lightweight waterproof duffel bags (the ‘Upano’ range)

£109.99£119.99

Upano is a range of lightweight waterproof drybags, in 2 sizes. Brilliant for rafting, travel, base camp, sailing and expedition use.

As featured in Outside magazine Summer Buyer's Guide and Backpacker Best New Gear.

(codes: 70L 703, 90L 705)

as seen in Outside and Geographical

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Description

Aquapac lightweight waterproof duffel Upano 701 703 705 3 ways to carry
3 ways to carry

These are our lightweight but completely waterproof Upano™ duffel bags.

Brilliant for adventure travel, camping, backcountry vacation, sailing and expedition use.

As featured in Outside Summer Buyer’s Guide, and also in Backpacker Best New Gear.

Key Features

Aquapac lightweight waterproof duffel Upano 701 703 705 purge air release valve
the air-release / purge valve
  • Super-lightweight but tough, welded construction
  • Removable shoulder straps for easy portage
  • Air-release valve for easy packing – squeeze the air out as you roll it closed
  • Internal ID pocket for airport travel
  • Compression straps to minimise volume
  • Multiple attachment points for straps or lashing
  • Brightly coloured ends for higher visibility
  • PVC-Free / 0% Vinyl.
  • The Upano is a river in Ecuador.

Warning: The air-release valve comes off if fully unscrewed. Only unscrew it enough to allow the air out. And make sure you then screw it up tightly or water will seep in! We recommend that you keep it screwed closed at all times except when you are actually purging the air.

The 2 Sizes

Note: we have discontinued the 40L bag, but you might still find one on Amazon

 ltrs H W D g*
40 27.9cm 46.0cm 30.0cm 547g
70 30.0cm 71.1cm 33.0cm 714g
90 30.0cm 79.0cm 36.1cm 876g

*these weights include the 2 detachable shoulder straps

Aquapac lightweight waterproof duffel Upano 701 703 705 shoulder strap detail
shoulder strap – detail

How waterproof are they?
IPX6 waterproofing level They’re Stormproof (protected against powerful water jets – click on the icon for more)

Roll up roll up!
Please note: You need to roll the bag very tightly to line up the two halves of Velcro. This is essential if you want your bag to be waterproof. One or two customers have suggested that we might use a wider strip of Velcro to make it easier to close. But if we did that, then your bag wouldn’t be waterproof.

Colour: Grey, black and orange
Materials: 420D PU-coated nylon
Country of Origin: Designed in the UK. Made in China.

(codes: 70L 703, 90L 705)

 

PS: You spell it Duffle, we spell it Duffel, let’s call the whole thing off!

Additional information

Care Instructions

Our materials are strong but can still be punctured. Avoid sharp or abrasive objects and protect from impacts. After regular contact with chlorinated or salt water, or with sun creams, wash in soapy water and then rinse with fresh water. Do not use bleach, alcohol or proprietary cleaners.

Warning: The air-release valve comes off if fully unscrewed. Only unscrew it enough to allow the air out. And make sure you then screw it up tightly or water will seep in! We recommend that you keep it screwed closed at all times except when you are actually purging the air.

Reviews

  1. InflatableBoarder.com

    The build quality and materials used by Aquapac on this bag are all top-notch, and we love the fact that the Upano duffel can be used for way more than just stand up paddleboarding. This is literally a bag that you can take with you anywhere, which means it will be a lot more useful than one that is strictly designed for SUP. As far as performance goes, the Upano exceeded our expectations in all areas and even kept the contents of the bag dry during a full submersion test. At the end of the day, if you’re searching for a lightweight, extremely well-built waterproof bag that you can confidently strap to your SUP, the Aquapac Upano range of waterproof duffels is a wonderful choice.

  2. ActiveJunky.com

    A recent extended trip to Vancouver Island, British Columbia gave Aquapac a chance to succeed or fail on its own merits. The 40L waterproof duffel bag proved ideal for camera gear, spare jackets, caps and hydration while exploring both the Pacific coastline as well as the Campbell River region, while the 70L size gets props as full-on luggage capable of overnight paddling trips. Testers valued the strap system, easy-locking roll top and reinforced attachment points as the duffel got a good dose of fast-moving adventure under its shoulder straps.

  3. Spike Reid, Shannon SUP and Ganges SUP

    The fantastic Aquapac equipment kept the water out when it attacked from all angles. Climbing into a dry tent to snuggle into a warm down bag after a long day on the water was much appreciated, and it would not have been possible without your gear. The range of kit fared very well against the mud, the rain, and even the terrain…
    I particularly loved the Upanos – they rock. I am now headed to Oman, leading a tour through the Wahiba Sands and the Empty Quarter with Wild Frontiers. Not many rivers out there, but the Aquapac gear will still keep the sand out of everything.

  4. Will Millard, The Trans Papua Expedition

    Genuinely, the Aquapac duffle is the best packrafting bag I have ever had and, when the packraft flipped halfway down the descent, it almost certainly saved the project!

  5. Climber magazine

    This excellent bag has proved itself to be easy to pack and carry. It’s a tough workhorse of a bag and came through the hands of airline baggage handlers without a mark. It’s also very distinctive and easy to spot on a baggage carousel. Highly recommended.

  6. Scott Mestrezat, 2300 miles Missouri River SUP

    Those Upano Duffles made my daily task of loading and unloading all my gear so much easier. The ability to carry them like a backpack at the end of a long day were a godsend. The way the duffles sit open, with easy access to anything in the bag, makes setting up camp a quicker and more organized process. Keeping things dry when strapped to the deck of a paddleboard is a tall order, but Aquapac came through with their extensive line of products that kept everything from my tent to my computer protected from the constant barrage of water. Despite flipping my board miles from civilization, I didn’t have to worry about water getting in my Upanos and ruining my day. They survived 100 days of pounding water and beating sun and will be taken on whatever trip I embark on next.

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