Once upon a time in a land far, far away (Michigan), a young girl and her friend were floating on a huge pirate ship (called a “canoe”) on a great ocean (Lake Ann), when they were furiously attacked by a marauding band of raiders (aka brothers and cousins), who capsized that pirate ship and left the girls and all their belongings soaked and fending for their lives in 50 fathoms (2 feet) of water.
Luckily, the girls were too young to have any treasures (aka cellphones). And they stood up and walked out of the water just fine, daydreaming of paybacks.
Now, hundreds of years later (or 25), belongings that travel along on a canoe trip are much more valuable. They include cellphones, cameras and dry towels.
Enter the dry bag. A lifesaver for any water dweller.
I was given the Pratico Outdoors DrySafe Dry Bag for free in exchange for my honest review. And just in time. My fiance was heading for the nearest ocean (Tampa Bay … so yes, an ocean!) for a canoe trip. He’s used dry bags many times and swears by them, so he was the perfect candidate to give feedback.
- Handy carrying strap
- 10 L is a nice size to carry lots of stuff
- Kept water out (remember to fold the top correctly)
- Hassle-free replacement guarantee
- It didn’t hold water IN
- Note: This is not its intended purpose, so it’s not really a con. Chris just likes to use dry bags as spare coolers.
This bag is now part of our gear for hiking, swimming and canoeing. It works great, and we will never again have to fear a marauding band of raiders ruining our stuff.
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