Outdoor Products Roll-Top Dry Sacks Review

Outdoor Products Roll Top Dry Sacks Review

Outdoor Products Roll-Top Dry Sacks are reasonably priced dry-bag style stuff sacks that are good for organizing and packing hiking, backpacking, and camping gear in a backpack. Priced at $15 for a 3-pack, they’re an absolute steal compared to name-brand roll-top stuff sacks from Sea-to-Summit, Outdoor Research, or REI. Each 3-pack includes a 10.6L, 4.1L, and 2.1L roll-top stuff sack, suitable for packing and compressing a three-season sleeping bag, sleeping clothes, and a first-aid kit or whatever else matches your needs.

Specs at a Glance

  • Material: Polyurethane-coated ripstop polyester
  • Seam-taped: Yes
  • Dimensions:
  • Yellow – 10.6L – 1.3 oz (36 g) – 21.5″ x 10.5″ (54.8cm x 26.8cm)
  • Blue – 4.1L – 0.9 oz (24 g) – 15.1″ x 9.2″ (38.6cm x 23.5cm)
  • Red – 2.1L – 0.8 (22 g) – 12.7″ x 7.5″ (32.3cm x 19.3 cm)

These roll-top dry sacks are made with PU-coated ripstop polyester and are seam-taped and color-coded so you can shrink the volume your gear takes up when packing a backpack. I first bought these Outdoor Products stuff sacks about 10 years ago and I’ve hiked thousands of miles with them in that time. I have a 20-degree sleeping bag in this green stuff sack (below), which I bought in that original batch, and it’s still in perfect condition. In fact, it’s lasted longer Sea-to-Summit Ultra-Sil or the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Roll-Top stuff sacks I’ve also used even though they cost many times more.

I’ve been using the green stuff sack for the past 10 years to store my sleeping bags.
I’ve been using the green stuff sack for the past 10 years to store my sleeping bags.

While these Outdoor Products stuff sacks are seam-taped, they’re not the kind of roll-top dry sacks that you can submerge in water. You can’t do that with most of the roll-top stuff sacks sold for hiking and backpacking, either. The seam tape is not designed to take the pressure of full submersion. They’re really intended for color-coded organization and lightweight compression instead.

That’s not to say that these Outdoor Products stuff sacks won’t help keep your gear dry, but most hikers line their backpacks with a plastic bag or a waterproof pack liner as a main line of defense against rain or a burst hydration reservoir, which more than adequate If you are packrafting or canoeing and you want a “real” dry bag to keep your gear dry in the event of submersion, your best bet is a lightweight dry sack from Sealine, which is specifically designed for immersion. They’re heavier, but bombproof.

Recommendation

The price of backpacking gear has gotten pretty outrageous these days with individual roll-top stuff sacks selling for $25 or more. While these Outdoor Products Dry Sacks lack the cachet of the ultralight stuff sacks or packing pods, they’re durably made and perfectly suitable for hiking, backpacking, or camping. Available in sets of three, they’re a good option if you want to save money without breaking the bank.

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Disclosure: The author purchased this product with his own funds.

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Last updated: 2022-09-27 02:43:08

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