I travel a lot for work and spend many a happy hour paddling my canoe into the wilderness and along the gentle waterways of southern England. The joy of the great outdoors is no two days are the same. The weather can through all sorts of challenges your way. The more time you seen outside the more you appreciate that the weather will find its way into your pack. Damp clothing and wet sleeping kit is no fun and can be potentially dangerous.
The legendary Boundary Pack is a super-tough waterproof rucksack which comes in daypack to haulbag sizes; perfect for all your adventures from climbing to canyoneering, to protecting your gear on a typical British mountain bike mudfest.
It features a watertight DrySeal™ roll-top closure, along with a heavy-duty, 30-ounce scrim-reinforced vinyl bottom and 19-ounce scrim-reinforced vinyl body. A lightweight suspension system includes waterproof and ventilated shoulder straps, as well as a waist belt.
Available in three sizes: the 115L and 70L sizes close with side-cinch buckles, while the 35L daypack-size includes a top buckle closure.
35L – 850g
70L – 1160g
115L – 1530g
35L – 25 x 37 x 51cm
70L – 23 x 44 x 64cm
115L – 32 x 47 x 76cm
Adjustable padded shoulder straps; sternum strap; webbing waist belt
Secured by side cinch straps (70L & 115L sizes)
1,000D 19oz vinyl coated polyester body
1,000D 30oz vinyl coated polyester bottom
Having been on a many canoe based Bushcraft expeditions my old pack was a little tired so it was time for a new bag. The 35l Boundary pack caught my eye.
The packs size makes it perfect for carry on airline luggage yet is still an effective waterproof bag. The neutral blue colour is great for blending into the woodland yet this visible to locate your bag when you leave it for a quick wander.
I have had the pack for a couple of months now so feel able to give it a proper review. The most important requirement of a dry bag is to keep your kit dry in the worst conditions and in the evet of a capsize. On our recent trip to Finland the weather was wild. Heavy prolonged rain and big open water crossings meant that the bag was often in or underwater for a long time.
My gear stayed dry despite my attempts to test the bag to failure. Teaching deep water rescues unleashed the bag to the centre thwart and up turned the canoe. Still my kit stayed dry.
The next factor influencing my choice of pack is it comfortable to use. Obviously or not so obvious to some the portage packs do not have an internal frame so packing your kit is important. If you pack poorly then something is going to poke you somewhere tender. That said the straps on the portage bags are fairly well padded and provided a decent comfort level on uneven terrain whilst hiking through the Finnish forests. The pack remained stable when cinched in and fits me quite well.
Being fairly short taller narrow backs are often uncomfortable and cause one to be off balance.
The durability of the pack has proved to be excellent. I have dropped it off the roof of a land rover dumped it on sand and gravel. Sat it next to the fire in campsites and generally tried to abuse it.
It has taken the abuse well with no signs of damage and little indication of the hard use I have put it through. A few marks from hot ash landing on it is all. The straps and base show no sign of wear.
I particularly like the simplicity of the bag and the printed instructions on the roll top. Several trips in the past have ended with wet kit when a client hasn’t quite closed the top of a dry bag correctly. The Sealine has clear printed fold A to B and then fold again and clip closed.
- Quality Product
- Good back System
- Ease of us
I am impressed with the Sealine drybags. They simply do what they are supposed to. They keep your kit dry and are reasonably comfortable with heavy loads. The built quality is excellent.
Ratings are out of 5, 1 being bad and 5 being the best.
Fit for Purpose – 5/5
Versatility – 5/5
Durability – 5/5
Value for money – 5/5
Overall – 5/5
Price from £75 for the 35l
£95 for the 115l