Ortlieb dry duffle review by TBP

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    Lee Arbach TBP

    The Ortlieb Dry Duffel Waterproof 60 Liters Medium K1433 Yellow, $175, is the highest quality bag of this type you can purchase, period. The German blended pvc of the Ortlieb’s could easily be used to build inflatable touring kayaks. Not only does it have a tough 1000 denier polyester base, but the acrylic finish exterior is hard and abrasion resistant. This listing is for the “medium” (there is no “small” standard Duffle, but the Ortlieb TravelZip Duffle is 10 liters smaller than this one) 60 liter volume bag, which measures 22″ long, 13″ wide, and 11.5″ tall. If you look at the manufacturer’s figures, you will notice they vary somewhat from ours. Many of Ortlieb’s dimensions are too high, but on a couple of the Dry Duffles they are actually too low. Otrlieb says this one weighs 2 pounds, 8 ounces. Our scale says 2 lbs, 10 oz. Close enough.

    All three sizes of the Expedition Dry Duffles feature a completely watertight drysuit zipper, two inside pockets for small items or dirty riverwear, one outside zippered mesh pocket, a strip of daisychains on each side of the zipper that cam straps can pass through, pegs on the ends if you want to stand your bag on a flat floor, contoured carry straps (which double as backpack shoulder straps, though they are not very padded) that can be removed with a little fussing, cordura reinforced corners and bottoms, and an internal compression strap that can make closing the zipper easier if the bag is fully loaded. There is also a ladderlock piece of hardware at each end of the zipper that a camlock strap will pass though. Between these, the daisychain patches, and the handle webbing, there is no shortage of ways to tie this bag ultra-securely into your river boat.

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