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Granite Gear Air Zippditty

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

Just the right size (.6L) for the little odds and ends you want to keep in one place when hiking, camping, backpacking, or any other outdoor activity. Well-made bags in high visibility colors, great for small first aid kits, fire starting kits, snacks, electronics, and more. A perfect way to bring some order to your backcountry existence.

Reasons to Buy

  • Good design, good materials, and lifetime guarantee
  • Translucent fabric allows one to see contents
  • Strong zipper provides bag with structure (it arches)
  • Weather-resistant (silnylon fabric + weather-resistant zipper)
  • Bonus bag! (reusable packaging)

Reasons to Avoid

  • Weight could be lighter (but fine for most users)

Multi-use Organization for the Outdoor Enthusiast As any outdoor enthusiast knows, organization can save time, prevent loss, and bring peace of mind to one's outdoor experiences. Pieces of kit lost in the depths of a pack or scattered in the pack's "brain" only bring frustration. Where is the other battery? Where did my pocket knife go? Didn't I have another Clif bar? These are questions I've asked myself many a time. Despite knowing the value of organization, I have at times hesitated to purchase gear for organization, relying instead on plastic bags or skipping it altogether in the name of saving weight or spending my money on other, more essential items.

Read more: Granite Gear Air Zippditty reviews (2)

Top Stuff Sack / Dry Bag

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Pods

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Want to have the best organized pack, ability to unpack fast, pack fast in any weather condition, then these pods are for you. Organization is so good that I only have four items in my bag. Crazy eh?

Reasons to Buy

  • Organization
  • Fast pack and fast unpack
  • 100% waterproof Dyneema Composite Fabric (formerly Cuben Fiber) and a water resistant zipper, they help weatherproof your pack system.

Reasons to Avoid

  • None

Ease of Use: After time, you will figure out what works in each pod.  For my large pod, I have my pillow, liner, bag, pad, sleeping clothes and spare clothes. The smaller pod holds all my other loose gear, but I also have my spare socks and fleece in this pod. Features: Waterproof material with tapered zipper. No chance of water seepage. Construction & Durability: 100% waterproof Dyneema Composite Fabric (formerly Cuben Fiber) and a water resistant zipper, they help weatherproof your pack system.

Read more: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Pods review (1)

Six Moon Designs Packing Pods

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

Six Moon Designs Pack Pods are lightweight, rectangular pouches designed to make maximum use of pack space. Zip lid allows easy access to contents for eyes and hands. Great for organizing and controlling all sorts of gear.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy to use
  • Lid allows access to contents
  • Well constructed
  • Zipper works well with one exception

Reasons to Avoid

  • Zipper wants to eat bug nets

A simple product that makes a lot of sense, the SMD Pack Pod is intended to match the shape of your pack, letting you make full use of limited space. It provides some water resistance, but isn't meant to be a dry bag. Specs: Measures 12" x 8" x 4" (30x20x10cm) Weight 1oz/28g claimed, 29g on my scale Volume 430ci/7L Ease of Use: Being a piece of lightweight nylon with only stitching and a zipper for support the Pack Pods feel as though they might be hard to cram stuff into. Once I started using them I found that wasn't the case at all.

Read more: Six Moon Designs Packing Pods review (1)

Big Agnes Pumphouse Ultra

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

A very effective inflation system for BA mattresses that doubles as a roomy dry bag. Requires good technique, especially inside a tent. Not really compatible with other mattress brands.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Up to ca. 10 liter inflation volume when used correctly
  • Doubles as dry bag, pillow (water bag if you want to get it wet)

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not compatible with other brand mattresses
  • Price; could be bundled with or sold at discount with purchase of Big Agnes mattresses

Big Agnes’ demo video of the Pumphouse Ultra makes using it look easy-peasy, of course, and I suppose it is if you have your mattress laid out on a table with all the room in the world to do your business. Ditto any of the several friendly review videos of the Pumphouse, typically conducted with the mattress on a verdant green lawn or at least dry ground, or in one case in a living room. But I haven’t found any that show what it’s like to use inside a tent (at least until I made my own).

Read more: Big Agnes Pumphouse Ultra review (1)

REI Durable Stuff Sack

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

Good basic stuff sack, great price, could use a flap and instructions.

Reasons to Buy

  • Good quality
  • Great price
  • Seems durable
  • Handle on bottom
  • Nice colors
  • Color-coded for volume

Reasons to Avoid

  • Needs flap to cover opening
  • Could use instructions for mystery closing loops

These are still on sale at REI as of November 4th, 2020. I bought two of the Durable ones and one of the Lightweight ones. The prices were: $7.93 for the 30 liter orange one, $6.93 for the 20 liter blue one, and $8.93 for the 15 liter lighter weight blue one. The main reason was to—finally—have a stuffsack with a handle on the bottom for my large 0 degree REI Volcano sleeping bag. Given how big the bag is and how tightly it fit into the sack provided, the lack of something to grab onto to while pulling the bag out was a constant frustration.  Another reason was to have a sack big enough that it wasn't a struggle to get the bag in.

Read more: REI Durable Stuff Sack review (1)

Outdoor Research Ultralight Ditty Sacks

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

These three little bags have been my hiking companions for as long as I've been a backpacker and not only look as good as the day I bought them, but function as well, too. Lighter, and a LOT more water-resistant than mesh stuff sacks, these little bags are terrific little organizers. Soft to the touch and whisper-quiet, they sit well in a pack and make it very easy to pack other items around them. For as banal of gear as stuff sacks are, I have no shame admitting these ditty bags are EASILY some of my favorite pieces of gear.

