Dry sack different from dry bag?

I noticed a few years ago that the term “dry sack” had popped up, whereas previously water-sport bags were called “dry bags.”

The “dry sacks” are often placed in the backpacking section of stores. Are they different from dry bags, such as less suitable for actual immersion and intended more for rain protection instead?

I’d like to buy two small-medium dry bags, but locally “dry sacks” seem to have displaced “dry bags” on the shelves.

Material thickness

– Last Updated: Mar-18-11 11:37 PM EST –

Very, very thin cheap bags marketing ""lightweight"" nonsense
They merely scuff quick quickly and get pinholes in them

Touch, feel, look, handle in your fingers before you buy
--or at least understand a real dry bag will cost a few $

I've met a lot of ""gram weenies"" backpacking
- most kayakers want quality gear even it weighs more

Go to a real paddle shop - not a backpack place

jeez willie…
I think the bags willi’s referring to are made for keeping gear dry inside a backpack…they are made of a lightweight, water resistant, nylon they are not designed to sit in the bottom of a canoe or kayak. Take it easy there willi…

Internet and intent

– Last Updated: Mar-19-11 9:11 AM EST –

If that came across harsh - sorry.
REI, MooseJaw, EMS, etc. all get my business from time to time.

I used a thin drybag for adventure racing in my daypack.
If memory serves me right I got about 6 months usage.
As long as they stay "inside" another backpack they might last.
Using it in a hatch, putting it on rocks, sand, concrete, bottom of canoe,
as you load/unload wears a hole in them real quick.

“gram weenies” good one!

I know “Dry Sack” as a kind of sherry.
Might be good to have along on a trip.

Frank Gifford
was hawking this for years on TV in New York at least.


It depends on where you are…
…relative to the Mason-Dixon line. Up north, it’s a “bag”, down south, it’s a “sack”. :wink: