Author: Ian McMurchy
There are times when I don’t like to haul gear in standard nylon or canvas duffels.
Last year while traveling in a 19-foot aluminum boat we ran into some fairly rough water. I had placed my Cabela's sleeping bag, clothes, and even the Cabela's nylon duffels, into my Boundary Waters ll duffle bags. I also filled the huge Boundary Waters Backpack with an assortment of camera gear, boots, Brunton solar camping gear and a bunch of odds and ends.
We put my gear into the back of the big boat and simply forgot about it. Everything arrived safe and dry after two hours of heavy spray, splashing and soaking.
Boundary Waters dry gear is simple to use. You merely roll the open end over a couple of times and connect a couple of heavy snap buckles. The duffels have heavy zippers and a significant overlap of the top flap so that no moisture can enter. The top flaps secure with three heavy straps so that they stay tight to the main body of the duffle.
The large Boundary Waters duffels have both carrying handles and a shoulder strap. The big backpack has a pair of shoulder straps that enables toting heavy loads. These bags are made of very heavy vinyl with seams that are totally waterproof. All of the handles and straps are well secured and up to the task of lifting any load.
There are several sizes and shapes of Boundary Waters duffels, plus a choice of colors. If you require a couple of bags, consider getting two different colors so that you can more easily recall what went into which bag.
I also used the Boundary Waters duffle bags and backpack to great advantage when we traveled in a small skiff to a tent camp located on the Copper River. We were heading up the turbulent river to hunt Alaskan brown bears with Wayne Woods from Palmer, Alaska. Between boat-spray and the near continuous rain squalls, the dry-gear got well tested.
My gear stayed safe and dry, regardless of how hard it rained. The duffels are so waterproof that we used them for dry storage - placing a variety of items such as camera tripods, spare gun cases and boots into them. They sat outside and were rained on many times but nothing got wet.
Let's face it, there are times when the weather throws some nasty stuff at us. Whether in the back of a pickup, strapped to an ATV, tied on a packhorse or sitting in the nose of a pitching canoe - Boundary Waters dry bags are the best protection when the going gets wet! Just make sure that you purchase duffels and packs that are BIG enough to handle a lot of gear.
I find that when the going is nasty, I want to stuff everything possible in the Boundary Waters dry-bags. Although we think protection from water when we thing Dry-Bags I also use them in the summer to keep gear dust-free if we have to haul gear in the back of trucks or in open ATV trailers. Works great, no dust gets inside.
Cabela's has selected an excellent assortment of Boundary Waters dry-gear that will do the job - period.