The North Water Expedition Deck Bag is designed for on-deck storage and is generally placed on your front deck within easy reach of the paddler. The Expedition Deck Bag easily installs using existing deck lines. Webbing and buckles let you attach gear to the sides. Large zippered opening and small mesh pocket in front. It is easy to remove, has loads of cargo space and is contoured to follow the profile of your boat. The unique 'Non-Slip' attachment system uses a 14oz vinyl base sewn at the rear of the bag and held with hook and loop. A polyethylene liner shapes the Expedition Deck Bag for easy access through the front zippered entry.
|Length:||14 in / 35.56 cm|
|Width:||14 in / 35.56 cm|
|Height:||4.5 in. / 11.43 cm|
Bought 1 to see what it was like and how it fit on the kayak. Ordered a second after seeing the first. Spent 5 days paddling Okefenokee swamp and it was great to have things in easy reach and not have to open the hatch. It is definitly not waterproof, as stated in the description. Good storage space for the size.
This review is a comparison of the Northwater and the NRS expedition deck bags. The Northwater is tough Canadian designed stuff, built the same way. Simple, basic, foolproof, no frills. When you're gearing up for a heavy expedition, you want tough and reliable, even at the cost of a little extra weight. The Northwater is heavier than the NRS, but it's the kind of heaviness that builds confidence. Potentially, this bag will look better after two years of tough wear than it looks out of the box. It fit the deck of my CD Solstice GT more securely than the NRS, but the security straps at the cockpit-end of the bag were too short to reach the deck lines of my kayak, which has a 24" beam. It would be easy to extend the back two straps however, so as to correct this minor issue. The Northwater velcro attachment to the bungie lines is very secure and there would be few non-emergency circumstances in which you'd need better attachment than the velcro provides, without using the supplementary straps. In comparison to the lighter NRS which has a too-light vinyl sheet to give the bag shape, the vinyl here, like the bag, is a tank, capable of resisting abuse. There is a small "hood" that shields the main zipper from torrential rains, a nice touch. The NRS had a better mesh pocket and better zipper pulls than the Northwater, but you could buy those separately and change out the ones that come standard on the Northwater. The aesthetics and "feel" of the Northwater are those of the naked Northwest, overcast skies, rain, fog, rocky beaches, squirting clams at low tide, big swells, heavy winds and chop . . . This bag would be good for that. When you take out the vinyl shape sheet, the bag lays flat in the hold without taking up much space. I would use a 12" x 20" Opsak inside to waterproof sensitive stuff, but you could use small dry bags. The compartment itself isn't waterproof. My only criticism is that the front mesh pocket needs to be deeper.