How do I close the dry bag properly?

Securing your dry bag? It's as easy as 1..2... That's it (basically).

To ensure your dry bag keeps your gear dry, it's important to keep it properly closed for the specific adventure your going on. Here are our BEST tips explained from the video...

1. Trap air inside - 2 reasons for this: #1 It allows your bag to float. #2 If the bag was submerged it would create air bubbles to keep water out.

2. Fold a minimum of 3 times - don't fill your bag more than 3/4 full. The bags work best with at least 3 tight folds. The keyword here is fold not roll. Each fold should be at least .5 to 1 inch wide.

3. Ensure buckles are secure - if the buckle area is able to move around, you haven't created an airtight seal. My favorite way to practice this is to secure your bag and give your bag a good squeeze, if it doesn't release air or open up, you have secured your bag properly.

4. Never submerge the buckle area - all standard roll tops are not designed to be submerged for a long period of time. Keep the buckle above water to ensure your stuff is dry. This is mostly important when placing your bag on its side in a kayak. Be sure to always face the buckle upwards if laying down on its side.


  • Very important to keep buckled area above water.
  • Do not fill bags more than 2/3 way full.

To close a dry bag roll the top at least 3 times and buckle each end to close. This will keep the bag sealed enabling it to be waterproof, weatherproof, and dust proof. 

2 methods to close:

1. Compressing: removing air from your bag will save space. However, may guzzle in water quicker if the buckle area was to be submerged for a long period of time.

This method works best to save space on a kayak or raft or where space is limited.

2. Keeping air trapped: permits bags to float if it got away.

This method works best in calm waters on a paddle board, not strapped on. In the case you flip your board, the bag will float off, rather than getting submerged.

Test out the 2 methods prior to your adventures to determine which works best.

How long, is a "long period of time"?

A long period of time refers to a bag fully submerged for longer than 30 seconds at one time. The roll top bags are not waterproof if submerged for a long period of time. As a result during a submergence test, the bags were found to withstand water for up to 30 seconds if rolled correctly.

Is it safe to put electronics inside?

Standard roll top bags are not waterproof if completely submerged in water for a long period of time. If there is a possibility the bag will be submerged, we recommend putting electronics and other items that can be damaged from water into an extra small bag and then into your primary bag. Paddle Idaho is not responsible for damaged contents inside dry bags.

What's the purpose of a dry bag?

We designed heavy duty dry bags as a long term solution to keep your gear dry while you are around water, wet conditions, or dust. Bags are not designed to go into the water.

Can I use dry bags for tubing?

Yes. Bags will easily buckle onto inner tubes. We highly recommend using 2 bags to ensure your contents are dry through rapids and submerges. One primary bag to clip onto your tube and a secondary with your contents placed inside the primary bag.

What does the vinyl feel like?

The vinyl varies between 18oz to 35oz and is made from a similar material as an inflatable raft (PVC vinyl). Most users will notice bags are stiffer than other dry bags available because of the heavier duty vinyl.

What's the difference between 18oz, 22oz, and 35oz vinyl?

The heavier the oz, the heftier it will feel. The base fabric is polyester and the D in 1000D stands for denier which refers to the thread used in the polyester. As you'll notice in the chart below, the heavier oz vinyl enables the bags to have higher tensile strength, tear strength, and abrasion resistance.

Essentially, a 22oz bag will be able to withstand heavy duty usage compared to an 18oz bag.



18oz vinyl 


22oz vinyl

35oz vinyl

Base Fabric (100% Polyester)

1000D x 1300D


1000D x 1300D

Tensile Strength

410 lbs x 410 lbs 

500 lbs x 500 lbs

380 lbs x 380 lbs

Tear Strength 

100 lbs x 100 lbs 

145 lbs x 145 lbs 

270 lbs x 270 lbs

Abrasion Resistance 

400 cycles 

600 cycles 

725 cycles

U.V. Resistance

Not excessive fading after 300 HRS

Not excessive fading after 300 HRS

Not excessive fading after 300 HRS

Cold Crack Resistance

-40° F

-40° F

-40° F


Why does it look like the bags are melted at the seams?

Vinyl is welded using high heat (over 900 degrees Fahrenheit) to weld two pieces of vinyl together to create a bonded seam. This allows the two pieces to form to each other creating strength, durability and reliability along the seam.  We use both a machine to weld and a handheld welder. Welds created by the machine will look nice and clean whereas the hand welded seams aren’t always as neat but will certainly be as reliable.

How many inches will I lose after I roll a dry bag?

3-5 inches from top of bag will be compensated from rolling down the bags 3 times.

Why are there patches inside my bag?

Components (handles, D rings, etc.) are welded from the inside out.

Here’s why: First, we welded patches which houses the handles on the outer part of the bag. During intensive testing, we found the outer welded handles do not hold up as well against heavy usage long-term.

By welding and reinforcing handles from inside the bag, it allows extra support when handles are pulled. This creates less tension on the welded seam.

How do I clean my dry bag?

Spray with water and leave opened and outside to dry.

How can I make sure the bags are free of leaks?

The best way we found is to fill the bag with 2-3 inches of water and inspect the seams for any leaks. We recommend doing this before every use to ensure your bag is free of leaks.

What is your return policy?

Our goal is to satisfy our customers, if for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase contact us and we will work with you to make it right.