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My 10 Dry Bags for Kayaking (Comparison & Buying Guide)

(Last Updated On: January 23, 2021)

QUICK ANSWER: MY BEST DRY BAGS FOR KAYAKING

MY BEST DRY BAGS FOR KAYAKING COMPARISON:

Product:
Features:
Pros/Cons:
Price:
Best for storing your kayaking gear and textiles
Best
SEA TO SUMMIT HYDRAULIC WITH HARNESS
  • Weight: 2lb 15 oz
  • Material: 420-Denier Nylon
  • Capacity: 65 Liters
  • Features: TPU laminated heavy-duty waterproof fabric, UV protection, Adjustable back length for extra comfort, Equipped with Low profile attachments to help reduce snagging, Robust aluminum buckles
    • Easy to pack
    • comfortable
    • robust buckles
    • fully waterproof
    • Plastic buckle is said to break easily
    Best for rugged use
    Best
    EARTH PAK WATERPROOF DRY BAG
  • Weight: NA
  • Material: 500 denier PVC
  • Capacity: 10,20,30 or 40 Liters
  • Features: Crafted from 500 denier PVC, Waterproof design, Heavy-duty belt, Wide range of liters
    • Designed to float
    • adjustable straps
    • secure buckles
    • Prone to leakages
    Best for short distance kayaking trips
    Best
    SEALINE SEAL PACK
  • Weight: 7.3 oz
  • Material:  600D Polyurethane Coated Polyester
  • Capacity: 4 Liters
  • Features: Watertight design for great protection, Roll down closures for protection, External zip pocket, PVC free design that is friendly to the environment
    • Watertight design
    • convenient access to your things
    • eco-friendly
    • Small capacity means you can’t carry a lot of stuff
    Best budget-friendly dry bag for short trips
    Best
    FORBIDDEN ROAD WATERPROOF DRY BAG
  • Weight: 90g
  • Material: Polyurethane Coated PVC
  • Capacity: 10 Liters
  • Features: Made from tough durable, waterproof 500D PVC, Adjustable shoulder straps to customize fit, Available in 8 different colors, Roll top closure for maximum protection
    • Quite inexpensive
    • durable construction
    • adjustable straps for extra comfort
    • easy to carry
    • small storage
    Best for long-distance paddling
    Best
    SEALINE BLACK CANYON BOUNDARY
  • Weight: 15.8 oz
  • Material: Thermoplastic Urethane-coated Nylon
  • Capacity: 70 & 115 Liters
  • Features: Waterproof designs, 400Denier materials for durability, Roll down dry seal closure for maximum protection
    • Premium quality comfortable straps
    • watertight design
    • reliable
    • Straps are made from materials that get really damp
    Best for protecting your phone or wallet when paddling
    Best
    FREEGRACE WATERPROOF DRY BAGS
  • Weight: NA
  • Material:  500D Tarpaulin
  • Capacity: 20 Liters
  • Features: Double strip closure seals for maximum protection, Build in handles, Shoulder straps, Comes with two other accessories; a phone case and a pouch
    • Built to be submerged in water
    • ergonomic design
    • can keep things dry under any conditions
    • Not equipped with roll top closure
    Best for a range of water sports
    Best
    CC-JJ-25L WATERPROOF BAG DRIFTING DRY BAG
  • Weight: NA
  • Material: PVC
  • Capacity: 25-35 Liters
  • Features: Water-sports design, Secure buckles, Backpack style straps, Roll-top closures for protection, D-ring clips to allow you attach additional items
    • Great design
    • reliable
    • waterproof
    • comfortable straps
    • Shape makes it feel a bit awkward on your back
    Best for paddlers looking for a floating dry bag
    Best
    MARCHWAY FLOATING WATERPROOF DRY BAG
  • Weight: NA
  • Material: 600D Tarpaulin
  • Capacity: 20-50 Liters
  • Features: Watertight design, Well design straps for easy carrying, Sleek design, D-rings to allow you attach additional items, Robust buckles
    • It can float in case you accidentally drop it in water
    • reliable
    • abrasion-resistant
    • abrasion-resistant
    • compact
    • durable
    • It is too stiff
    Best for short distance paddling
    Best
    SEA TO SUMMIT LIGHTWEIGHT
  • Weight: 3.3 OZ
  • Material: Coated Nylon
  • Capacity: 13 Liters
  • Features: Made from Polyurethane waterproof coating, Lightweight design, Waterproof Hypalon roll top, Taped seam construction
    • Budget-friendly
    • lightweight
    • quality build
    • waterproof
    • Can be quite difficult to carry around
    Best all-purpose dry bag
    Best
    SealLINE BAJA DRY BAG
  • Weight: 30 oz
  • Material: Reinforced Vinyl
  • Capacity: 30 or 40 Liters
  • Features: Dry seal roll-top closure to ensure your essentials are well protected, Made from the reinforced vinyl side for heavy-duty use, Well designed buckles
    • Great waterproofing features
    • easy to secure
    • quality construction
    • heavy-duty
    • Doesn’t come with any strap or loop

