When you first lock eyes on the Duffle from Sea to Summit, you may think it looks like an ordinary duffle bag – but don’t be fooled! This bag is so special because, you can carry it three ways: by the handles, over your shoulder, or backpack style courtesy of the multifunctional handles.
You won’t have to fumble around and waste precious time changing the handle position, as the high strength hooks allow you to adjust your bag quickly and efficiently. The handles are also magnetic, so they will stay together when your gear is on the ground – so you’ll always be ready to go. The fabric of the bag is water proof to protect your kit, and the dual zipper used is anti-theft for a bit of added security when you’re moving from place to place.
The large lid makes packing and accessing your stuff so much easier, and the lid and base are padded to protect your stuff from being roughed around in transit. The STS Duffle bag is tough so it’s made to last through all kinds of outdoor adventures, but it’s also perfect for travellers that are looking for a versatile gear-hauler for transit.
Thanks Sarah, that's helpful. I clicked on the link in your message and it took me to exterior liners - I wonder which is best, outside or inside?
The link I sent you hopefully shows pack liners (90 Litres specifically) and these go inside your bag. You then pack your gear inside this and roll the top over a few times and secure it in your bag. The roll top ensures the whole thing is entirely waterproof so you can throw it down the river ahead of you if you like.
Exterior bags like pack covers, which I assume you're referring to, just cover the outside of the main area of your pack leaving space for the harness so you can still carry it. This means that water can creep in from the harness and wind increases this risk so if you need fully waterproof, a liner is the best way to go.
The other way of doing this though could be utilising several smaller dry bags (which are small waterproof pack liners basically) to pack all your gear into and then organising these into a bag which then doesn't necessarily need further waterproofing as all your individual items are already secure. The slight downside of this however, is that often these bags are round and so don't fit super well without losing space between them. So I guess it depends on what you think best suits your requirements.
Hi - I'm looking for a waterproof bag for a horse riding safari in Africa and I like the look of the STS 90l duffle bag. The details say it's waterproof (twice), the specs say it is water resistant. Please advise which?
I can understand the confusion, sorry about that, there's a bit of technical talk involved here. It is correct that the material is waterproof as stated but the bag itself as a whole is not as the zippers are not sealed. This means that rain could come in from this point or from seams eventually as these are also not sealed.
Having said that, the bag is very durable and would withstand a slight amount of rain however if you have a proper downpour or rain combined with blowing winds, the best way to waterproof any bag entirely is to use a pack liner which is literally a bag inside your bag to protect everything.
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