Soft Sided Luggage-Part 1
In addition to “hard bags” we picked up some soft waterproof bags as well, one even doubles as a back pack…bonus!
The first bag/backpack I would class this in the medium to large size, it is no duffel bag, but it will hold enough kit for any trip. Here is a picture of it:
As with anything rated as “waterproof” I am always skeptical, (I prefer to use dry sacs inside everything, think of it as added security) its a real bummer when you ride for long hours and go to set up camp and then realize that the 10 minute rain shower you went through earlier in the day had completely soaked through everything, how many times has that happened to you? And then you vow to wrap it all in a tarp next time….same result….. been there done that….so now I use dry sacs inside of everything, just my preference.
Just realize that the manufacture may state waterproof, when in fact it is more water resistant…. be sure to double check the specifications on it to be positive.
And to test the dry sacs, I put a towel inside the dry sac and toss them in the tub (put water in the tub of course), great way to see if its seals well and has holes…before your trip! These can be picked up at various stores and outfitters for a reasonable price. I like having different coloured bags for different uses, just my O.C.D kicking in.
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Heather will tell you I’m quite anally organized when it comes time for packing…..I worked in the oilfield and traveled from NB to Alberta, and worked all over the west, you learn fast how to pack light and what is needs vs wants.
This pictures shows our backpack has a large Velcro flap to cover the zipper and opens up well to stuff all your gear in.
Four zippered pouches on the sides are great for those miscellaneous items, extra nylon straps, KFS (knife,fork,spoon) and the like. Shown above is a picture of the bag open, and this is what I can pack in it:
- 2 pairs of jeans (one regular and one lined pair)
- a hoodie
- a large wool sweater
- plenty of room for more,
definitely enough room for clothing for a long trip.
Another added bonus is it has 4 small d-rings on both the front and back, great for strapping to you bike or a sleeping bag to it….another great feature of this bag is the two removable top straps, great for adding a sleeping bag or a tent to the top.
We use it to strap our round duffel style bag to the top as shown here.
As you can see this set up is quite versatile and I must say we have enjoyed using it. I hope this helps you pick out something that will work well for you, on your adventures.