Reasons to Buy

  • VERY lightweight—lighter than OR's mesh stuff sacks!
  • Durable and can take a liberal beating — and then some!
  • Unique fixed-side closures prevent awkward bunching
  • Backed by OR's Infinite Lifetime Guarantee
  • Water-resistant: contained a busted bottle of Bronner's from sliming-up my pack!

Reasons to Avoid

  • Only sold in 3-packs: wish these could be bought ala-carte
  • On the smaller side for stuff sacks
  • UL ditty sacks limited to sizes offered in set
  • Cord diameter and plastic cord lock could be smaller and more minimalistic

Outdoor Research Ultralight Ditty Sacks (Set of 3) I've had this set of stuff sacks ever since I started backpacking. Since then, I've either upgraded or substituted damn near every item in my rig. Not only have I kept these with me, but they look as good as the day I bought them, and perform the same. COST $28 from REI. Is thirty bucks steep for a set of three bags? I'd be lying if I said it wasn't. Did I possess the sewing skills and material knowledge to make my own? No way in heck. At the end of the day, they were made by Outdoor Research (whose products carry their "Infinite" Lifetime Guarantee) AND they were purchased under my REI Membership, which pretty much allows me to return them, no-questions-asked, should something go awry.

Read more: Outdoor Research Ultralight Ditty Sacks review (1)

DIY: My Own Trash Bag Solution

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Pack in. Pack out. Any responsible outdoor person does it. But nobody likes a bulky, smelly trash bag that may get pierced inside their backpacks. I decided it was time to figure out something better: combine 1 4-liter dry sack, 1 small trash bag, 1 small roll of tape. Enough for two persons on a 6-day trek.

Reasons to Buy

  • Small
  • Sturdy
  • Lightweigt

What you need While preparing for walking the Overland Track with my daughter last November, I found myself trying to choose between a relatively heavy, large, and durable trash bag and a super light, smaller and flimsy one. From experience I knew that both very soon would make for a bulky bag in my backpack and that I would be worried about them leaking smells at the best and moisture at the worst. I decided that there should be a better solution. Surfing on the internet I found the Sea to Summit Trash Dry Sack, but with 100 g that definitely was too much for a gram-saver like me.

Read more: DIY: My Own Trash Bag Solution review (1)

Vasque Boot Box

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

This box is perfect for folks looking for a corrugated fiber, rectangular paralellopiped, storage solution. Great at home, but really excels in the field. Light and somewhat squishable, yet solid enough to protect vital gear such as stoves and donuts.

Reasons to Buy

  • 100% recycled materials used
  • Environmentally friendly inks
  • Micro-Pak anti mold technology
  • Comes with free pair of boots

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not waterproof
  • Free boots greatly increase shipping weight

The Vasque Boot Box system is a simple, yet versatile and useful tool. By folding sheets of corrugated paper into a rectangular shape which includes a fold back lid, they have created a rectangular storage space they call a Box.  Capacity: With interior measurements of 14.5" x 11" x 4.75" this parralellopiped has over 750 cubic inches of space for holding stuff, things or what have yous. On cold weather trips it is smart to carry everything you might need rather than freeze to death wondering why you didn't.

Read more: Vasque Boot Box review (1)

Zpacks Passport Zip Pouch

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

There's not a whole lot to be said about a simple DCF zip pouch. But for the amount of use I've gotten from mine, it deserves a moment in the spotlight. My zip pouch has traveled the world with me, dutifully containing some of my most important items and documents. It's lightweight, durable, simple, and good at being the one place to put the small stuff I can't afford to lose.

Reasons to Buy

  • DCF is tough, durable, lightweight, and water-resistant
  • Webbing allows customization with clips, lanyards, etc.

Reasons to Avoid

  • DCF creases, warps, and shrinks over time
  • Zpacks offers limited color options, but there are many retailers producing similar items
  • The inside lacks any partitions, so anything you put in it is mixed together with everything else...very basic, but that's what I was looking for

Background: Just before I traveled overseas to begin my thru-hike of New Zealand's Te Araroa, I decided to add a small Dyneema (DCF) zippered pouch to my kit. I specifically needed something to keep my passport dry and secure while I walked, biked, and paddled the length of the country for 2,000 miles. My backpack lacked an internal zippered pocket, plus I also thought it prudent to be able keep my valuables closer at hand when staying in hostels and campgrounds. The Zpacks Passport Zip pouch, after 5 years and 12,000 miles of foot travel This humble little pouch not only survived my overseas adventures, it went on to serve as my wallet and small-stuffs keeper for all my thru-hikes.

Read more: Zpacks Passport Zip Pouch review (1)

Outdoor Research Mesh Ditty Sacks

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Super light and sturdy ditty sacks, do the job!

Reasons to Buy

  • Strength
  • Breathability
  • Lightweight

Reasons to Avoid

  • None, so far
  • except maybe a little pricey

In stark contrast to the way I live at home and work, I am an organization freak when it comes to backpacking. I like everything tidy and easy to find. These mesh sacks come in a set of three different sizes. The largest I use for my kitchen setup (stove, fuel, pot, mug, spoon, lighter); the mid-size houses my water purification setup; and the smallest my catch all for small stuff (compass, knife, headlamp, backup lighter, etc). I like the mesh so that anything inside which might be damp from cooking or water treatment will dry out in a hurry.

Read more: Outdoor Research Mesh Ditty Sacks review (1)

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