Pack a Stack
Jeff Outdoors –
The man abuses outdoor gear, so you don’t have to
OR Drycomp Summit Sack
I scheduled a motorcycle trip across my old stomping grounds with my dad and brother, but I don’t have a motorcycle. I arranged to borrow a motorcycle from my cousin, and I bought an OR waterproof back sack. I used the pack as a carry-on on my flight, then converted it to my motorcycle pack by using a couple of borrowed bungee cords.
I chose the waterproof bag wisely. On the day we left, it was raining. A hundred or so miles into the trip, we rode into a hailstorm with sideways rain. The pack probably survived because my body took the brunt of the hail, rain, and animals that were falling from the sky. After verifying that the four horsemen did not accompany the storm, I was able to change into bone-dry clothes from my new bombproof pack.
Since then, it has turned into my climbing pack. I can tell that the material will not be waterproof much longer if I continue to drag it over granite and sit on it, but so far, so good.
It has one compartment which is a top loader like a dry bag. Imagine a really big compression sack with lightly padded shoulder straps.
• It’s super light
• It’s strong and well made
• It has compression straps
• It’s simple
• It’s waterproof – really
• There’s no waist strap, so if you cram your rope, rack, shoes, harness, and water bottle into it, your shoulders will be upset.
• It needs a small separate compartment or pocket for keys, wallet, and chap stick
It can take a beating despite seeming very flimsy. If you need the volume of a big daypack, but don’t need support or a waist belt, you can’t go wrong.