What is a dry backpack?
DryTide backpack combines the usefulness, versatility and comfort of a regular backpack with waterproof abilities of drybags. Drybags offer protection beyond the regular “waterproof” tag. Things inside not only stay dry when it’s raining but also in heavier conditions like heavy torrential rainstorms, kayaking, rafting, boating, stand up paddling, canyoning and more. They will even survive shorter submersion where they are put completely underwater. What they have lacked so far was the versatility and carrying comfort of a backpack, a backpack with proper pockets to organize your things and with proper shoulder straps and hip belt to carry it around. Until now.
Introducing the DryTide backpack
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. I won’t lie, I am passionate about outdoors and especially surfing. Which is how I came on to the idea of developing a DryTide backpack. I came with 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. I short paddle trip doesn’t require much but for two days there are all sorts of clothes, food and equipment 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. Then 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 bag is in the back of a pickup truck on the way to the ferry, or when you are riding your scooter to a surf spot or to the nearest town, when you are trekking through the jungle. Then there are boat rides, when you are on a small open boat going to the next island, going surfing…in all these cases dry bags worked, but I have soon realized that there are 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.
This is the DryTide backpack story so far:
- 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: testing the first sample
- September (NOW): second sample in production
- October: DryTide backpacks in production
- Ocober/November: DryTide waterproof backpack is available
PREORDER (SPECIAL PRICE)
First DryTide backpacks will be available in October/November 2017. If you want to support the development and production process and get the DryTide backpack at a special backer price then use the pre-order button and get your own DryTide backpack for 69.95USD. You will be the first in line when backpacks are available, regular price once the pre-order period is over will be 99.95USD.