At GORUCK events I always use dry bags for my non-crushable items. This includes food, clothing, and my essentials (ID, $20 bill, and credit card). This does not include cell phones. I can’t recommend strongly enough that cell phones go into a hard waterproof container… but that’s for a different review.
The USMC SealLine sack is easily one of the best dry bags I’ve used to date. It’s affordable (mine was $17 shipped) and it’s large enough to fit a decent amount of food and clothing. I have had no problem getting a few bars, spare pair of socks, and a shirt in there comfortably. So far I’ve used the sack at the Seattle Halloween GORUCK Light and, like I previously mentioned, it performed wonderfully. I kept some spare bars in there and it stayed completely dry. This is extra important in the Pacific Northwest because there’s nearly nothing worse than saltwater soggy cliff bars… that’s a fact.
There are a lot of good dry bags out there so you’re probably wondering what makes this one different from the rest. This dry bag has a vent on the side that allows air to leave the bag. How quickly you might wonder? I’m able to get the bag flat in about three seconds. This comes in incredibly handy when trying to get your pack together quickly before moving out at an event. The vent lets air out but it, amazingly, does not let any water back in… which would have defeated the whole purpose if it did.
This pack is made in the USA, highly recommended by me, and available at Amazon for around $17.
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Grey Crusader says
I just stumbled onto this review and the vent on this dry bag prompted me to ask a couple of questions. Since this review is from several years ago, are you still using this particular dry bag, and if so, how is it performing? More specifically, have you found that the vent has leaked at all over that time and with usage? I’ve been using the Sea to Summit Dry Bags in GORUCK events for years, and although they’ve served me well, it’s always bothered me that I could never get ALL of the air out of them in order to maximally compress them down and save the optimum amount of space in my ruck (which as anyone who’s ever done an event knows, is precious).
Brian ADR says
It’s so funny this is still the bag I use for every event. This exact same bag… haven’t had to buy a new one and haven’t had any issues with it. No leaking yet, no issues with the vent, even after all of these years it’s still going strong. I should probably buy a second in the event this one fails (so I’ll have a backup at an event) but I’m still impressed and suing this one.
good review and I like the sea to summit dry bags a well.
Brian ADR says
Thank you! I’m actually still using this same bag (years later) for events. It still performs great and is probably one of the pieces of gear (besides the GR1) that has lasted the longest!