Weather Tough Wheelies

I used to think the greatest source of drybag abuse was the paddling trip itself: brushy portage trails, errant sparks from the campfire, nibbling rodents. But over the years I’ve come to realize my bags consistently take the most damage in airport luggage systems. More than once, I’ve stepped up to the baggage claim only to find new abrasions or even scuffs that burned right though the outer material. Other travelers zipped by with their swanky roller bags while I dragged and pushed my lumpy, skittle-colored drybags to the airport curb. This past year I searched to see if the outdoor industry has provided any better options. What I found was a mixed bag, no pun intended. While fully waterproof roller bags are still scarce and two are included in this review. I also got my hands on some durable, water-resistant luggage (you can save your drybags by packing them empty inside one of these tougher bags), which provide alternative options for the traveling paddler.

EXPED Galaxy

Fully waterproof roller bag

Patagonia Black Hole

Quality meets great design in this water-resistant roller bag

North Face Rolling Thunder

Heavy duty, water-resistant roller bag

Granite Gear Packable Wheeled Duffle

Versatility and a lightweight design come together in this water-resistant duffle

Eagle Creek ORV Trunk

This water-resistant bag caters towards the organizer and multi-sport enthusiast

Pelican Hard Cases

The standard in absolute protection from the elements

The article was originally published on Canoe & Kayak

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