KA Vented Flat PU Coated Nylon Dry Bag, Sm & Med.

KA Vented Flat PU Coated Nylon Dry Bag, Sm & Med.

$ 37.00 USD

The best dry bags you'll ever buy. After getting frustrated by dry bags that didn't last, were the wrong shape or size for kayaks, or had sticky plastic materials on the outside that didn't slide well in kayaks, we started having these bags made special just for us. Then everyone wanted them, so here you go.

Our KA Vented Flat dry bags have a tough waterproof PU coating on the inside (where it is less likely to get scratched) and slippery medium weight nylon on the outside. This combination makes dry bags easier to stow in kayak hatches and more durable than the ultra light weight dry bags made for the "go-light" backpacking industry. These drybags have a one-way vent valve so you can compress them after sealing the fold-down top. Compressing the excess air out makes the bags even easier to slide into your kayak, and they waste less space too. None of our drybags have circular bottoms. Bags with circular bottoms fit nicely when stowed vertically in backpacks with flat bottoms, but they waste space in kayaks because kayaks don't have flat ends. Bags like ours which start of flat when empty take on a slightly tapered bullet shape when full, this shape helps them slide in and out of kayak hatches and allows one bag to partially overlap another instead of plugging a space the way bags with circular bottoms do.

Our KA Drybags are available four rectangular sizes plus one tapered size. The smallest size, XS, is the only bag without a one way vent valve, and it is on a separate item page as is the tapered bag. In the photo of the collection of bags stacked on top of each other, the XS is on top followed by the S and the X-Long Small, with the M bag on the bottom.

The Small size is the biggest bag that will fit through 8" hatches typically used for sea kayak "day hatches". It will fit through these hatches regardless of whether the hatch is made by VCP or KayakSport (i.e. Valley kayaks, NDK kayaks, WS kayaks, Tiderace, etc.). Some kayaks also use this size hatch in the bow. You can fit a down vest or a Kokatat CAG in the Small size drybag. The small is also a good size for storing a camp stove such as the MSR Whisperlite® or a comprehensive First Aid kit.

The Medium size is the biggest size bag we recommend using for sea kayaking - any bigger it won't fit through a VCP oval hatch or a 10" round KayakSport hatch like on the bow of WS Tempest, NDK, and many other sea kayaks. The Medium dry bag is big enough for most good quality 3-season synthetic sleeping bags. If your sleeping bag doesn't fit in the Medium drybag, we recommend getting a better sleeping bag. Even if your kayak's hatches are big enough to pass a bigger bag, you don't really want to give up that much cargo space to just your sleeping bag or else you'll be in a whole downward spiral of buying an oversized boat to fit your cheap camping gear instead of paddling a kayak that fits your body. The medium drybag is also big enough for most two-person tents (assuming you take out the poles and stakes - never put poles or tent pegs in a dry bag because they'll make holes in it), or a week's worth of food.

For kayak camping trips, we recommend at least three of the Small size drybags and two Medium size drybags (one for tent and one for sleeping bag)...three if you plan to use one for food. We also recommend one of our KA Vented Tapered Drybags for stowing clothes in the bow of your kayak, two of the X-Long Small bags for the rear compartment, and a couple of our KA XS Drybags to stow behind the skeg box. These other bags are under separate item numbers, after you add the bags on this page to your Shopping Cart, click the "Continue Shopping" button to go to the the other shapes of dry bags.