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Old 09-05-2018   #1
 
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Yeti Dry Bags - design thoughts

Ok - let's first address the elephant in the room - they're ludicrously expensive.

That being what it is, what are people's thoughts on the DESIGN of them? I played around with a couple of of them in the store and I'm still not sold on the zipper concept. How long it will last and if everyone will remember to fully zip it (the only way it's fully watertight).

I briefly played with two different sizes and filled them with air and sat on them. They didn't budge - even when bouncing.

I'm just not sure of the longevity of them and if the zipper could get fouled enough to let water in during a submerged situation.

Thoughts?

ref: https://www.yeti.com/bags

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That's a ludicrous price when you could have a top quality Watershed for 1/3 the price or Ortlieb for 1/2 the price.


But they come with window stickers so that's a plus.
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That's EXACTLY why I was trying to focus on the design of it and not the cost/price.
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I'm super impressed by the silicon seal on the Watershed bags. Really easy to open and close, but they seem to stay closed well on their own.


I think if you're used to zipping a drysuit zipper, you'd be in the habit of fully zipping the Yeti zipper. They sure work well on their Hopper soft coolers.
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I really like the zipper on my Aire Frodo bag, so I imagine I would feel the same way about the Yeti. It also *looks* more bomber than many of my dry bags...YMMV
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That's EXACTLY why I was trying to focus on the design of it and not the cost/price.

I'll wait for K-mart to come out with a Ozark trail one for $60 and still not buy one. I prefer to pack in several water proof compression bags then toss everything in a marginally waterproof bag. Double the protection for 1/2 the price.
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I've never seen anything besides what's on their website so....

The rectangular design looks like it would hold more and stow more compactly with other gear. The handles on the ends look good to me, however the lack of a way to roll the bag shut means there's no way to adjust the bag so it'll be tight around the contents.

Also, the prominent and large placement of the "YETI" logo is sure to be a design feature that will satisfy the CFO.

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If you like the zipper drybag idea I suggest looking at Madwater Drybags. Made in the USA not China.
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Having actually used one for a week this year Iíll say this.

1. The zipper sucks.
A. The opening it creates is narrow and hard to get larger items in.
B. The zipper itself is abrasive. Maybe I have soft skin, dunno but I donít care for it.

2. The shape of it is pretty defined, meaning it doesnít really allow you to mold the bag to fit weird stuff or a lot of stuff.

3. It kept stuff dry but we had no flips.

If youíve used the yeti hopper coolers (gen 1) with the zipper directly on the top you will know exactly what Iím talking about. I gave my panga away to my buddy and stayed with my watershed. If you want a zipper buy an Ortleib and save some money. I always buy new gear stuff and try it out. This was one piece I didnít care for at all.
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For the money, go with Ortlieb

Bought an Ortlieb this year and love it. Square design makes packing and repacking easy, and things stay in place when you only puke some of the bags contents. Always seemed like I was repacking my entire dry bag every morning with the circular design of older bags.

Yes, it doesn't have a roll closure so you have to pack it full. But if you have that much room just bring a full size feather pillow to puff out and take up the space, or pull you sleeping bag out of the stuff sack and let it take up the additional space.

As for the design on the Yeti, yeah, looks like a pain in the ass to pack and unpack and keep things organized
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