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Re: [backpackgeartesters] IR Sea to Summit Stopper Dry Bag - L Pontious

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  • jerry adams
    Steve is monitoring Sea To Summit Stopper Dry Bag   I am monitoring Seat to Summit Ultra Mesh Bag   You are testing both of these?  At least that what the
    Message 1 of 3 , Dec 24, 2012
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      Steve is monitoring Sea To Summit Stopper Dry Bag
      I am monitoring Seat to Summit Ultra Mesh Bag
      You are testing both of these?  At least that what the data base says.  I assume the Ultra Mesh Bag has arrived and you're writing the IR which I am awaiting.

      From: Lori Pontious <lori.pontious@...>
      To: "backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com" <backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com>
      Cc: jerry adams <jerryaadams@...>
      Sent: Friday, December 21, 2012 7:01 AM
      Subject: [backpackgeartesters] IR Sea to Summit Stopper Dry Bag - L Pontious

      My groveling apologies for the lateness of this report. Were I to go into detail about the past two weeks of comedy and error, it would be longer than the report.

      The website lists Steven Kidd as the monitor?

      LINK: http://tinyurl.com/c5yur2m

      Sea to Summit Stopper Dry Bag
      Test Series by Lori Pontious

      INITIAL REPORT - December 18, 2012

      Tester Information

      NAME: Lori Pontious
      EMAIL: lori.pontious (at) gmail.com
      AGE: 45
      LOCATION: Fresno County, California, USA
      GENDER: F
      HEIGHT: 5'7" (1.7 m)
      WEIGHT: 165 lb (75 kg)

      I've backpacked, camped and fished all over the lower 48 states with my family as a kid, and then life happened. I've restarted these activities about six years ago - I dayhike or backpack 2-6 times a month. I am between light and ultralight. I have a hammock system and own a Tarptent. My base weight depends upon season and where I go.

      Product Information

      Manufacturer:Sea to Summit

      Manufacturer URL: http://www.seatosummit.com/
      Sizes Available: 5, 8, 13, 20, 35 and 65 liter ( )
      Colors Available: Blue, Lime, Yellow
      Color Tested: Lime
      Size Tested: 13 liter
      Listed Weight: 4.4 ounces (125 grams)
      Measured Weight:4.05 ounces (114 grams )
      MSRP:not listed
      Initial Report

      Product Description
      The Sea to Summit Stopper Dry Bag (hereafter "the bag") is a new product this year for Sea to Summit. The fabric is described as waterproof, abrasion resistant, and UV resistant. The packaging further notes that the bag is durable and will not crack in extreme cold. It is PVC free.

      The bag has welded seams, not sewn. The bottom is oval rather than round or square. It's made of 210D nylon fabric, laminated with TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane). There is a buckle closure, and the buckle is replaceable; it's made of plastic and has steel pins in each end that unscrew for easy removal.

      When I removed the Stopper Dry Bag from its packaging and unfolded it, I noticed a sticker on the front of the bag with specific instructions in six languages. It informs me that I should avoid bringing the bag into contact with sharp objects and abrasive surfaces, and to not submerge the bag. I am further warned to use two dry bags when trying to protect electronics. The sticker also says to hand wash the bag with warm water only. The sticker was intended to be removed before use. When I removed it, a fair amount of the adhesive stayed on the bag, and required more effort and some Goo Gone to remove it.

      The bag I received appears to be in perfect condition - the seams are tightly welded and no blemishes or flaws are evident.

      Judging from the picture of white water rafters on the packaging, this is intended to be marketed to boaters, rafters or kayakers. The packaging notes that Sea to Summit is part of the Carbon Neutral program, and encourages me to recycle the cardboard.

      I will be using the Stopper Dry Bag on backpacking trips, to carry insulating items such as sleeping quilt or bag, down jacket, and other items that ideally should be kept dry. I may also be able to take it kayaking with me. I will be monitoring the durability and, of course, the waterproofness of the bag as I use it on winter and early spring overnight trips.

      Thanks to Sea to Summit and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test the Stopper Dry Bag. Please come back in two months when I post my Field Report.

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