Our Review: Sea to Summit Event Compression Dry Sack M 14L
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The Sea to Summit Event Compression Dry Sack is a versatile, durable dry sack that is great for storing gear, food, clothing, or any of your other essential hiking and camping accessories. These compression dry sacks conveniently roll down to a small size that makes them extremely easy to store, saving you both pack space and time that is better spent discovering previously unexplored hiking trails.
This post reviews the Sea to Summit Event Compression Dry Sack, breaking down all its best features and giving you the 411 on why we choose this dry sack to keep our gear safe and dampness-free while out in the backcountry.
Overview: Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack M 14L
Perfect for: hikers and trekkers that are hunting around for a versatile, water-proof, and lightweight stuff sack
- High-quality lightweight fabric: Made of waterproof nylon fabric that is lightweight and tightly woven for maximum water resistance. The fabric is made to last, being strong enough for rugged use.
- Made for extreme conditions: Whether you are camping, backpacking, kayaking, or canyoneering, this dry sack will keep your gear dry in the toughest of conditions.
- Available in a variety of different sizes: Aside from the medium 14L size that we use, the Sea to Summit Event Compression Dry Sack comes in 4 other sizes ranging from 6-30L or XS to XL.
- Tears can happen: Although unlikely, due to their lightweight design, these compression dry sacks can tear when overfilled or if the body material comes in contact with sharp objects.
|Size/feature||XS / 6-liters||S / 10-liters||M / 14-liters||L / 20-liters||XL / 30-liters|
|Dimensions||6 x 14 in / 15 x 35 cm||7 x 16 in / 18 x 40 cm||8 x 18 in / 20 x 46 cm||9 x 20 in / 23 x 50cm||10.5 x 23 in / 27 x 58 cm|
|Weight||3.7 oz / 107g||4.5 oz / 129g||5.2 oz / 148g||5.9 oz / 168g||7.4 oz / 210g|
Who the Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack Is For
Unless you need your compression dry bag for an especially wet environment, we can recommend this Seas to Summit product for just about every fun-filled adventure. It is lightweight and does such a fabulous job at keeping things safe and secure while adventuring outdoors.
Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack Key Features
The Sea to Summit’s team are well known within the hiking and camping community to manufacture high-quality gear, their Compression Dry Sack being no different. Alongside the build quality and extra attention to detail you come to expect from Sea to Summit’s products, the Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack comes with a ton of great features.
While out enjoying the backcountry, there’s possibly nothing worse than hiking into a remote area, making camp, and realizing your sleeping bag or clothing has fallen victim to dampness or water. Thankfully, with the Sea To Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack, you can rest assured your sleeping bag and other essential gear will be kept warm and dry.
This is thanks to the Sea to Summit Event Compression Dry Sack’s sturdy 70D nylon eVent® waterproof fabric that is used within the sack’s body and the 40 denier nylon with eVent laminate that makes up the base.
In addition to its waterproofing qualities, the eVent® waterproof fabric has also been manufactured to be lightweight. The tightly woven waterproof fabric is reasonably durable and features an air permeable base. It also sports special venting that allows air to escape to make stuffing easier while simultaneously ensuring water won’t seep into your stuff sack through the tightly-closed buckle.
Very few compression sacks are also easy to compress, but this one compacts down to about a third of its original size with little effort. This is thanks to 4 straps that evenly compresses the sack down to a very manageable size. Couple the compression straps with the sack’s air permeable base and saving space in your backpack really couldn’t get any easier.
Another really nice addition this Summit compression sack features is an ergonomic handle that is mounted on the sack’s eVent fabric base. This pull handle makes carrying, attaching, and general handling very easy and convenient.
The Sea to Summit Event Compression Dry Sack also comes with a ton of added extras, including:
- Its seams and high use areas like the base, lid, and handle have all been reinforced with double-stitching for added durability, weatherproofing, and maximum protection.
- Extra layers of 10000mm hydrostatic head fabric add protection and limit leaks.
- Just in case the worst happens, included is a 15mm field repair buckle with stainless steel pins for quick and easy replacement.
Although the Sea to Summit warranty does not cover product damage they deem has occurred due to “improper use or care, accident, or negligence”, if a product you have purchased from Sea to Summit is deemed to have an issue because of workmanship or materials, the company will offer a repair, replacement, or credit.
Can You Submerge a Dry Bag?
Sure, dry bags can be submerged. But even though they are often equipped with waterproof seams and waterproof fabric, it isn’t recommended they be held underwater for more than a few seconds at a time. This is simply because they aren’t designed for this purpose. Instead, dry sacks are meant to keep your belongings dry in case they are inadvertently exposed to dampness or if an accident occurs.
Is It Ok to Machine Wash a Dry Sack or Dry Bag?
Dry sacks and dry bags shouldn’t be washed in a washing machine. Washing machines, particularly top loaders, are notoriously hard on a lot of camping and hiking gear. With that in mind, it’s better to spray down your dry bag with dishwashing soap and give it a good scrub with a dishwashing sponge. Once clean, the dry sack can be air dried just like any other item of clothing.
If you’re looking for an excellent compression sack that can stand up to damp environments, then there’s no reason you shouldn’t consider the Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack.
It looks almost exactly like what you might expect from a regular stuff sack but has the added advantage of water-proof qualities. It weighs very little compared to some of the other choices on the market and it offers a superb level of space-saving convenience. In addition, the compression venting system allows air to escape when it’s being compressed, all the while keeping your essentials and accessories nice and dry.
After extensive testing and backcountry camping, trekking, and hiking, we know and trust the Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack for its lightweight design, ease of compression, and convenient compression straps.