Matador Droplet Dry Bag 18g £12.99
The Matador Droplet Dry Bag is a handy little catch all for segregating stuff; whether keeping wet, sand encrusted swim wear from iphones, or stinky gym kit from office smarts. Generally speaking, it’s lived up to the hype and proved a godsend on my recent ride to the Czech Republic.
Essentially we have a coated rip stop nylon sack, with draw-string closure, small enough to hang on a keyring via the stainless steel loop. The former expands to an impressive, three litre capacity and packs into its own silicone rubber droplet-hence the name. Both are pretty rugged, although I resisted temptation to drop keys and similarly sharp valuables in, given their potential to burrow through.
In real terms, 3 litres proved adequate for pack towel, swim shorts, goggles etc. Less efficient packers will be pleased to note the drawstring closure provides a little extra leeway; albeit lacking the outright weather protection of roll top types - and don’t rely on it floating.
That said; bouncing around in my cotton duck bar bag (frequently opened for urgent rummaging) and through several days’ torrential, thundery rain my iphone, passports, old-school map and other creature comforts remained bone dry.
Condensation hasn’t been a problem either and the fabrics dry more quickly than with the truly impervious types, which is another definite plus when camping. Ultimately, specialist covers are the best route when travelling with high end cameras/similar electricals.
Some would say £12.99 a bit steep given the spec but a drop in the ocean compared to replacing cherished gizmos, or turning up at work smelling the wrong sort of fragrant.