Wet gear simply sucks. The next time you find yourself planning for a day on the river or heading out on a self supported overnight trip the most important piece of gear you can bring along on your adventure will always be a dry bag. Tons of brands are making dry bags these days, but only a few are the ones boaters turn to with Sea to Summit topping the list. I got a chance to test out the Sea to Summit Hydraulic™ Dry Pack 65L on a 4 day Owyhee River trip and wanted to share my thoughts via the review below.
Sea to Summit Hydraulic 65L Dry Bag Review
What is it that makes this Dry Bag so burly and durable? Seat to Summit uses 600D TPU heavy duty laminated fabric aka the toughest material in any of the companies dry bags. The Hydraulic Dry Packs high-performance abrasion resistant fabric does what it says.
I tested the durability by dragging the Hydraulic Dry Pack from our boats to camp and back and forth. Keep in mind this Dry Bag does come with a traditional backpack carry straps, most likely you won’t end up dragging your bag across rocks and gravel . Even with such abuse Sea to Summit’s Hydraulic Dry Pack failed to show any wear and tear, offering incredible piece on mind when on the river, this bag won’t rip.
We know the bag’s durable, what about the waterproofness? The Hydraulic Dry Pack comes with welded seams and a roll top closure to keep water from penetrating inside. One thing to keep in mind though is these bags are NOT meant to be held under water, the same can be said for any other roll top closure dry bags.
If you’re planning to bring along electronics, the best bet is to “double bag” your stuff. Buy a smaller dry bag for anything that can’t get wet and then toss it inside your main dry bag.
For this trip I opted to take two 65L bags, a Hydraulic Dry Pack and a Sea to Summit Stopper Bag. One bag held my camp stuff; tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad while the other had clothes, food and items for comfort. With 2 bags it’s easier to pack, and even easier to access your gear without having to dump everything on the ground.
You can even fit a full size packraft in the 65L bag, with some room to spare.
Hydraulic Dry Pack vs Stopper Bag
The 65L Hydraulic Dry Pack from Sea to Summit comes with built in backpack straps and a removable hip belt for carrying the bag over long distances. Hiking in a rain storm, perhaps consider taking the Hydraulic Dry Pack along, even if you’re not planning to be on the river.
Where as the Sea to Summit Stopper Bag does not have any built in straps. For this bag you can either carry it like a baby in your arms or by grabbing the roll top closure. Made of 210D TPU-laminated Nylon fabric which can still stand a beating but best to avoid sharp objects like pointy rocks or knives as the material is thinner than the Hydraulic Dry Bag.
Even in heavy rainstorms both bags performed as needed, without fail and kept all of my gear dry.
Rapids and waves are sure a lot of fun to ride on the river. Thanks to Sea to Summit’s 65L Hydraulic Dry Pack ($199.95) you can let go of worry while playing in some of the best terrain the river has to offer.
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