Too Large for Kayaking
Reviewed by Emanoh from Ohio on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
I did return the bag and reordered a medium. I haven't used it in a real-life scenario but Sierra Trading Post sent the review link, so what the heck I'll provide my initial thoughts. I kayak camp and upgraded to a better boat with less volume, so I bought the bags to squish my gear into the smaller hatches. I ordered the large and medium not knowing which I'd used. After playing around with stuffing my sleeping bag, tent and clothing, the Medium seemed to be the righ size to squish in my hatches and the nooks and crannies of a sea kayak. The large in the same company was way too large and I'm not sure you'd even find a use for it on a backpacking trip unless you'd put the whole bag inside your backpack and stuff all your gear into it before compressing. I returned the large and ordered a second medium. I agree with other posters that the deeper end-caps keep the bag from squishing even more. MIght have to see what else I can get into the bag so maximize squishable space. It is build ruggedly and I felt like I could really tork down on the straps. Not sure what I'll use the zippered pouch for, but I'm sure I'll find something to put in there, only to forget that it's in there. I will most likely put these in a waterproof dry bag before packing into my boat. I did return the large and replaced it with a medium.
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