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How can I keep my paddling gear dry?

What's the best way to keep gear dry when rafting or kayaking?

Seal Line Black Canyon Dry Bag

Seal Line Black Canyon Dry Bag     Photo: Courtesy of Seal Line

A:For something larger, check out SealLine's 55 liter Black Canyon Dry Bag ($55). It’s the size of a standard hiking backpack, which means it'll hold most of the gear you might take on a typical trip. It's made from a tough and light urethane-coated nylon, and, like Sea to Summit's bag, it uses a a roll-up top and buckle system to form a seal.

For some items—an expensive camera, for example—I'd urge you to consider a hard case like the Pelican 1450 ($150). The Pelican is made from super-tough plastic, seals out water with neoprene O-rings, and is filled with egg-crate foam to protect from drops or knocks. And as an added bonus, you also can order it without foam or with padded dividers.

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