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Gourdon 20waterproof back pack

Versatile 20 litre roll top drybag with elasticated straps and two mesh pockets for added capacity, Gourdon can be used for anything from adventure races to the daily commute

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Gourdon 20 waterproof back pack

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Simple is a complicated design brief. Just a drybag with straps?

We made Gourdon durable and waterproof because we wanted a go anywhere rucksack and our customers have really taken this to heart. Gourdon 20 has been used at over 6000m, taken part in adventure races and seen a lot of canoe journeys. Some people have even used it to just walk round the park with the dog.

As a day bag Gourdon 20 is the perfect volume - it swallows a big lunch, waterproofs, jumper and space for all those little things. The single roll top opening keeps everything inside dry and secure - more than any other rucksack we’ve tried.

Gourdon gets used day after day; it has a removable stiff back pad, comfy foam mesh padded straps, a waist belt and chest straps. Wear it all weekend; biking one day, on the hill the next and commute to work on Monday.

Not content with Gourdon being an extremely versatile bag already, we added mesh pockets for easy access to your water bottle and snacks on the go. Elasticated straps let you attach anything you want on the outside - from a wet waterproof to little Tommy’s cuddly dinosaur toy.

Key features
  • 3 Year Alpine Bond
  • Pouch for 1 l - 1.5 l hydration unit (450 mm long by 200 mm wide bladder)
  • Roll-top waterproof closure
  • Removeable padded back
  • Taped waterproof seams
  • Duraflex buckle and toggle closure
  • Twin mesh side pocket (will fit std cycle water bottle and smaller Siggs)
  • Elasticated accessory cord
  • Weight: 470 g
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Vital stats

Minimum weight: 404 g
Removable back insert: 72 g
Height (layed flat): 50 cm
Width (layed flat): 32 cm

Origin: China

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Still going strong

Have now used the Gordon 20 for 18 months 5K miles commuting, never let in water, straps very comfortable, survived being scrapped down the road during a crash, mesh pockets a great size for bottle, gloves etc....The yellow has faded a little, Been great value so far

Top product

I've had the 20 for years now (probably more than 4, it has been so long I can't remember) and use it almost every day for mountain biking, commuting, climbing, shopping, sledging etc. Well happy. It is perfect for me- just the right size, light, simple and effective. It has had a hard life, has been all over the world and has a few small holes in it from all the abuse it has taken but is still going strong.

All in all it is an excellent bag and that's without considering the price. Bargain

AWESOME KIT. Superb value

£22.50 for a 20 litre waterproof, roll top drybag is a good price, but then add in that it’s full featured light backpack, with padded back pad, bladder pocket and decent padded shoulder straps (with adjustable chest straps) and waist strap. Then add in two mesh side pockets and elasticated compression cord running across the front of the bag.
The Gourdon 20 pack come drybag is outstanding. Alpkit, what an amazing bargain. Thanks.
2016 UPDATE: Been using for 3 years, has never let me down. I've even used it to carry Sony full frame camera kit (in a padded bag). Kept it all dust free and water tight during a tour of South Pacific

Bomb proof even after 3 years!

I've owned my 20L Gourdon for a little over 3 years now and it still preforms just as well as the day I brought it - absolutely bomb proof!

The 20L pack size is perfect for day hikes and adventures. Given that the main body of the bag has no dividers it can be a little tricky to find things lurking in the bottom, but this simple means you're encouraged to regularly empty out the things you don't need for that day and keep your pack to a minimum wink! For things you need quick access to such as gloves, water bottles or whatever, the two mesh side pockets come in extremely handy, as do the anchor points, should you want to strap/carabiner anything else to the bag.

I use this bag almost everyday out in the field in all imaginable conditions! Not only has its stood the test of time but the test of life; being dragged through endless hedges, worn whilst snorkling (yes it kept my camera dry, thanks for asking), used as a pillow whilst wild camping, as a day bag when travelling and even taking my lunch into work, Gourdon (or Gourdo as he...yes my bag is a dude...has become lovingly known) will not let you down!

Ian Stuart
Really impressed

I bought this in a bit of a rush and didn't look too closely at the product description. I was looking for a slightly larger waterproof daypack than my current one and reckoned that for the price and as it was by Alpkit, who have never disappointed me, it would be fine. It's just arrived and I have to say I am chuffed to bits. It oozes quality and how they can sell such a well-made, feature rich pack for such a low price I don't know.

My go to day bag

I've had one of these bags for a few years now and it's an amazing piece of kit. The addition of the mesh pockets and the strapping turn this bag from a useful roll top ruck bag to a must have piece of kit.

Mine has been with me up mountains, to the beach and canoeing down rivers; It's been to the wilds of Alaska, it's been all across Europe and, when I've saved enough money, it will travel with me to New Zealand.

Perfect companion

When I popped down to AKHQ and bought this bag, I took it out the following day to put it to the test. And straight away as I was putting my kit into it i realised just how much kit you can actually can get in it.(lol) its proper impressive and it looks good also it's bloody comfortable to carry as well. It's the PERFECT COMPANION
I can really recommend this bag and it's so good I'm looking at getting the 30l one next for those longer weekends.

Angry pirate
Phenomenal lightweight pack

You know when you really don't need a new pack but really want one. That was the case with the Gourdon. And I'm so glad I did: it has been used almost daily for years now and has taken enormous amounts of abuse.
I use it as a gym bag for indoor climbing, as a lightweight hill bag, as a general day pack for family excursions (it fits changes of clothes for my two boys, nappies, wet wipes, drinks, snacks etc happily) and as a shopping bag for quick raids of the local shop's drinks section (the lady behind the counter is astounded by its ability to swallow an eight pack of beer and multiple bottles of wine plus random snacks)
It is still in great nick after about seven years of real abuse except for a tiny tear in the fabric and the seam tape having torn off behind the mesh pockets (from forcing trainers in an overstuffed bag)
Considering I didn't really "need" it in the first place, the Gourdon has rapidly become indispensable. When it eventually dies, I'll buy another but this time in orange smile

Great bag!

