Dry bags are admittedly pretty self-explanatory: They are bags, and they keep your things dry, both of which are of utmost importance when you’re hit with a sudden change of weather out in the wilderness. No one can afford to sacrifice their clothes, gear, and electronics to the elements, which makes the Filson Dry Day Backpack ideal for all adventures. The bag features a vinyl-coated polyester shell with welded seams, and a roll top with hook-and-loop closure, which makes sure no water, wind, or sand can seep in from any angle.
The pack is also built to be surprisingly light and comfortable to wear around, even when packed to capacity. And even though it’s not the most handsome bag when seen in person (honestly, not even close), you’ll feel comfortable beating it up from day one. In fact, we would take its durability and function over another bag’s style any day. Of course, it’s not every day you’ll have the opportunity to take the waterproof bag on your boat for a trip down the rapids, or backpack up a mountain in a rainstorm, but the backpack’s uses go beyond your weekend trips off the grid.
During a recent torrential downpour in New York, we packed the Filson with a change of clothes for during and after a soccer game, and added a hard drive (full of important files) and a number of our teammates’ cell phones. We set the bag down in a puddle as an added challenge as the skies opened up, hopeful that our stuff would be safe when we pulled it out of the muck. We weren’t disappointed when we opened it, and we were able to change into warm, dry clothes, and then use our still-functioning phones to find the nearest pub for a post-match beer. [$125; filson.com]
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