Gear Review: Sagebrush Dry Daypack

Sagebrush Dry Goods is a small company out of Kake, Alaska that designs and manufactures water-safe gear bags. After I moved to the Pacific NW, I quickly learned that a waterproof pack is essential for romping around the rivers and woods of western Washington. I have tried several waterproof bags and packs, and none of them are as well built and durable as the Sagebrush Dry Daypack. You simply can't kill this bag.

The packs are constructed of high quality, welded urethane coated fabrics, making them extremely waterproof and tough. In addition, the zippers are watertight and very substantial. A tube of t-zip is included and I suggest using this frequently on the zippers to keep them well lubed and functioning properly.

The packs have two compartments: a large main chamber and a smaller front pocket. The main compartment has ample room for an extra layer and jacket and features a zipper, which runs the length of one side of the pack, allowing for easy access. The second smaller compartment is the perfect size for fly boxes, extra lines, leaders and tippet material. Both compartments have hanging pouches for a cell phone, wallet or whatever tends to get lost in bigger spaces. As an added bonus, there are two lash straps on the side of the pack for securing a rod tube.

Although a bit heavier than its nylon counterparts, these dry packs are much more functional in wet environs. The back and hip suspension system is removable and fully padded.  The shoulder straps adjust easily and distribute weight well, and the hip belt is very stable and supports heavier loads comfortably. The pack does not shift or move side to side on my back, and I have tested it on long day hikes and mushroom foraging outings. It holds a lot of chanterelles.

It is available in two sizes. The medium (1500 cu. in.) is recommended for people 5'8" or shorter with slight builds. The large pack (1650 cu. in.) is suited for those taller than 5'8" or people with broad physiques. They retail for $215.00 and $220.00, respectively, and are available in three colors: green, yellow and blue. In addition, Sagebrush has a wide selection of quality, watertight fishing, camera and kayak bags for the outdoor enthusiast.

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