Final DryTide waterproof backpack sample is finished and on its way for testing. We are bringing it to our Indo surf trip to put it through some tropical rain storms, small open boat rides, jungle trekking, surf trips, sandy beaches, and Indian ocean.
There are quite a few things that were improved:
Both external pockets now have high quality rainproof zippers (we still need to test them). Rainproof zippers are quite expensive so this will drive the backpack cost up, but making outside pockets at least rainproof is a big plus and a leap over any other backpack in the market.
The backpack is now also a bit narrower and taller so it sits better on your back and looks smaller if you do not fill it up completely. This comes handy if you are using it as a carry on backpack for your plane trips.
The padded back is also longer so the heights of the hip belt is better suited for a person of an average height making hip belt more useful for those longer hikes and travels.
The main compartment with a roll down top closure now has two option of closing. You can buckle the roll down together or buckle the ends to the side of the backpack. Both ways are equal and it depends on your own preference how you want to close it and what backpack look do you like better.
The internal laptop sleeve was also made bigger so it fits more different laptop sizes. We will post more photos when we start testing, backpack should then soon go into production.
After Indonesia testing we decided to change the production process for both pockets. Special molds will be made for the pockets, which will improve the waterproof capabilities of the top and back pocket. Once this is made, the backpack will go in production.
I just came across your waterproof backpack and it looks awesome. I’m from Canada and have been using an overboard 30L waterproof bag for the last 6 years. It’s been great and I love it. I’ve traveled a fair bit in it, camp and fish with it all the time and have used it daily since I bought it. After all this time having it there were some things I wish it had. But now I’ve came across yours and it looks perfect. The 50L size with the extra pockets and the side holders will be perfect for fishing rods. Also for backpacking trips the bigger size will make things a little more easy.
Anyway I was reading that you’ve made some modifications to the pockets and was wondering if I could see a picture of the new pack before I order?
Do you have plans to make a smaller size? Asking for my girlfriend.
the pockets look the same as in all the photos, the difference is that with the first version of the backpack the pockets were cut and welded together and now we made a special mould for them. This makes them more waterproof. Also the zippers are now better. The new version of backpack looks like this:
There will also be a smaller version around 30l in the future, but I can’t tell you exactly when.