Best Dry Waterproof Bags of 2017

Being out on the water snorkeling or scuba diving means you need to protect you gear. Over the past few years, tons of waterproof bags, waterproof duffels, and waterproof cases have hit the market and sorting through the best can be a chore. Luckily, I have tested or at least have first hand experience with each of the bags reviewed below. Let’s take a look at what to look for when picking out a bag.

What to look for in a waterproof bag?

Size

Will you be using your bag as a simple beach bag or will your laptop and towel have to fit in there as well? Many dry bags will only fit a few small items and are great for a quick boat ride while others can hold a laptop and more. When in doubt, I would recommend going with a larger bag as it is better to have too much room than too little.

Waterproof vs Water Resistant

Do you need protection from rain or will you possibly be throwing your bag of a boat and floating it to shore? I have been in both situations, and always feel more confident about my water-sensitive gear when a bag is rated as waterproof. While water resistant is nice for splashes, any serious diver or snorkeler should have a 100% waterproof bag in their arsenal.

Intended Use

I bring this up a lot in my reviews, but it is the most important factor when deciding on a bag. Do you need a full backpack with straps for long days? Or is a duffle bag necessary? I prefer a backpack as it is versatile and usually falls into the high end of storage capacity. However, if you just need to throw your phone, keys, and wallet into a bag on the boat…a small airtight model works well!

Time crunch? Check out my #1 pick for waterproof bags!

Product ImageBrand/ModelPros/ConsPriceRating
drycase waterproof backpackDryCASE Masonboro 35 Liter Waterproof Adventure Backpack-35 Liter Capacity
-2 Way Purge valve
-Waterproof
-Plenty of places to attach gear
-Can double as a cooler or shower
$$$5/5
watershed colorado duffel bagWatershed Colorado Duffel Bag-Massive 108L capacity
-Great for river trips or similar
-100% Waterproof
-Used by Pros
-May be too large for your use
$$$5/5
Outdoor Waterproof Dry SackOutdoor Waterproof Dry Sack-Comes in 10L and 20L
-Smaller for small trips
-Thick tarp material
-Waterproof
-May be too small for some uses
$4/5
Waterproof Dry Bags by OdysseyWaterproof Dry Bags by Odyssey-Small and convient
-10L and 20L option
-Shoulder strap included
-Perfect beach bag
-May be too small for some users
$4/5
Voli Dry Bag Backpack 20LVoli Dry Bag Backpack 20L-Super easy to carry
-3 color choices
-Waterproof
-Good midsize bag
-Outside pouch not waterproof
$$3.5/5
Cressi Dry Bag,Cressi Dry Bag-Great brand name
-5L or 10L size
-Waterproof
-Good for small items
-May be too small for some users
$5/5

It comes down to what you plan on using the dry bag for and size. I prefer a backpack that can double as a cooler such as the DryCase Masonboro pack. I currently own two of these and they have never let me down. Have any of you own waterproof gear? Let me know in the comments!

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