Don't sweat a few drops.
Dry bags aren't only useful when you're on the river, so Klymit designed the Splash 25 Backpack with an inflatable and adjustable Air Frame suspension that lets you carry it comfortably when you're ditching the raft for a day hike or hitting the trail under stormy skies. The waterproof nylon fabric is reinforced at the sides and bottom, has welded seams for increased durability and waterproofing, and a roll-top closure that seals out water and allows easy adjustments to be made for loads small and large. There's also a removable hip belt for extra support when you're carrying more weight, and a daisy chain that lets you clip extra gear to the outside of the pack when you're heading out for longer adventures.
- Waterproof nylon fabric
- Reinforced sides and bottom
- Fully welded seams
- Roll-top closure
- V-shaped Air Frame suspension
- Removable hip belt
- Sternum strap
- Daisy chain
- Item #KLT000N
- Q & A
Just as good on dry land
I knew it would be awesome in the water, but this pack is surprisingly comfortable and light for land-bound adventures, too!
I looooove this pack
Great for canyon adventures... comfortable, secure and all my junk stayed bone dry!
It's a backpack with actual back support, but it rolls up into a nice tight little package once you deflate it!
Initial Impressions: RAD
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I haven't tried this out since I just got it, but I think it's gonna be a game-changer for me. Hiking wet canyons and packrafting, I've found that your typical drybag-backpack is generally lacking support and/or pretty heavy. The Splash 25 is both supportive AND lightweight and it packs down super small for stowing it away. I've never seen anything like it, but it's pretty rad. The back panel has chambers that you inflate using a pump on the shoulder strap (the hose kind of loops over your shoulder the same way the hose for a hydration pack would)... when it's inflated, it creates a firm back support that makes it way more stable to carry around. The coolest part is that when it's inflated, you'll never have to worry about losing it in the water since it's basically its own floatie. When you deflate it, you can just roll it up and stow it away, so I think it'll be awesome for traveling with. Full report to come after I take this thing for a test drive!
UPDATE: I put this thing through the paces this weekend and I love it! I did a canyon trip where I walked up a gorge through ankle to neck-deep water for a couple of hours and it was super comfortable and kept all my stuff dry. Having the chest strap and the waist strap is a nice touch because it keeps the pack nice and snug to your body. The air frame was super cool because it helped me float through a couple of really deep spots.
I took it on a pretty gnarly day hike as well and that's where this pack really surprised me. It was a five-mile round trip hike with 1800ft of gain over the last mile with a lot of crazy scrambling and this pack was SO comfy to hike with. Because of the air frame it felt really light on my back. I don't know if it was because of all the little channels in the inflatable frame, but I didn't end up with the swampy chafe-y back that I was expecting at all! Again being able to cinch it down tight was really helpful, especially in the scrambl-y bits.
All in all I am a HUGE fan of this pack. My only wish is that it had some sort of pocket (maybe a little stretchy mesh one?) on the outside so I could keep my GoPro handy while hiking through the water!