New here and have a question. For a 2-4 day wilderness lake trip would you recommend using dry bags for storage, or the screw top buckets I've seen many using.
Any input would be appreciated.
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I like using both.|
Posted by: deuce on Jun-17-13 1:12 PM (EST)
I usually put dishes, coffee, tea, dishrags, etc. in a five gallon bucket with a gamma (screw top) lid then tuck dry bags in around it. I find the bucket nestles in the bow of the yoke perfectly, and by the time I add the bags and throw a couple of cam straps in an x across everything it makes a nice clean little setup. Disclaimer: I've never flipped, so I can't attest to the dryness of this arrangement, but I'm confident it would stay put. Disclaimer number two: I wouldn't trust the gamma bucket setup to keep its contents dry in the event of a flip. It would prevent a thorough soaking I'm sure and will definitely keep splashing out, but I'd recommend bagging (garbage, ziplock, etc.) items that need to stay dry.
Neither are really waterproof|
Posted by: pblanc on Jun-17-13 1:17 PM (EST)
Have used both................|
Posted by: thebob.com on Jun-17-13 1:22 PM (EST)
My issue with buckets of any size |
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-17-13 1:55 PM (EST)
is that they are not conducive to good use of space in the canoe, AND they are heavier than bags.
No question that what works |
Posted by: deuce on Jun-17-13 2:04 PM (EST)
and what doesn't depends largely on circumstances: kind of boat, kind of trip, etc.
Not so much on kind of boat. We took|
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-17-13 5:30 PM (EST)
an 18.5" canoe into Quetico for 12 nights, and there was just enough room for soft packs. If we had tried to use barrels, we would not have been able to get everything in. Barrels and buckets are always going to eat up space.
Posted by: deuce on Jun-18-13 9:54 AM (EST)
if your canoe was only a foot and a half long you definitely wouldn't want to carry any buckets. Sorry, couldn't resist. Imagine smiley face emoticon thingy here.
If you're making an initial investment|
Posted by: clarion on Jun-17-13 3:29 PM (EST)
... dry bags may be more versatile as they pack in tighter places. And when used alone they sit in the boat nicely without banging around or causing discomfort. And you can roll them down smaller as needed.
But you can roll barrels down slopes |
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-18-13 2:56 PM (EST)
when needed, as when the topography of your portage route permits!
article on types of dry storage|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Jun-17-13 4:23 PM (EST)
California Kayaker Magazine ran an article on types of dry storage and what works back in Issue #4 (Winter 2010). That issue, and all others, can be read online for free at http://www.calkayakermag.com/magazine.html.
But Peter, barrels can serve as sponsons|
Posted by: ezwater on Jun-18-13 5:37 PM (EST)
Just lash a couple on each side of your kayak.
Dry bags if kayaking and....|
Posted by: jackl on Jun-17-13 5:04 PM (EST)
a combination if in a canoe.
anything will work|
Posted by: Mattt on Jun-18-13 9:10 AM (EST)
most important question to me, is are you going to be doing any portages ?
Forgot to mention|
Posted by: deuce on Jun-18-13 9:26 AM (EST)
if you decide to try out the gamma lid setup they are now available at Home Depot. That's a fairly recent development, at least around here.
I like packs for all circumstances|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Jun-18-13 10:22 AM (EST)
Overnight tripping: I use a traditional canvas Duluth Packs. On the inside, I now use Granite Gear eVent roll-top liners. I have never liked barrels. Packs mold to the shape of the canoe and are lighter than barrels.
Posted by: TommyC1 on Jun-19-13 9:16 AM (EST)
The screw top bucket is great for things you might want to get at while you're paddling. Mine will have lunch and snacks, bug dope, rain gear, repair kit etc.
Bags / Buckets|
Posted by: richardp on Jun-19-13 10:40 AM (EST)
The bucket would be great for food as it will keep the little critters at bay. It also serves double duty as a stool. I use a plastic wannigan for day trips to store food and fragile items. A dry bag is used for rain gear and any extra clothing.