    MY BEST DRY BAGS FOR KAYAKING REVIEWS:

    SEA TO SUMMIT HYDRAULIC WITH HARNESS

    • Weight: 2lb 15 oz
    • Material: 420-Denier Nylon
    • Capacity: 65 Liters
    • Features: TPU laminated heavy-duty waterproof fabric, UV protection, Adjustable back length for extra comfort, Equipped with Low profile attachments to help reduce snagging, Robust aluminum buckles
    • Pros:  Easy to pack, comfortable, robust buckles, fully waterproof
    • Cons: Plastic buckle is said to break easily

     

    EARTH PAK WATERPROOF DRY BAG

    • Weight: NA
    • Material: 500 denier PVC
    • Capacity: 10,20,30 or 40 Liters
    • Features: Crafted from 500 denier PVC, Waterproof design, Heavy-duty belt, Wide range of liters
    • Pros: Designed to float, adjustable straps, secure buckles
    • Cons: Prone to leakages

     

    SEALLINE SEAL PACK

    • Weight: 7.3 oz
    • Material:  600D Polyurethane Coated Polyester
    • Capacity: 4 Liters
    • Features: Watertight design for great protection, Roll down closures for protection, External zip pocket, PVC free design that is friendly to the environment
    • Pros:  Watertight design, convenient access to your things, eco-friendly
    • Cons: Small capacity means you can’t carry a lot of stuff

     

    FORBIDDEN ROAD WATERPROOF DRY BAG

    • Weight: 90g
    • Material: Polyurethane Coated PVC
    • Capacity: 10 Liters
    • Features: Made from tough durable, waterproof 500D PVC, Adjustable shoulder straps to customize fit, Available in 8 different colors, Roll top closure for maximum protection
    • Pros: Quite inexpensive, durable construction, adjustable straps for extra comfort, easy to carry
    • Cons: small storage

     

    SEALINE BLACK CANYON BOUNDARY

    • Weight: 15.8 oz
    • Material: Thermoplastic Urethane-coated Nylon
    • Capacity: 70 & 115 Liters
    • Features: Waterproof designs, 400Denier materials for durability, Roll down dry seal closure for maximum protection
    • Pros: Premium quality comfortable straps, watertight design, reliable
    • Cons: Straps are made from materials that get really damp

     

    FREEGRACE WATERPROOF DRY BAGS

    • Weight: NA
    • Material:  500D Tarpaulin
    • Capacity: 20 Liters
    • Features: Double strip closure seals for maximum protection, Build in handles, Shoulder straps, Comes with two other accessories; a phone case and a pouch
    • Pros: Built to be submerged in water, ergonomic design, can keep things dry under any conditions
    • Cons: Not equipped with roll top closure

     

    CC-JJ-25L WATERPROOF BAG DRIFTING DRY BAG

    • Weight: NA
    • Material: PVC
    • Capacity: 25-35 Liters
    • Features: Water-sports design, Secure buckles, Backpack style straps, Roll-top closures for protection, D-ring clips to allow you attach additional items
    • Pros: Great design, reliable, waterproof, comfortable straps
    • Cons: Shape makes it feel a bit awkward on your back

