23 Aug

DryTide Timeline

A short timeline shows how DryTide backpacks and DryTide brand was developed:

  • Early 2017: research and feature development for the first backpack.
  • 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 finished.
  • April 13th 2018 DryTide Backpack Launched (short report from the launch event).
  • July 2018: second version of the backpack with some improvements is being developed.
  • October 2018: second, improved version of the backpack is now available + a cheaper simpler version as well.
  • June 2019: DryTide tee’s added to the store.
  • July/August 2019: Regular dry bags and a smaller version of the waterproof backpack are started to be developed.
06 Aug

Team Rider: Guntur Saerejen

I have met Guntur a couple of years ago on my first trip to Mentawai islands. Since then we shared quite a few adventures including being lost at sea at night during a heavy rain storm and being shipwrecked at Riffles. That was pretty weird, our stuff floating around the half sunken boat and us sitting on our surfboards slowly drifting away from the wreck with the current, not being completely sure what to do. Luckily all the adventures had a happy ending. Guntur is also a really nice guy and a good surfer. His surfing gets better every time I visit the island. He is one of the most stylish surfers I have ever seen. He can just stand on the board and go straight and it looks good :).
His home, the Mentawai islands are a place where dry bags are needed daily. Tropical rainstorms are coming and going like airplanes on a busy airport. At the same time a boat is the only mode of transport and only way to get from, to and in between the islands. So there are plenty of opportunities for your things to get wet.
This is why Guntur is the perfect guy to be the first one on the DryTide team.

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11 Jul

Sea Kayaking Trip in Northern Adriatic Sea

One of our original needs to keep things dry came from our stand up paddle trips to Adriatic sea islands. Not many people do multi-day stand up paddle camping trips. We even did a blog with a few tips on how to do SUP trips it safely. But recently I got a chance to try sea kayaking. It is super fun. Because you are faster, you can cover greater distances and explore more coastline. The kayak is also much less affected by wind than a stand up paddle board so you are more independent. I mean, less dependent on weather. When doing sup trips you really have to be extra careful of the weather. Read More

24 Jun

Surfing With a Backpack and Other Water Adventures

Mentawai island palm trees

Most of our travels take us places our DryTide waterproof backpack was made for. So going on surf trips, travels, kayak trips, beach hikes, snorkeling trips, stand up paddling camping… is not only fun, but it gives us a chance to keep testing the backpack. A few best shots from our recent trips were caught in this short edit. One of the fun ideas we had was going surfing with our backpack and our Mentawai islands surf boat captain and friend Guntur was more than happy to try it. Check it out! Read More

18 Jun

How To: Multi Day Stand Up Paddle Trip

Multi day stand up paddling trips are not very common. People usually use kayaks when making sea tours. Kayaks are much faster and less affected by wind, so you can cover larger distances, see and explore a larger area and be safer. But stand up paddle boards also have their benefits. You can load them with a lot of gear since you are not limited by the size of the kayak storage compartments. And they are your private little island in the sea. You can jump off, swim, snorkel, and cool off whenever you feel like it. It is almost impossible to climb back into the kayak from the sea. Stand up paddle board also gives your body more freedom. You can stand on it, sit, kneel, you can lie on your back and rest with legs crossed and a backpack under your head. In kayak your body is always in the same position and you will want to make stops to stretch your limbs. Stand up paddle board is also very stable, you can fall off for sure, but the board itself will never capsize. Read More

13 Jun

Split Dome Port for GoPro Cameras

When we were looking for ways to showcase how the DryTide backpack can survive falling into the sea and floating on its surface we were among other things using a dome port. Dome port allows you to capture over under photos, photos where half of the photo is above the water surface and half of it is below it. This gives the photos a really unique look, it seems like you are peeking into the underwater world from the above. Photos like these really stand out from the billions of photos out there. It was a perfect tool to show how the DryTide backpack is comfortable in and out of the water. Read More

17 Apr

Waterproof Laptop Backpack Buying Guide or How To Never Again Worry About Rain

Working on a laptop outdoors

The basic reason for having a laptop backpack is to help you carry you laptop around while leaving your hands free. The second reason is protection. Protection against scratches, protection against damage if you accidentally drop it etc… Quite a big part of the protection, depending where you live and where you take your laptop of course, is protection against water. Water and computers and other electronics in general don’t go well together. You could say they are worst enemies. This is where a waterproof laptop backpack comes in.

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24 Feb

Ultimate Waterproof Travel Backpack Guide

The ultimate is such a big word, especially because with things like backpacks everyone has their own needs. But when we let go of the details and focus on what really matters in a waterproof travel backpack it’s obvious what the ultimate is. We are not talking about the size of the side pocket, zipper length, color etc. We are talking about the main things that make or break a waterproof travel backpack. Read More

10 Dec

How to Choose the Best Waterproof Motorcycle Backpack

Motorbike perfect road winding through landscape

Riding a motorbike is a way of life for most bikers. Powerful machine underneath, open road in front and unparalleled sense of freedom are what keeps die-hard bikers on the highways and roads on the first sign of spring. Some motorcycle lovers are occasional bikers, some need a ride every day, and there are more and more serious travelers that cover vast distances on their motorcycles. Regardless of the type of biker or motorcycle, most of them need a reliable way to pack their stuff. Although there are some nice motorbike top and side cases and boxes, bikers also tend to like backpacks. Especially a waterproof motorcycle backpack. One of the reasons is the overall appeal and looks, and other is that they are very practical.

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