What Keeps a Dry Bag Dry?

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We're always searching for the best performing tactical equipment to offer exclusively to our wide range of customers for any field of work or play. If you're new to the world of exceptional tactical gear, a drybag is often used in hobbies such as kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and canyoning. Tactical drybags are used by special forces for carrying different equipment, weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies for underwater or land operations.

Drybags are made to protect electronics and other items that must remain free of moisture for important activities and remain tough for extreme conditions, and are also extremely lightweight, making them a perfect option for storage for a wide variety of uses.

How Does it Work?

Drybags are always made out of waterproof or water-resistant fabrics, plastic, and/or plastic-coated fabric manufactured in a way that makes it water impermeable. The most common drybag you see in rafts, boats, and camping have roll-top covers.

For LEO, military and those who work in the most extreme environments day in and day out, a more heavy-duty drybag is often needed, especially for maritime special operations where adaptability is an absolute must. In this case, a drybag's construction differs, using waterproof zippers, and bags especially made for weaponry, ammunition, and even control of buoyancy to be floated in the water.

How to Seal a Roll-Top?

When it comes to roll-top bags, how you seal it becomes an important part of what makes it waterproof. Without sealing it properly, your gear and items could fall from the bag or become wet.

  • Put your needed items inside, leaving at least ¼ of the bag space on top.
  • Remove as much remaining air inside as possible or if you'll be plunging into the water, leave air inside to assist in floatation.
  • Tweak the tip of the drybag, folding the edges like dog ears.
  • Fold that fabric down three more times, or toward the folding indication if your drybag has one.
  • Merge buckles together to secure a fitted seal.

When it comes to the heavy-duty military or tactical drybags, waterproof technology such as waterproof zippers, double polyurethane-laminated coating inside and out, and inflation chambers that can be manually inflated to easily float atop the water keep your items nice and dry.

Fabrics, coating, manufacturing, and how well you seal your drybag will all contribute to keeping your drybag truly dry. If you're looking for a new drybag or enjoying our articles, sign up today to our newsletter to be in the know for the latest information, know-how, and sales of the best tactical gear on the market today.



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