|Brand Name||Dry CASE|
|Item model number||BP-35|
|Item Weight||8.3 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||24 x 18 x 18 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||24 x 18 x 18 inches|
DryCASE Waterproof Backpack Masonboro (BP-35)
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- 100% waterproof main compartment, 35 liters of storage
- 2 way purge valve (inflation/compression)
- Gadwall marine-grade waterproof Technology
- 100% Waterproof Main Compartment Capable of Storing 30 Liters
- Made of High Quality Marine Grade Waterproof Vinyl
- Two Way Valve for Inflation or Compression
- External Zippered Mesh Pocket for Wet Gear and Mesh Side Pocket/Drink Bottle Holder
- Waterproof Padded Shoulder Straps, Waist, Hip and Lower Back Support
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This is the perfect waterproof backpack for any active person who wants to bring their belongings along with them during any adventure. The backpack is 100% waterproof and one of a kind, because of its purge valve. With the purge valve you can inflate or compress the backpack, and even use it as a draining tool if using the pack as a shower or cooler. The Dry Case backpack includes a fully waterproof main compartment capable of holding 35 liters, an internal zippered waterproof pocket to store smaller items, a front mesh pocket so you can keep wet items out the waterproof area, side water bottle holder, bungee cords that can hold you other Dry Case items, and lots of padding on the shoulder straps and back support for a comfortable hold.
Top customer reviews
This bag is water-proof. It's a classic fold-top dry bag with pockets, netting, and a backpack harness welded on to the dry bag. It's not a backpack someone tried to waterproof. I think that's important for prospective buyers to understand and, in my view, an advantage.
The netting on the outside is what really attracted me to this bag. It's perfect for stuffing a collapsable umbrella -- wet or dry. I wanted an EXTERIOR pocket for this otherwise I'd be stuffing a wet umbrella inside with my electronic gear. The side mesh is perfect for stuffing the morning paper in, so I don't have to open up the bag or carry the paper in my hand to the bus stop. The other side panel is a series of strap loops you could use to strap anything to the side. I use it to mount red visibility flashers (I live in the part of Seattle with no sidewalks, so I have to walk in the roadway to get to my bus). My only quibble with the design is I wish there was a zippered compartment on the outside where I could store coins for the bus (in case I forget my card). There is an air-release valve on the bottom. This doubles as a water-release valve in case you use it in the field to pack water (NICE feature, BTW). Just make sure it's closed and you could set this thing in a really deep puddle with no worries. The valve is labeled so you can tell closed from open...
The harness looks and feels good, though anyone using this for hiking or biking will notice the lack of a chest strap (easily remedied). The meshing is a help, but this isn't a stand-off pack. It sits on your back. I don't use the hip straps, but I did try them and they are reasonably comfortable. The straps and connectors are of good quality. There are three ways to grab the bag from the top -- a welded wide strap, the folded top seal, and a fabric loop I use for hanging the bag on a standard coathook. All this makes it really easy to maneuver whether on or off your back -- important for a commuter who is climbing on and off buses.
This is not a padded laptop bag. If you're going to use it for a laptop bag, you're going to have to acquire a padded laptop sleeve. These are inexpensive and are almost always on sale somewhere. I'll note this is VERY common even in purpose-built laptop bags so I didn't see it as a deal breaker.
My laptop is a 15.6" and I purchased a very basic sleeve/laptop bag combo on clearance at BestBuy for $15. This protects my laptop and gives me a ton of little pockets to stuff things into. This slides snugly into this bag with no problem -- so I would **guess** a 17" laptop in a simple sleeve would also fit into the bag.
Once the laptop is inside, there is plenty of room for lunch and other gear -- though things tend to start getting a little top-heavy if you're really stuffing it.
There are two zippered compartments inside. One is best described as a coin & ID pouch. The other is long and relatively narrow. I haven't found a particular use for this, though if I had just bought a simple laptop sleeve this long zippered compartment is where I'd put all the laptop knicknacks.
I'm impressed given the price. I looked at bags at REI and a couple of other local outfitters and this bag has more features than bags considerably more expensive. The bag is clearly waterproof, which was #1 for me. All the stuff welded to the outside appears to be done well with only a reasonable amount of hanging threads (cut these, don't pull them) that only someone really picky would even notice. I love the blue color and all the external pockets. It is pretty much perfect for what I wanted. I've had a few fellow commuters ask me about the bag (hello if you're reading this!) and have seen one or two show up on my route since I bought mine. Who knew I'd be a trendsetter!
I've only had it for a couple of weeks, so no comments yet on the durability.
Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!!
It is comfortable to wear. I like having nice backpacks that distribute the weight well and this one does that well enough for a day pack. The hip straps help. There isn't a way to adjust the back length of the pack so it was a bit short of ideal for my 6'4" husband but we just loosened the shoulder straps to help it sit a little lower. Love DryCASE.
My ONLY complaint is this: I wish your smaller pack also had a hip belt. If it did, I would be the first to buy it. Sometimes, you know...I don't need a huge pack, but I do need the support because...well...I collect heavy things: rocks, driftwood, glass. However, I love the pack I DO have, and the air valve is a fantastic feature.
Also, before I ordered the pack, I called Dry Case and asked them about a zillion questions, because although I don't have a ton of gear, the gear I do have is used constantly and gets the crap beat out of it. The man on the phone was polite, and interested in my questions, and patiently explained every feature to great extent.
I'm so happy to have found this great pack!
made of thick vinyl resistance to puncture and abrasion
good padding on the shoulder straps compared to other makes
2-way valve in bottom to let air in or out
discount price from Amazon.com compared to manufacturer