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The Exped Dry Fold Bag Blacks are lightweight waterproof bags with a roll top closure ideal for military personnel and hunters who need to keep clothing and equipment dry but can't risk having brightly coloured storage bags. With a hydrostatic head of 10,000mm these have a waterproofness comparable to a tent groundsheet so you know they'll resist a good soaking.
I'm a trail runner and get out into the wilds a couple of times a week. I use Salomon Advanced Skin Set sacs, which aren't waterproof, so use an Exped bag in my sacs to keep stuff dry on the occasional wet day!!
The 3L Exped Fold Dry Bag is a great piece of kit, definitely waterproof and easy to fasten. I bought this to supplement a 5L Exped Ultralite Fold Dry Bag that I've had for a while. My only issue with the Ultralite was that it was not completely airtight. When gear was compressed, it didn't take long for it to puff up again, which can be an issue in a small sac. I've found this standard Fold Dry Bag to be much more airtight, so gear stays compressed for longer. (I also use the Exped First Aid Bag which appears to be the same material as the standard bag.) The quality of the Exped bags I own is consistently high.
If weight's an issue go for the Ultralite, but, if you want your gear to stay tightly packed, take the heavier one. I'm sure the extra 11 grams won't kill you!
I have been using these bags for over 6 years now in some very wet scottish weather. My kit has aways stayed dry when using these dry bags. Also they are well made - that's why I am buying more of the Exped Dry Bags.
Having just joined the British army with little experience of living and navigating the great outdoors I was advised to look into getting bags to waterproof my kit.
Across searching the internet I found the exped dry fold bags to be the most popular and I can see why!
They come in a range of colours I bought the olive and black ones for obvious tactical advantages but they are also available in yellow red blue and a few others I think which I can see being useful for knowing which bag has your wet kit, warm kit, and sleeping bag etc.
So far the bags have proved air tight, waterproof and durable come in a variety of sizes and even if the bag Is to big you can roll it down and seal it compactly much better than the ziplock bags the rest of the guys had to use!
I've spent over Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£80 on varied sizes from 3 litres which will fit a notepad or tablet in which I take nearly everywhere if the weather looks like it could turn unpleasant which in England can be most the time. right up to the 80Litres which is plenty big enough to waterproof the inside of my Bergen with my large 6ft+ sleeping bagand more inside. The outside of the bag is smooth with a material handle to allow easy packing and unpacking and carrying of the bags.
All in all great product, does exactly as it's designed to, easy to use and at a reasonable price excluded the added bonus that face west offer you for signing up and receiving 10% back to spend with them again which I will definitely be doing as the postage and packaging were excellent.
I just love these dry bags. They do exactly what they say on the tin. They keep stuff dry - even in the dreich Scottish weather.The smallest size is ideal for those vital electrical pieces of equipment - car keys (so you can get home at the end of a long day on the hills!)
The 'Exped Fold Dry Bag' is an excellent choice for those people who regularly go on hiking trips, where they need to keep various items safe from the elements ie rain etc.
The Bags are in various sizes, the XXS being suitable to hold 'sunglasses, cameras, first aid kits, wallets and other small pieces of equipment.
I am a trail runner and I carry my gear in most situations in a very lightweight hydration vest that is made from stress mesh. I bought the XS and S dry bags to complement my vest. So the XS fits nicely inside the large pocket of my vest that holds the hydration bladder while the S one can be secured with stress cords on the outside of the vest. This increases the capacity of my vest tremendouslywhile I am able to cary extra clothing for when on the mountains remaining sure that they are kept dry. Overall the setup has worked amazingly in my case.
I have a suite of Exped dry bags in various sizes and use the colour coding to differentiate gear in the pack.e.g. Blue (l) sleeping bag,Red(M) base layers and sleeping,Yellow (s)sleeping mat and pillow,Black(s) first aid,medicines and washing gear etc.These bags are ideal to separate gear and allow easy access,keep the tent tidy,and aid when packing as my gear list has the bag colour added.I have 7 all told and they don't add to the volume when the air is expelled and locked.They also give security in wet weather
I use an XS to keep my phone dry, a 13L to line a rocket pouch and a 8L for a lightweight sleeping bag - all during aggressive camping holidays in wet and windy Ireland. In countless exercises with downpours and river crossings they've kept kit dry. They're light and do the job perfectly. Pro tip: buy different colour ones to make life easier in the field living out of your bergen so you know exactly what is in each one without having to open them.
I have been sea kayaking for 35 years and used various brands of dry bags. As a professional, My equipment gets much more use than the average paddler. I have found the Exped bags to be the best. They are the lightest I have used. The material is thin and pliable making them easy to pack, fold down and store with less space taken up. Having used these dry bags for the last three years, I have found them to stay dry and the thin material is strong enough to stand up to wear and tear.
Plus Points: Reasonable price, colour choice, light weight. Easy to pack and store.
Minus Points: None
I bought an XL and M size in black for camping and already have several Exped dry bags used for a previous 8 month trip, all in different colours to help differentiate what's what!
