User Review: Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $35
Perfect compression sack.
- looks good
- bit expensive
It's been a while since I've been backpacking, and when assembling some gear to get back into it, I realized I'd need a compression sack for my sleeping bag. I'd used Granite Gear bags in high school, and was about to buy one of those when I noticed the awards and glowing reviews about this bag. It's all the Granite Gear sacks offer, but waterproof. And it looks great.
Its super easy to use, just stuff it, roll the plastic thing on the top a few times, clip the buckle, put the top on, and cinch it down. I've used an REI 20 degree synthetic bag in the size M 15 liter bag, and it fits like a glove, and compresses it down to about half of what it is in the normal stuff sack. I could probably get it even smaller if space was an issue, but I'm using a Bora 80, so not too much of an issue...
Features are fantastic. It does exactly what it's supposed to do, compress the sleeping bag, but it's waterproof to boot. Just a little more peace of mind that if the rain soaks through my pack and pack cover, I can at least sleep dry that night. Also, I've used the compression sack as a bear bag in the past, and the waterproofness of this sack will be even better, keeping the food and whatnot dry in the event of a storm.
Construction is top notch. The feel of the bag is light, but quality. The color scheme is nice, no goofy colors, and eVENT! It's probably overkill on this bag, but it's cool nonetheless. It's easy to see how air permeable the membrane is when you compress the sack and hear the air coming out the walls of the sack. All the straps and buckles are double stitched and reinforced. I didn't have any qualms about cinching it down really tight, and all the buckles hold nicely.
Fantastic piece of gear. It's so nice when a company gets every little detail right, especially on the little things. It makes it that much easier to buy it and trust it.