LTR-SEAT TO SUMMIT NANO DRY SACK-STEVE KIDD
Great Product! I love them! Let me know what to work on!
LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "IMAGE 1" IMAGE CAPTION = "The View and the Nearly Translucent Nano Dry Sack">>25 - 26 May, 2012: I again camped with my children, but this was in the wooded areas of my family farm near Straightstone, Virginia. Elevations were approximately 625 ft (190 m) and temperatures ranged from 69 F (20 C) to 86 F (30 C) conditions were dry but not humid and the ticks were out in force.
27 - 28 May, 2012: A public island on Smith Mountain Lake in southwest Virginia. Conditions continued to be dry with temperatures ranging from 70 F (21 C) to 89 F (32 C). Normal pond depth for the lake is around 794 ft (242 m). We motored to the island by pontoon and I did have the fortune of adding my wife to the crew this evening. She took to the ground with the kids in our 3 - person tent and I labored above in my hammock.
14 -15 July, 2012: Long Hunter State Park, Hermitage, Tennessee. This was a two-day and one-night outing that covered 11 mi (18 km) along the 5.5 mi (9 km) Volunteer Trail that emerges on J. Percy Priest Lake. The high elevation of the park is 522 ft (159 m). Temperatures were humid and oppressing with highs around 95 F (35 C) during the day and a low around 87 F (31 C) at night. There was no moisture at all on the outing.
10 - 12 August, 2012: Bear Island on J. Percy Priest Lake. The island is a fifteen minute paddle from Anderson Boat Ramp, in Davidson, Tennessee (a part of the Metropolitan Nashville Area). Lake elevation at full summer pond is 490 ft (149 m) and I hammock camped less than twenty yards from shore on this three-day and two-night outing. Temperatures were amazing and dry; they averaged no higher than 82 F (28 C) during the day and dipped to as low as 59 F (15 C) on the second night. No true mileage was covered on this outing as it was a "Group Hang" of hammock campers from the middle Tennessee area and mostly involved water sports and fishing.
15 - 16 September, 2012: King's Chapel Pond, Arrington, Tennessee. I couldn't get the kids to the woods, so I took the woods to them. Our neighborhood has over 300 acres of untouched farm and hunting land that allowed us to take a short .75 m (1.2 km) hike to a well established irrigation pond on the farm. The elevation is 767 ft (234 m) and the temperatures were in the mid 60's F (18 C) and dipped to 48 (9 C) during the evening. There was very heavy dew when we awoke the next morning. In fact, it was wet enough to cause my 5 year old daughter to think it had rained overnight.
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
I used the Nano Dry Sacks extensively during the testing phase and I'm thoroughly impressed with them. I used them on two dive trips, at the beach and on multiple backpacking and camping outings on or around several Virginia and Tennessee lakes.
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The backpacking and camping outings were rain free, but the bags were still given plenty of opportunity to experience moisture, between sea spray on the dive outing and water spray and simple dampness on bass boats and in canoes. The Nano performed as expected, superbly. I am also impressed with how well the sacks held up to environments for which they were not designed. They are meant to stow gear within the safe confines of a backpack, however, I used the bags as often outside a pack as I did inside one. They held up to damp conditions perfectly and no interior contents ever became even slightly damp, must less wet.
I was impressed with the translucent nature of the sacks. When I had gear stowed within them I could often look through the bag and see what the item was. The sacks are so thin and lightweight I will probably no longer continue to use them outside the protection of a backpack, but I was interested in their integrity during the test series. At roughly an ounce, I'm quite impressed with the minimal weight the sacks give me for water protective organization. I dunked them a few times under water, for up to 30 seconds and never had a bag compromised.
The Nano sacks are lightweight enough for me to replace some basic nylon stuff sacks that I use in my pack. Doing so is typically weight neutral for me, but affords me the waterproofing security.
After having used them on five outings, at the beach and on two dive trips I'm happy to suggest them to any weight conscious outdoorsman. As my images show, I tested these sacks simultaneously with the Ultra-Sil View Dry Sacks. Both are very impressive products with excellent but differing features. In my opinion, this is the ideal product for the ultra weight conscious mainstream backpacker. In fact these sacks weigh mere grams more than roll top cuben fiber storage sacks I've seen offered by cottage vendors.
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I am completely impressed with the Nano Dry Sack, like nearly every product I've used from Sea to Summit. The company is ever evolving in their research and development, and I continue to be impressed with the items they bring to market. I own seven dry sacks from this manufacturer at this point, and at one point I was considering acquiring an Ultra-Sil pack liner. I'm so impressed with the organization these current sacks afford me at a minimal weight penalty that I don't see myself doing so at this point.
I love the lightweight, waterproof and nearly translucent nature of the product. Just as in my initial report, I do suggest adding a small pull tab to the bottom of the sack. A half inch tab of grosgrain sewn into the bottom hem would even suffice.
I'd like to thank Sea to Summit and BackpackGearTest for the opportunity to test the quality Nano Dry Sacks.
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- Hi Steve,
Html looks good. Just one suggestion.
Elevations were approximately 625 ft (190 m) and temperatures ranged from 69 F (20 C) to 86 F (30 C) conditions were dry but not humid and the ticks were out in force.
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Thanks for the edit. Also, if someone could delete the file, I will upload the completed report ASAP.
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> Hi Steve,
> Html looks good. Just one suggestion.
> Elevations were approximately 625 ft (190 m) and temperatures ranged from 69 F (20 C) to 86 F (30 C) conditions were dry but not humid and the ticks were out in force.
> *** Suggest a period "." before 'conditions'. ***
- Done Steve,
(A link helps a lot)
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> if someone could delete the file, I will upload the completed report ASAP.