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BRIEFINGS

SWATCHES

Airtight,
watertight:
in the bag

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Sometimes the solution is in the simplest idea: That's why Watershed®
looked to closures on freezer food storage bags to create a seal for its
Watershed Dry Bags that is 100 percent leakproof. Photos: Watershed.

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he folks at Watershed® like to
say they are obsessed with water.
CEO Eric Revels began his career as a
whitewater raft guide in the U.S. and
South America while he pursued his
dream to be a whitewater slalom canoe
racer. Throughout his adventures, he
grew tired of dealing with damp gear
stored in drybags that were supposed
to keep things dry.
So Revels set out to build Watershed
Dry Bags. The Watershed brand
starts with the fabric. Most drybags
are coated in PVC, which wears out
more quickly, stiffens in cold weather
and releases toxic fumes into the
environment. Watershed bags are made
with a polyurethane-coated 420 denier
Cordura® nylon rip-stop fabric that's five
times more abrasion-resistant than PVC
and chemically stable.
The Watershed team also paid
close attention to seams, often the
source of rips and tears. The fabric is
double- and triple-layered at meeting
points, and instead of stitching the
seams, they are welded together with
high-pressure radio waves, creating an
ultra-strong seamless bond.
To create an airtight closure,
Watershed looked to the seal used
on typical food storage bags for
the freezer. The bags use the same
technology, but the ZipDry® grip stays
airtight and watertight in up to 300 feet
of underwater pressure.
Watershed put the technology to use
in duffels, backpacks, technical bags
and others. Each piece is finished with
design details like compression straps,
multiple lash points and easy-access
openings. For more information, visit
www.drybags.com.


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