When we go camping Muz and I don’t like to skimp when it comes to the bed. We like our sleep a lot.
As a result when we pack our motorbikes and head off into the wilds of Europe in search of wiggly roads and cheese, we are often laughed at for the amount of gear on said bikes – often by total strangers.
Before last year’s trip, in an attempt to lessen our comparison to snails*, I went in search of two things – a double sleeping bag that unzips into two bits (enter the Vango Sonno Double DLX) and a couple of waterproof sacks to stuff the halves into.
First I tried stuff sacks, but it took a substantial amount of effort to get a big fluffy sleeping bag into one, so I went in search of an alternative – introducing the Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack (large). The sacks are very lightweight, and easy enough to shove the sleeping bag halves into, and then take the hard work out of squishing with a slightly odd but easy to use lid/strap combination involving four compression straps which are equally-spaced lengthways around the bag. A roll-top closure makes sure the bag stays nice and waterproof (a few downpours in France tested that thoroughly), and the eVent Compression Sack’s “air-permeable base made of eVent® waterproof fabric, which allows air to be pushed out of the sack, but won’t allow water to get back in” (so says the PR blurb) means that you don’t end up with a water-filled balloon strapped to the back of your bike/rucksack/etc.
A word of warning though – this isn’t the bag for you if you’re thinking about something to take scuba diving because it’ll leak. It’s waterproof but not submersible. You’ll be wanting a proper dry bag for that.
A minor irritation when looking to buy one is they’re sold as extra small, small, medium, large and extra large, with no indication of actual size in litres – it does tell you on their website though (6, 10, 14, 20 and 30 respectively).
Summary: Easy to use, practical for packing small, and more importantly very good at keeping your bed dry, the Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sacks are worth more than their minimal weight in gold.
* Our houses on our backs… geddit? Geddit?