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

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

14 Jun

DryTide Launch Video

A short video presenting the idea behind the DryTide waterproof backpack. Water covers 71 percent of planets surface. It is a source of life and fun. However, some things do work better when they are dry. Your clothes, phone, wallet, laptop, camera, snacks….they all need protection from the elements of nature. Introducing the DryTide backpack, first real waterproof backpack, that will keep all your gear safe and dry, no matte the weather. Walk into the storm with DryTide.

Camera&production: Alen Smola

14 Apr

DryTide Backpack Launch Event

I has been a year from the first backpack idea and sketches and now the DryTide waterproof backpack is available on the market. The first real waterproof backpack features heavy duty 100% waterproof fabric, ultrasonic welding construction, two external rainproof zipper pockets, two external mesh pockets for water bottles, 50l waterproof main compartment with removable laptop pocket.

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10 Mar

DryTide Backpacks Production Finished!

Waterproof backpack in the lineup in Indonesia

I am really excited to announce that the first batch of backpacks is finished! This has been a long journey from the first idea to actual production and now it is almost finished. There are a few minor things that we need to sort out before backpacks are 100% ready and we need to arrange shipping from the factory to our office, but the DryTide waterproof backpack launch is coming close!