Pack your gear, stow it, and forget about it until you hit your destination. The CargoPak™ is a heavy duty water resistant cargo bag ready to haul your gear on any adventure. With a set of comfortable shoulder straps, mesh side pockets, and back panel bungee lacing, this bag is ready to be hauled anywhere once on land.
I first rated the CargoPak a few months after being sent one to test. I have used the CargoPak for over two years now, and it is STILL a terrific drybag and knapsack. On the water, it is an excellent drybag, fitting behind the seat of my Advanced Elements Expedition kayak. I use it as a knapsack when buying groceries or carrying books, and also as luggage when travelling on a plane or a Greyhound bus. The seams are all still sealed and there are no wear points through the bag. The clasp is still strong, the handle is still solid, and the straps are still strong. Even the colour is still bright. The CargoPak is the best drybag and moderate-sized backpack I've ever used, in any weather - rainy, cold or hot.
A brand-new CargoPak arrived from Advanced Elements for me at Christmas time. What a present!
This drybag is fitted with decent shoulder straps, making it a rain-proof backpack as well as a kayaking drybag. The stitching is good and solid, with sealed seams. I've never had a drybag so well constructed of such tough material. There's just enough pockets on the outside for quick access, but not so many pockets that it looks or feels fiddly.
I like the handle on top! I've learned from carrying other drybags by the handle that this causes wear-and-tear at the buckle edges. Instead, the CargoPak has a proper handle. My grown son makes as many crafts as I do, and goes camping more than I do. He inspected it all over and pronounced it "Made To Last." Too many knapsacks and bookbags will fray at the seams after a couple of months. Too many drybags get a hole rubbed in the bottom just from sitting on a rough dock. The CargoPak should hold up.
I like that it is a medium size. It fits nicely behind the seat of my Expedition. It fits my shoulders and back, and doesn't stick out in all directions when I'm riding a bus. Buses are how I get to the water with my kayak. As a commando kayaker, I like gear bags and dry bags that are not too big for me to carry when loaded with food.
The CargoPak is a drybag pack that will suit not only boat-users like me, but hikers and campers in a rainy climate.