I love this pack. I've had it for years and taken it everywhere. It has so far remained waterproof and is perfect for anything from shopping to kayaking!
If I was being picky, the things I would like are a small pocket inside so I can find my keys, and a better waste strap, especially if it had a small pocket too.
Altogether though, at this price, you can't go wrong. (Also wish the bigger sizes had the features of this one.)

Incredibly good

I've been a user of Alpkit products since pretty much day one. They continue to deliver remarkably well produced goods at remarkable prices. This was my latest purchase and it feels ultra robust as well as looking good. It's so far been used for a daily cycle commute but will be tested on a recce of the Langdale fel race this weekend. I'd sincerely love it if the company could develop a race vest or modified version of this for the demands of long fell races and mountain marathons; the current back area would need to be developed. Bring it on folks!

Best 20l backpack of all time

Been using this to commute on my bike every day for a few months now and can't fault it. Big enough for a change of clothes, tools, lock, lunch and other bits you might pick up throughout the day -- I find it's bigger than the advertised 20 litres at capacity. I keep keys / lights / gloves in the side pockets; my previous commuting backpack was one massive cavern so it's good to have these things easily accessible, and so far nothing's ever fallen out of them.

I have used the outside cord to attach a smaller backpack to this while travelling, as well as extra clothes and it works very well. Secure.

As for the waterproof properties, well, yep, 100% waterproof for a 40 minute commute.

It's also very comfy, I like the thin waist strap and the padded back means that my lock doesn't dig into my back. The only small criticism is that it can leave your back a bit sweaty in hot weather, but this isn't a problem as I change my clothes when I arrive at work.

If mine ever dies I will be replacing it with exactly the same product. That's how good it is.

It is just so good

I love this bag, I have a 20l and a 25l - they really are multi use. The simple design made it perfect to bungee onto my pannier and it got from John O Groats to lands end with the contents perfectly dry. When not on an adventure I use it as a shopping bag - it fits lots in and is comfortable to carry. The woman on the checkout noticed it when I was shopping today and asked where it came from. A top backpack.

Phil Luminous
My everyday carry.

I bought this little wonder on the off chance after seeing one or two at the Kendal Mountain Festi. thought it looked like a nice option for when I need a waterproof bag. Nothing too large or awkward and it's become my go-to daily!

It's super tough and beautifully finished and holds a lot more than I expected. I live and work as a solopreneur in London and will often carry around a 13" MacBook Air, notebook, warm layer, along with cables etc and that all fit's beautifully in there with room to spare. That coupled with the knowledge that my goodies will stay dry in amongst the frequent showers makes this a winner for me.

Also wonderful for a camera equipment carry-there's no padding beyond that which sits on my back-which is very comfortable by the way, so as long as cameras and lenses are in cases and padded layers, I can throw them in here knowing they'll stay dry and and have super easy access due to the large roll top aperture.

Mesh side pockets are great for my Sigg bottle and a beanie

All in all very happy with this wonderful little bag.

Gordon 20

Got 2 of these backpacks used for everything bike walk beach day pack keeps everything dry does the job without any let down

For the money, unbeatable.

Had mine for about 3 years, use it regularly, not at all careful with it and it's as good as the day I bought it. It has been carry-on luggage, a shopping bag for bike trips and a pannier top dry bag so far. Planning on DIY vertical bar bag harness made from tipped forward aero bars and this will be the first thing I strap to it.
The side mesh pockets hold all sorts of things and can be reached around to without taking it off and the stretchy cord will comfortably look after my bike helmet.
Wouldn't be without it. Me and Gourdon, we're mates!

Great product and service!

Put my order for a 13l tapered dry bag, a gourdon 20 backpack and koala straps last saturday and received the items this wednesday (even with a personal note!).

First of all great service!

Second, the backpack looks and feels amazingly good!!!!!!
I have tried to attach the drybag on my bike, but it is a little bit moving around. I will look for further solutions and if that will not work out, I will certainly order the Koala!

Third, I will certainly will buy more Alpkit items in the future!

Mike L
Excellent bag

Bought this pack 4 years ago, to use for daily bike commute.

Its light, comfortable and surprisingly spacious and endured all manner of weather conditions in those 4 years with aplomb.
It has been completely waterproof and the material is very flexible unlike the usual tarp type roll top bags seen.

The mesh pockets are handy and being deep have no worries about items coming out whilst walking or riding.

Was fortunate enough to get one of these in a bright fluro yellow for £25. Massive bargain.

Apart from some colour fading, the rest of the bag is still in great condition. When mine wears out will definitely get another.

Only drawback is the lack of brighter colour options.
Bring back orange and yellow fluro!

No nonsense backpack.

This is the 3rd bit of kit from Alpkit, and again they have nailed it. A product that works. Packed correctly can hold an entire days kit with ease. It's waterproof with no flapping about cover. It's comfortable and even has a removable pad to sit on when you stop for lunch. Price point is great like all Alpkit stuff. I buy kit on a regular basis and I can guarantee more purchases will be made with Alpkit. Great products, Great company values.

dave knowles
great MTB backpack

Bought this for mountain biking in Torridon. Hard to beat. Its light, comfy, waterproof and roomy.


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