Storage/Stuff Sacks

This category contains items directly related to storing gear within your pack; whether to keep them dry, organized, compressed, or all of the above. There are obviously endless options to stuff sacks, but here are a few ideas/items I’ve gotten/still get excellent use out of. 

I personally own this little set of ditty bags and use them to store and organize various items of gear throughout my pack. They’re not waterproof, but highly water resistant. The color coding and sizes let your know instantly what’s inside them.

Outdoor Research makes some pretty amazing products. When it comes to dry bags, I  prefer a roll top style bag, as they are much more efficient at keeping moisture at bay.

I’ve used these roll top dry sacks to great affect for thousands of miles. They’re light, durable, and come in a myriad of different colors and sizes. You really can’t go wrong with any of these.

These roll top dry sacks aren’t much different than the sea to summit dry sacks, but you may just prefer the Granite Gear brand/style/colors over Sea to Summit. I have used the Granite Gear dry sacks and can honestly say I have no complaints.

The Z-Packs stuff sacks are made from Cuben fiber, making them waterproof and extremely light. I’ve used these stuff sacks to store clothing, sleeping bags and food for thousands of miles. They are super light and work well, but I’ve found they tend to wear out rather quickly. Even when they wear out, they still do their job. It’s up to you to decide if the weight saved by switching to Cuben Fiber is worth it. I would say as long as you’re not severely over stuffing them, they can last you multiple thru hikes. The smaller ditty bags are awesome!

Medium DCF11 Roll-Top Stuff Sack

These stuff sacks are simply another option to look at when considering the Cuben Fiber route. It’s completely a matter of personal preference when it comes to who you want to purchase from. They all work, and they all work well; but who’s logo do you want on your gear? Hyperlite has some more interesting styles that can’t be found anywhere else.

These are food bags that can be large and a bit cumbersome, but when it comes to durability, there is none better. They advertise a bear resistant bag, as well as a rodent resistant bag. I went through a lot of lighter food bags before I finally decided on the rugged Ursack. They are a tad on the expensive side, but they’ll last you forever. If you like to carry A LOT of food, and like to hang a bear bag, this is one of the best and most durable options.


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