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Best waterproof bag 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated September 1, 2019
Best waterproof bag of 2018
I’ve based my selection methodology on customer feedback, the size, functionality, and budget to meet various demands. The “Total” indicates the overall value of the product.
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your comfort, style, or accessibility, we have picks to fit a variety of needs and budgets. Check them out and decide which one suits you the best to splurge upon.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this waterproof bag win the first place?
I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!
Why did this waterproof bag come in second place?
I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery.
Why did this waterproof bag take third place?
It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials.
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Material: Dry bags come in a variety of materials. Some favor durability, while others favor light weight and flexibility. Vinyl for instance provides good durability and suits gear that is heavy or has the potential to cause abrasions. Silnylon on the other hand sacrifices some durability for weight-saving benefits and flexibility, making it handy for packing in tight spaces. The lighter and more flexible a dry bag is, the easier it will be to store away or stash in a larger bag until needed.
Extra features: Do you want a choice of carry options? Do you need a dry bag that also includes padding to protect your camera? How about quick-access pockets or external attachment points? Dry bags vary from simple and pared down, to offering a range of different features to suit different needs.
Adventure Lion Sea Lion 10L Waterproof Dry Bag
The Sea Lion 10L dry bag finds a great balance between durability and flexibility. Constructed from a 500D waterproof polymer, the 100% waterproof bag weighs 0.lbs (317g) and features high-frequency welding, along with reinforcement at stress points. Resistant to abrasion and flexible enough to accommodate a range of uses, this dry bag also comes with an adjustable and removable shoulder strap.
Altura Speed LED
Altura’s seatpack is quite literally an eye-catching option thanks to the built-in iLume LED fitted into the rear.
This tiny button has three settings – slow, fast and constant – and runs from a watch battery, all packaged into a shape not much larger than a pound coin.
With a diagonal length of 20cm it’s a good-sized bag that will hold a multi-tool, mini-pump and a couple of inner tubes, or a few energy bars if you’re planning a longer ride.
At just 4cm wide it’ll mount snuggly behind the seatpost and shouldn’t rub as you pedal.
Ideal as a ‘hamster transporter’ if you need to go to the vet’s.
Another of our smaller options, this one coming in with a simple design and, therefore, price tag.
Measuring 16cm, it has plenty of noteworthy details, including black reflective patches, a rear-facing loop for an LED, and a brightly coloured interior with an internal pocket on one side to stop items from rubbing.
External pockets, one on each side, are closed off thanks to the side strap that holds the whole system to the rails and compresses the contents to stop rattles – all useful details.
Arundel Dual Seatbag
The Dual is designed to carry two inner tubes along with the necessary inflation equipment and maybe a small multi-tool as well, depending on your inner tube size and how good you are at packing.
With a different shape to most, the Arundel attaches to the seat rails alone and has a leather patch for durability where it touches the seatpost.
Made from black canvas, it’s certainly not waterproof so will need to be removed and dried after wet rides but thanks to the single velcro strap that’s hardly a chore.
The Dual measures 14cm by 5cm so it should avoid leg contact.
Pro Saddle Bag Medi
One of the smaller seatpacks in the round-up, the Medi is the second-smallest of four in the Pro range and measures around 17cm in diagonal length.
That’s about right for a spare tube, tool and COinflator.
With an internal net and light blue fabric, finding what you’ve stuffed into the pack shouldn’t be too difficult, and there’s an additional pocket down one side for extras, such as a patches or some cash.
A well constructed bag, it has three mounting points: one for each saddle rail as well as the seatpost.
A rear facing loop allows the use of a clip-on light, too.
Lezyne S-Caddy Loaded
First off, don’t be put off by the price, this seat pack is ‘Loaded’, which Lezyne means it comes with a multi-tool, tyre-levers and patch kit.
This little 12cm-long bag has a neoprene pouch underneath for the Vtool (Philips head, 3, 4, 5, 6mm Allen keys) as well as internal pockets for the supplied levers and inner tube repair kit, and one for folding cash.
That means you just need to add your inner tube and COpump for a basic pack to be covered for the worst eventualities.
Think of it as the equivalent of buying a food mixer, but with all the food supplied.
