Mesh sacks are pretty simple. They’re a drawstring bag made of mesh that comes in various sizes. Small mesh sacks can be good for keeping anything together that doesn’t need to be protected from dirt or water. Think of these as more of an organization tool, which can just help you keep like objects together so that they are more accessible. You can also see exactly what you have inside of them. They are also super lightweight and can fold up to be incredibly small when you aren’t using them. Large mesh sacks can also be great for storing your sleeping bag when it is not in its compression sack. You should always store your bag in a larger bag like this as it keeps the insulation from getting too compressed which will cause cold spots. If your bag didn’t come with a mesh storage sack or you lost one these can aid as a good replacement.
The name of the game here is getting your gear to take up as little packable room as possible. Compression sacks are often made of a ripstop nylon and feature multiple straps on the sides of the bag. You stuff whatever it is you’re packing (which should be something compressible) and then pull down to tighten the straps which drastically minimizes the size of the packed object. This works great with things like sleeping bags that tend to be bulky and large when fully unpacked but have the ability to shrink down to a much smaller size. Compression sacks are often water resistant, but are not fully waterproof. Those seeking a waterproof bag will need a compression dry sack which is made of a bit different material and tends to way a tiny bit more. Regular compression sacks tend to be a lighter and smaller option for those who don’t need direct protection from the water.
Those who do need protection from the water need a dry sack. These tend to be used by kayakers and canoeists looking to keep their gear dry on their next river or lake trip. Dry sacks come in various options, some being ultralight weight, while others being more durable and protective. The question to ask yourself here is where will you be packing your items? If they are protected in your dry hatch of your boat, then you won’t need to worry about damage from sticks or rocks snagging them. If this is the case you can save on the weight. However, if you plan on packing your gear above the deck of your boat, you’ll definitely want a sack with a little more protection to it. There are many options of drysacks that have hooks or the ability to strap them to the deck of your boat. These are usually a tougher PVC material that can take snags from branches without getting abrasions. There are also phone or tablet sized dry bags that fit the exact size of your device and allow you to use it through the dry bag material so that you do not get your device wet.
Overall, storage sacks can help you organize and protect your gear from the elements. Choose from our selection of mesh sacks, compression sacks and dry sacks for the type and size of bag that will fit your needs.