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|Ultra Dry Adventurer Premium Waterproof Sack|
|Cressi Dry Bag|
|Lucky Stone Dry Bag|
|Eono Essentials Dry Bag|
|Lomo 3-pack Dry Bags|
If you are one of the many people who like the great outdoors, or who indulges in outdoor sports such as walking, or perhaps water sports of any kind, you will know that the Great British Weather is often something you have to contend with! We may have had a stunning and very beautiful summer in 2018, but it was certainly not normal, and whether we can expect a repeat any time soon is anyone’s guess!
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Of course, in the UK we’re used to the rain, wind and cold, and it’s part of our lives. Yes, we complain about it, but without the weather to moan about, what would we do? The weather is something that we cannot control, so we just get on with things, and that applies to those enjoying outdoor pursuits as much to those on the daily commute.
In colder, wet weather we don our big coats and get out the umbrella, wrap scarves around us and brave the elements. We’re used to it, and we’re waterproof! But what about those things you have to carry with you? Let’s say you want to go fishing, or perhaps canoeing, and you have your waterproof clothing, but nothing in which to carry your books, phone, or perhaps a tablet and other belongings – a change of clothes is one such – that you need with you. You need a dry bag! What are they, and what do they do? Well, the name pretty much explains it, but before we tell you about the top 10, here’s a bit more information.
The Top 10 Best Dry Bags
1: Ultra Dry Adventurer Premium Waterproof Sack
Our first example is a typically designed sack that is fully waterproof and designed to take a decent amount of kit. We would say this one is marketed towards water sports enthusiasts – and they are going to be the major buyers of items such as this – and it is well-made and uses all the right materials. It’s made from 500denier (D) waterproof polymer that is very light, strong and durable, and will handle quite heavy items as it is 7.5mm thick.
This one is a 10litre bag, so that’s big enough for a good deal of items, yet is not too large when in use that it will hinder the user. The waterproof seal is a roll-down design and is guaranteed to keep the goods inside 100% dry. It comes with an adjustable and removeable shoulder strap and it also features a separate fully waterproof phone case as an accessory. Finished in bright yellow, it is a notably sporty item, and at the price is well worth a look.
2: Cressi Dry Bag
This one is defined as for boating and water sports, and Cressi is proud to state that it is a family owned company and has been in the business for more than 70 years. It is undoubtedly a quality item, and is of the standard roll-top design and sack shape. The seams are electronically welded for additional protection, it comes in a range of colours to suit your choice, and this is another 10 litre sized bag and as such is very capable.
The waterproof seal is very strong and will certainly protect what is inside – it could easily be used as a school or sports bag as, unladen, it weighs under 300g. It features a fully adjustable strap for ease of carriage, and it is made from very strong, proven and durable material that will last a long time and protect against the ingress of water. It’s also very cheap among this company, and given the quality, we think it a strong contender.
3: Lucky Stone Dry Bag
So far we’ve reviewed two 10litre bags. This one, which is available in a variety of great and bright colours and comes from Lucky Stone, can be bought in sizes as small as 2litres, but for the sake of comparison we’ll tell you about the 10litre version. It’s the usual tall sack style, and has a very neat waterproof seal on top that guarantees to keep everything dry (note that the 5l version would make a really trendy school or college bag).
This one is made from lightweight waterproof nylon and, when not in use, can be compressed into a very small package for transport – small enough, in fact, to fit in a coat pocket. It’s a great camping bag, ideal for water sports, would look good commuting, and has a neat carry strap – everything, in fact, that you would find on any other of those reviewed here. The 10litre bag is a comparable price to the one above, which means you get a little change from a tenner.
4: Eono Essentials Dry Bag
The concept of a dry bag is such that there is little to differentiate between the different models on our list. All, for example, are completely waterproof – that is, after all, the purpose – and most come with the usual style of roll-down top that ties together to protect what is within. Each is designed to be usable for water sports lovers, and each can be used in any wet weather conditions. Plus, they are all designed to be light and therefore very usable.
What can we say about this one? Well, it’s from Eono, a known brand, and it differs from those above in being a 20litre bag – that’s big enough for any use. It has the usual strap that can be adjusted for size, and it is made from suitably strong material that will last a good while and put up with arduous use. It’s light at just 350g, and can be rolled to a small package when not in use. All in all, it’s a great choice if you want a larger bag, and at the price is very competitive.
5: Lomo 3-pack Dry Bags
This is an interesting package that makes a little bit of difference for us! Lomo, the brand in question, offers a deal in which you buy three bags in one go. They are sized 3litre, 6 litres and 8litres, and come with the standard type of roll top closure that guarantees to keep everything within it dry. The seams are attended to by being taped – an effective way of keeping out water but there may be better methods – and they are finished in a nice red colour.
Made from suitably durable material, these three nags are great in that they cater for all uses; you could even use the small one as a kids school bag as it will keep books and other stuff dry, while the bigger one is great for fishing, hiking, water sports and any outdoor pursuits. It’s a good deal, and if you’re looking for bags for all the family this could be the way to go at a sensible price.
