Review by Gear Institute,
The San Juan might not have the rapids of the Grand, but you still need drybags. Enter a new line of water-keeper-outers from Aquapac, including the 2-, 4-, 8-, and 13-liter Drysack; 40L/70L Upano Waterproof Duffel, and 25L Wet & Dry backpack. The 40L Duffel worked perfectly for one of our most prized possessions: toilet paper (which, with eight along, we needed plenty of). Simply roll down the top closure and fasten the Velcro strip and Fastex buckles. The only knock against it and the larger 70L was that you lose a little space rolling the closure up enough to reach the Velcro fastener. The 25L Wet & Dry Backpack also proved a hit, especially on the hike up to the swimming hole at John’s Canyon. Made from a tough TPU nylon outer, with waterproof, taped seams, it handled all the abrasive scrapes we could dish out while slithering up a crack to get to the traverse to the pool. It fit six beach towels for shivering children afterward, as well as a few brews for the escorting parents. Mesh side pockets fit water bottles and a camera, while an interior, lightweight roll-down dry storage sack inside (combined with the outer material’s roll-down closure) let us separate wet stuff from the dry, and kept everything as dry as the ram bone the kids found in an alcove. The only knock: the hip belt was a bit hard to fasten. Move the receiver buckle more to the middle, will ya?