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PostPosted: July 4th, 2017, 10:44 am 
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Hey All,

Just recently switched from using a standard hiking pack to using a large river bag for my main cargo. Its been lovely having a pack that keeps all my gear dry and at a consistent weight level, but there is a drawback: not having an easy to access pouch for quick access items. Just wondering what the rest of the canoe world (that uses sea-line style river bags) does for these situations.

I assume y'all have a second small pack or dry bag for these things, but I am wondering if any of you have some slick tie down/ piggy-back rigs/ solutions to keep things tight and quick yet accessible for the in and out that comes along with river trips.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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PostPosted: July 5th, 2017, 6:50 pm 
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I use a version of this...

https://www.outdoorresearch.com/ca/en/d ... 1631130222

Big enough to carry a change of clothes, lunch, first aid kit. Lots of lash points for maps and whatever. Nice to have a small back pack option for off river hikes.


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PostPosted: July 5th, 2017, 8:43 pm 
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A Day Bag, waterproof, is the answer. Rain jacket, sunblock, camera, snack and not much more.

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PostPosted: July 6th, 2017, 10:12 am 
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I use a regular day pack lined with a heavy-duty plastic bag. The plastic bag is long enough to hold all of the contents and fold over easily. It is meant to be rain and bilge-water proof. The pack has a lid in which I keep a number of smaller items which might be needed through the day - sunscreen, bug repellent, toilet paper in a slide lock bag, etc. etc. The main compartment has rain gear, a warm coat, a sun shirt, etc. This set up is not submersion proof but it is a compromise to keep things easily accessible.


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PostPosted: July 6th, 2017, 2:29 pm 
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I use a 5L brooks bag.


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PostPosted: July 7th, 2017, 8:48 pm 
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Murphy's Law.... 8)
With a big water proof bag (120L) ...
What ever you want and need first....
Will migrate to the bottom of the bag no matter how you pack! :roll:
Your best guess of what you may encounter with conditions over the day is the best you can do..... :D
But I alway fall prey to Murphy.........]
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PostPosted: July 9th, 2017, 1:52 pm 
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Watershed makes a 'deck bag' for kayaks that I use in my canoe. Has a clear top so you can see your topo, and lash points on the outside. Big enough for essentials - splashtop, extra layer, gloves, deet, smokes, camera, map, etc. Also has an exterior pocket for a nalgene and straps that will secure an extra paddle.
I glued D-rings to my cooler which always sits in front of me, and attach the deck bag via carabiners to them.

A cheaper route is an old military ammo can. Make sure the gasket on the lid is in good shape, and tie a rope loop to the handle with a carabiner at one end, and you can just loop it around a thwart.

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