here is a multitude of reasons why I have been using dry bags on my kayak; they keep excess kit tidy, protect some of my belongings from the elements and, most importantly, keep stored items from getting wet.
It makes sense to take food, drink, spare clothing and perhaps a towel when we go kayak fishing. They are useless if not kept dry. The same can be said for your mobile phone or electronic key fob for your car. A dry bag is the perfect item to do this.
Having used other brands of dry bag including Seal Line, for many years, I have recently started using several types produced by Palm Equipment. The company has added useful features that turn a mundane item into something more usable and practical.
The River Trek and Ozone models, are available in 50, 70, 100 and 125-litre sizes and 6, 12, 25 and 50-litre sizes respectively. Both products feature the roll-down closure, welded seams, lockable D-rings and a reliable plastic catch to close the bag.
The Ozone features transparent sides that allow you to identify the contents of each bag at a glance. These bags are ideal for storing smaller items, such as a change of clothes, camera gear, car keys, mobiles phones and packed lunches. The other great feature, so often overlooked, is a light, handy shoulder strap that allows the user to carry the bag hands- free. The Ozone dry bags range in price from approximately £12.95 to £23 depending on size and are perfect for keeping smaller items dry and close to hand.
The River Trek model is a different beast altogether. Produced with much heavier, opaque materials and in larger sizes, these bags are more suited to items of kit that may be taken on longer expeditions. They are ideal for larger, bulkier items like tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks and food and cooking equipment.
A rigid handle on the side of the bag allows ‘briefcase-style’ carrying, while a pair of shaped shoulder straps allow the user carry the dry bag like a rucksack. They also feature a few tabs to secure it to your tankwell. These bags are available from approximately £44.95 to £54.95.
When kayaking or for any form of boat angling, it makes sense to carry at least a couple of dry bags. There are many options on the market, but the thought and extra design features evident on the Palm Equipment dry bags make them stand out from the competition.