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Granite Gear Uberlight CTF3 Drysack

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Dan Durston
( dandydan - M )

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Granite Gear Uberlight CTF3 Drysack on 03/23/2010 20:00:41 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I bought two of these Uberlight drysacks, a green 7L one for my GoLite Ultra 20 quilt and a orange 10L one for my wife's 15F rated 800FP MEC Merlin sleeping bag.

The claimed weights for these drysacks is accurate at 15g for the 7L and 17g for the 10L.

The shape of these drysacks is rather long and narrow, which makes stuffing them with sleeping bags a bit difficult. Since these are a roll top design, it would be better to get a larger (fatter) size for a negligible weight penalty and then roll the top to reduce the volume. 10L would be a nice size for down quilts and 30F rated bags, and 13L is a good size for colder (15-20F) rated sleeping bags. My wife's 15F bag barely fits into the 10L drysack (it took me 5-10min to get it in there) and it's too long to fit horizontally in her pack, so I have sent it back and ordered a 18L one instead.

Besides the shape being a little skinny, the drysacks seem great. The quality of construction looks excellent and the cuben seems very well bonded. I was stuffing really hard to stuff my wife's bag into the 10L sack and it has no trouble handling that abuse. The colors are also great. They are impressively vibrant for cuben. The green really looks nice.

One other minor critique is that there is no pull tab on the bottom to help you yank your sleeping bag out. I didn't find it hard to work around this, but a small cuben tab on the bottom would weigh nothing and add a bit of functionality.

Pros:
- Vibrant Colors
- Well Constructed
- Lightest Drysack

Cons:
- Skinny Shape
- No Pull Tab on the Bottom
- Price

EDIT: I switched to the 10L size for my Ultra 20 down quilt and the 18L size for my wife's 15F rated down sleeping bag. These are much nicer to stuff and you can still adjust the volume down to what you like with the roll top. It's definitely worth the 0.1oz to not be frustrated and wasting time in the mornings trying to cram your bedding into a undersized sack.

Edited by dandydan on 03/26/2010 15:36:21 MDT.

Price comparison from GearBuyer:
Granite Gear DrySack priced at: $11.19 - $23.95
Granite Gear Uberlight CTF3 DrySack priced at: $26.57 - $52.95
Granite Gear Uberlight DrySack priced at: $29.99 - $52.95
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Dave Jenkins
( Jinx667 - M )

Locale:
SoCal
Nice bag but can be pricey on 06/17/2011 21:08:48 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I picked up one of the 18L ones on sale to use as a clothes bag. I have to say it is very well made and the weight is right on what is stated. It is also waterproof from the start and comes with a repair kit (4 clear stickers). Mine is a pleasing purple/blue color.

The only negative I see is the price. Equivalent bags from Zpacks cost about half of the MSRP of the Uberlights. I picked mine up on deep discount from Sports Chalet, so the price was not an issue.

I am glad to see one of the big guys giving it a shot, I just think they missed the mark with pricing. That is why I gave it 4 stars.

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