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Quechua Ultra-Compact 20L Backpack Review

So today we’re taking a look at the Quechua Ultra-Compact 20L dry bag. When I first ordered this bag I thought it was going to be a dry bag like the Sea to Summit ones I’m used to. Made from a plasticy feeling almost rubberlike material that repel water. But I was surprised by just how thin and papery this bags material is. The inside seams are all tape sealed though and it does actually repel water quite well. 

The bag has a very simple design. Its just a big main compartment with a roll-top closure. It suggests rolling it 3 times before you clip it shut for the most waterproof seal. The outside does have an adjustable elastic band for storing larger items like a jacket or tripod for example. I’m not a huge fan of roll-top closure bags but I know that they are popular amongst hikers and those going to places with rain/water.  The straps on the bag are quite thin but they are fairly comfortable to wear even when the load gets heavy.

I decided to test how much I could fit in and see if the 20L capacity was accurate. I was able to fit a 1L water bottle, tech pouch, packing cube with some clothes and a camera cube with my lenses and stuff inside. And there’s still plenty of room for more stuff. But without internal pocket organisation you will be just sort of stuffing things in.

The bag is mainly designed for ultra light hikers or people who want a 20L backpack in their main pack for those situations where it would be useful. At a price of USD$14 (AUD$20, GBP8) its a great value bag. Especially if you’re a fan of the style and roll-top closure.

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