Keep your stuff dry with Dakine Cyclone II Dry Pack 36L Backpack

What are you going to do with the ultimate surf pack if you’re not a surfer? Certainly, if you’re never going to do any kayaking, stand-up paddling, boating, beachgoing, waterfall gazing, swimming-hole swimming, walking in the rain, or any other activity near, in, or on the water, you don’t need a dry pack.

But if you’re a traveler who likes adventure, and won’t rule out getting a little wet, a dry pack makes sense. That’s why I’ve loved using the Dakine Cyclone II Dry Pack 36L Backpack.

And then, my husband (a better surfer than I am) promptly stole it from me and won’t give it back. It’s his favorite backpack, ever.

Made from 305D Cordura HP coated ripstop fabric, the pack has waterproof welded construction and a roll top to keep water out of the roomy main compartment. The front stash pockets are also welded, and have water-resistant YKK PU-coated zippers.

Like regular dry bags, roll-top packs often hold a lot of air, and you have to practice to learn how to purge air and roll at the same time. This pack has a two-way purge valve, so when you’ve sealed the bag, you can still purge air without having to start all over again.

With many dry pack backpacks, users have to make a choice between ultimate waterproof performance and carry comfort, because not all packs have comfortable shoulder straps that can keep you comfortable through a day (or multiple days). This pack has ergonomic shoulder straps (with an adjustable sternum strap), as well as a sweat-less breathable back panel.

If you’re a surfer, the integrated board-carry system is useful. If you’re not, it’s never too late to learn.

The Dakine Cyclone II Dry Pack 36L Backpack comes in black and camo and lists for $150 on the Dakine site.


Jill Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks. She divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles have been featured in the AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Catch up with her adventures on and IG/Twitter at dangerjr.

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