FWE Medio Saddle Pack Pro
What the makers say – The FWE Medio Saddle Pack Pro is made from durable water-resistant, ripstop nylon with a waterproof zip to keep everything dry when the weather turns horrible.
What we say – On undoing the water-resistant zip, a couple of mesh guards deploy either side of the opening, making sure the contents don’t spill out. Along with a holster for stashing your house keys inside the lid, it’s one of several features that help this cheap pack shine. Discreet reflective detailing and a light loop round off a neat package.
Ortlieb Saddle Bag
What the makers say – Tucking neatly under the saddle, this 100% waterproof saddlebag provides room for equipment, snacks, extra shells and lots of tools. The roll-top closure features buckles and D-rings for locking the bag.
What we say – A quick-release mechanism makes detaching this medium-sized pack a doddle. Great construction and a roll-top closure keep out the water, while D-rings and an additional mount underneath allow you to lash more gear to the pack. Its stiff fabric slightly amplifies things rattling around inside, and the otherwise sturdy release mechanism can also be a little noisy, although neither should put you off.
EH Works Essential Canvas Tool Roll
What the makers say – Made of waxed canvas with leather trim and a leather toe strap, carrying everything you need for any ride. It’s a real cinch to fit under your saddle.
Altura Arc Seat pack
What the makers say – The Arc seat pack is a waterproof, seam-welded, roll-top saddlebag. Using the roll-top closure ensures the content will stay dry during adverse weather conditions.
Lezyne M Caddy QR
What the makers say – A medium, wedge-shaped caddy designed to carry just the right amount of tyre repair for most rides. Durable woven nylon fabrics, a water-resistant zipper and reflective tail light loop mean it’s ready for all the weather you can throw at it.
What we say – A neoprene holster underneath the main pack neatly stows a multitool, saving you from having to dig through the rest of your kit in the event of a breakdown. Inside the main compartment are several dividers, helping to keep everything neat and tidy. The sturdy quick-release mechanism attaches with a clunk and, as there’s no post loop, it pops off instantly.
Factors to consider before purchasing a dry bag
Dry bags have varied closure methods. Depending on how safe you want your items to be, you can choose between the roll top closure and then zipper closure. It’s important that you take this into consideration to avoid being disappointed. Of course, the closure will in one way or another affect the waterproof-ness, ease of access and several other factors.
The intended use of your dry bag should also affect the choice you go for. If you plan to use it for kayaking where there’s constant expose to water and competitive environment, it’s advisable that you go for a dry bag whose waterproofness is top level and the durability is cutting edge. On the other hand, if you just want to use it to carry your stuff around during those drizzling days, perhaps a lightweight and flexible dry bag would do.
The obvious benefits of carry bags are that they are lighter and feature a stand that provides easy access, meaning your clubs don’t get wet on the ground. Cart or trolley bags are designed to fit specifically onto a trolley and offer plenty of storage space for anything you will need on the course.
Weight and size
After you have decided between a carry or trolley option there is still a wide variety of size options available. In the carry bag category you’ll find very lightweight designs with little pocket space, as well as models that are as big as the smallest cart bags.
Waist belts are a great option for any photographer seeking a more ‘hands-free’ way of carrying their kit. Simplicity is the key and so you’ll find that there are essentially two main options available to you – fixed-capacity storage and modular arrangements.
Taking the first option, this is exactly what it sounds like. To oversimplify, think of a bumbag design but with great protection for your gear and you won’t be far wrong. Key features include padded internal dividers, a zipped lid and even mesh pockets on the outside. With a main buckle fastening at the front attached to a comfortable waist belt, some models also offer the option to be worn as a sling over the shoulder.
The beauty of modular waist belts is that they work on the ‘system’ principle – i.e. you add whichever pouches you want, essentially creating a setup which is perfectly tailored to your needs. Expect to find additional padding around the belt itself, accessory loops and attachment points, quick removal of pouches via easy-to-use buckles and optional shoulder straps.
Perhaps the biggest selling point of waist belts as a whole is the fact that all of the weight of your gear is transferred to your hips. This means less fatigue on your shoulders over the course of a long day out in the field, not to mention quick access to your kit while on the fly.
