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Old 04-04-2013   #1
Colo Springs, Colorado
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Pacific Bag vs. Everything Bags?

I'm starting to do my research into which everything type bag I might get for my boat rigging. Does anyone have any comparison experience with how the Pacific River Bag from Cascade Outfitters

Cascade Outfitters Whitewater Rafting Equipment: Small Pacific River Bag

compares with the Everything Bags from Tough River Stuff

The Everything Bag

and Stitches n Stuff?

The Everything Bag

I have no doubt that all three work well, I just wonder if anyone knows if one or another bag has a great feature or a drawback that the others don't have.


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Old 04-04-2013   #2
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I use the everything bag from Ray at Tuff River Stuff. He will do anything you want as far as modifications. I don't have any experience with the others. I wouldn't do multi-day trips without one.

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Old 04-04-2013   #3
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Thanks Roger, that's becoming my thinking. I'm trying to get info if one bag is clearly better than another. All three look good.
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Old 04-04-2013   #4
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I have used the Pacific River bag and really like it. I actually bought one and used it on a friend's raft I borrowed for a Grand trip, then gave it to him as a gift for letting me use his boat for the trip. So, I just bought another one for my new raft. I considered the other options, and while I liked the idea of supporting a smaller business, I ended up going with what I knew I liked. I would definitely get one with a clam shell lid, whichever one you go with.
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Old 04-04-2013   #5
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Don't know about the other two, but Ray at Tuff River Stuff made two of his bags for me. One each for two rafts I had. Used them a bunch, had to sell both rafts and the bags still looked like new. Ray builds these bags any way you want and if my experience is typical you will not wear his bags out.
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Old 04-04-2013   #6
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I have the Pacific bag I really like it. I got a very good deal on a used one. I did add a couple more straps on the lid, works better with my boat. I am usually the first one packed after the initial set-up.
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Old 04-04-2013   #7
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Fash, what size bag did you end up getting? I assume the Pacific river bags just come in round bottom size. I have about 36" front to back, and 37" wide in the stern section. Do you think the larger size will fit better? From the pictures on the site, it looks like the material is pretty think made of mesh. Almost see through. TRS seems to be the most durable of the pack, and I like the clamshell design of stitches n stuff. Hope other owners can chime in.
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Old 04-04-2013   #8
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Out here they use the Barney Bag. Awesome product you can get pricing from Andy and Bax

Shaped either pentagonal or rectangular with a heavy duty splash zipper. Plus all the integrated straps to tie down on your boat

Well made in Gladstone Oregon
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Old 04-04-2013   #9
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I bought the large ones, for both rafts (Maravia Zephyr, 15' raft). The material is all mesh but it's pretty tough. I can't really compare to the others, but from what I've seen I'm not too concerned about long term durability. The shape isn't totally round, they taper it to generally fit the shape of a raft. Obviously, its not custom so it's not perfect but it fits well enough.

Friends here have the Andy and Bax Barney bags (and love them), and that was what I originally wanted but then I found the Pacific bag and liked the idea of the huge top opening with clam shell lid rather than the zipper. Easier to get stuff in and out.

But, I think any bag is better than no bag.
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Tough River Everything Bag! Just talked to Ray today and I'm ordering my second one, running in both bow and stern for my up coming Grand trip. Love his stuff. Indestructible and user friendly at the same time. Just pull the trigger. You will look back on this purchase as one of your best. Trust me.

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