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If you’re on the lookout for affordable, durable, and well-designed outdoor gear, chances are, you’ve heard of Skog Å Kust.

The company’s goal is simple: design and manufacture utilitarian gear that’s functional, attractive enough for daily use, and suitable for all types of weather.

After testing the Skog Å Kust DrySåk Waterproof Floating Dry Bag, we’d say they’ve mostly stayed true to this goal.

The DrySåk is as uncomplicated as they come, sufficiently water-resistant, durable, and affordable. It’s one of those dry bags that just does almost everything well, instead of banking on a certain proprietary feature/peculiarity.

Our Overall Review

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

4.4

Things we like:

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    The DrySåk’s rugged PVC construction makes it one of the most water-resistant dry bags in the market.
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    Welded seams don’t usually come in this price range. But this has them!
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    Its clips and buckles are more durable than those from similarly priced dry bags.
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    The variety of colors and patterns available
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    Its splash-proof zippered pockets (for the 10L and 20L bags) allows you to organize your stuff better, and allows for quick and easy access to your small essentials.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markIts narrow nylon strap can be uncomfortable when carry a lot of weight
  • check-markWould have liked a splash proof zipper on outer pocket

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Skog Å Kust DrySåk

Specs & Features

  • 500D PVC with high-frequency welded seams
  • Duraflex® clips and hardware
  • Comes in 3 sizes: 5L, 10L, and 20L
  • 5L bag features an exterior slip pocket, while the 10L and 20L bags feature exterior splash-proof zippered pockets; all three come with reflective trim
  • Comes in 13 different colors and patterns
  • Has a nylon removable and adjustable shoulder strap
  • Comes with lifetime warranty
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An Affordable Option with Premium Parts:

Skog Å Kust’s DrySåk Waterproof Floating Dry Bag is the quintessential dry bag for casual campers and weekend warriors: it’s highly water-resistant, hard-wearing, simple, and cheap.

It doesn’t really do anything new, and it doesn’t feature ground-breaking tech, precisely because it doesn’t have to.

The DrySåk’s rugged 500D PVC construction and high-frequency welded seams make it ideal for a wide range of outdoor activities. Whether you’re an experienced outdoor enthusiast, or a casual weekend adventurer, this dry bag does everything you expect it to do, and it’ll last you ages.

Moreover, unlike most dry bags in its price range, it doesn’t skimp on its hardware, featuring high quality clips and buckles that won’t snap at the slightest wear. So, no, you won’t be needing a repair kit for the DrySåk, at least not for its clips and buckles.

That said, Skog Å Kust’s DrySåk is not the most comfortable of dry bags. Its stock nylon strap is relatively narrow, and it does dig into your skin if you’re carrying a lot of gear. This is easily remedied with a replacement strap, though.

While there’s definitely room for improvement, the DrySåk is worth considering if you want serious value for money, regardless if you’re a hardcore watersport enthusiast or not.

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Waterproofing:

No matter what anyone tells you, roll-top dry bags will never be 100% waterproof. You can’t fully submerge any roll-top dry bag for long periods of time and expect them to keep water out.

That said, Skog Å Kust’s DrySåk, with its thick 500D PVC construction and high-frequency welded seams, is one of the more water-resistant roll-top dry bags not just in its price range, but in the market as well.

With a focus on all-weather protection, Skog Å Kust designed the DrySåk to keep your valuables dry even in extremely wet conditions (e.g. canyoneering through waterfalls, boating, trekking under heavy rains).

Its main compartment offers IPX-6 waterproof protection, which means it will hold up well against high-pressure, heavy sprays of water from any angle—as long as the dry bag is properly closed.

That said, as with most dry bags, its exterior pockets, while splash-proof, are not as water-resistant as the main compartment. If you have items that absolutely cannot get wet, it’s best to store them in the dry bag’s main compartment!

For added water protection, folding the dry bag’s roll-top closure more than three times goes a long way.

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Transport and Usability:

As mentioned above, Skog Å Kust’s DrySåk Waterproof Floating Dry Bag is one of those dry bags that don’t necessarily do anything new, but just do everything well. Its conventional nylon shoulder strap reflects this.

For those who put a premium on comfort, the DrySåk’s shoulder strap can dig into your skin and get particularly uncomfortable if you’re lugging around heaps of gear for long periods of time.

Fortunately, like most dry bags, the shoulder strap is easily adjustable and removable, so you can carry it however you want, attach it to your boat/kayak/canoe, or just replace the strap entirely. You can also easily use the top loop of the DrySåk as a handle (we’ll get into this in the next section of this review).

As for storage, the DrySåk features a main compartment and either a zippered outer pocket (for sizes 10L and 20L), or an outer slip pocket (for the 5L version). While these exterior pockets are quite small, they’re big enough for your phone, keys, wallet, and small tools such as a survival knife.

The DrySåk’s exterior pockets don’t really offer a lot of water protection, so it’s best to store most of your valuables in the main compartment if you intend to go boating or if there’s any swimming involved in your outdoor adventure.

