Jack's Bags - Who buys them, how long do they last, how good are they?
Hatch Expeditions in the Grand Canyon
How Long do they last?
How good are they?
One day in September of 1992 an entire private Grand Canyon trip visited our shop and purchased bags form us after their river trip. The reason for this phenomenal behavior was because of a flip in 205 mile rapid. Complacency had hit these folks after Lava falls, and they flipped in 205. The boat was upside down for 45 minutes. There were 5 different kinds of waterproof bags on the raft. Jack’s were the only ones with dry stuff inside.
We have a customer named Steve Stahl. He bought a Guitar Bag for his guitar, and he tied it to the top of his Big Brother cat on his run through Cataract at 30,000 Cfs. This is a nasty level, and he flipped in the big drops. His boat was upside down for more than half an hour as they struggled to get it into an eddy to flip it upright. His guitar was smashed to bits, but it was dry.
I have my own personal stories about bags floating away, and flips with bags that lost one of the straps. If you hike out of the Grand half way through, and someone flips the boat after you are gone, they may not check your bag. Guy Cables (Sierra Outdoor Center) will tell you how much it is worth to not have your wet gear rotting in the sun for two weeks.
Jeff Erney Tells us of the Middlefork of the Salmon spring 2003
N.O.L.S. Tests Our Dry Bags In A Big Way
On a NOLS river course, the students are usually pretty adept at rowing an oar rig and captaining paddle rafts by day 11 on the river. We had just put in on the Gates of Ladore on the Green River and a student was rowing the gear raft as we approached Winnie's Rock. The instructor stepped in too late and the perfect wrap occurred with the inside of the boat facing upstream. About two inches of the raft was above the water line. All of the personal gear was in 15 jack medium outfitter bags, completely submerged for 8 hours! When the boat was finally free of that rock the only gear lost or wet happened when the ammo can lids were ripped off from the force of the water. Everything is the jacks bags were toasty dry.
YOU COULD PAY LESS, BUT WHAT IS A DRY SLEEPING BAG WORTH?
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