A Pack With An Identity Crisis

Outdoor Research DryComp Ridge Sack

Outdoor Research calls the DryComp Ridge Sack a perfect pack for peak bagging and summit pushes. Well, living in Minnesota, there aren’t a lot of peaks to be bagged but we have a few thousand lakes and countless rivers, so I’m re-positioning this waterproof bag as the perfect paddling pack.

Take Note:Attention Divers: the DryComp Ridge Sack would also work well as a dive boat bag, for stowing your sunglasses, T-shirt and lunch while you’re exploring the deep.

You may never use the ice axe loops or stretch cording to secure alpine gear. But they work equally well for attaching a paddle or throw bag. The roll-top closure and welded seams will keep 34 liters of clothes and camping gear dry as you negotiate a Class III river. The mesh straps are perfect for shouldering the pack while portaging a canoe from lake to lake in the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness. And it’s super lightweight, so should you decide to bag a peak (no matter how high) you’re ready to go.

Tough, lightweight, waterproof and versatile, the DryComp Ridge Sack defies a single niche. And that’s an identity crisis that’s good news for those of us whose basements already overflow with sport-specific gear.

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