kfreels wrote in post #16851980
Seems like there are a lot of bags. I guess the next question is if I should expect them to sink or float if we flip the boat. A bag that would float and upright itself so that the closure itself isn't under water would be ideal I would think. Are these things air-tight so that if I have enough air in the bag I can expect that? Or should I plan on putting something like a kickball in the bag?
As an avid kayaker/Sailor...
Will the bag sink or float? It really depends on how much gear you have vs. how much air you leave in the bag. I recommend you test it in your bathtub or sink before you put it in the water. If you force all the air out, most dry bags with camera gear or other tech gear will sink straight to the bottom! They are airtight. Seal one up (without gear) and put it under water. If air bubbles are coming out, water is getting in.
A properly sealed drybag will not leak as long as it's floating, even if it's floating upside down. That said, make sure you understand, and follow, the directions for properly closing them. A dirty sealing section or not putting the full number of folds in can guarantee wet gear and a wrecked day.
I use this: http://www.outex.com/
It works great, and I know the camera itself is not going to get wet. It's a lot more rugged than any other solution anywhere near that price - next best thing to a full submersible housing. Mine only shows the viewfinder, not the rear LCD. I usually keep it on deck or between my legs when kayaking, and when sailing it stays in the cockpit with me. Any extra gear would go in a drybag in the bow of the kayak (less likely to get wet), or in a pelican case in the cabin if I'm on a sailboat.
They also make super absorbent packs (think disposable diapers) that you can put in your bags. As an 'oh ****' save method, they can help if the drybag doesn't properly seal.
That said, it's important to make sure your gear in the canoe is properly secured. If you turn turtle, the last thing you want is to have gear floating away while you're trying not to get sucked under! My biggest concern there wouldn't be water - it would be the gear bashing against rocks or debris while inside the drybag.