Originally Posted by cataraftgirl
Yes, I could see a Watershed being a problem as a day bag. Once the zip locks are sealed, they are SEALED. It takes a bit of effort to get them open, which is why I trust them over other bags with my gear. I use three different sizes, but I don't use them as day bags for my rain gear, etc. However, I'll never go back to any other bag (especially not a top loader) for my main gear bags.
I treat the zip lock seals on my Watersheds with 303 at the start of every season. Keeps them clean, supple, and sealing like they should.
We used a smaller one for a day day bag for years, worked great. I'm with you on never going back to any other bags.
One little testimony: one boat in our group flipped his boat on an Alaska river, the boat remained pinned upside down for 2 nights under an enormous sweeper in fast current. After hiring a helicopter, we were able to retrieve the boat and gear. The only container that was free of water and glacial sediment was his Watershed bags--they were bone dry, as was his camera gear.