Using DryTide Waterproof Gear
Check the Bags and Backpacks Before Use
DryTide bags and backpacks are made out of very sturdy material but still punctures can happen, so make sure that you check them before using them in wet conditions.
Closing the Bags and Backpacks
All the main compartments in DryTide waterproof bags and backpacks use the roll down closure. The following images demonstrate how to correctly close the roll down top:
First make sure the bag or backpack is not overfilled so you have enough material to roll down. Then align the top edges of the main compartment and squeeze them together.
Tightly roll down the top of the bag or backpack at least 3 times. Rolling the top tightly makes the seal better, please check the end of these instructions for the roll down closure limitations.
Depending on your bag or backpack there are one or two ways to secure the rolled down. You can either buckle them to the side of the backpack (only possible with the rainproof version of the 50L backpack)...
...or you can simply buckle the ends together (works with all DryTide gear). In this case make sure you bend the ends in the opposite direction towards the back, away from the side where you rolled the top down. This makes the seal better. This closure offers a bit better seal than buckling the ends to the side of the pack. On the other hand buckling to the sides looks better to some people.
Here is also a quick video demonstration of how to close the backpack by buckling the ends to the sides of the backpack (rainproof backpack):
When you close your bag or backpack there will be air trapped inside. This makes bags and backpacks float if you drop them into the water. If you want to make them smaller, release the air from the main compartment before you close it (recommended when you want to use the backpack as a carry on or when squeezing bags into tight spaces).
All the DryTide bags and backpacks use special waterproof zippers on external pockets. These zippers will keep the water out in heaviest of rains and will even stop the water for a while if you drop your bag into the sea.
Because they are waterproof, these zippers are harder to open and close than regular zippers. It's not a bug, it's a feature:). Also, make sure you close the zippers all the way to the end.
Taking Care of DryTide Bags and Backpacks
Bags and backpacks are very sturdy, but it is recommended that you avoid putting them on sharp objects or dragging them over sharp rocks, using them to carry exposed fish hooks, knives etc... Sharp objects can puncture the material making your bag less waterproof.
If your bag or backpack gets dirty you can simply wash it with water and hang it up to dry. There is a loop at the bottom of the 50L backpacks for easier hanging. It is also recommended you wash it with fresh water if they were used in salt water to wash away the salt - especially from the zippers.
Also, keep solvents and insect repellents away from the bags.
The big 50L backpack is designed to comfortably take around 15kg/33lbs of gear. This is more than enough for any regular use. Carrying extremely heavy objects for longer periods of time can however cause tears in the stitching.
Backpacks and bags are NOT flotation devices and should not be used as such.
What Does Waterproof Mean
We suggest that you read our explanations on what exactly is the meaning of waterproof when it comes to waterproof bags and what can a waterproof backpack or bag do. In short - even though the roll down closure is used in all the dry bags our there this system is not completely waterproof (even though the name "dry" suggests this and some stores/manufacturers falsely claim so). If the roll down is pushed under water for a longer period of time, water will slowly start to drip in. It is not a dramatic flush of water that will ruin your things in a moment, it is a slow drip, but it is something to keep in mind. So to keep the inside of the backpack dry do not use it as a flotation device and do not push it underwater for longer periods of time. Still the roll down is the best (price/performance) and most fail proof system out there.
The zippers can also slowly leak if they are put directly into the water or pushed under the surface. Again this is not a sudden flush of water, if you drop your backpack into the water it gives you more than enough time to pick it up before the pockets get wet.
Because of these limitations we do not give warranty on backpack leakage.