Dry Sack or Rain Fly

BKhunter

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When going out for extended periods, does everyone stuff their clothing and sleeping bag in a dry bag or just throw a rain fly over your pack when the weather turns? Trying to determine which is the best route to go.
 

AK Troutbum

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I do both. The areas where I do the majority of my backpack hunts tend to be pretty wet and I'm pretty anal about keeping things dry so, all my clothes go into a cuben fiber dry bag, and my quilt goes in another CF dry bag. Actually, for the most part, all my gear is pretty much divided up into CF dry bags, and if it's raining, I put a CF rain cover over my pack. When I'm spiking, which is at least 90% of the time on my mountain hunts, I always put the cover over my pack at night. I just don't like the idea of having a soaking wet backpack with the additional several pounds of water weight.


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The packs themselves are pretty darn water proof so I don't really do either. I do use stuff sacks, kifaru for clothes and the one that came with my sleeping bag, but that's more for organization than water proof ness. I do carry a 3 mil contractor bag and stuff it each night with whatever gear isn't going in the tent or under the tarp. This does keep things dry overnight but also helps keep mice and other critters from sniffing around camp and chewing up my gear.

I spend a lot of time in the rain and very rarely see pack covers, and when I do I tend to think, "rookie."
 

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Pack cover for me. Thinking about a dry bag as it could compress and save some space too. For really wet conditions I would use both.
 

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I use multiple sized dry bags to store all my gear in my pack. For your sleeping kit and clothes, I highly recommend the Granite Gear eVent compression dry sacks.
 

Matt21418

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Dry bag for down sleeping bag and other pieces of gear in my main bag. No rain cover, then the dry turns into my meat bag and will carry more meat than I want to and it keeps any blood off of the inside of the pack. I run the outdoor research heavy duty dry bag 55 liter. Once it becomes a meat bag I use my contractor bag for the down sleeping bag if needed.

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BKhunter

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Thanks everyone this has been helpful. Does this add a ton of weight? I never used them before.
 
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sea to summit sil cover. I don't like a wet bag. It is one more thing holding water in the tent that makes condensation.
 

AK Troutbum

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Here are a couple pictures representing the various sizes of CF dry bags that I may bring on a mountain hunt. The growler of beer is for size comparison, I figure everybody probably knows how big a growler is. I don't necessarily use all of these on every hunt but I have used them all at one time or another. A lot of the things that I pack in them is done more so for organizational purposes then for waterproof reasons. I just figure that if I'm going to be organizing things out and placing them in separate bags, they may as well be UL dry bags. The CF pack cover I use, fits easily over my Sky7400 bag and weighs 1.5 oz.




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BKhunter

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Can anyone recommend the different sizes they recommend? I am running a Kifaru Timberline roughly around 7200 CI and I am thinking I would want to put by sleeping bag, tent clothes in the try sacks. Not sure if there is anything else I am missing? Any advise on separating and what to store in the dry save would be a huge help. Does anyone else do what the member above does and put meat in them? I would think I would just pack the meat out and them put everything back into the dry sack after to not get it dirty. Thanks all for all the advise.

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duchntr

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Can anyone recommend the different sizes they recommend? I am running a Kifaru Timberline roughly around 7200 CI and I am thinking I would want to put by sleeping bag, tent clothes in the try sacks. Not sure if there is anything else I am missing? Any advise on separating and what to store in the dry save would be a huge help. Does anyone else do what the member above does and put meat in them? I would think I would just pack the meat out and them put everything back into the dry sack after to not get it dirty. Thanks all for all the advise.

BK


I put all my camp at the bottom & towards the outside of my pack and put the meat in a contractor type garbage bag closest to my back, keeps everything clean that way. When I stop for a while Ill pull it out of my pack to let it breath or put everything in a creek (in the contractor bag) to rapidly cool if needed.
 
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