Stop Worrying About Your Gear and Start Enjoying the Adventure!
Traveling, doing water related sports, trekking and hiking, you often find yourself worrying if your gear will stay safe and dry in your backpack. How much rain is too much, did the rain get through the material, should I put my camera in an extra plastic bag, what if water splashes my bag while I am on the boat, what if I God forbid accidentally drop my bag into a puddle, lake or sea, what if I let it sit on wet snow, what if sand gets in and destroys all my electronic gadgets… Well, the time has come for you to stop worrying and simply start enjoying your adventures. DryTide waterproof backpack will keep all your gear safe no matter what, even if you drop it into the sea. It is literally a ticket to a peaceful mind.
Introducing the DryTide waterproof backpack
DryTide waterproof backpack combines the usefulness, versatility and comfort of a regular backpacks with waterproof capabilities of dry bags. It offers protection beyond the regular “waterproof” tag which can today mean many different things. Backpack is made out of 100% waterproof material and things inside the DryTide waterproof backpack will not only stay dry during a quick rain shower but also in much heavier conditions like long and heavy torrential rainstorms, during various water sports like kayaking, rafting, boating, stand up paddling… they will even survive a fall into the water or even a shorter submersion where the backpack is put completely underwater. With all this, DryTide backpack is still a proper backpack with pockets to organize your things, with shoulder straps and padded back, and a hip belt to help you carry it around.
The story so far...
This all started on a surf trip…
Hi, my name is Klemen Surk and I am the owner of DryTide backpacks. To say I am passionate about outdoors and especially surfing would be putting it very mildly:). Being outdoor a lot (especially surfing) has led me to the idea of developing a waterproof backpack. I came in contact with dry bags a few years ago when I started making two day stand up padding trips to hidden bays and islands in the Adriatic sea. A short paddle trip doesn’t require much but if you make it a two day trip you will need clothes, food, camping gear…and other things that you need to take with you and put on you SUP. Things that can not get wet. So dry bags came in very handy. But there was something missing. Later I started making surf trips to remote places in Indonesia. Tropical rainstorms can come out of nowhere, it can rain when you step out of the plane, when your backpack is in the back of a pickup truck on the way to the ferry, when you are riding your scooter to a surf spot or to the nearest town, or when you are trekking through the jungle. A regular backpack is great for carrying your gear while traveling through Indo, but again, there was something missing. There was a constant worry in the back of my head, what if it rains, what if my belongings get wet? For the boat rides going from island to island, going surfing…I carried additional dry bags but with dry bags there were two huge things missing.
First, a dry bag is a pain to carry around! It is ok when you have to carry it a short way from your car to the beach and put it on your stand up paddle board, but for anything more it is really really uncomfortable. Even if it has straps these cut into your shoulders as soon as you are carrying more that just a towel. And second, dry bags lack pockets to organize your things. Keys, cameras, phones, wallets, sunscreen, surf wax, glasses, power bars… they all seem to always end up on the very bottom of the dry bag and I have spend half of my time blindly fishing with my hand at the bottom of the bag hoping to catch what I am looking for.
On the other hand a regular backpacks, even when made out of waterproof material, will get wet when things get extreme. Stitches and zippers is where the water will eventually get in. I used to put all my clothes and gadgets into plastic bags and then into my backpack but even then you are out of luck if your backpack falls over the edge of the boat and lands into the sea.
So I started thinking there must be a better way, a dry bag/backpack combo that would be a perfect solution to all these problems. After lots of searching and finding nothing really useful I decided to design one myself.
DryTide waterproof backpack timeline:
- Early 2017: research and feature development
- April-May: backpack shape, size and design; manufacturing process research
- June: backpack sketches and production details
- July: first sample is in production
- August/September: testing the first sample
- September/October: second sample in production
- October/November: second sample testing
- December: final sample production
- January: final sample testing
- February: production started
- March (NOW): DryTide backpacks are in production and should be finished by mid March
- March: DryTide launch party
- March/April: end of March/beginning of April backpacks will be ready for shipping
- Heavy-duty and 100% waterproof material
- High frequency welded seams, no stitches in all vital areas
- Floats on water
- Big 50l waterproof main compartment
- Internal removable laptop pocket with mesh pocket for small items
- Big back pocket with rainproof zipper
- Smaller top pocket with rainproof zipper
- Two side mesh pockets for water bottles
- Elastic strap on the back pocket
- Comfortable shoulder straps and back bot padded with non water absorbing foam
- Hip belt
- Top handle
- Bottom loop for drying the backpack
- Backpack dimensions: 60 x 34 x 25cm
- Suitable for your carry on backpack if you are traveling by plane
- Enough room to pack everything you need for a few days