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Best Stuff Sacks 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated December 1, 2018
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Billy JacobsMy name is Billy Jacobs. I have been a freelance writer for 20 years, focusing mainly on technology related topics. After putting in 32+ hours of research and testing, I made a list of the best stuff sacks of 2018 and explained their differences and advantages.

I’ll brush up on how to choose the best stuff sacks and examine things like materials, quality, and weight. You see I’m an average member of the public just like you and the main reason I decided to publish a review website on stuff sacks is because I was looking for one not so long ago.

Best Stuff Sacks of 2018

Welcome to my website! If you plan to buy stuff sacks and looking for some recommendations, you have come to the right place. The above tidbits will bring you closer to selecting stuff sacks that best serves your needs and as per your budget. Many models on the market may be confusing to a person who is shopping for their first time. So this is not only going to give you an insight to the best stuff sacks of the 2018 but also those which are user friendly and easy to work with.

Test Results and Ratings

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Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Ease of use
4 points
5 points
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Materials
5 points
5 points
4 points
Durability
5 points
4 points
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Quality
5 points
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№1 – Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Stuff Sack

 
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Stuff Sack

Pros
Material: 30D siliconized cordura
Volume: [xxs] 130 cu in, [xs] 240 cu in, [s] 430 cu in, [m] 580 cu in, [l] 960 cu in, [xl] 1400 cu in, [xxl] 2080 cu in
Dimensions: [XXS ] 4 x 10 in, [XS ] 5 x 12 in, [S ] 6.5 x 13 in, [M ] 7 x 15 in, [L ] 8.5 x 17 in, [XL ] 9.5 x 19 in, [XXL ] 10.5 x 23 in
Cons
Absolutely no frills
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this stuff sacks win the first place?

I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Materials
5

5star

Durability
5

5star

Quality
5

5star

 

 

№2 – Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack

 
Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack

Pros
Dual zippers allow access from different points on the pack
Stretch mesh side pocket for gear or water bottles
Airmesh harness provides comfortable carry anywhere in the world
Cons
A little more expensive than other brands.
Borderline outdated technology.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this stuff sacks come in second place?

Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed.

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Ease of use
5

5star

Materials
5

5star

Durability
4

4star

Quality
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4star

 

 

№3 – Outdoor Products Ditty Bag 3-Pack

 
Outdoor Products Ditty Bag 3-Pack

Pros
Combo Pack: Small, Medium and Large
Made of strong, water resistant urethane-coated Oxford nylon
Easy single action draw cord system
Cons
Not suited for novices.
It is pretty heavy..
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this stuff sacks take third place?

It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Materials
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Stuff Sacks Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy stuff sacks, right? No!

Altura Speed LED

Altura’s seatpack is quite literally an eye-catching option thanks to the built-in iLume LED fitted into the rear.

This tiny button has three settings – slow, fast and constant – and runs from a watch battery, all packaged into a shape not much larger than a pound coin.

With a diagonal length of 20cm it’s a good-sized bag that will hold a multi-tool, mini-pump and a couple of inner tubes, or a few energy bars if you’re planning a longer ride.

At just 4cm wide it’ll mount snuggly behind the seatpost and shouldn’t rub as you pedal.

Ideal as a ‘hamster transporter’ if you need to go to the vet’s.

Verdict: A medium-sized option with an internal net and narrow design make the Speed a winner. 8/10

Another of our smaller options, this one coming in with a simple design and, therefore, price tag.

Birzman lists its capacity as 0.litres and who are we to argue?

Measuring 16cm, it has plenty of noteworthy details, including black reflective patches, a rear-facing loop for an LED, and a brightly coloured interior with an internal pocket on one side to stop items from rubbing.

External pockets, one on each side, are closed off thanks to the side strap that holds the whole system to the rails and compresses the contents to stop rattles – all useful details.

Verdict: A basic but clever design allows the essentials to be carried with ease. 9/10

Arundel Dual Seatbag

The Dual is designed to carry two inner tubes along with the necessary inflation equipment and maybe a small multi-tool as well, depending on your inner tube size and how good you are at packing.

With a different shape to most, the Arundel attaches to the seat rails alone and has a leather patch for durability where it touches the seatpost.

Made from black canvas, it’s certainly not waterproof so will need to be removed and dried after wet rides but thanks to the single velcro strap that’s hardly a chore.

The Dual measures 14cm by 5cm so it should avoid leg contact.

