By John Fenna
A new addition to the Snugpak Range for 2017 is a 40L Dri-Sak with an air valve.
A dry bag is an invaluable liner to any rucksack, helping keep kit not only waterproof in the worst conditions, but also organised and tidy. Dry bags also make excellent flotation aids. The drawback with many dry bags is the difficulty of purging the air from inside while packing kit, resulting in the load being bulkier than may be ideal.
Adding an air valve to the front of a dry bag is an easy way of purging excess air and making the load more compact.
The new SnugPak 40l Dri-Sak has just such a valve and it has proved very useful. Simply load kit into the Dri-Sak with the valve open and squeeze out as much air as possible. Close the top of the Dri-Sak and roll the top down at least 3 times before clipping the buckles together to form a seal. More air can then be squeezed out through the valve – but to stop the contents blocking the valve you may need to insert a finger to hold the valve open. Once you have all the air out, close the valve and you are good to go.
In the photo I packed a down sleeping bag into the drysack and compressed it to a very small package. The Dri-sak stayed compressed for over a week, letting no air in – proving the seal is good!
The Snugpak 40l Dri-Sak with air valve measures some 74cm tall with an ovoid base approx 40cm x 21cm and is made from tough 70D nylon with a PU proofing film. The bag's seams are tape sealed and the flat profile valve is welded in place, while the roll top is stiffened and protected with webbing, closing with a quality quick-release buckle. The whole thing weighs around 200g.
At the moment the SnugPak 40l Dri-Sak with air valve comes in Olive only and retails at around£19.95
With care, these dry bags should give years of service, keeping your kit dry and secure.
For more information visit www.snugpak.co.uk