     

    MARCHWAY FLOATING WATERPROOF DRY BAG

    • Weight: NA
    • Material: 600D Tarpaulin
    • Capacity: 20-50 Liters
    • Features: Watertight design, Well design straps for easy carrying, Sleek design, D-rings to allow you attach additional items, Robust buckles
    • Pros: It can float in case you accidentally drop it in water, reliable, abrasion-resistant, compact, durable
    • Cons: It is too stiff

     

    SEA TO SUMMIT LIGHTWEIGHT

    • Weight: 3.3 OZ
    • Material: Coated Nylon
    • Capacity: 13 Liters
    • Features: Made from Polyurethane waterproof coating, Lightweight design, Waterproof Hypalon roll top, Taped seam construction
    • Pros:  Budget-friendly, lightweight, quality build, waterproof
    • Cons: Can be quite difficult to carry around

     

    SealLINE BAJA DRY BAG

    • Weight: 30 oz
    • Material: Reinforced Vinyl
    • Capacity: 30 or 40 Liters
    • Features: Dry seal roll-top closure to ensure your essentials are well protected, Made from the reinforced vinyl side for heavy-duty use, Well designed buckles
    • Pros:  Great waterproofing features, easy to secure, quality construction, heavy-duty
    • Cons: Doesn’t come with any strap or loop

     

    HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR DRY BAG FOR KAYAKING

    We have seen a surge when it comes to dry bags designs. Unlike before, singing out the best from the crowded industry is no longer a walk in the park. To help you find the best, here are some of the things you might want to factor in when you are out there shopping for a kayaking dry bag.

    SHAPE

    The shape of a dry bag is important and must be considered during the selection process. Normally any shape can work for you; however, for anything textile and clothes, you might need to go for cylinder shape. In other cases, if you know you are going to carry more shapely items, a rectangular dry bag will is going to be more practical

    MATERIAL

    When choosing a dry bag for kayaking, material that has been used to make that particular bag should also be among some of the things you need to check. Dry bags come made from different materials and all of them do vary a lot when it comes to weight, durability and also flexibility. For example, if you are looking for durability, you can’t go wrong with vinyl. It is heavy duty and bag made from it can take some beating without any problem. Normally, if you know you will be carrying a stove, a bag made from Vinyl will be more practical.

    In other cases, if you are looking for something lighter and more flexible, Waterproof Nylon is what you should be going for real soon. It is not as durable as Vinyl but it is light and super flexible. You won’t even feel like you are carrying something in your bag.

    CAPACITY

    Once you have an idea of the kind of shape that will work for you, the next thing you might want to consider is the capacity. How much capacity are you looking for? Are you looking for a dry bag to store items and essentials for those long trips? Or you are just looking for something to only use for a few hours? Whichever the case; you will find the perfect bag for you.

    Normally, something like 3 or even 5-liter dry bag can be the best if you are looking for a bag for just a handful of items. However, that could leave you short of so many things if you ever wanted to go on those longer trips where you would need a lot of things.

    In the end, although, you can choose to go for a smaller bag if you know you are not going to carry a lot of items, investing in a larger dry bag will make a lot of sense. After all, at no time will you be caught short. Plus, you really don’t have to fill it.

    WEIGHT

    Usually, most dry bags are super light by nature. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t find others who hare a bit heavy. So when you are out there looking for a great dry bag for your next trips, take weight into great consideration. You need to go for the lightest option on the list without necessarily compromising the quality and also durability. The key thing here is to find something you carry on your back without breaking a sweat.

    SUBMERSIBLE OR NOT

    If you know you will at times be forced to submerge your bag underwater, you need to invest in a dry bag that can be put underwater and still be able to keep your items dry. One of great feature of submersible bags is that they come equipped with lock and seal openings where you can easily suck the air out without any problem. A submersible bag can truly come in handy for any beginner or even seasoned alike. Should your boat capsize and you find yourself at the bottom of the lake, you will not worry about your stuff coming in contact with water.

    Last modified: January 23, 2021

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