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During a recent filming expedition to Alaska for the travel TV show, Great EscapesOutdoor Research provided me and my crew with some waterproof bags and backpacks to help keep our gear safe and dry! As a thank you I wanted to share a review of their Dry Payload Pack which I used non-stop on my recent trip. They also provided us with some smaller Dry Isolation Packs which my production team used to keep our gear dry while filming.

The Dry Payload Pack was one of the most essential pieces of gear I brought on the trip. As everyone knows, electronics and water don’t mix well. However, while filming a travel TV show in Alaska, the weather doesn’t always cooperate. We were on a very tight production schedule with a ton of activities that we wanted to film and many we only had one chance to capture. Having water proof gear was essential as the weather in Alaska is completely unpredictable and the Outdoor Research gear allowed us to bring all of our necessary gear with us and the confidence to know that when the weather changed from sunny and dry to windy and wet that our gear would be 100% protected from the elements.

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As an added bonus, the Dry Payload Pack was the perfect size for the many outdoor activities that we filmed during the expedition. It was large enough to comfortably carry all of the gear I needed without being too bulky and heavy for the 10+ hour days of filming me hiking, boating, and a whole host of other outdoor activities. With multiple adjustment points on the chest and waist, I was able to tailor the fit of the bag to my needs and it was a great companion to have throughout the adventure!

Outdoor Research did not pay me for this review and it is my personal experience with using the products. They only provided me with the bags to be used by me and my production team.


Check out the bags we used below and you can purchase them at Outdoor Research!

Outdoor Research Dry Payload Pack – $149

The most ambitious of our waterproof pack line, the Dry Payload Pack hauls 32 liters of gear when you’re hiking, pedaling, or paddling—or even backcountry skIIng, utilizing vertical ski carry straps. The roll-top closure and TPU lamination keep your stuff dry, and multiple compression options keep the load under control.

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Outdoor Research Dry Isolation Pack – $59

This waterproof ultra-lightweight 18-liter pack comes with its own stuff sack, and when it’s stowed, it’s smaller than a can of beer (or a small coffee, if that’s more your thing). Carry it for side trips from base camp, or keep it inside your overnight pack to keep your camera dry during a downpour.

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