They are great bits of kit, helping to compress spare clothing and reduce space when packing lots of equipment. They are invaluable in helping to organise everything and keep important kit, like electrical items safe and dry. I did however find that my camera suffered from dampness whilst in the jungle for several months and found it helped to add little silica bags to stop that, so may be useful if you are doing the same.
Having used these for a while I prefer the model with an opague window, allowing you to quickly check the contents, and those with a small plastic loop near the fold-over seal, as have clipped them onto the outside of a rucksack. Not all seem to have this useful feature.
I have not used other brands, with some that appear to be made of a more durable fabric and designed at environments where contact or submerging with water are primary concerns. The exped are still durable, soft when packed amongst kit (to avoid damage) and I have had no issues if kit has been soaked in a monsoon or dropped briefly in a river regards water getting inside - if sealed properly!
I have also sent items home via slow shipping in nothing but an Exped bag with a couple of strips of brown parceltape! The slight glue does not remain and the bags are still reliable, with no little holes/tears!
So, in short, recommended!
This bags are great. I have had a few from before, but I ordered several more from Facewest. I'm going on a trip to the USA and I'm packing stuff in my drybags. I ordered the 13 litres. They might be a bit small if one is going to put clothes in them. I,ll order bigger next time.
I bought this bag for bike packing, the medium is just the right size for my summer sleeping bag. I never find a drop of moisture inside and despite it's weight it's held up to the abuse being strapped to my bike. Would definitely recommend even against other more expensive roll top dry bags.
Exped standard dry bag black, top quality item and I can confirm if folded 3 times as recommended it is airtight, 3 full folds not half. I got two 22l bags, half inflated makes a comfy pillow, though I have not used it overnight yet. The real test will be my trip to the Isle of Man in August, almost guaranteed rain! It has a handle at the base, and does what it should.
Fast delivery, happy customer :-)
I'm off to Patagonia in mid March and was advised to make sure I could keep my kit dry! On the net, Facewest were the best value place for the Exped dry bags. I ordered size Large for my Lamona 0 sleeping bag but a word of warning... make sure if you're buying a dry bag for your sleeping bag you check the sizing properly as the large Exped dry bag is actually a bit too small. Anyway, it won't go to waste as I'll use it for other kit,plus I also bought an XXL size to go into my rucksack. I've used both bags already walking in the Lake District (in wet and snowy weather) as I wanted to test them out and they're great. The material appears thin but it's certainly waterproof and I like the way you fold it down so it makes an handy loop for carrying. The acid test will be the Patagonia weather but I'm very confident my Exped bags will do the business! I'll actually be ordering another one from Facewest (the XL) to fit my sleeping bag properly.
I bought this bag for an unusual purpose... unusual to most people I tell this to anyway. I bought it to do laundry in whilst on the move on my motorbike. How, I hear you ask?
What I do is fill it 1/3 to 1/2 of hot water, depending on how many items I am washing, I then add the pre-requisite amount of biodegradable laundry soap, throw in my smalls or whatever, seal it up with at least three rolls of the top, strap it on my motorbike and ride on into the sunset.
After an hour or two of being agitated by the movements of the bike the clothes are washed nice and clean. Now just rinse and dry! If your clothes are particularly dirty go off road... For a novel way of drying the laundry I have a mesh bag for that too, which I tie to the back of the bike and air dry the contents whilst on the move.
These Exped bags are good and strong and very water tight so are ideally suited for such creativity.
I bought this Exped Drybag to use for Bike-packing duties. This involves loading the bags with a variety of clothes and sleeping gear (anything else that needs to be kept 100% dry) and then strapping the bags directly to the bike. I have used these Exped bags all year and have found them to be a perfect balance of being totally reliable, being lightweight (3L version weighed in at 36g) and yet durable enough to endure hour after hour of rain and general filth that comes from riding mountain-bikes in all weathers. These bags haven't been protected inside a rucksack, they have been directly in the elements. The quality is very good indeed. The inside surface is very slippery which makes it very easy to stuff sleeping bags inside, the 3L for example will take my 350g summer sleeping bag and 245g down vest without too much effort.
I used these bags for RMR training. They are waterproof and seem to be strong. The fold over works very well, several folds will allow them to be completely waterproof. A good tip: fold once or twice and then squeeze out the air, this allows you to fit more into your backpack. Then fold a couple more times to completely seal.
These dry bags are extremely light and work well. I am currently serving in the RMR and bought 14 of these products in different sizes to dry bag all my kit.
Well I can say that after being submerged in a river for a good 5 minutes all my kit was still perfectly dry. What I would say is that these dry bags are fairly thin and so wouldn't be robust enough if you aren't storing them in a good rucksack.
The XXS size is large enough to store a thin and thick pair of socks. The XS fit a single piece of kit such as CBT Shirt or Trouser or G-Tex Shirt or Trouser. The medium bags fit a good size fleece. Hopefully this would give some idea of the sizes.
For me they have been an excellent buy, lightweight and only require a couple of folds to become fully dry and work well in shrinking the kit down to size.