24 is made of 30D siliconized Cordura ripstop nylon. If you’re not a
fabricaholic this is a thin and lightweight material
that is also durable and resistant to rips. And this fabric combined
with a Hypalon rolltop and internally sealed seams, makes the main compartment
completely waterproof. Here at Pack Hacker we
have to put these kinds of things to the test. So we’ve placed some tissue inside and fully submerged this
pack in our bathtub. We did see some tiny air
bubbles from the seams when we applied pressure on the bag, but we’re pleased to say
that no water got inside. It is important to note, however, that it’s only the main compartment that is completely waterproof. The front-zippered
compartment does feature a highly weather-resistant
SBS sealed zipper, but when submerged water did leak through. So, whilst we don’t recommend jumping into a lake with this pack on, if you are dodging
waterfalls in southeast Asia, or dancing to your favorite
band at a music festival, we are confident that this pack will keep all your items dry. The plastic buckles on the shoulder straps and load-lifters are Duraflex. While the rolltop buckle
is an Onyx SR Loop from ITW Nexus. You’ll find Duraflex
hardware on most backpacks, and we’ve never encountered
any problems with them. Whereas, you may not have
come across ITW Nexus before. But all you need to know
is that they make a lot of military and defense buckles so we’re confident that they
know what they’re doing. [upbeat music playing] The Matador Freerain24
compresses down into a sack around the size of your hand. Meaning as an additional day pack for your larger, one-bag travel pack, this thing isn’t going
to take up much space. And none at all if you
attach it to the outside of your pack with a carabiner via the loop tab on the compression sack. You can take the Freerain24 out of the compression sack in a heartbeat, and even though it’s a bit fiddly at first to get it back in, it’s something you get
the hang of pretty quick. One feature that we’re digging is that the compression sack is attached to the inside of the bag. This is a big deal for us because it means you’ll never lose it. Now, moving onto the shoulder straps that have been made of a thin mesh. When you’ve got a thin jumper on and you’ve got light items inside this bag it provides a surprisingly
comfortable carry. However, if you’re going to
carry those heavier items such as the laptop then
the straps can dig in. This is a pain but when
the trade off is being able to compress this bag
into a tiny sack the size of your hand, we’re cool with that. As well as being able to adjust the length of the straps, the Freerain24
also features load-lifters. This means you can bring the top of the bag close to your
back improving the carry. And in testing we were able
to adjust the carry easily and efficiently between someone that’s six foot four and five foot seven. And finally, on either side
of this pack you’ll find mesh side pockets that are
perfect for large water bottles. And the elastic mesh means that even if this bag is full to
the brim you can still use these side pockets to full capacity. The rolltop opening gives you access to what is essentially a large bucket for you to chuck all of your stuff into. The main compartment is plenty big enough for a 15-inch laptop and
will still leave enough room for accessory pouches, jumpers and so on. However, because of the thin materials, this isn’t going to
give you much protection for your items. So we recommend using some padded pouches, and this will also help you get some of that internal organization too. Additionally, we also
recommend using a case for your camera and your laptop if you plan on putting
these kind of things inside. Next up, there’s a long
zippered, quick-grab pocket at the front of this pack. This is great for any
items you need in a hurry, saving you the hassle
of opening the rolltop. And, as we mentioned before, the zipper is a sealed SBS zip. So while it’s not completely waterproof like the main compartment, it’s still highly weather resistant. We’ve been testing the Matador Freerain24 for three months now. And it’s seen use in Spain and in and around London and the U.K. During that time we’ve really
enjoyed its practicality and the benefits of being
able to bring a day pack along with us on one-bag travel trips. We have found a few loose threads, and overall the
craftsmanship isn’t amazing, but nothing that affects
the integrity of the pack. All of the other Matador
gear we’ve been testing is still going strong, and
after testing this pack for three months we feel like
the Freerain24 is trending in the same direction. Whereas our previously
reviewed Matador DL16 excels in an urban city environment, the Freerain24 is the
packable day pack you’ll want to pick up if you’re heading
out somewhere more adventurous. This pack is the perfect
companion for rainier climates, and the added load-lifter straps provide a fully adjustable and
comfortable carry system. In testing we found that the few gripes that we do have, such
as the thin mesh straps and the lack of protection,
are heavily outweighed by the fact that this
bag compresses so small. Moving onto some pros and cons. The main compartment is waterproof. This thing compresses incredibly small. And the side water bottle pockets and quick-grab pocket are great features. Now, onto the cons. We found the shoulder straps
can dig in quite a bit. There is no internal organization. And overall craftsmanship is quite poor with some loose threads already on show. The Matador Freerain24 is perfect for minimal one-bag travelers
who want an additional day pack without having
to compromise on space. With its lightweight and durable material, waterproof main compartment,
and load-lifters – this pack is ready for any
adventure you are embarking on. Matador make some of the best
packable gear on the market, and they’ve hit it out the park again with the Freerain24. Thanks for taking a look at our review of the Matador Freerain24. Let us know in the comments what you think of this pack. And as ever, head over to
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7 thoughts on “Matador Freerain24 Backpack Review | 24L Waterproof Packable Daypack

  1. Thanks for sharing. I have the Metador best hiking backpack, which is great for comfort, but based on this video I think the waterbottle pouch is smaller on the beast.

  2. This question doesn't pertain to this pack in general but is there anyway you could recommend a solid 100% waterproof backpack cover preferably in the 20L range

  3. Hello, what are the things put in the bag along with the laptop? I heard of a jumper, but not sure. Could you give details please?

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