Exped's New Waterproof Daypacks
Ultra-lightweight waterproof daypacks or drybags with straps on?
Posted: 8 February 2010
Latest from Exped for
is the Drypack
, which is either a drybag with straps or a
, depending on how you look at it. Bear in mind
that most packs are made from waterproof fabrics, but have untaped
seams, so will leak in heavy rain.
The Drypac Pro is available in two sizes, 15 litres or 25 litres and
effectively a fully-taped drybag with straps and a bit more. The bags
have lightweight, ventilated, daypack-style straps including a
waist-belt and sternum strap and there's a closed-cell EVA backpad to
There's also a bungee cord storage arrangement on the front of the pack
and a haul loop. Closure is by classic daypack roll-over and
clip-style fastening and 'TPU/mesh laminate window in the back panel
allows you to find contents quickly'. Finally, the base is made from a
tougher, reinforced polyester for increased durability.
Exped says that the pack should be ideal for minimalist summit pushes,
works as a superlight but waterproof hiking pack, work for mountain
bikers in wet conditions and give paddlers a more versatile alternative
to a standard daypack.
The packs are genuinely light, the 15-litre version has a quoted weight
of just 280 grammes, while the larger bag tips the scales at only 20
grammes more at 300g. Fabric is a PU-coated Taffeta nylon with a TPU
film laminated polyester base. Because they're so minimalist, they also
pack away small, making them ideal for travel use as a supplementary
Prices are £22.50 for the smaller Drypack Pro and
£25 for the larger one. And yes, they do have obvious
similarities to the Alpkit
More details at www.exped.com
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