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The French Army Backpack Cover is an item that any hiker, camper, or hunter can find use for. Designed to give French soldiers an effective means to protect their backpacks from being soaked, this simple yet highly effective water resistant backpack cover should be an essential item for your next hike.
With this backpack cover, you will be able to protect your backpack from the rain quickly and effectively. The material used to produce it allows the backpack cover to be folded up and packed away when it is not needed. When the weather looks like it will rain, you can easily retrieve the backpack cover from your pack and quickly use it to cover your backpack. The edge of the cover is lined with elastic, allowing you to easily secure the cover over a large pack and it will stay in place.
Ordered 3--each one was of a different material and a slightly different style. All had elastic around the rim, each one designed differently (one with a sewn channel for a thin bungee cord, the other two with sewn-in elastic).
All had standard French-pattern woodland camo out the outside, and one of the three was white on the inside (whether or not by design, this *one* is functionally reversible to white (snow) camo.)
Size is quite large--easily covers large ALICE, large MOLLE II, etc.
Now the downside: All were very well worn, with many pinhole tears/scuffs/holes. Although I haven't tested the water repellency of any of the actual fabrics, I'd say the "water *resistant*" description is probably true. In addition, for one of them, the sewn-in elastic was shot, although there were other attachment fittings on the rim that should still make it usable.
I have three of these pack covers and love'em. They arrived on time and in used but very good condition. They fit my largest pack a Karrimor SF 75 L and a 65 L Kelty. Someone said they are not water proof but what little I've used them they seem fine but added a water proof coating. I fined to be a good value for the money.