DrySpec D66 Modular Drybag System
Next time I go for a ride I'm bringing EVERYTHING I OWN.
So, I like to go motorcycle camping. I bought this in anticipation of a trip that I am planning. I was on the fence between the D66 modular and the GIVI 80L dry bags. Super happy I went with the D66. The modular nature of the bags makes it extremely versatile and I still have space for other things.
First, the D28. It was definitely odd trying to balance the roll on both ends of the bag while trying to load it but that is minor in my mind. Merely a learning curve. Once it is loaded, the handle is easy to move it all around with and feels VERY sturdy. I was lifting both bags strapped together by the D28 top handle and felt very confident that it was up to the task.
Second, the D38. The plastic liner is awesome. It makes loading a breeze and allows the bag to be mounted square on the bike instead of lengthwise when nothing is in it. I have also taken to leaving the bag on my bike as a pseudo top case.
Third, the material. So far it seems to be extremely sturdy. The bags are very thick and completely airtight. Time will tell how they hold up to my abuse.
Fourth, the "daisy chain". Again, the material is great and it made mounting the D28 as well as a tent and an extra fuel bottle a breeze. I know I am going to abuse this feature and definitely test it to the limit.
Finally, the supplied mounting straps. They couldn't work any better. It took me a second to figure out but once I did, I couldn't wait to mount them to everything. Very easy to go on and very easy to come off. The only drawback is when you are only using the D28. The straps that came with it are designed for securing it to the D38 so worst case scenario, mounting could be awkward. I personally don't care. The mounting straps for the D38 are very secure and allow the bag to be removed with relative ease. They are not quick release but I bet I can leisurely get both bags off of the bike and separated within a minute.
My only hit is on the price. It's expensive for 66L of drybag considering the GIVI 80L is almost 100 bucks less. However, being able to tailor it exactly to what I need in any situation is definitely worth something.
Final thoughts? Time will tell. My initial feeling is that these bags will last me a long time and I'm looking forward to logging many miles on them.
August 15, 2016
Great bag for a road trip
Just for back from a motorcycle road trip i was able to pack all i needed for the week in the bags. It was easy to secure the bags to the bike and take them off at the end of the day.
August 23, 2015
Great bags for the price
I recently used the D66 along with the D20's on a 4000 miles trip. The bang for the buck is incredible! However, they were kind of a pain getting into and opening/ closing for 14 days straight. to get into the biggest bag you have to remove the duel end bag. For trips where you stay in one spot for a while they will work great, but if you move everyday for weeks at a time they become difficult (because they are all connected to each other and removing one affects the others). They did keep all of my gear dry and carry a ton of stuff. For less than $400 you get 106L of capacity, which is amazing for that price, so I cant really complain.
July 10, 2015
Great bag, good price
I recently used the Dry Spec on a 4 day tour of Colorado. There is a semi-rigid liner that ensures the D38 retains its shape, it was big enough so that i didn't need the D28 on this trip. The bag seems well made although the material is a bit thin. In pouring rain it remained 100% waterproof. The strap system is simple and intuitive. I managed to attach the bag (with 45 lbs of gear in it) securely with just 3 straps. Long term, i'm concerned that the material on the base of the bag is too thin and could be torn with use (the only reason it doesn't get 5 stars). However, it is a great bag for the price and I would recommend it.
June 11, 2015
Sturdy, stable, versatile.
If I had been able to give this product a 4 1/2 star rating I would have.
First use of these bags was last summer on a 19 day road trip from CA to BC. Unlike the experience of a previous reviewer, securing the D38 bag to a 2013 Burgman 650 was straight forward. It rode on the passenger seat and up against the backrest with the four tie-down straps lashed to the passenger grab handles on either side. I suspect it would have worked just as well on my two previous bikes, a Suzuki Bandit 1200 and Suzuki GSX1100G (early 90s sport-tourer).
Even though the ends of the bag overhung the Burgman's seat its internal rigid liner kept it from sagging or deforming. This liner also allows you to utilize almost all of the 38 liters of storage easily. Packing cubes seemed made for this bag, optimizing its capacity.
This was not the case with the smaller 28 liter bag. While just as ruggedly constructed as its larger sibling it does not seem to easily hold as much as its specs would indicate. Rather than having two thirds or more of the usable capacity of the D38 it perhaps held half as much.
If you plan on this going in you won't be disappointed. Packing cubes were less useful in what is essentially a somewhat narrow, thick-walled stuff sack. I ended up using it for things needed while traveling: extra layers, fresh tee shirt, gloves, hat, water, snacks, etc. For that it worked fine.
The smaller bag connects securely on top of the larger one. At the end of the day only about a minute is needed to separate the bags from each other and the bike. In my case I tossed the four tie-down strap under the seat of the Burgman ready for use the next day. I plan on using them on my kayak for short touring/camping trips: they're that well made.
February 13, 2015
Great gear bags
I bought these for a long road trip from Florida to Vermont and back. They performed perfectly and kept everything dry. With this setup and use of the many places on the bags to put straps, I was able to use an old saddle bag set in between the bags for some extra storage.
These bags are very sturdy and keep everything dry and secure (not falling out of the bag or off the bike).
My only issue is the straps and connectors that came with the bags with zero instruction were useless. I couldn't even find instructions online. I ended up using 4 pull tight/push button to loosen tie downs from harbor freight.
The bag system is great just plan on picking up a strap system that will work best for you and your bike.
October 29, 2014