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Looks to be a perfect fit.
- Gender: Male
Although I have not used this bag yet, as it was purchased for a spring boundary water trip, it did match up with every requirement that I was looking for. I wanted a large bag that would hold everything I would need for a weeks trip. It had to be watertight, so as not to worry about anything getting wet. I will update this review in July.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I used this for a 9 day trip in the boundry waters of Minnesota. It worked great. It also floats, which gives you peace of mind when you are in ruff conditions in a canoe. Water proof, lots of storage. Its one big pocket, so it worked nice to have things in little bags for organization and sanity. Using it as a backpack is just ok. I would recommend it to someone who needs a waterproof pack, with lots of storage, and piece of mind of knowing, if you flip a canoe or raft that you can retrieve it. If you need something to backpack miles at a time, you can do it but not the best pack for that.
Great for canyoneering. Sizes up or down to fit your needs. Works great as flotation also (straps in front). At +70mph in the rain it's bone dry as this is also what I strap onto the back of my motard while murdercycling America. Tough as nails also, I've dropped and skidded this down sidewalls to companions and it's still waterproof years later.
How big is the waste belt on this? I have...
How big is the waste belt on this? I have a 42" waste and have a heck of a time finding packs that have that extra couple of inches in the wastebelt. :(
The waistbelt on this pack is long, and should easily accommodate a 42" waist.
SealLine Pro Pack 115
Here, it is less than 2/3 full. Note the ability to adjust the back suspension (which can also be removed, if necessary). It is also made in the USA.
The ultimate dry bag
This is a huge but great dry bag. It is a real dry bag, and will keep your gear dry if your boat overturns or the skies open up. But what really sets this apart (besides how large it is) is the fact that not only does it have shoulder straps, but it has a hip belt. If you have a long hike to your put-in, the hip belt is a life-saver (carrying a heavy load for any distance using just shoulder straps--or worse, a duffle with a single strap--is murder on the back). This bag really feels like a backpack, and is adjustable enough to allow you to get a comfortable fit on your hike. True, it is not as comfortable as a well-made backpack (it has no frame, and the hip belt has only a little padding), but it is certainly more comfortable than any other dry bag I have tried. And this bag is huge! Space is never an issue (the bigger issue is how much weight you can carry).
It is true that not everyone needs a dry bag with all these features (and this size). But if you need a true dry bag that you can easily hike with (you know who you are), this bag would be hard to beat.