The IDRYBAG Waterproof Backpack is a dry bag with shoulder straps intended for hiking as well as aquatic activities. While it is not a submersible bag, it is a robust, weatherproof pack worthy of consideration for camping, sailing, kayaking, etc.

We tested it to compare how it held up against other models in this price category as well as better known, more expensive brands.

“Sturdy” and “rugged” are terms that get thrown around a lot when talking about outdoor gear, especially when talking about dry bags (for obvious reasons).

The IDRYBAG Dry Bag Dry Sack is one such dry bag.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.3

Things we like:

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    The IDRYBAG’s size and dimensions allow easy access
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    Its extra features, such as its added pockets and extra 2L mini dry bag allows you to organize your stuff better, and allows you to access your stuff more easily.
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    It’s more water-resistant than other bags in its segment.
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    Comfortable shoulder straps

Things we don't like:

  • check-markIts buckles aren’t as robust as more premium brands.
  • check-markFor its price range, there are more durable bags out there.

Where to buy:

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IDRYBAG Waterproof

Specs & Features

  • Built from 500D waterproof PVC
  • Features a “humanized design” –a customizable honeycomb design carrying system for optimal comfort
  • Comes with inner and outer pockets, and an extra 2L dry bag
  • Available in 20 L, 30 L, and 40 L sizes

Overview

IDRYBAG isn’t really a new player in the outdoor gear game, but they’re not quite as established as brands like Sea to Summit and Osprey, either. They offer a more specialized catalog of waterproof gear—dry bags and dry backpacks.

That said, this simple, focused approach is reflected in the quality of their products.

The IDRYBAG Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack is something of an outlier when compared to other top selling dry bags.

With its thick 500D PVC exterior, it’s one of the more water-resistant dry bags in its segment. Usually, this means that it’s also one of the heavier dry bags in its segment. However, what makes the IDRYBAG Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack special is its signature “humanized design,” which effectively makes it feel lighter than it actually is, without compromising on waterproofing.

This makes the IDRYBAG suitable for a wide variety of outdoor activities, and makes it a compelling alternative to the dry bags from bigger brands that, more often than not, compromise on either comfort or functionality.

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Waterproofing

As mentioned earlier, IDRYBAG is a company that focuses on waterproof gear. With its 500D PVC construction, the IDRYBAG Dry Bag Dry Sack is a testament to this. In addition to the conventional roll-top mechanism, it also has stretchable side straps to prevent leaks.

Like any decent dry bag, it will keep your clothes, camera, camping gear, and other valuables dry.

As long as it’s not submerged too deep, and as long as it’s closed correctly, the IDRYBAG Dry Bag Dry Sack is virtually waterproof. It holds up well under the heaviest of rains, and is great for all kinds of outdoor activities.

For non-outdoorsy types, the IDRYBAG Dry Bag Dry Sack is also great at keeping moisture in—perfect for keeping your soaked gym clothes (or soaked clothes, in general)!

That said, it’s important to keep in mind that while its exterior is sufficiently water and abrasion resistant, its stitching leaves much to be desired.

The stitching on its seams and some of its straps are unfortunately not reinforced, making it unideal for constant, heavy use. That said, the IDRYBAG Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack is ideal for casual outdoor enthusiasts, weekend warriors, and city-dwellers looking for a dry bag that won’t break the bank.

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Transport and Usability

One of the main reasons why average people shy away from buying a dry bag is the hassle that comes with carrying a 5-20+ liter bag with a carrying system that’s either too complicated, too flimsy, or both.

I mean, why not just use a backpack covered with a raincoat, right?

The IDRYBAG Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack addresses this issue with, (wait for it), a simple 2-strap system. Nothing proprietary, but it’s a simple enough system that allows people of all body types to comfortably lug around their gear for long periods of time.

The back of the dry bag also features an ergonomic honeycomb system that helps relieve pressure on the back muscles for optimal comfort. That said, the dry bag does give you the option to revert to handheld carry with a firm, rubberized handle on top.

Another area where the IDRYBAG Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack really shines is its storage. It features an inner pocket and outer pocket that allows for easy access, and allows you to organize your gear better; as opposed to just piling them on top of each other, and painstakingly getting everything out just to bring out a specific piece of equipment.

Durability

As a general rule, dry bags made out of 500D PVC are some of the more durable dry bags. That said, IDRYBAG does skimp on some of the IDRYBAG Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack’s features. Yes, the back straps are double reinforced, but that’s about it.

Its buckles and clips are notorious for breaking easily, and its outer pocket’s zipper is quite flimsy. The quality of stitching on the dry bag’s buckles and seams is also not as good as some of the bigger brands’, with noticeable fraying after a few months of use.

That said, the dry bag is not entirely unsalvageable. Most of its issues usually stem from regularly overstuffing the bag—which, to be fair, really chips away at the lifespan of any dry bag. Still, there are more durable dry bags in its price range.

