Editor’s note: Tomales Bay is a long inlet that forms the eastern boundary of Point Reyes National Seashore – and it’s not too far from our offices in Northern California. It’s also home to oyster farms, shorebirds, ducks, harbor seals, fisherman, sailors and the expert guides and naturalists of Blue Waters Kayaking.
Dallas Smith and the team at Blue Waters use our DryZone series of waterproof camera bags for a variety of activities on and off the water. We asked him to tell us how kayaking and the DryZone BP 40L backpack and DryZone DF 20L duffle work out on the bay.
Check out his helpful answers and fun imagery. And please visit the Blue Waters Kayaking site for class schedules, guided tours and extended adventures on the water. Like them on Facebook too — this is a great group of outdoor adventurers and photographers!
How do you use the DryZone backpack and duffle on kayaking day trips and adventures?
Everyone here at Blue Waters Kayaking loves the DryZone series!
I use the DryZone backpack as my everyday backpack here on the coast, because I can carry my camera, computer, paperwork, and snacks, and I won’t have to worry about them when I’m near the water or in a wet, dense California fog. I also send out a DryZone backpack with every one of my hiking guides, so they can take their camera along confidently in these coastal conditions.
We use the DryZone duffel when we want to take pictures from our kayak on a calm day, or if we are packing the kayak for a camping trip.
What feature(s) work best for kayaking trips?
The DryZone backpack has TONS of room for your camera, and just about whatever else you will need. I love that I can pull the backpack from my kayak hatch, and be able to head right up the steep trail. The straps are extremely comfortable, even when you end up wearing it for the whole day.
The wide opening of the duffel and its low profile make it feel very comfortable and easy to access when it is stored inside of the kayak cockpit, between your legs. The many attachment points are great for securing the duffel to the top of a kayak, and attaching various other necessities to the duffel.
Any tips for packing and securing it that you can share?
Secure the duffel to the top of the kayak to create more room in your hatches for camping supplies. (Like more chocolate and beer!) The duffel can be tucked under a deck bungee on the deck of your kayak or lashed down to one of the many attachment points.
The DryZone backpack can be hard to load into the small opening of a kayak if it is fully loaded. You can still fit it if you just load the backpack into the hatch when it is completely empty, and then load it up while it is inside the hatch.
Take the insert out of either of the bags, and you have a drybag with tons of room!
The DryZone series is a total winner for me as a photographer living and working around the water. Everyone here at Blue Waters Kayaking would highly recommend either of these bags to any photographer that plans to spend ANY time near H2O.