Several years ago, I tested the first generation of Nelson-Rigg’s Hurricane Waterproof Backpack/Tail Pack, which impressed me with its practicality, functionality, and versatility. Nelson-Rigg has redesigned its entire line of Rigg Gear Hurricane waterproof luggage, which also includes saddlebags, duffel bags, and roll bags.
As with the original, version 2.0 of the Backpack/Tail Pack is made of waterproof, UV-resistant, vinyl-coated 24-oz. polyester tarpaulin fabric with electronically heat-welded seams. Rather than the previous 40-liter and 20-liter options, the new bag is available in a single, happy-medium 30-liter size. One of the key updates is the new 4-point Rigg Strap system, which uses a set of adjustable cam-lock straps to secure the bag to a motorcycle seat and/or luggage rack. Once the straps are cinched tight, the bag stays put even during aggressive off-road riding. I gave it a good thrashing while testing the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R, and it passed with flying colors.
The main compartment of the bag has a large top opening that seals shut with a roll-down, dry-bag closure secured with quick-release buckles. A closable purge valve makes it easy to squeeze out excess air when closing the bag, and there’s a sleeve pocket inside that accommodates tablets and laptops up to 15 inches.
The outside of the bag has a side pocket with a drawstring closure that holds a water or fuel bottle up to 30 oz. A large panel on the back is covered in MOLLE webbing for attaching other items, and the panel is hinged on the bottom to provide access to the waterproof document pocket on the other side. The panel also conceals a durable mesh pocket that can be used to stash items for quick access or hold an optional hydration bladder ($19.95). Both sides of the bag have rubber carry handles and loops for attaching items or threading the Rigg Straps.
Large, adjustable, contoured backpack straps have a connector strap across the chest for added security. The backpack straps have outer strips of webbing for attaching a GPS locator, a multi-tool pouch, or other quick-grab items, and there are clips on each strap for securing a hydration tube. When using the bag as a tail pack, the backpack straps can be hidden behind the padded, breathable back panel.
The Hurricane 2.0 Waterproof Backpack/Tail Pack is a well-made, durable piece of motorcycle gear that is even more practical, functional, and versatile than before. Covered by a lifetime warranty, it’s a solid value at $169.95.
For more information, visit NelsonRigg.com.