Seal Line Seal Pak Hands-Free Storage Pack
Editor: Katjarina Hurt
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Just the facts:
The Seal Pak pack provides just the sort of hands-free protection and storage you need. Free yourself with multiple carrying options, including a removable waist belt and shoulder strap attachment. Let the watertight roll-down closure remove the barriers to where you can and cannot go. An external pocket for easy organization and rugged PU-coated polyester construction give this pack the versatility to handle anything.
Volume: 4 liters / 244 cubic inches
Weight: 7.3 ounces / 207 grams
Dimensions: 3 x 8 x 8 inches / 8 x 20 x 20 centimeters (WxLxH)
Material(s): 600D polyurethane coated polyester
Made in Seattle, USA
When I first picked up the Seal Pak, I wanted to test it out before I trusted it with my personal items. After all, “waterproof” isn’t always a guarantee. So I cinched it closed, adjusted the straps to wear like a purse, and took it outside during a rainstorm. It seemed to keep the contents dry. Having passed the initial test, it was time for a field run. My family goes to Alaska once a year for a fishing trip. What better place to test out the Seal Pak than on a fishing boat over the course of two days?
First off, I loved how well everything fit. I put my hotel key, small writing notebook and pens, sun protection, a pack of tissues, and my cell phone in and had no problem folding it down and clasping it shut. Plus, it took up way less space than my brother’s backpack which made me feel a little bit smug–for once, the girl wasn’t the one with the biggest bag on the boat!
I wore the Seal Pak as we fished for halibut, king salmon, and black sea bass. It was so comfortable that I quickly forgot that I had it around my waist. Our charter captain complimented me on the sleek look and practicality, commenting that he has heard good things about Seal Line.
When fishing was done and we had a few minutes before we headed back to the dock, I decided to give my Seak Pak the ultimate test. Not wanting to risk dropping my valuables overboard, I only kept the pack of tissues in the bag for the test. After all, if any moisture did get into the bag, the tissues would definitely absorb it. So, tissues in place, I sealed the Seal Pak and sent it overboard. I noticed that the Seal Pak floated very well–awesome! I poked it under a few times to make sure it was fully submerged then bounced it off the side of the boat a few times for good measure. When I was convinced that the Seal Pak was properly soaked, I pulled it in and opened it up. The tissues were perfectly dry! The only water that got in was from when I opened the bag and let some water drip in from the outside. It was apparent that no water had leaked in on its own. Success!
I can’t wait to take the Seal Pak out on the water again. Maybe stand up paddle boarding or a whitewater raft trip next time? I have complete confidence that it will do well in both.
Oh, and did I mention that this is a locally made product from my own beloved Seattle, WA? Bonus!
What could be done better:
I’m not sure why the front zipper pocket has a hole–maybe the zipper isn’t completely watertight and the hole is to allow it to drain? It would be neat if the outside pocket was watertight as well, but since the main compartment definitely meets that need, I can’t really complain.