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Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
OR DryComp Ridge Sack WP Pack on 05/25/2010 08:55:23 MDT Print View

I was in the OR factory store this weekend and saw the DryComp Ridge Sack, which is a 16.4oz/465g, 34 liter roll-top waterproof backpack.

Looks like it has great potential for rainy season day hikes, water travel, UL overnights, etc.

It could be trimmed a bit, as it has ice axe loops and a full set of compression straps. It has a large mesh pocket on the back that could hold a water bladder-- too bad it doesn't have water bottle pockets.

List price seems a little spendy at $119, but I see that at least one on-line retailer has it at $85.

Has anyone tried one with a 20 pound load?

http://www.outdoorresearch.com/site/drycomp_ridge_sack.html

John Nausieda
(Meander) - MLife

Locale: PNW
already reviewd on 05/25/2010 09:19:27 MDT Print View

Already reviewed here at BPL . Plug it into search.

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(annapurna) - MLife
Re: already reviewd on 05/25/2010 11:13:50 MDT Print View

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Edited by annapurna on 06/17/2010 10:51:42 MDT.

John Nausieda
(Meander) - MLife

Locale: PNW
You are right on 05/25/2010 12:10:07 MDT Print View

You are right. I was reading so many reviews of these packs yesterday that i mixed them all up. I ordered the Dry Peak Bagger yesterday on sale at Campmor and had read the reviews of the Vertex, etc. I ran into this very limited review on another site http://www.backcountry.com/store/review/200057573/Stays-dry-in-whitewater
I think the issues will be longevity of the materials. For me it was gaining a waterproof stuff sack that i could use for day hiking at a low price point .

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: OR DryComp Ridge Sack WP Pack on 05/25/2010 12:14:16 MDT Print View

The Ridge sack is new this year and I've not seen any reviews yet. BGT will be testing them and I'd expect initial reviews to be posted soon, presuming it's shipped by now.

I have a Summit Sack that's proved waterproof, with the exception of some water wicking into the rolltop via the webbing straps. I've been meaning to work some seam sealant into the webbing to halt this moisture path. Other than that it's a sturdy, if formless day pack that I've toted as much as fifteen or so pounds in. It's comfortable to about ten, as all the load is all on the shoulders and there's no back support. It's also sweaty in warm weather.

It's possible the Ridge's lateral compression straps give it more form and support. What's not different is the load is still all borne by the shoulders. I wouldn't be happy toting twenty pounds in a pure rucksack.

Cheers,

Rick