If you are hiking in all weathers or enjoying watersports such as paddle boarding, sailing or surfing, a waterproof bum bag can be a valuable addition to your kit. It will safely store important items in such as your keys, phone, wallet and keep them safe and dry.
What features should I look for in a waterproof bum bag?
There are some key features to look for when thinking about purchasing a waterproof bum bag. Firstly, look for one that features slide seal systems. Zips can be an area of weakness and water leakage, so slide seal systems or alternatively, weather-proof zips are important features.
The fabric is also important for waterproof bum bags – you want to look for something heavy-duty. Another important consideration is whether the fabric is truly waterproof or just water resistant. This will depend mainly on the activities you have planned for when using the bag. It’s important to remember though, that water resistant bags should not be fully submerged in water like waterproof bags can be!
Other features to consider are if you want separate compartments, pockets and outside water bottle pockets.
Top 5 Waterproof Bum Bags
Now let’s get into our top 5 bum bags on the market and available for purchase right now:
Aqua Quest Waterproof Bum Bag
Firstly, we have the Aqua Quest waterproof bag:
This is currently on sale for £14 and is usually sold for £20, which is still a great bargain for this item! This item is 100% waterproof and for additional backup, also comes with a clear pouch that can be placed over the bag for even more protection! This bag is lightweight and comfortable, with a breathable back and an adjustable strap meaning it can fit waists from 63-135cm.
Freegrace Waterproof Pouches with Waist Strap/Pouch Case Bundle Set
Next, we have Freegrace’s waterproof pouches.
These are priced between £19.87-38.12. These are available in a variety of colours, however, they are all transparent. This may be an issue if you don’t wish for everyone to see what belongings you’re carrying with you. However, this transparency does mean that you can use your phone, iPad etc, while they are in the waterproof pouch. These pouches are waterproof up to a 32ft depth. They also float and have an adjustable strap meaning that as well as being worn as a bum bag, they can be worn as a shoulder bag and a crossbody bag.
OverBoard Pro-Light 100% Waterproof Waist Pack Bag
The third is the Overboard Pro-light bag:
This is available in black or black with yellow trim, priced at £28.99-48.42. Depending on the colour and whether you would prefer the two or four-litre option. This bag is described as being suitable for quick submersion but is not suitable for prolonged periods of underwater use. This bag features a two-way sealing system for protection. Like the above option, this one also floats. It also features a bottle holder, which could be handy on long hikes.
Gadom Bum Bag
Next up is the Gadom bum bag:
This bag is an absolute steal at only £6.99 and it’s available in a variety of colours too! It is described as being waterproof, but I’d err on the side of caution and say this bag is more likely water-resistant, meaning I wouldn’t fully submerge it in water but it would be fine for a hike in the rain for example. It features water-resistant lining and strong reinforced zips and buckles and like the other bags on here, it too has an adjustable strap for comfort.
Waterfly Unisex Bum Bag
Finally, Waterfly make some amazng Waterproof bum bags.
This is a nice water-resistant option at £15.99. It features multiple compartments to easily keep track of all your belongings. It is made from water-resistant, scratch-free nylon and features a breathable back pad for comfortability as well as an adjustable belt.
So as you can see, there are several great options available, depending on what your bum bag is going to be used for. And as shown, none of these options breaks the bank, whether just water-resistant or fully waterproof!
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