The Advanced Elements Abyss Duffel | A Duffel Fit for a Every Weather Scenario
I was fortunate to receive this bag for review shortly before a planned weekend canoe trip with severalfriends. For severalyears I have used the standard fold top dry bags to store clothes and such while canoeing or camping. As I am sure you all know, those standard bags are fantastic at keeping things dry, no matter the weather or conditions, but it is always a pain if you want something from the bottom of the bag. You have to plan carefully or constantly repack. The Advanced Elements Abyss is the solution I have hoped for.
This dry duffel did a phenomenal job of keeping my belongings dry and organized. The wide weather resistant zippered opening makes packing and retrieving from the bag a breeze. The 60 liter size was plenty of room for a weekend of food, clothes, and my hammocking gear. The material is the same familiar PVC material used for dry bags, with sturdy sealed seams and attachments. Inside you find a zippered mesh pocket for further organization. Setting up camp was made much easier being able to directly access my hammock and gear without having to dig past my clothes to the bottom of the bag. Carrying the bag was simplified using the included removable back-pack-like shoulder straps. That was especially nice for the short portage we had, compared to past years when we have carried the canoe upright with bags sitting in the bottom of the boat.
Fortunately we avoided the rain, but dumping the canoe around a tight corner put it to the test. I was a little worried, but opening it up at the campsite I found very minimal wetness inside. Especially with the rainfly over the zipper, I am more than confident that this bag would keep belongings dry even in a heavy rain.
I am super thrilled to have this bag for my future adventures. I would give it a 4 out of 5 rating, it worked out very nicely for me and I anticipate getting a lot of use out of it for future canoeing and camping trips, possibly even just using it for luggage when needed. Though not fully waterproof, I would not hesitate to recommend this bag to anyone for outdoor excursions.
I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.