There has been a lot of activity on here lately, but let me add my stuff sack owner review to the pile. I have uploaded the html file to the test folder: http://tinyurl.com/d23x8s4
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SEA TO SUMMIT EVENT COMPRESSION DRY SACK
BY KATHRYN MONTOVAN
April 15, 2012
NAME: Kathryn Montovan
LOCATION: Groton, New York, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
WEIGHT: 150 lb (68.00 kg)
I have been backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing and winter camping for over 10 years. My excursions are mostly weekend and occasionally weeklong backpacking and kayaking trips in the wooded and often wet, rolling terrain of western New York. I usually tarp camp with a small to large group. In general, I strive for a compact and light pack but value well-made and durable gear over ultralight items. I also do a lot of day hiking with my dog.
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Manufacturer: Sea to Summit
Manufacturer's website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.seatosummit.com/"
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Year of manufacture: 2008
Size: Small Listed weight: 4.5 oz (129 g)
Measured weight: 4.3 oz (122 g)
Dimensions: 7" x 16" (18 x 40 cm)
Max Volume: 10 L
Min Volume: 3.3 L
XS: 6" x 14" / 15 x 36cm, 3.7 oz/107 g, 6 L max volume
S: 7" x 16" / 18 x 40cm, 4.5 oz/129 g, 10 L max volume
M: 8" x 18" / 20 x 46cm, 5.2 oz/148 g, 14 L max volume
L: 9" x 20" / 23 x 51cm, 5.9 oz/168 g, 20 L max volume
XL: 10.5" x 23" / 27 x 58cm, 7.4 oz/210 g, 30 L max volume
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This stuff sack combines the best of compression sacks with the protection of waterproof dry bags. The bag is made from air-permeable eVent waterproof fabric that allows the air to escape when the bag is compressed while still maintaining the water proof seals. The top of the bag must be rolled down at least three folds to create an effective watertight seal. The lid is attached with 4 straps that can be evenly tightened to compress the whole stuff sack. There is also a strap on the bottom of the stuff sack.
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I have used this compression sack to carry my sleeping bag for at least 25 nights on backpacking and sea kayaking trips. This includes multiple sea kayaking trips in upstate New York, and a backpacking trip to Zion National park in Utah. It has been shoved into kayak hatches, sat all day in unavoidable kayak water, and traveled crammed into a pack with other gear.
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I purchased the smallest compression sack that my sleeping bag would fit into so that I would end up with a nicer shape. I hate trying to carry large compression sacks that become basketball shape when compressed. For me, the small size works well for my sleeping bag but requires a good amount of work to get the bag in and pressed down enough to securely seal the top.
I have tested this compression sack in quite possibly the worst of conditions. When I am kayaking, this compression sack containing my sleeping bag sits in my kayak all day the half-inch (1 cm) or so of water that is nearly impossible to avoid. I have never had a problem with any moisture reaching any part of my sleeping bag. I trust it completely for my sleeping bag. If I were to carry sensitive and expensive electronics in this bag I would take the companies recommendation to double bag because of the potential damage that a leak would cause.
The fabric on this compression sack is durable, with seams that are so sturdy that I have not thought once about them or their ability to hold up to the pressures of stuffing in a sleeping bag or synching down the compression straps. The seam sealing and waterproof fabric has held up well to four years of heavy use.
THINGS I LIKE
3) Compresses well
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
1) It is heavier and more expensive than most stuff sacks, but I think it is worth the extra cost and weight.
I am glad that I purchased this stuff sack for my sleeping bag and will purchase the same compression sack again when necessary. It is indeed waterproof, durable, and easy to use. It is a piece of gear that I just don't have to think about but can depend on.
Kathryn (Katie) Montovan
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