When one looks up the definition of the word “dry” as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, this is what they’ll find: “A) free or relatively free from a liquid and especially water <Mix the dry ingredients first.><as dry as a bone> B) not being in or under water <happy to be on dry land>. Or, A) marked by the absence of alcoholic beverages <a dry party> B) prohibiting the manufacture or distribution of alcoholic beverages <a dry county>.“The latter, however, is not the dry we’re referring to. We’re talking about the kind of dry when you pull a cozy hoodie out of your Drybag at the end of the river and put it on you feel like the Snuggle Bear from those fabric softener commercials. The kind of dry that your river map, cell phone, and matches for the campfire are in perfect shape after 13 miles of shredding the gnar kayaking. The folks here at Watershed got real tired of sub-par products, and wet sandwiches, and created the patented Watershed Zipdry Closure. When you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself they say. Here is why our Zipdry Closure is the bomb…or rather bomb and 18 wheeler proof.
No Rolling Required
Anyone who has used other drybags featuring the rolling technique can understand the frustration. Simply rolling the bag down multiple times does not ensure a watertight seal. It takes forever, and typically once you’ve rolled and “sealed” the bag you realize your phone is sitting on that rock next to your boat… that you left there… that should be in the bag. Ugh. Also, this feature makes it difficult to get what you need quickly, especially sneaky little items that find their way to the bottom of the bag. It’s a production just to get a granola bar. Our bags work like a freezer bag you’d use at home, with multiple levels that grip and lock shut even when submerged and under pressure. The lengthwise opening feature makes it so you can get in and get out quickly and on with your life.
Bill Nye the Science Guy, or Mr. Wizard – if he’s more your style – would get stoked about the radio frequency welding process used to create the seams. Electromagnetic energy and pressure are used to molecularly combine materials permanently and form the seal. There are no stitches used in the process. This means there aren’t any weak points for the bag to fail, thereby letting river water inside to reek havoc on all your items and belongings that are much more fun when they’re dry. Combine this unique design and construction process with only quality chemically stable polyurethane coated fabrics, and you’ve got a product second-to-none for performance and durability. Just like the fabrics used to make Watershed Drybags, when you’re out there paddling you can’t crack, fade, or lose your flexibility.
PS…though we can’t be sure what the lyrics mean, we can only hope it’s saying something like, “Yes! The Americans have it on this one! This drybag is the most badass in all the lands!”
Another adventurer of ours sent in this pic of his Colorado DryBag that in an act of God (or just faulty roof rack assembly) flew out of his kayak on the interstate and went toe-to-toe with an 18 wheeler. Sadly, the body of the bag got destroyed, but you can see the zipper feature remained shut throughout the entire hellacious event. Now that’s a true seal!
We created these bags with us in mind, and you are just like us – wanting a quality product that does what it says it does. We strive to create a top-notch Drybag to keep items dry and ready to go no matter what the circumstances. As always have fun, and stay dry out there!
Sophie and Ewan just returned from a self-supported 14 day expedition on the Antarctic Peninsula. These two explorers took their Watershed Drybags on an amazing adventure indeed!
Quite simply, they had a journey of unimaginable proportions – unimaginable scenery, unimaginable wildlife encounters and unimaginable memories. They were tested by Mother Nature and blessed by her. Thankfully their thorough preparations, careful planning, professional support and educated decision making led to an extremely successful and safe expedition for them both!
They covered almost 100 nautical miles along the Antarctic Peninsula from Petermann Island south of the Lemaire Channel through to Wilhelmina Bay off the Gerlache Strait. Out of 14 days, they paddled ten and were forced to the confines of their tent for four.
They departed from the Akademik Sergey Vavilov at Petermann Island under blue skies, a warming send-off from all aboard – One Ocean Expeditions staff, passengers and crew – whales abound and a blast from the ship’s horn. Throughout the ensuing 13 days they had intimate encounters with humpback whales, scaled mountain peaks for stunning vistas, paddled through dramatic, mountain-clad channels, fought their way into 25 knot winds, glided across oil slick-like glassy bays, watched penguins waddle past their tent door as they cooked dinner and so much more.
The best part… they filmed the whole expedition!!! From the very start back in New Zealand undergoing their initial preparations through to the rousing reception they received from all aboard the Vavilov when they rendezvoused with her on Feb 2nd, deep in Wilhelmina Bay – again with whales abound. They have amassed gigabytes of footage, which they are now going through with some very good friends and professional film makers. What may come of it?……at this stage we’re not sure. But rest assured we’ll keep you posted.
