DrySpec D28 Dual-End Drybag
An excellent saddlebag for my needs
This saddlebag is small & discreet yet it fits everything I need to take to work. And it is waterproof so its perfect for wet weather.
Rides: 07 Kawasaki Ninja 650
March 11, 2015
Heavier material than I expected, but I'd rather it be heavier and waterproof than have issues on the road. Lots of places to tie down with, can't wait to actually use it.
March 9, 2015
Depends on How You Use It
I originally bought this for daily commuting. The plan was to stick my laptop case along with anything else I might need in the drybag, then carry the bag with me on and off the bike to/from the office. After doing this a couple of time I found carrying the thing around to be awkward and just bought a backpack. The drybag itself works as advertised, and will be great for camping, touring, etc., but not so much for daily commuting.
February 17, 2015
No frills and durable
I had to hunt around online a bit to figure out how to use the bag. I suppose it's much like any other dry bag: you roll up the opening ends to seal the bag. They have a magnetic strip that helps seal them, initially. Then you roll the ends over and secure the rolled up ends to buckles that attach to the middle of the bag.
The bag can hold a lot or a little. It's up to you, as the bag has no structure at all. It is essentially a tube of vinyl coated canvas with some loop attachments and a carrying handle.
It can be mounted either sideways across the rear seat or rack or parallel to the seat. If you have a lot in it, parallel is the way to go.
It comes with four securing straps, the ends of which run under loops in the top of the bag and buckle in the middle of the top of the bag.
I've taken the bag out with just some snacks and a nalgene water bottle in it. I've also stuffed in rain gear, a laptop and charger, and a fleece jacket. Regardless of what you put in it, you can pretty easily find a way to secure.the thing.
If you get the ends rolled over properly, it should be 100% waterproof. You could pretty easily stuff a light sleeping bag, small tent, and camping mattress in it.
Gripe?: I wish the tie-down straps were longer. I have been securing them to my pannier racks and it's a bit of a stretch. But for the money, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a more flexible and durable dry bag.
Go for something bigger if you're carrying a lot. But if you just need to take a few things and would like something that can hold variable amounts securely, this bag may be the ticket.
December 22, 2014
Nice Bag, Short Straps
Strapped this to the seat of a 1980 XL250S and rode 1,600 miles across Utah and back, mostly on dirt. Bottom of bag shows a little wear, but there's lots of life left in it. Didn't test waterproofness, but don't doubt that it would be fine. Pretty easy to access gear inside when on bike, but not as easy as something with zippers but much easier than traditional drybag. Daisy chains on top are really handy and maybe worth the extra cost of this bag versus cheaper generic dry bags that are out there. I strapped my water bladder to the top most of the time.
Only real problem with the bag is the comically short mounting straps that come with it. They are long enough if you are mounting it right on a rack (barely), but wont reach the extra distance needed for seat mounting. I made the straps work with some extra hardware, but twenty cents worth of extra webbing would make a big difference (if anyone at DrySpec is listening). Also, with rear seat mounting, I found the bag would slide forward when on rough and steep downhills. This is in part due to the limited mounting options that the short straps offer. Minus one star for the straps, otherwise a nice piece of kit.
December 8, 2014