With removable shoulder straps, SealLine's Boundary Pack Dry Bag makes portaging your gear more pleasant.
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For the price, this is a really solid dry bag that performs as well as any dry bag could with moderately taxing use: it keeps things totally dry.
A few notes:
- I did not take this bag canyoneering or on any activity that would test the durability as aggressively as canyoneering would, so take my review in that context. This bag accompanied on a multi-day steelheading trip in the Pacific NW with lots of rain.
- No exterior water bottle pocket is a bummer (though I understand why there isn't one). And for similar reasons, no exterior lash points on the body of the bag is also a bummer.
- Big. The thing is big. Even the 35L is cavernous. I used it as my carry on bag for the same trip and with a whole bunch of work stuff and laptop in it I still didn't even come close to filling it up.
- I really think you're going to struggle to find something better at a similar QPR. Unless, you want something smaller and more streamlined or with more organization features, this is really tough to beat at $67.
The bag in action in a slot canyon near Lake Powell.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This bag does ok. The material is actually kind of thin. Mine has worn out along the creases very quickly along. I bought it with the intention of canyoneering which truthfully, is probably more than this pack can handle. It is probably great for paddling but when you start to mix this material and abrasive sandstone, things go bad quickly. I love sealLine but I think I'll stick with a smaller dry bag inside of a regular pack for my future canyoneering trips.
i haven't tried putting these in water- but they were worth the money for the peace of mind we had on our camping trip. The back straps make them so easy to carry to the campsite. We're very happy we made the investment!
My 70L bag just arrived, and unforunately is showing significant wear at the creases where it was folded in the packaging. The wear/holes almost penetrate the entire thickness of the viny, which doesn't instil confidence that this bag will show durability in the field. I am returning, and think I will look at other options/manufacturers. It's possible that I just got unlucky with a defective bag, but based on other reviews elsewhere it seems that premature wear and failure at the crease points is not an uncommon problem. Otherwise, the design of the bag is nice.
My wife and I Bought the 70L and used it on a 4 day trip into the BWCA. It holds a ton of stuff!. The thing i liked most about it was the straps that go over the top are extra long so we strapped two full size camping chairs and two air mattresses on top of the pack after it was sealed up. Sure made for an easy portage that was 3/4 of a mile long with 4" mud puddles,down trees, hills and slippery rocks! I love SealLine!
Love it. For years, I've been hauling around my old SealLine with no straps. Wish I had gotten this sooner! This pack is awesome, and pretty comfortable. Everything perfectly dry in all SealLine products for years. I own the 35L and 70L.
My only complaints are that the strap positions are a little to high, for 2 reasons. 1) I am pretty small (5'4"), and the bottom of the bag in both the 35L and 70L hits the backs of my legs while walking. I would rather the straps were lower and the bag went up higher, like a camping pack. 2) Sometimes (ok, almost all the time) I have just too much gear to fit in the 35L, but not nearly enough to fill the 70L. Because of the high strap placement on the packs, I can't just roll down the top of the 70L to make it whatever size I want, so it ends up loosely packed and awkward.
This dry bag does its job of keeping your stuff dry. It's not as thick as other ones that I've used but seems durable enough. The straps on it come in handy when portaging as they free up your arms to use. I was able to fit my 2P tent, sleeping bag, pillow and some fishing gear into the 70L bag and still had a little left over room.
I have the 115L and I love it. It is durable, definitely waterproof, and fits tons of stuff. The straps are nice for carrying it to the boat. I wouldn't recommend using it as a backpack as there is no structural support for your back.
I bought this to take on a hike through the Zion Subway and Narrows and keep my camera safe. I haven't actually tried this out, but the material feels like it can take a beating.
I decided to go with http://www.backcountry.com/outdoor-research-drycomp-ridge-sack so that I can strap my tripod to the back and keep water easily accessible.
Just bought a 115L after using a friends to shuttle loads to the base of a wall. I was impressed with the durability and pleased with the ease of loading due to the wide mouth. We were shuttling loads of approximately 75lbs. With loads that heavy the pack isn't going to be comfortable for extended periods but is plenty tough to handle it. They are also a great option for gear caches where you need to seal out the elements (ie, Patagonia and the greater ranges).
Does the 115L bag have the side straps
I have used this pack on several Canyoneering Trips where I know things are going to get wet. Its durability is excellent. The scraping against sandstone walls did little damage and kept everything dry. The closure system works well. The only thing I wish was that it had a better hip belt. The one that Sealine puts on the Por Pack would be killer
this is the one to get for an extended trip. lots of room, stays dry and carries well.
After only 7 days of use, there is already a hole worn (Read: no longer waterproof) in the bag from where one of the buckles touches against the body of the bag.
It seems like a lousy design and doubt it was ever tested in a real-world environment. There should be a flap to prevent contact between the hard buckle and soft bag.
I received my backpack today, it is awesome!!! There was a mix up with the address my order was shipped to, so I contacted Back Country and they had a new backpack out to me quick! They are a wonderful company with helpful and kind employees - I will definitely be shopping again!!
I purchased one of these 70 L packs to use on an extended weekend trip in the BWCA in mid-October. It worked great! We were constantly bombarded by rain, snow, sleet and wind and this bag stayed toasty dry inside, which is good news for my down sleeping bag. Using a chunk of foam padding as a back panel helps greatly, and will hold all of your gear. The strap system is quite comfortable even while portaging a 70 lb royalex canoe. Great buy!
I was sick of using a trash bag inside my Duluth Packs during my trips up to the BWCA, so I figured I would get one of these to try them out.
The waterproofing of the pack worked perfect. All of my stuff stayed dry even with a downpour on the second day. Just like any pack without an internal/external frame, it takes a few times packing it to find the correct way to make it comfortable. I would recommend getting smaller stuff sacks to place things in so you know where everything is.
I got the 70L and was able to fit a 2p tent, 2 sleeping bags, clothes and all of our cooking gear/food into the bag. I'm glad I didn't get the 115L as that would've been a lot bigger than I was looking for.
The pack was exactly as described. I plan on taking it on a kayak river trip real soon. The only thing is bag dimensions are larger than they appear. Glad I didnt go with the 115L. I got the 70L size. It is plenty enough bag for an extended stay for one or an overnight for two. I like that the straps are removable and then you have just a bag. Very well made and seals up very tight.
Waiting to use it, this piece of equipment looks like it can take a beating. I was sold on it while at camp.