“We just wanted to say thanks for Watershed´s support of us… Other than the two military largo tote´s you sourced for us and my Oocee bag, we were kindly lent a Watershed kayak deck bag together with another Watershed bag we already owned. All up, a great collection of bags for stuff that really had to stay dry – no questions asked! We both had one for our emergency grab bags containing bits and pieces for emergency survival in Antarctica and others were used for important documents, day bags etc etc. We look forward to many more years of service from our bags.” – Sophie and Ewan
The First Annual Get In Gear Fest @ Asheville RiverLink Park
24 local gear companies, seven local breweries and RIVER LINK, all coming together to make sure local community gets a chance to try (and buy!) locally-made outdoor gear and beer.
Mark your calendars – Saturday March 21st, 12-4pm
Come ring in the first day of spring with locally made gear demos, clinics, raffles, races, events, and some local brews. More details soon to come, but for now, the poster below ought to tell you the most important thing: This event is gonna be awesome!
Keith Lynch recently completed a 4,000 mile canoe voyage from Twin Bridges, MT to Dallas, TX.
His journey was an eye opening experience and a true adventurers accomplishment given his inexperience and lack of outdoor knowledge. He had planned for his journey for months, and after reading countless gear reviews, he finally settled on the gear he would use for his trip. This gear included Watershed Drybags for his most trusted possessions and electronics.
On June 6th, the 4th day of his journey, Keith capsized.
He hit a train trestle beam and his canoe flipped into the Jefferson River. He had not lashed down anything to his canoe. All of his gear, including over $3,000 worth of electronics floated down the river. Luckily he recovered a good majority of his belongings, but one of the bags that got away was his Watershed Ocoee bag which housed most of his expensive electronics including his GPS tracker. The challenge was that the bag was wedged in an almost impossible location to find despite having the GPS coordinates.
Enter Norm Miller and Kris Walker.
Norm and Kris are natural born kind souls who also happen to be outdoors experts! Norm is a staff historian, photographer, and year-round guide for River Source Rafting. He even retraced the entire Lewis & Clark route in 2004- SOLO. After Norm and Kris reviewed the location of Keith’s canoe flip, they speculated the landing point of the Ocoee bag, and set out to find it. Unfortunately he couldn’t paddle to the assumed location of the bag given the high water levels on the Jefferson River during June. Norm decided that he would try to recover the bag later in the summer when water levels receded.
Keith was devastated by the loss of his Ocoee bag and the gear it contained. By day 5, the whole dynamic of the trip had been altered. He had given up on finding his Ocoee bag, and doubted that even if it was retrieved, his gear would be in tact. He wasn’t entirely certain he had even zipped it up properly!
Throughout the summer Norm and Kris set out to find Keith’s bag.
Each time, they came back empty handed. “Who the heck attempts to find another person’s lost belongings on multiple occasions? Norm & Kris do.” said Keith. Finally, on Labor Day, (85+ days after Keith capsized) Norm and Kris’s determination paid off. They finally found Keith’s Ocoee bag! Norm initially thought that the bag was a dead animal due to the muck and foliage covering it… but once he gave it a closer look, he saw the straps and knew that he had found it! Norm picked up the bag. Immediately he thought that it was waterlogged given its weight. He didn’t realize that Keith had packed the Ocoee bag full of electronics.
Norm slowly opened the bag, and to his surprise, EVERYTHING WAS DRY!
He couldn’t believe it. Norm and Kris had spent countless hours paddling the river searching for Keith’s lost Ocoee bag, and neither one of them thought that there was any way the contents would survive 3 months in the Montana elements. They were both wrong. Norm contacted Keith and let him know that he found the Ocoee bag. Keith truly felt like an 8 year old on Christmas Day! He was shocked beyond belief. At the time, Keith was some 2000 miles downstream of Montana, (in Missouri ) so Norm shipped the bag over-night to him.
“A big thank you to Watershed and Norm for getting my contents in perfect shape back to me.”
Watershed, PangeaSeed and artist Dave Kinsey have joined forces this holiday season to bring you a series of limited edition waterproof dry bags to help raise awareness for the global plight of sharks and support PangeaSeed’s ongoing conservation & education efforts.
100 Million sharks are killed every year to satisfy the global, unsustainable demand for shark fin soup. Some shark populations have declined by as much as 90%.
Proceeds raised from the sale of these collaborative Watershed dry bags benefit PangeaSeed’s ocean conservation and education efforts.
The Chattooga duffle bag is one of the most versatile and durable duffels in the Watershed line. Perfect for a session at the gym, a jaunt through the market or a day of photography in the field. Available in Alabama blue featuring the exclusive design by Dave Kinsey.
The Big Creek backpack is tough as nails and offers airtight, submersible storage for laptops, cameras and the like for a day at the beach, a hike in the forest or simply the morning commute. Available in stealth black with two exclusive designs by Dave Kinsey to choose from.
Watershed dry bags are equipped with patented ZipDryclosure proven to be watertight even below 300ft(!) submersion and feature welded seams. All Watershed waterproof dry bags are PVC free, made in the USA and offer a lifetime warranty.