DryPak Cell Phone Case Review

On March 19, 2011, in Dry Bags, Electronics, Paddling Gadgets, by Jack Ingram

This was my first experience with DryPak cases.  I needed something for my point-and-shoot digital camera their Cell Phone Case was the perfect size.

The case performed as I had hoped, keeping the camera clean and dry, and providing a little bit of padding (designed for flotation). The only drawback is the closure –  it is a bit bulky with hard plastic strips at the top and two button closures. Once twisted to open, the button closures could, if pushed the right way, come out of the plastic strip and be lost. They are secure when new, but may be something to keep an eye on once the case is well used.

I was worried that the bulk of the closure strips might be awkward in my pocket. But I did carry it in my shirt pocket and it was fine, being no thicker than the camera that I put inside it.

DryPak cases come in many shapes and sizes to fit nearly any piece of electronic equipment.  All appear to use the same closure device. The Cell Phone Case comes with a lanyard and small snaplink, both of which I removed immediately (extra weight).

The small case which I used weighs 2.4 ounces and is 4 by 6 inches in size.  The material and the seam welds seem strong and durable.  I am guessing I will be using it on many other trips.

SealLine HP Map Case Review

On March 19, 2011, in Dry Bags, Paddling Gadgets, by Jack Ingram

 

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If you are looking for a map case, look no further. This map case tops my list as my favorite over the years- and I have carried many.

The SealLine HP Map Case is made of very thin urethane material that is strong enough to survive hanging out of your pocket while bushwhacking along the John Day or floating down the Columbia. The material is crystal clear, the map inside is easy to read. I hope it stays this way- the previous version of the HP map case yellowed and hardened with exposure to the sun. The new version is a completely different material and I think this is one of the reasons for the re-design.

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This is my 4th Canon camera and my 10th or so digital, having ventured into the world of digital photography in 1998 or so. Later I replaced my film SLR with a Canon 10d and most recently a Canon 50d. Kellie and I spend a lot of vacation time in the tropics and love to Dive and Snorkel, so the hunt for a waterproof digital camera was on.

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