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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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

31 Jan

Waterproof, “Waterproof” and Water Resistant

With all the fabric advancements in the past years terms like waterproof and water resistant get thrown around a lot. But reality is such that not many products that use these terms are really literally waterproof. Waterproof as in I have dropped this backpack overboard into the sea with all my clean undies and my camera inside and I didn’t even flinch because I know water wont get inside. So to clear things up and explain what we think when we say that DryTide backpack is waterproof, I am going to divide all “waterproof” products into a few groups and explain what can you expect from each of these groups. And just to make things easier I am going to stick to bags and backpacks but this could be valid for just about anything actually – jackets, covers, sleeping bags, bivouacs, tents… Read More