6: Aquafree See-Through Dry Bag
This design has a nice little touch in that there is a see-through panel on both sides, so you can see what is inside the bag. On the other hand, it’s also handy for other people to see what’s in your bag, which you might not want. This is a quality item that is made from quality materials, it’s very tough in 500D polyester with vinyl coating, and it’s one that can be clipped to the side of boat when kayaking with a secure link. It also comes in a variety of sizes from 3l to 36litre.
The seams are welded – considered the most watertight method of sealing – and the fold-down top and seal is the most viable closure method. The sheer range of sizes means it can be put to any use, and the lightness of the material means it will not be a burden at any weight – although a fully-laden 36-litre bag may be quite heavy! This is one of the more costly items on our list, but also one of the best, so make sure you check it out.
7: Double Villages Boating Dry Bag
This is another typical dry bag in that it does everything you would expect it to do. It is undoubtedly a quality item, and is of the standard roll-top design and sack shape. The seams are welded for additional protection and it is made from strong 500D material, and it comes in a choice of colours to suit your choice. This one is available in a choice of sizes – 5litres up to 30 litres – and is very competitively priced.
The waterproof seal is very strong and will certainly protect what is inside – it could easily be used as a school or sports bag as, unladen, it weighs under 300g. It features a fully adjustable strap for ease of carriage, and it is made from very strong, proven and durable material that will last a long time and protect against the ingress of water. It’s also very cheap among this company, and given that, we think it a strong contender.
8: Exped Pack of 4 Dry Bags
This is another opportunity to buy a full set of dry bags, which may well appeal to the family who are into boating, fishing or other water sports – not to mention winter pursuits such as skiing and snowboarding. These are from Exped, and are finished in a range of bright colours, and they are very neat indeed. You get four different sizes – described as small to extra-large, so we’re guessing between 5litres and 30litres.
The bags are made from nylon that has been fully coated to provide waterproofing, come with the usual roll-down top for added protection, and each has a handy carry strap. The smaller would be great for a kids school bag in winter, the bigger one ideal for a camping expedition. They are strong yet suitably light, have favourable customer reviews, and if you are after a selection of bags rather than just one, then at the price this is a good deal.
9: Qomolo Dry Bag
This is another of the typical dry bags, and is marketed towards water sports enthusiasts – and they are going to be the major buyers of items such as this – and it is well-made and uses all the right materials. It’s made from 500denier (D) waterproof polymer that is very light, strong and durable, and will handle quite heavy items thanks to the durability of the material and the way it is put together.
This one is a 10litre bag – you can also buy a 20litre version - so that’s big enough for a good deal of items, yet is not too large when in use that it will hinder the user. The waterproof seal is a roll-down design and is guaranteed to keep the goods inside 100% dry. It comes with an adjustable and removeable shoulder strap and it also features a separate fully waterproof phone case as an accessory. Finished in black, and at the price is well worth a look.
10: Ultra Dry Adventurer 35L
Our final dry bag is this one and, essentially, it is a 35litre version – that’s very large – of the first one on our list, from Ultra-Dry, a known brand with a great reputation for quality products. and it is well-made and uses all the right materials. It’s made from 500denier (D) waterproof polymer that is very light, strong and durable, and will handle quite heavy items as it is 7.5mm thick.
This one is a 35litre bag, which is as big as we reckon you are ever going to need, but is also very light when unladen so will remain as usable as possible. The waterproof seal is a roll-down design and is guaranteed to keep the goods inside 100% dry. It comes with an adjustable and removeable shoulder strap and it also features a separate fully waterproof phone case as an accessory. This is a top quality dry bag and while not the cheapest, is good value for such a large capacity bag.
That’s our top 10 dry bags for you, so which is for you? Before we give you our choices, let’s have a quick recap of the features you need to look for.
How It Works
A dry bag is just that; a bag that keeps things dry. Made from durable material, ready to tackle the rugged use it may come in for, a dry bag may also include extras such as special waterproof phone cases and the like. They are usually fitted with special closing mechanisms so they keep everything inside perfectly dry, and you’ll find they generally come with shoulder straps and other carrying methods.
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Who uses dry bags? Anyone from students who may wish to carry a laptop or tablet to the average commuter in wet weather, through people who enjoy canoeing and kayaking, anglers at the waterside, surfers and people involved in other forms of water or outdoor sports. Put simply, if you need to carry stuff around in an environment where it may get wet – and you want it to remain dry – you need one of these!
Important Features to Consider
At this point we would normally give you a list of a number of features that you need to look out for when buying the product, but with a dry bag, they are all pretty uniform in design and also in construction and price. There are two things we advise you look at: one is the way the seams are finished, as we believe welded is the way to go for maximum protection. The other is the capacity: this ranges from as little as 3-litres to as much as 36-litres, so the choice is yours. Is there one we like above the rest? Lets see if we can wrap this up!
Let’s Wrap It Up!
So, you need a dry bag; the question is, which one from our list suits you? Well, if you want a bag for regular use – in a regular size of, say, 10 litres – we recommend you check out the Cressi model at number 2 on the list, for quality at an excellent price. If you want a bigger bag, then the Eono model offers you 20litres and is also very good quality and value. For a family, choose the Exped bag set, at no 8, as it’s great value.