Verdict: Arundel have come up with a different take on the seatpack and simplified attachment for ease. 7/10

Pro Saddle Bag Medi

One of the smaller seatpacks in the round-up, the Medi is the second-smallest of four in the Pro range and measures around 17cm in diagonal length.

That’s about right for a spare tube, tool and COinflator.

With an internal net and light blue fabric, finding what you’ve stuffed into the pack shouldn’t be too difficult, and there’s an additional pocket down one side for extras, such as a patches or some cash.

A well constructed bag, it has three mounting points: one for each saddle rail as well as the seatpost.

A rear facing loop allows the use of a clip-on light, too.

Verdict: Made from a water-resistant fabric, the Medi is a great bag to stuff with repair gear and leave on the bike. 8/10

Lezyne S-Caddy Loaded

First off, don’t be put off by the price, this seat pack is ‘Loaded’, which Lezyne means it comes with a multi-tool, tyre-levers and patch kit.

This little 12cm-long bag has a neoprene pouch underneath for the Vtool (Philips head, 3, 4, 5, 6mm Allen keys) as well as internal pockets for the supplied levers and inner tube repair kit, and one for folding cash.

That means you just need to add your inner tube and COpump for a basic pack to be covered for the worst eventualities.

Think of it as the equivalent of buying a food mixer, but with all the food supplied.

Verdict: Three Velcro straps and abrasion-resistant fabric mean the S-Caddy will last the test of time and stay put. 9/10

FWE Medio Saddle Pack Pro

What the makers say – The FWE Medio Saddle Pack Pro is made from durable water-resistant, ripstop nylon with a waterproof zip to keep everything dry when the weather turns horrible.

What we say – On undoing the water-resistant zip, a couple of mesh guards deploy either side of the opening, making sure the contents don’t spill out. Along with a holster for stashing your house keys inside the lid, it’s one of several features that help this cheap pack shine. Discreet reflective detailing and a light loop round off a neat package.

Verdict – Makes a highly convincing case for not spending too much on your saddlebag – 7/10

Ortlieb Saddle Bag 

What the makers say – Tucking neatly under the saddle, this 100% waterproof saddlebag provides room for equipment, snacks, extra shells and lots of tools. The roll-top closure features buckles and D-rings for locking the bag.

What we say – A quick-release mechanism makes detaching this medium-sized pack a doddle. Great construction and a roll-top closure keep out the water, while D-rings and an additional mount underneath allow you to lash more gear to the pack. Its stiff fabric slightly amplifies things rattling around inside, and the otherwise sturdy release mechanism can also be a little noisy, although neither should put you off.

Verdict – Versatile, medium-sized pack that’s highly adaptable and extremely well-made – 8/10

EH Works Essential Canvas Tool Roll

What the makers say – Made of waxed canvas with leather trim and a leather toe strap, carrying everything you need for any ride. It’s a real cinch to fit under your saddle.

What we say – We’re taking it back to the old school with this retro, waxed-canvas tool roll. Fitting almost all the essentials, except a pump, and using a leather toe strap, it’ll ensure all your tools stay tightly lashed to the saddle rails. It looks great, but the design of the internal pockets means it’s best not to overstuff it, lest anything should slip out while you’re on your ride. 

Verdict – If you’re after a retro alternative to the modern-day saddlebag, look no further – this is number one – 7/10

Altura Arc Seat pack

What the makers say – The Arc seat pack is a waterproof, seam-welded, roll-top saddlebag. Using the roll-top closure ensures the content will stay dry during adverse weather conditions.

What we say – Totally waterproof and robust feeling. The Velcro attachment makes it slower to remove, but provides excellent security. Ideally suited to harsh weather conditions or off-road riding, there’s no reason why we wouldn’t choose this for any expedition. Pleasingly minimalist in design and colouring, we reckon it’s about as good-looking a saddlebag as you’ll find. A no-brainer.   

Verdict – Great value and a robust, stripped-back design makes this our pick of the packs – 10/10

Lezyne M Caddy QR

What the makers say – A medium, wedge-shaped caddy designed to carry just the right amount of tyre repair for most rides. Durable woven nylon fabrics, a water-resistant zipper and reflective tail light loop mean it’s ready for all the weather you can throw at it.