Don’t get us wrong, though, it’s perfect for keeping your valuables dry; and, provided you don’t constantly overstuff it and you don’t drag it around recklessly, it should serve you well for quite some time.

As a final note, reinforcing the stitching with polyurethane protective tape can go a long way in prolonging the dry bag’s lifespan.

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Features

The IDRYBAG Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack is built for comfort. This is what sets the dry bag apart from other dry bags in the same price range.

Whatever it lacks in durability, it more than makes up for in comfort.

It combines a more conventional double reinforced two-strap carry system with an ergonomic “humanized design” (essentially a bunch of strategically placed padding across the dry bag’s back). This really comes in handy, as the bag only comes in 3 sizes (20 L, 30 L, and 40 L), and is built for carrying heaps of equipment, which leads me to my next point.

Due to its size, the IDRYBAG Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack can feel bulky to people with smaller builds. That said, the dry bag does feature a pair of side straps to prevent leaks, and to make the bag more compact. It also has an adjustable waist buckle and an adjustable sternum buckle to accommodate all body types.

The dry bag also comes equipped with a lifeguard whistle, and a reflective strip, which makes it suitable for night hikes and for trekking unfamiliar terrain.

Another notable feature of the IDRYBAG Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack is its extra pockets. Its see-through outer pocket is ideal for keeping cellphones, portable chargers, knives, and other smaller tools; while its bigger, inner pocket is ideal for any kind of valuable/equipment you want to keep doubly secured.

Lastly, the IDRYBAG Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack comes with an extra 2L dry pouch that’s great for storing small cameras, snacks, and other stuff. As a former field researcher, I wish I knew about this. This would’ve been perfect for storing small vials.

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Value

IDRYBAG’s Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack is an ideal starter option for people still dipping their toes in outdoor adventuring, and is a decent choice for people who want a comfortable dry bag that’s suited for daily moderate use.

If you’re a 9-5er still looking to get into watersports or trekking, the IDRYBAG Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack is worth taking a look at. It’s comfortable, keeps your stuff dry, and reinforcing the bag’s stitching is actually easier than you think.

Sure, there are more durable and more affordable models in its segment, but it’s arguably the most comfortable dry bag in the market for its price. Starting at 54.99 dollars for its 20 L version, it’s reasonably priced if you consider its thick 500D exterior and the extra features that it comes in with.

That said, if comfort isn’t a priority, and you’re just looking for a dry bag that will last you ages, I’d recommend looking at the cheaper, more popular models in this price range.

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All in all, the IDRYBAG Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack is a great option for people who prioritize comfort above all. While not the most durable, its extra features make it competitive enough in its segment, and it’s worth taking a look at if you’re looking to get into casual trekking, or if you just need a dry bag for gym use, or if you take a bike to work and you want to ensure that your stuff remain dry.

That said, the IDRYBAG Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack definitely isn’t for hardcore outdoor enthusiasts, or anyone who wants a high-quality product that will last them for ages. Sure, the dry bag is comfortable, in the conventional sense, but there’s also comfort in knowing your hard-earned money won’t be wasted on a subpar product.

Durability is definitely one of the main factors that need to be considered when buying dry bags, there’s a significant part of the market looking for a serviceable dry bag that focuses on comfort.

The IDRYBAG Dry Bag Dry Sack’s design and overall construction is ideal for casual outdoor use, prioritizing comfort above all. That said, while this doesn’t necessarily mean that it compromises on durability, there’s certainly room for improvement.

Nevertheless, if you’re a city-dweller who bikes/walks to work and lives in fear of sudden torrential downpours (who isn’t?), and you’re looking for a comfortable dry bag that does everything it says it does and is durable enough for casual everyday use, the IDRYBAG Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack is worth taking a look at.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.3

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    The IDRYBAG’s size and dimensions allow easy access
  • check-mark
    Its extra features, such as its added pockets and extra 2L mini dry bag allows you to organize your stuff better, and allows you to access your stuff more easily.
  • check-mark
    It’s more water-resistant than other bags in its segment.
  • check-mark
    Comfortable shoulder straps

Things we don't like:

  • check-markIts buckles aren’t as robust as more premium brands.
  • check-markFor its price range, there are more durable bags out there.
FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Are PVC dry bags good?

This depends on what you consider as good. PVC is the most durable and abrasion resistant material used in making dry bags. That said, dry bags made out of thick PVC are heavier than dry bags made out of nylon. The IDRYBAG Waterproof Dry Bag Dry Sack is an example of a PVC dry bag that’s ideal for canyoneering and/or other activities that entail coming in contact with sharp surfaces that would otherwise puncture a dry bag made out of thinner material.

Do dry bags actually work?

Yes. Not only does a good dry bag keep your gear dry, it also keeps liquid in, making it ideal for stashing dirty and wet clothing!

How long do dry bags last?

With proper care, an average dry bag and waterproof backpack should last around 10+ years.

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