Dry Packs

The best dry packs, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on August 14, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Dry Pack Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Exped Cloudburst 25

A lightweight, completely waterproof summit and day pack that can ride in a bigger pack for doing side trips on longer hikes, doubles as a dry bag in the pack. Attention to details make it comfortable and highly functional. My wife has a habit of conveniently forgetting critical items so that she can replace them with something newer and better. For five years or so we both have been using the minimalist Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Packs for side trips on longer backpacking trips. On the first stopover… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Eureka! Terra Cotta Canoe Barrel

Gear barrel, barrel pack, canoe barrel * NOT A BEAR-PROOF BARREL * This is a 64L food-grade (HDPE) "total-opening" cylindrical plastic drum with screw-on gasketted lid. Manufactured by CURTEC, and originally used for transporting pharmaceuticals. When they are retired, EUREKA! takes these barrels, cleans them, and gives them a second life as a canoeist's gear barrel. The size and weight of gear barrels make them less than ideal for long-distance backpacking on dry land. But being waterproof gives… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Seattle Sports E-Merse R/S GoPack

This lightweight dry case with comfortable shoulder straps would be great for stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, or any other water sport where you might be worried about valuables getting wet. I was able to test the E-Merse R/S GoPack from Seattle Sports in exchange for a review while camping and paddling at the Platte River campground in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, in Michigan. We used this dry bag while paddling on the Platte River and Lake Michigan. What I like most: Easy to open… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Seattle Sports Omni Dry Backpack

This is a very reasonably priced, very large, pack-style dry bag that we have used for the past two years while canoe camping. It has held up very well, has a nice large capacity, and protects the contents. We anticipate we will get quite a few more years of use from this bag. So, here in December, I am writing a review for a product we purchased for canoe camping...and generally put away for the season in October. No, we're not canoe camping now (though the spate of warm weather makes it tempting!). … Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Pacific Outdoor Equipment Gobi 60

I've used this pack on numerous canyoneering trips and two trips down the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon. It's stlll like new with some wear in the form of scuffs. Excellent well made product! Very well made pack, good workmanship throughout. I would recommend this pack to a serious outdoorsman. Great for canyoneering, whitewater, hiking in wet conditions etc. Had it for years and beat it up and it's still going strong without one issue! Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
SealLine Pro Portage Pack

Used in BWCA for an 11-day trip. No problems! My wife and I used this pack on an 11-day trip in the Boundary Waters. During this time she and I both portaged loads in excess of 70 lbs, covering distances of up to one mile. While this pack has nowhere near the amount of support needed to to use as a dedicated backpack, for a portage pack, I haven't found anything better. The hip belt and shoulder harness are adequate to the task for short (.25-1.5 mile) hauls that one typically encounters while on… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Watershed Animas

Great bag! I love this bag! I've taken my laptop camping with me and it even survived a kayak tour. Couldn't be more happy with this brand compared to some of the junk ones I've seen. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Sea to Summit Rapid 26L Dry Pack

The Sea to Summit Rapid 26 L Dry Pack is a well-constructed and featured day pack that happens to also double as a dry bag. I was impressed with its versatility in functioning in wet conditions and also meeting my needs as a day pack, even as an overnight pack. It handles loads up to 20 lbs quite well but begs to be loaded with more than just a few pieces of clothing, as I found that the top roll can unravel if not sufficiently stuffed and compressed. The universal fit worked pretty well for my… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Watershed Animas

This is in my opinion the best dry backpack that $$ can buy. Here is a video review: I also really like the clear version of it to find all my stuff. I find the closer system of watershed packs to be the most trustworthy and the material is far more rugged then traditional dry bags. They cost a little more money, but they last forever. Look no farther if you are in the market for a dry bag. Full review

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