What we say – A neoprene holster underneath the main pack neatly stows a multitool, saving you from having to dig through the rest of your kit in the event of a breakdown. Inside the main compartment are several dividers, helping to keep everything neat and tidy. The sturdy quick-release mechanism attaches with a clunk and, as there’s no post loop, it pops off instantly.

Ruggedness

Fair: made of lightweight materials and designed to be carried inside another bag. Good: strikes a balance between light weight and durability. Excellent: made of heavy duty materials and designed to be carried alone. Exceptional: made of ultra-tough materials and designed to withstand abuse.

Waterproofness

Waterproof bags and cases are made with waterproof materials and have waterproof closures. Some are designed to be submersible. Water-resistant bags and cases are made with waterproof materials, but water could sneak in through the seams or closure.

IPX rating

Indicates the degree of protection against liquid. IP X1: Dripping water while in normal operating orientation; IP X4: Splashing water; IP X5: Water jets; IP X6: Powerful water jets; IP X7: Immersion up to 1m ≤ 30 minutes; IP X8: Suitable for submersion as specified by manufacturer.

Outdoor Vitals OV-Light

It’s hard to disagree with a price tag that’s affordable. On top of that, the OV 3is rated for temperatures that can easily handle 2.5-season backpacking conditions. It’s remarkably packable compared to other bags in the category and, overall, features most of what any backpacker might expect to see in a mummy bag’s features.

One thing I like about these bags is that a left handed and right handed model can be zipped together to make a double size bag. This isn’t a new concept but it is a fun way to go backpacking or camping with your partner.

Down Bags

These bags are made from lightweight nylon shells and down insulation. This type of insulation is usually from ducks or geese and can vary in quality. It’s lighter and more insulative than most manmade insulation. One major drawback is that down loses most of its warmth when wet.

Factors to consider before purchasing a dry bag

We all have various requirements when it comes to the size. Some people require several items while going for hiking or kayaking while others only go with the basics ones. For that reason, it’s advisable that you go for a size which is convenient for you. Of course, having an extra space doesn’t hurt at all!

The material

Depending on whether you want durability, lightweight or flexibility, you have to make a wise decision on which material to get. We have materials which offer unmatched durability while making you bear some extra weight and we have others which are lightweight but less durable. For instance, Vinyl provides unsurpassed durability but is quite heavy while Silnylon slashes the weight while sacrificing on durability. The ball is in your court!

The closure method

Dry bags have varied closure methods. Depending on how safe you want your items to be, you can choose between the roll top closure and then zipper closure. It’s important that you take this into consideration to avoid being disappointed. Of course, the closure will in one way or another affect the waterproof-ness, ease of access and several other factors.

The purpose

The intended use of your dry bag should also affect the choice you go for. If you plan to use it for kayaking where there’s constant expose to water and competitive environment, it’s advisable that you go for a dry bag whose waterproofness is top level and the durability is cutting edge. On the other hand, if you just want to use it to carry your stuff around during those drizzling days, perhaps a lightweight and flexible dry bag would do.

Pad Connectors

The Big Agnes Mystic UL 1and Therm-a-Rest Antares HD 1both incorporate pad attachment systems to help keep your mattress underneath you throughout the night. While I like this idea in principle, I haven’t found the results to be worth the increase in weight. Also, these bags fall short when you put their warmth, weight, and cost up against REI’s Magma.

Synthetics

The more time I spend on the trail, the less value I see in recommending synthetic sleeping bags (read “down vs synthetic” section above). The following quality synthetic sleeping bags all come with affordable price tags, I just find them hard to recommend over budget down options.

Temperature Rating

No matter what time of year you go camping, odds are that the nights will get colder than you’re used to, meaning that one of the most important things a bag can do is keep you warm.

To that end, you need to pay attention to the temperature rating of your bag to ensure that it will stay toasty even if the ambient temperature drops.

The best sleeping bags have a rating of around 20-40 degrees, but some will go as low as ten degrees or even less. Depending on the area you’re traveling in, whether or not you’ll have a tent, and the time of year can all determine what rating you should choose. ​When it comes to keeping you warm, the shape of the sleeping bag can have just as much of an impact as the material. The way most bags work is that the air around your body is heated by your natural body warmth, thus keeping you warm all night long.

The bigger the bag, the more space there is, and the longer it takes to heat. There are four primary types of bags to choose from, each with a specific purpose.

Rectangular: the most common design is rectangular, which means that it has an even shape all throughout. These bags can fit almost any body shape and size.

