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Dry bag design for an Ethiopian Camel expedition

This dry bag was designed by David lewis a Graduate student at Oxford Universtiy in England. He led an expedition to one of the most remote, dangerous, and hotest parts of Africa, The desert reigion of Etheopia, of the Afar People.

Read more about he expedition here

It includes a short story, and some pictures.


Design Procedure for a Custom Sized Dry Bag

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Drawing and Specifications for Outfitter Stow Bag
This is a drawing of the Outfitter stow bag. We include this drawing in the web site so our customers can identify which dry bag they are currently using, and so they can easily make design changes to the bag to fit their particular outfitting needs.

We will make dry bags for just about anything. Some times we can customize our round bottom outfitter bags just a little to fit your needs, other times we have to take a different approach. View this page if you think you need to size your dry bag needs in a different way.


Drawing and Specifications for Small Round Bottom Outfitter Dry Bag
This is a drawing of the Small Round Bottom Outfitter Bag. We include this drawing in the web site so our customers can identify which dry bag they are currently using, and so they can easily make design changes to the bag to fit their particular outfitting needs.

We will make dry bags for just about anything. Some times we can customize our round bottom outfitter bags just a little to fit your needs, other times we have to take a different approach. View this page if you think you need to size your dry bag needs in a different way.


Drawing and Specifications for Medium Round Bottom Outfitter Dry Bag
This is a drawing of the Medium Round Bottom Outfitter Bag. We include this drawing in the web site so our customers can identify which dry bag they are currently using, and so they can easily make design changes to the bag to fit their particular outfitting needs.

We will make dry bags for just about anything. Some times we can customize our round bottom outfitter bags just a little to fit your needs, other times we have to take a different approach. View this page if you think you need to size your dry bag needs in a different way.


Drawing and Specifications for Large Round Bottom Dry Bag
This is a drawing of the Large Round Bottom Outfitter Bag. We include this drawing in the web site so our customers can identify which dry bag they are currently using, and so they can easily make design changes to the bag to fit their particular outfitting needs.

We will make dry bags for just about anything. Some times we can customize our round bottom outfitter bags just a little to fit your needs, other times we have to take a different approach. View this page if you think you need to size your dry bag needs in a different way.


Loading Bags for Another Day in the Indian Hymalayas
Great Picture with huge mountains in the background. I understand that the boat is at an elevation of 17,000 ft. Courstesy of John Fullbright Photography, 1-800-973-6064.


Loading Pack Animals in the Hymilayas
This is a picture of some of the expedition members loading pack animals for a portage of some class 6 whitewater in the Indian Himalayas. Courstesy of John Fullbright Photography, 1-800-973-6064.


Stow Bags on Display
Our Stow bags are used for everything from personal gear to tents and tripods. Smaller versions are great for stuffing inside of Kayaks, and larger ones work well for first aid or cold weather gear storage. Tent stow bags allow you to pack your wet tent into a bag so it can be dried out later in the day. Small Kayak Stow 600 cubic inches, Large Kayak Stow 850 cubic inches, Canoe Stow 1700 cubic inches, tent stow 2500 cubic inches. These volumes are the maximum roll down volume of each bag.


Compare Large Gear Stow to Guitar Bag
The Large Gear Stow Bag is also used as a Guitar bag by some. In fact Cascade Outfitters Calls this Bag their small Guitar bag. The Different sizes and closure styles are shown on the Picture. Basically all Stow Bags have a closure that connects over the top of the bag. Guitar and outfitter bags have closures that fasten along the side of the bag. Obviously there are more D rings and a larger cost to the Guitar Bag, but it has more locations for attaching the bag to the gear load. The Large Gear Stow bag is 4 cubic feet maximum volume, is 15.25 inches in diameter and 45 inches tall when fully rolled. The Guitar bag is 6 cubic feet maximum volume, 19 inches in diameter, and 51 inched tall when fully rolled.


Anchor Bag
Anchor bags are a simple device to anchor a boat in the river. It is made of heavy duty PVC coated mesh with 4 grommets at the top, and boat fabric bottom. Put rocks in it and let it sink. 10 inches in Diameter and 10 inches high.


Getting an Effective Air Tight Seal
Follow this link for in depth instructions on how to get the bag closure tight.

There are no buckles or stitching sewn into the top of our bags. The closure on our Outfitter bags has a plastic strip sealed in the top of the bag. The closure of our stow bags have a heavy web sealed in the top of the bag. The rigidity that this strip or web provides not only makes a very effective seal, it keeps the bag top from folding over when sleeping bags or other gear are being stuffed inside. This closure is maintenance free. It does not require lubrication or cleaning like Zip Lock type or zippered type bags. One more reason why our Outfitter Bags are the dry bags of choice for western river outfitters.


 

Outfitter Stow Bag
The Outfitter Stow bag has come into existence because our outfitter customers wanted a round bottom bag that was the size of a stow bag. Some customers use it for personal item storage (toothpaste, cigarettes, sun screen, sunglasses etc). In this way it replaces the ammo can system, which served us all well, but which tends to get in the way for most boatmen. Ammo Cans are hard, and can end up hurting people. For this reason them need to be stored in a place where they do not bang around and hit people. A Stow bag on the other hand can be in the people zone and right there where the customer/ raft passenger needs it. Note that the bag has a grommet on the bottom. This is so the bag can be tied at the bottom. This leaves the closure free. If hung upside down in this manner, water tends to run away from the seal. When water can not collect in the seal, there is less that runs into the bag when it is opened repeatedly during the day. Our Family uses this bag for each of our personal clothing on a summer desert river trip. We do not take many clothes, and so they are a perfect way to help minimize the amount of gear being taken. Each person gets his or her own bag of clothes, and even a 4-year-old can handle his own gear.


Drop Bag for the Back of an Avon Raft
This waterproof bag fits the entire back of an Avon 16 ft raft. It has a waterproof roll down closure. This system fits in a self bailer, and allows the storage of all kinds of gear without having to use a dangerous cargo net. Have a look at this bag in action in the Grand Canyon.


Drop Bag Replace Dry Box on Fly Out Alaska Tat Trip
One of our customers uses this bag instead of a dry box in Alaska on the Tatshenshini river. They can drive their gear into the put in, but they fly their gear out. So it does not make sense to have a dry box that takes up a lot of space in an airplane. This picture has the flexible lid unbuckled and up so one can see the roll down closure.

Check out Colorado River and Trail Expeditions for trips in the Grand Canyon, Utah, or Alaska.


Outfitter Bags Have Optional Back Pack Straps
We have been installing removable back pack straps on our outfitter dry bags for some years now. They are adjustable and removable, because we do not think in serious whitewater that back pack straps can present a foot entrapment hazard. Please tie your bags down with the back pack straps under the bag to minimize this problem if you do not remove them. Have a look an how it fits on a boaters back.


Round Bottom Outfitter Bags Product Photo
Our outfitter dry bags are the industry standard, with bags in use that have stood the test of time and outfitter use. Hatch River Expeditions still uses some of our dry bags we sold them for their Grand Canyon operation over 23 years ago (as of 2006). They are constructed with 35 oz PVC coated material on the bottom. All welded D ring patches that include stainless steel d rings, and our unique closure system that really works. Learn more about our dry bags how good they are and who uses them.

Jeff Enery knows the value of a dry sleeping bag. See what he says about them.


Saddle Bags
Saddle bags are a brand new concept. They are custom built to your specifications. They can have a zipper in the top, or they can have a roll down closure like this one has. These are made of tuff 32 oz boat fabric to withstand the pounding a horse can give a bag up in the trees.

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