Stop Worrying About Your Gear and Start Enjoying the Adventure!
There are times when you just need your backpack to keep up with your adventure plans. Times when you want and need 100% focus on what you are doing. No compromise. No worrying about your gear staying safe and dry. And then, when it is done and finished, you need a dry t-shirt to change into and your camera to work, no matter what happened. Traveling, surfing, kayaking, stand up paddling, trekking, hiking, fishing… it does not matter. Don’t let the rain and dust hold you back. You’ve been there, thinking, how much rain is too much? Did it get through the material? Should I put my camera in an extra plastic bag? What about my clothes? What if a wave splashes my bag? What if it falls into the sea? What if sand gets in? The time has come for you to stop worrying and start enjoying your adventures no matter the conditions. DryTide waterproof backpack will keep all your gear safe no matter the weather, even if you literally drop it into the sea.
Introducing the DryTide Waterproof Backpack
DryTide waterproof backpack combines the usefulness, versatility and comfort of regular backpacks with waterproof capabilities of dry bags. It offers protection beyond the usual “waterproof” tag which can today mean many different things. This backpack is made out of 100% waterproof material using 100% waterproof construction technique. 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, they will survive a fall into the sea or even a shorter submersion. With all this, DryTide backpack is still a proper backpack with pockets and compartments to organize your things and all the features that make carrying a backpack comfortable.
DryTide Backpack Story
This all started on a surf trip…
My name is Klemen and I am the founder of DryTide backpacks. To say I am passionate about outdoors and especially surfing would be putting it very mildly. It’s my life. Being outdoors a lot, especially surfing, has put me in plenty of wet situations and after a while I had that “it has to be a better way” moment. Something needed to be done and the idea of developing a waterproof backpack came to my mind.
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…things that can not get wet. So dry bags came in very handy. 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, or when you are trekking through the jungle. A regular backpack is great for carrying your gear while traveling, but there was a constant worry in the back of my head, what if it rains, what if my belongings get wet? And don’t think they didn’t :). The worst example I can give you was watching my belongings float around our sinking outrigger boat in the middle of a lonely Sumatran lineup. So for the boat rides I carried additional dry bags to put my gear into, but with dry bags there were two huge things missing.
That is me trekking through the jungle after the morning surf session in Mentawais, Indonesia.
First, a dry bag is a pain to carry around! It is ok when you have to carry it a short way from the boat to the beach, 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 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 was born.
DryTide waterproof development backpack timeline:
- Early 2017: research and feature development
- April-May 2017: backpack shape, size and design; manufacturing process research
- June 2017: backpack sketches and production details
- July 2017: first sample is in production
- August/September 2017: testing the first sample
- September/October 2017: second sample in production
- October/November 2017: second sample testing
- December 2017: final sample production
- January 2018: final sample testing
- February 2018: production started
- March 2018: DryTide backpacks production is finished. You can preorder your backpack and be the first to get it.
- April 13th 2018 DryTide Backpack Launched (short report from the launch event)
- October 2018: second, improved version of the backpack is now available + a cheaper simpler version as well.
- 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
- Two side straps for securing taller items to the side of the backpack
- Elastic strap on the back pocket
- Comfortable shoulder straps and back both 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
- Keep all your gear safe from water and dust while looking good
DryTide Waterproof Backpack 50l
The ultimate waterproof backpack. No corners were cut here: lighter but still durable heavy duty material, ergonomically placed shoulder straps, side straps for attaching tall items to the side of the backpack. Can be thrown into the water! More here...
DryTide Rainproof Backpack 50l
A more affordable version of the backpack that has everything that the waterproof version has, but will not protect your belongings if dropped into the water. Backpack can however withstand heavy rains without a problem. More here...
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