The shoulder bag is perhaps the most popular option for many photographers. Tried and tested over the years, its design offers a combination of practicality along with robustness. Usually, there is also great scope for customising the internal compartments thanks to Velcro-attached, non-abrasive dividers, which are generally light and quick to reposition.
Things to look out for in particular include a strong, comfortable strap, durable zips with decent rain flaps and a practical grab handle on the top. Also, take a look underneath to make sure you get some form of ‘feet’ studs which will will do a good job of raising the bag off the ground just enough to keep moisture at bay.
Because this is one of the most popular categories of bag, you’ll find that it is also one of the most variable in terms of design. While a lot of features are shared (multiple pockets for accessories, pull-out waterproof covers etc), the physical appearance varies greatly – so there is bound to be a bag to suit your preference, whether it be a classic travel-reporter style or state-of-the-art ballistic nylon.
The use of photography backpacks has grown tremendously over the past few years, and it’s not difficult to see why. They have the distinct advantage of offering fantastic functionality along with increased capacity – perfect for anyone heading out and about for a photo trip, whether it’s just for the day, a weekend or longer.
As you might imagine, there’s a wide range of sizes available to satisfy all needs. Whether you want to carry a small camera (for example, a Compact System Camera) along with a packed lunch, waterproof clothing and accessories, or a full-on professional DSLR outfit and tripod, you’ll find many shared features which will make your kit carrying experience as comfortable as it can be.
Ok, so now we’re into slightly different territory. Rolling bags are definitely not going to be for everybody, but they do have one clear advantage – they completely remove the necessity to carry heavy kit on your shoulders. Again, this can make a huge difference over the course of a long day, not to mention if you have pre-existing back complaints.
As discussed above, there are models available which offer ‘occasional backpack’ functionality, and as you might imagine, these sport a tough nylon construction, complete with tuck-away straps. Some rolling bags actually look like traditional shoulder bags, so if this is your design of preference they’re well worth considering.
Because rolling bags are designed for the photographer on the go, it’s typical for their telescopic handles to store away down the back when not in use; this means easy transport in tight spaces such as car boots and train compartments.
Picking a bag for your tripod may not be the most obvious thought when it comes to building a camera system, but there are a number of reasons why it’s a worthwhile purchase – especially with prices starting at around the £mark.
Of course, you get the advantage of easy transportation for your tripod; most bags come with grab handles and/or a shoulder strap, and perhaps a small pocket on the outside. But more importantly, by using a bag you can ensure that your tripod stays in great shape – at least until it’s taken out for use on location.
The more basic tripod bags out there typically feature a single zip running full- or 3/4-length, but these typically do not offer any padding. The other main design to consider is one with a top zip which runs around the circumference of the bag. Some people say this offers quicker access, but it really is personal preference.
As you go up the price range you’ll find that padding comes as standard. Understandably, this can make a great difference to the tripod over the course of its life, protecting it from all manner of unfortunate scrapes with abrasive surfaces. It goes without saying that padding also improves the comfort for the user.
At the more technical end of the scale, some tripod bags are equipped with all manner of features including backpack-style harnesses, accessory pockets, multiple grab handles and even wheels for easy transportation.
While many of today’s cameras benefit from improved moisture protection (thanks to effective seals around certain key areas on DSLR bodies and lenses, for example), when the weather really takes a turn for the worst, it isn’t worth taking the risk of dodging showers and hoping for the best while out and about.
No matter whether you’re using a small DSLR with a standard kit lens or a professional wildlife/sports setup with a 600mm long lens, there’s a cover to suit your needs.
Designs vary, of course, but there are a few features which are shared by most offerings. Typically, the cover will be of a nylon pull-over or zip-up construction, often featuring a drawcord which allows secure fastening around the front of the lens. On some models, you’ll also find a Velcro fastening here too, which does a great job of ensuring maximum protection from running water.
At the camera end, you have a choice of a drawcord fastening (which allows the camera back to be exposed if you so wish) or a completely tight seal, thanks to a compatible eye-piece which essentially allows the user unobscured use of the viewfinder. An alternative option here is also a simple clear cover arrangement which, although it falls over the front of your camera’s eyepiece, does offer a good level of protection.
As for controlling the lens/camera controls, some covers offer more flexibility than others. For example, as well as the main ‘body’ of the cover, some models feature sleeves for you to put your hand/forearms through; both elastic and drawcords are typically used for creating the weather-proof seal.
