Chart case model and size recommendation

First size. I will most often use 8.5 x 11 inch charts, printed off the computer. What size case would you recommend. Approx 9 x 12, or bigger for some reason?

For model, I found one good back post on this topic within the past year.

Sounds like the Ortlieb is a good one, approx $25. Anything else come along since the time of that thread? I saw a Pacific Outdoor Equipment (POE) map case locally that looked pretty good, approx $16 locally. It zip locks then folds over like a dry bag closure. Has clips on all 4 corners. They come in 3 sizes:

Small: 9.5 x 12.5

Medium: 13 x 15

Large: 14 x 21

Anyone tired the POE case?

I might try the POE case, then if it craps out early, order an Ortlieb. Thoughts?


map help
How about just lamate the printed map. Use a stiffer paper like 70lb or so and just trim out and lamate. You can also write notes on it to keep or transfer to notes later.

I championed the Ortlieb
and I still prefer it due to the roll-down closure. Sand in a zip-type makes for a wet map.

But I discovered a problem with it in the BWCA: It is too floppy! Great for placing under deck bungies, but in the wind if MN a case such as the Granite Gear or Ostrum is preferable, and both attach to the thwart more easily than the Ortlieb.

The Fischer and McKenzie maps are WP, so sealing is not so much an issue.

Definately try teh Natl Geographic Adventure paper. A bit pricey, but you can print both sides and it is usable without a case.