Mummy: if you want to reduce the amount of air around your body, so you warm up faster, a mummy bag is the way to go. It’s called a mummy bag because of the way it’s shaped, meaning that it conforms to your body more, so there’s less dead air in the bag. The tradeoff, however, is that you are more restricted in how much you can move.

Barrel: these bags (also called semi-rectangular) have a tapered bottom to reduce the amount of air, but are not as restrictive or as form-fitting as a mummy bag. They are something of an in-between design, for those who want quicker warmth but also some room to spread out.

Double wide: if you like to sleep with a partner, then you’ll need a double-wide bag. It is possible to join two single sleeping bags if the zippers are a match and on opposite sides (one’s on the right, the other’s on the left), but a double-wide is made for two people and is much better at holding both of you than just joining two single bags. These bags can also be paired with a mattress or sleeping pad for better comfort.

Insulation

One aspect of warming you is by reducing the amount of air around your body. The other aspect is the type of insulation that’s in the bag itself. There are three primary insulation types, as listed below. The best sleeping bags use synthetic down, however.

Synthetic: if you want something cost-effective, then synthetic down is the way to do. While it’s not as high-performance as feather down, it gets the job done adequately. Unless you want to do some extreme backpacking in a frozen environment, synthetics are mostly fine. Also, they dry out much faster when wet.

Goose-down: if you’re not familiar with feather down, it refers to the layer of feathers on water birds that keep them warm and buoyant. Feather down is rated by how much loft it has (how big it is when not compressed) and how thick it is. For best results, down is unmatched, however, if it gets wet, then you have a big problem.

Water-resistant down: to help combat the issue with most down bags, some companies will treat their down with synthetic treatments to keep the feathers dry, even if they get soaked. Most “synthetic down” is much more expensive than other alternatives, but it has the best of both worlds.

The shell

This is another of the most important considerations when buying the best winter sleeping bag. Since you are going hiking in icy and probably wet conditions, you will be looking for a shell that is treated with Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finishing. This ensures that your bag is not soaked.

Is the shell rip-stop? That means whether the shell is able to resist grazes and abrasions from pebbles, rocks and sticks. Even if it is, it does not mean that you do not need to take care of your sleeping bag. However, it should be able to resist tears from the ground where you will sleep.

A few important things you ought to know

Considering the above-mentioned few points, you may want to sleep in your long underwear to enjoy comfort and warmth in winter. If you have guests at home in winter, you can use the sleeping bag as an extra bed.

Mothercare

WHAT Suitable for little ones from 0 to months, this sleeping bag keeps your tot warm all night long and even through feeds. The buttons at the top stop baby’s arms from sliding out of the arm holes, while the side zip eases diaper changes as it won’t disturb your sleepyhead. Comes in bright colours and fun prints such as circus, bears and bunnies.

The Dream Bag

WHAT Junior is going to love this scarlet sleeping bag with a cute dinosaur print and navy trim. So much so that he will beg to be put in it, making bedtime so much easier. Made of 100 per cent cotton, it features a soft lining to ensure comfort. The bag is 111cm long, but use the poppers in the back to reduce it to 91cm. So, the bag literally grows with your baby and can be used well into toddlerhood, which makes this a great value-for-money buy!

PARENTS SAY “Bright, colorful, durable, cosy and easy to wash. Bonus points for the zip which is hidden under a flap which is under the arm, making it difficult for little hands to get to it!” praises mum Sonia Chatterjee.

WE STRIVE TO CREATE THINGS THAT ARE NIMBLE AND LIGHT.

We research and develop unique fabrics and manufacturing processes that solve problems; solutions that make our gear lighter and more comfortable. Inspired by epic adventures at every altitude, we cultivate a culture of design perfectionism to develop ingenious functionally beautiful products with a “no worries” Australian attitude.

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THERE’S A REASON IT’S CALLED ESCAPE. YOU’VE GOT TO GET OUTSIDE TO EXPERIENCE IT.

Our team of athletes and adventurers travel the globe seeking extreme environments and activities that push boundaries. They challenge themselves, and our gear, to the max. They inspire us to ask what’s possible; what we can do differently; what we can do better. They’re gear junkies, experts in their field and their product feedback is an invaluable part of our design process. Like us, they love what they do and have fun doing it while using our gear.

 

 

 

 

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Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Stuff Sacks wisely! Good luck!

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