With some designs offering a modular approach (you can attach different lens covers to the body cover, for example), there is also an option for those who might want to venture out with a flashgun attached to your camera. Again, this component tends to be of a one-piece, see-through construction, so there is no loss of light output when the flash does fire.
As you can probably tell by now, once you have chosen your bag, very often the personalisation process doesn’t simply stop with arranging your kit into the various pockets and compartments of the base unit. Rather, there’s a whole host of accessories available which will allow you to customise everything from the type of straps you use to additional pockets which seamlessly fix onto designated attachment points.
If you choose a shoulder bag, for example, some manufacturers offer systems whereby you can remove the whole of the interior in one go – dividers and all – and switch it for another. This is especially handy if you shoot with two systems.
If you decide to take the hard case with foam-padding route, for example, there are replacement foam sets available. As I highlighted above, you really need to be sure of what’s going in that box before you start pulling out the padding; that said, sometimes it’s just not possible to future-proof your decision.
Survival Gear –
If you are also camping or plan on spending the entire day out in the water, you can use a dry bag to carry all of your survival gear. For this use, you will want to find a larger bag that can store plenty of clothes, food and essential items.
Why Should We Use a Dry Bag
The most important reason we use dry bag is to keep our precious things from being wet. Canoeists, Fishermen, kayakers and others use dry bags to protect their foods, clothes, electronic items and other essential things from water.
A dry bag is made of waterproof materials and has a watertight closing. These two things protect your gears. The type of dry bag you need will depend on the fact that for which purpose you are going to use it. If you are going to fishing or kayaking on the sea, you will be in need of a solid dry bag which has the ability to keep your things secure so that water can not reach.
Dry bags are made of two kinds of materials.
Nylon: Nylon is the most common material used for making dry bag. It is popular because of its durability. The nylon is generally coated with a substance which is known as “Silicon Cordura” that provides great waterproof feature.
Vinyl: Vinyl is a fabric material that is mostly used for making small size dry bags. It is waterproof and provides enough protection.
You have to carry the bag for day long on your back. So every single pound of weight matters. So you would never want that your bag adds extra weight. That is not a good thing at all. So you must choose a lighter dry bag so that you fell comfortable while carrying it all day long.
The closure system is the most important feature of a drybag. The dry bag must have a good sealing system that stops the water from coming in the bag. There are two types of closure zipper closure and roll top closure. Roll top closure is more efficient than the zipper.
Why are you using a dry bag? Obviously to protect you useful things from water. So if the bag is not waterproof then using a dry bag is totally useless. Before buying a bag, you must check if the bag supports waterproof feature. Because, there are some bags in the market which are waterproof by name but not by work. So check and double check it.
Waterproof Pouch with Waist Strap
Lastly, you can also get a waterproof backpack. That offers the most space for your items and will need getting used to as you strap it over your back.
Tripod strap and a lot of extra pockets
Meiwo waterproof camera bag is compatible with any DSLR camera including popular brands like Canon, Nikon, Sony, Samsung, Fuji etc. It has a high definition triple waterproof safe system that can provider 100% waterproof protection upto 20 meters of depth. Not only waterproof, this case can also protect your camera from dust,mud, sand, snow or any other external items. Made of soft PVC material, it allows you to easily access all functions underwater.
Yuhan camera bag is a strong,durable and nice looking bagpack with 11.x 17.x 7.inch dimension and 1.kg weight. Its interior is padded with removable and adjustable cushions.You can create different small rooms for all of your lenses and for your camera. This bag can also be used as normal bagpack by removing the padded interior. Tripod can be fitted to either side and has straps to hold it secure.
It’s designed to be an everyday bag as well as a laptop bag, with plenty of space for your laptop (up to 15in), charger, phone, lunch and even a jacket – believe me, I’ve tried. There are plenty of pockets of all shapes and sizes that’ll hold everything from sunglasses to phones to battery packs and more.
That’s not to say that it has some impressive laptop-specific features including the company’s own Slingtech protection that suspends the laptop sleeve from the ground to protect it from drops, while also providing extra cushioning at the corners.