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Tougher than Most Others in this Price Range:

In terms of durability, the DrySåk is among the most durable dry bags in the market today.

Made of 500D PVC with high-frequency welded seams (as opposed to taped seams), it’ll withstand even the most unforgiving expedition’s wear and tear while keeping your valuables dry.

Obviously, it’s not indestructible, and you’ll still have to avoid overstuffing the dry bag and steer clear of sharp objects/edges that might puncture the dry bag, but it is durable enough to last you a fairly long time, even with minimal care.

Now there are a lot of dry bags in the market today that are constructed with rugged 500D PVC, but where the DrySåk separates itself from its peers is with its hardware.

Unlike other dry bags in its price range, Skog Å Kust’s DrySåk features high quality buckles and clips that, while easily replaceable, aren’t prone to breaking. This allows for a more worry-free experience, and allows for the dry bag’s buckled seal top loop to be used regularly as a handle.

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A Dry Bag with a Few Extra Tricks:

Skog Å Kust’s DrySåk is more utilitarian than anything else. Its stock nylon strap is built to withstand years of abuse, but it isn’t the most comfortable of stock straps.

It’s narrower than your standard dry bag strap, and it tends to dig into your skin when you’re carrying a lot of gear. While this is an issue that can easily be remedied with a replacement strap, it does stick out to me as the DrySåk’s only major flaw.

With the DrySåk’s highly water and abrasion resistant 500D PVC construction and high-frequency welded seams, it’s clear that the DrySåk’s bread and butter is its durability.

Reflecting this commitment to durability is the DrySåk’s use of Duraflex clips and buckles, which are built to withstand all kinds of abuse across a wide range of outdoor activities.

The DrySåk is also backed with Skog Å Kust’s lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects, giving you that extra assurance that you’ll get a replacement bag or a full refund just in case you’re not happy with the one you got.

The DrySåk is available in three sizes (5L, 10L, and 20L). Both the 10L and 20L versions feature splash-proof, zippered exterior pockets that are particularly useful for storing small essentials.

The 5L version, however, is a bit of a letdown–equipped with only an exterior slip pocket, which doesn’t do much (if at all) to protect your essentials from the elements.

All three versions come with a reflective strip, which is particularly useful for nighttime outdoor expeditions such as camping.

Lastly, while the DrySåk is quite basic (feature-wise), it does make up for this with 13 available colors and patterns, making it ideal for all ages and lifestyles!

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Value:

The Skog Å Kust DrySåk Waterproof Floating Dry Bag, while not as feature-heavy as other similarly-priced dry bags in the market, offers great value for money considering the quality of its materials and the fact that it comes with a lifetime warranty.

In fact, this one punches very far above its weight.

Priced at around 30 USD for its 20L version, it’s ideal for those looking for an affordable and sturdily built dry bag that they can take anywhere. While comparable models may have more features, it’s hard to top the DrySåk when it comes to waterproofing and durability.

That said, if you’re looking for a 10L and/or 5L dry bag for casual use, there are cheaper dry bags out there that, while not as durable as Skog Å Kust’s DrySåk, might suit you better. Check out our list of the best dry bags to see how the DrySåk stacks up against other top-selling dry bags.

For those not looking for a particularly hard-wearing dry bag, 19.95 USD for the 5L version can be a bit too much, considering it only features an exterior slip pocket that does not offer any water resistance.

Similarly, the DrySåk’s 10L version which is priced at 24.95 USD is quite pricey considering you could get a similarly priced 20L dry bag from other companies.

But then again, an argument can be made that the DrySåk (regardless of the variant) is a great investment in the long run considering you won’t have to deal with the compounding cost of constantly replacing subpar hardware with every hardcore outdoor expedition.

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If, for you, what constitutes an ideal dry bag is its durability and waterproofing, then the Skog Å Kust DrySåk Waterproof Floating Dry Bag is definitely worth investing in.

Sure, there are cheaper and more comfortable dry bags out there, but you get what you pay for with the DrySåk. In fact, even in its price range, there’s not a lot of dry bags that can match the DrySåk in terms of the quality of its construction.

Whether you’re going on a light trek on easy to moderate trails, or canyoneering on a particularly difficult route, the DrySåk makes for an excellent heavy-duty outdoor companion.

Our Overall Review

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

4.4

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    The DrySåk’s rugged PVC construction makes it one of the most water-resistant dry bags in the market.
  • check-mark
    Welded seams don’t usually come in this price range. But this has them!
  • check-mark
    Its clips and buckles are more durable than those from similarly priced dry bags.
  • check-mark
    The variety of colors and patterns available
  • check-mark
    Its splash-proof zippered pockets (for the 10L and 20L bags) allows you to organize your stuff better, and allows for quick and easy access to your small essentials.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markIts narrow nylon strap can be uncomfortable when carry a lot of weight
  • check-markWould have liked a splash proof zipper on outer pocket

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