Pack it Up: 3 Stellar Backpacks for SUP

Photo: Aaron Schmidt
Photo: Aaron Schmidt



Sea To Summit Rapid DryPack

Waterproof bags aren’t new. Waterproof bags this good are. On the most basic level, the Rapid Drypack gives the comfort and convenience of a backpack with the durability and function of a drybag. This 26-Liter (daypack-sized) pack will fit everything you need for an afternoon at the beach, a day’s downriver run or lengthy downwind mission and keep those items dry—no matter how wet things get. But it’s the details that set it apart: the shoulder straps are comfortable and strong making it a go-to choice for side excursions while the burly 420D nylon construction won’t rip when snagged by fish hooks, snags or rocks. And the white lining on the inside of the pack for better visibility makes finding your gear easy. It looks good too, with a simple design and soft colors. Sleek, functional and dry: everything you need for a stellar SUP bag.

Chrome Barrage Cargo Backpack

With its welded seams and the abrasion-resistant cordura outer shell, the Chrome Barrage Cargo is a tough rolltop that won’t quit. The main compartment expands from 22L to 34L and offers plenty of room for your wet or dry gear. But the real standout feature is the expandable cargo net which allows it to accommodate a variety of gear. Think sopping wetsuit, PFD or whitewater helmet: the cargo net holds all of that while keeping your dry goods dry. The sternum strap comes equipped with Chrome’s iconic seat belt buckle and is handy when hauling heavier cargo while keeping the pack in place on two-wheeled rides down to the beach or your favorite play wave.

DAKINE Section Wet Dry Backpack

Hello, technical details. The DAKINE Section Wet Dry isn’t your average backpack: it’s made with plenty of pockets to keep you seriously organized and all the extra built-in features you need for an overnight adventure. Keeping water athletes in mind, DAKINE designers covered all bases by including a waterproof roll top compartment, a tarp wax pocket and two additional waterproof pockets in addition to the big 40L carrying capacity. There are also sternum straps for extra support, a fuzzy fleece-lined sunglasses pocket, a water bottle pocket and most importantly, a stealth shoulder strap bottle opener—so you can crack open whatever ice-cold bevies are stored in the insulated cooler compartment. Made from material that’s light enough to carry every day, but durable enough to protect your precious belongings, this pack is ideal for the organized ocean-goer.

This “Backpacks for SUP” review originally ran in our Winter 2013 issue as “Pack Rat.”

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