The Udee backpack is for everyone, and with anti-theft features you won’t have to worry about whether your belongings are safe. Equipped with 1features, from charging- and earphone ports to safety LED lights, reflective strips and various pockets for everything from your phone and power bank to pens and passports, the Udee is both versatile and user-friendly. If you travel frequently and love the outdoors then it’s good to know this waterproof bag can be adaptable to any situation.
It has a large 25-litre capacity, and the Udee’s volume can be expanded when required. Nevertheless it is reasonably compact for the number of things you can fit in it – which can even include your lunch, given that it can also function as a cooler bag. A huge advantage for travellers.
The quality of construction is very high, and the bag’s many pockets are fastened with durable zips. Our only complaint is that the LED safety lights are placed on the Udee’s straps, making them visible only from the front when worn on your back, and less useful for cyclists wanting to warn drivers that they are in the road ahead.
Toffee Commuter Satchel
The Commuter Satchel from Australian brand Toffee is a smart laptop messenger bag with looks that work for both weekday and weekend.
Alongside the padded laptop pocket there are multiple storage compartments for extra gadgets and all the other stuff you carry around with you and your computer.
Speck Ruck Backpack
Speck is best known for its range of phone and tablet cases, but The Ruck (great name, we’ve got to admit) is proof that the company is capable of more.
Available in grey or khaki, The Ruck has a hefty capacity of 2litres, and should hold most 15-inch laptops in its dedicated padded section, found within the main compartment.
There are a couple of side pockets, ideal for water bottles or small umbrellas, and there are two separate smaller zipped sections at the front for other stuff – one on the flap, and one underneath it.
The straps are padded with an air mesh fabric to keep the bag comfortable to wear no matter how weighed down it is, and the top handle is lightly padded too.
Build quality is solid too, which is especially impressive given the price – for its size and features, this is one of the most affordable laptop bags around.
If you’re constantly worried that someone will try and steal something from your bag then the anti-theft R1laptop rucksack will put your mind to rest. All the zips are on the opposite site to regular rucksacks so no one can get it unless you take it off.
Top- and D-pockets mean you can get quick access to things while other handy features include waterproof Cordura nylon, suitcase strap, durable Thermoplastic polyurethane base and detachable chest straps.
We like the new navy blue colour and you can also personalise the bag with RiutBands – colourful clip on bands which are reflective to help keep you safe.
It’s also available in a smaller litre Rmodel which is £89, but both fit up to 15in laptops.
This bag from Moshi is expensive, but the quality shines through. It’s named after an arcus cloud (no, us neither) but the headline is it’s very spacious. We like the fact the main compartment doesn’t actually store your laptop or tablet, instead using a zippered section next to your back.
Moleskine Digital Device Bag
Moleskine traditionally produces fine notebooks – and not the laptop kind either. However, the company also makes carrying bags for laptops, and the classy, understated Digital Device bag (Vertical or Horizontal) is a great option for those on the market. There are a multitude of options available for laptops between 1and 15.4in, and there’s plenty of padding within the bag to protect your valuable digital goods. The vertical bag can be worn as a rucksack while the horizontal bag comes with a strap to be worn as a satchel, and both come with a strap to be securely fastened to suitcase handles. Read our indepth Moleskine laptop bag review.
Thule Crossover 25L Backpack
The Crossover 25L has a 25-litre capacity and is crafted from dobby nylon that makes the bag appear dark graphite in colour at a distance, as opposed to pure black. The outer fabric is backed by a high-quality waterproof coating that should protect your laptop and other gadgets in a downpour. There’s one main compartment to the bag, sealed by a double-end zip and sectioned off with a designated laptop pocket large enough to fit a 17in laptop. The main compartment along with zipped sub-pockets are quite large and you can carry more than first expected. The only real downside is the lack of protection at the bottom of the laptop compartment – only a single layer of foam separates your laptop and the hard ground, potentially devastating if you drop your bag.
Knomo James Tote Backpack
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your waterproof bag wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of waterproof bag
- №1 — 2L/5L/10L/20L/30L/40L 600D Dry Bag Sack
- №2 — Adventure Lion Premium Waterproof Dry Bags for Kayaking
- №3 — Earth Pak- Waterproof Dry Bag with Front Zippered Pocket Keeps Gear Dry for Kayaking