Outdoor Research Graphic Dry Sack
This review is for the 15L version of the OR Graphic Dry Sack. Seam taped. Waterproof. 15L capacity provides ample storage when used to pack food/trash/etc for either a multi-day trip or a backpacking trip for a group. Durable material and construction.
- Seam taped/waterproof
- 15L provides a large capacity for storage
- Durable material and construction
- Stuff sacks with clear sides provide easier/quicker access to desired items compared to the Graphic Dry Sack
- Weight compared to lighter silnylon options
This review is for the 15L version of the OR Graphic Dry Sack. I bought this for $6.99 when steepandcheap.com had a rare "free shipping" promotion. I bought it with the intent for using it to either pack food/trash/toiletries for either longer solo trips or hikes with multiple friends. I use it on its own, or when necessary, as a liner for a Garcia Backpacker's Cache.
Ease of Use: Use of the pack is quite self explanatory. Fill sack. Get the excess air out. Roll it up. Snap it closed. The clip is a nice option when used for hanging food/trash by simply clipping the bag through a loop of paracord.
Features: The OR Graphic Dry Sack is waterproof and seam taped, which is a nice option. Although the lining of the sack is a little sticky, I didn't really have much of an issue with grabbing items out of the sack. The version I purchased was gray with circle patterns, in which its exterior design patterns assist in distinguishing itself from other various stuff sacks that I pack.
However, due to its dark color, it's sometimes a little difficult finding things without just wanting to dump everything out of the sack in order to find the desired item. Of course, when compared to stuff sacks with clear sides, it is more difficult finding desired items. Furthermore, there are much lighter stuff sack options.
Construction & Durability: The overall construction and material of the sack is very durable, in which the sack material feels tough and is able to withstand abuse. It's held up well after brushes against branches and rocks. I have carried the sack strapped to the outside of my backpack and it has held up well.
Conditions: As aforementioned, I've used this pack mainly for storing and packing food/trash/toiletries and it has been used as both as a liner within a bear canister, as well as hung from a tree when bear canisters are not necessary. It has kept the contents within the sack dry in mild conditions within various alpine conditions.
Overall, I would recommend this dry sack, especially if it can be found at discount. For 6.99, a 15L Dry Sack is a steal. It's waterproof abilities and it's large storage capacity allows for a versatile stuff sack that can be used to store tents, sleeping bags, clothing, and variety of other pack items.
Enclosed is a picture of the OR Dry Graphic Sack strapped to the outside of my Osprey Talon 44 in Three Sisters, Oregon:
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $6.99
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