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Quiet dry bags?

AKMonkey

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My hunting pack for the last several years has been a Kifarhu Longhunter frame that I have modified into a glorified freighter frame that will adapt to easily secure and carry a wide variety of loads. For day hunting, I carry food, extra clothing layers, kill kit, tree saddle setup (when appropriate), etc. in a modest-sized camo dry bag strapped onto the frame. For longer, multi-day backpack hunts, I carry a larger dry bag with camping and cooking gear, food, clothing, and other necessities inside, and can strap my tent (or tent poles) outside the dry bag if necessary. When its time to pack game quarters or meat bags, its easy to strap those on. The system has been working well for me, but I'd like to find dry bags made from quieter, camo fabric for hunting. Any ideas?

Several manufacturers produce quiet, waterproof raingear and/or packs (for example, Rivers West, Cabela's, Sitka, Kuiu, etc.) but so far I have not found any roll-top dry bags with sealed seams made from suitably quiet material. I'd be willing to sew some myself if I could find suitable camo fabric (although sealing the seams might be tricky). Anybody recommendations on strong, quiet, waterproof fabric that might be suitable? Instructions on how to seal seams so they are waterproof and durable? Where might I find a pattern? (I'll wing it if necessary, it doesn't seem like that complex a project.)

Thanks for any insight you folks can provide.
 

AKMonkey

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Thanks. There are lots of dry bags out there. I have a couple from Sea to Summit. The rubbery coating is fairly quiet compared to woven nylon or polyester, but I haven't found them in camo patterns. The military surplus laundry bags are good for keeping wet gear from leaking all over the floor, but the top doesn't seal well enough to use them while hunting in the rain (at least that's the case with the ones I've seen).
 

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Sportsmansguide guide gear brand dry bags are quiet... I have 3 of them, 1 small and 2 large, and they are great....but they have done a redesign and I haven't tried the new ones....not camo but green

 

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Thanks. There are lots of dry bags out there. I have a couple from Sea to Summit. The rubbery coating is fairly quiet compared to woven nylon or polyester, but I haven't found them in camo patterns. The military surplus laundry bags are good for keeping wet gear from leaking all over the floor, but the top doesn't seal well enough to use them while hunting in the rain (at least that's the case with the ones I've seen).
Huh. I haven't had that issue. I usually cinch the opening tight, tie it shut, then fold the remaining top portion over and tie it again. Didn't realize sea to summit didn't offer camo.
 

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I've had a sealline dry bag submerged for 5 minutes or so as we were trying to get a kayak free from under a tree in a fast moving river and the gear inside stayed dry. They are pretty quiet and very durable. They're a bit pricey but I think ya get what ya pay for in dry bags. They make one in an O.D. green color and maybe you could sew a cover for the dry bag with a draw string to get your camo color and quiet it down even more.
 
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Allegheny Tom

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I use these:
Also check out sea to summit they make climbing and river rafting dry bags
I'm using a Sea to Summit bag as I type. It a waterproof, compression bag that is breathable so it lets air out as you compress it. I absolutely love these bags. I use it for my sleeping bag. Been on many river trips with it and never a drop of water inside.
Sleeping bags are the one piece of gear that has to stay dry...could be a survival situation.
 

Allegheny Tom

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and you dont necessarily need the dry bag to be camo. Just buy or stitch up a camo bag to slip a high quality dry bag into. Who cares what color a dry bag is. The important thing is that it is dependable. A lot of dry bags suck.
And since we are on the subject, most "dry bags" aren't really dry bags. They are semi dry bags.
Watershed brand bags truly are dry bags.
 

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My hunting pack for the last several years has been a Kifarhu Longhunter frame that I have modified into a glorified freighter frame that will adapt to easily secure and carry a wide variety of loads. For day hunting, I carry food, extra clothing layers, kill kit, tree saddle setup (when appropriate), etc. in a modest-sized camo dry bag strapped onto the frame. For longer, multi-day backpack hunts, I carry a larger dry bag with camping and cooking gear, food, clothing, and other necessities inside, and can strap my tent (or tent poles) outside the dry bag if necessary. When its time to pack game quarters or meat bags, its easy to strap those on. The system has been working well for me, but I'd like to find dry bags made from quieter, camo fabric for hunting. Any ideas?

Several manufacturers produce quiet, waterproof raingear and/or packs (for example, Rivers West, Cabela's, Sitka, Kuiu, etc.) but so far I have not found any roll-top dry bags with sealed seams made from suitably quiet material. I'd be willing to sew some myself if I could find suitable camo fabric (although sealing the seams might be tricky). Anybody recommendations on strong, quiet, waterproof fabric that might be suitable? Instructions on how to seal seams so they are waterproof and durable? Where might I find a pattern? (I'll wing it if necessary, it doesn't seem like that complex a project.)

Thanks for any insight you folks can provide.

I have a large one of these


for packing in many layers during late season.

It is about as quiet as I can imagine a dry bag being because the material is a thick rubber sheet with I believe ripstop style threads embedded in it. Basically a thick rubber tarp material. This makes it thicker/heavier than other bags. And it is not totally silent like fleece (probably not possible). But it is not like opening a chips bag nor textured and loud if something scraps by it. If you want a quiet dry bag, then you might have to make some sacrifices in other areas. Price isn't bad.
 
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