A common argument against using outdoor gear in daily life is that it can be so function-forward, it’s ugly. Drybags have always been as technical as bags can be — many come off as thick-skinned, extra-extra-extra-tough garbage bags with buckles — but a company called Dew aims to change that with its forthcoming Avo drybag backpack.
Most drybags are minimalist by design; their primary objective is keeping liquid out, and they don’t offer much in the way of features. But the Avo adjusts that conception in the hopes of boosting versatility — the bag has exterior pockets for small items, a water bottle sleeve, a foam bottom for impact resistance to protect what’s inside and the reflective detailing that you’d expect on a bike commuter bag. Perhaps the smartest feature is a laptop sleeve — a must-have in any backpack designed for everyday use — that’s removable when you don’t need it and includes its own shoulder straps for when the rest of the Avo is overkill.
Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.
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