A dry bag is an essential surf accessory.
Not only can it store your items; whether you're on the beach or paddleboarding, a dry bag can also keep your items dry, something that a backpack won't do.
But with so many dry bags on the market today, how can you tell which ones are the best dry bags?
How much do the best dry bags cost?
What features should you look for in a dry bag?
We'll answer all of these questions — and more — in this guide to the best dry bags for surfers today.
What is a Dry Bag?
A dry bag is a water-tight bag that keeps your items dry.
What's more, it can also keep your items from getting sandy or damaged from the sun.
The Best Dry Bags Today
DaKine's Cyclone Dry Bag
Da Kine makes one of the best dry bags today.
"We designed the Cyclone Collection for surfers who need the security of a dry bag with the utility of a seasoned travel bag."
At 36 liters and the price of $175, the Cyclone dry bag is perfect for everyday missions and adventure travel.
Its features include:
Waterproof welded construction with roll top closure
Welded front stash pockets with water resistant YKK® PU coated zippers
Integrated board-carry for systems up to 15 lbs (6.8 kgs)
Breathable ergonomic shoulder straps and backpanel
Adjustable sternum strap
Mesh side pocket
Learn more about this dry bag on DaKine's website.
YETI Panga 50
Another great dry bag option comes from Yeti: the Yeti Panga 50.
"A waterproof gear fortress that doesn’t flinch in the face of high tide."
For the price of $300, its features include:
“Tough as nails” durability
Easy to use and comfortable straps
Hydrolok zipper that ensures water stays out
Made of high-density nylon, it’s nearly impenetrable and puncture resistant
Learn more about this dry bag option on Patagonia's website.
Watershed Aleutian Deck Bag
If you need low-profile waterproof storage on a SUP, boat or if you're looking for one of the best dry bags available today, look no further than Watershed’s Aleutian.
It straps nicely onto the front deck of most sea kayaks and paddleboards, and allows fast access to your camera and valuables. Even better, you can also use it to keep a map or phone dry and viewable.
Its features include:
Convenient reusable water bottle holder
Clear map case (you can also use your phone or tablet with the clear material)
Comes with a plastic stiffener inside the bag that serves to “dome up” the top of the bag
The Bottom Line: The Best Dry Bags Today
At the end of the day, whichever dry bag you choose will come down to your personal preference. But use this dry bag guide to help you decide what's best for you — and keep your possessions dry.