Top positive review
Exactly what I expected
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2019
Here's the real rundown. I literally read all the reviews and this is what I have to say:
It's better quality than I was expecting for the price on Amazon. One of the reviewers who gave it a low rating indicated that the straps are too long and it sits too low. Unless he's smaller than me at 5'-7", I'm guessing he put the straps on upside down. It does have to be oriented with the adjustment plastic thingy BELOW the pad. Unlike those who just plan to put the bag somewhere and not actually attending to it full time, I do plan to wear the bag all the time that it's in use so I did buy a sternum strap separately (see photo). It fits nicely and keeps it in place. For the price of the bag, I'm not too disappointed that it didn't come with one already. You'll notice I picked one that has a built-in whistle. Nice touch.
10L is what's shown in my photos. You have the dimensions but what does that mean in the real world? This 10L is about the size of a hydration pack. See the photo of it compared to a full size #2 pencil. Yes, a 10L bag does look funny strapped to the back of a grown man b/c it's so tiny. I often travel light and select my bags to be small whether it be a work bag or diaper bag. A 20L I suspect would be closer to the size of an actual backpack. Anything bigger, you can imagine would just be more bulky.
COMPARING TO THE GENERIC ONE:
There's a generic unbranded version of this. Generally, I don't take the risk with generics when it comes to the importance of something needing to be water tight. The difference is that the Piscifun version has two characteristics the generic one is missing. First is the elastic cord. The generic one isn't elastic. It's just a cord. The Piscifun version also has an outside pocket for non waterproof things. The generic one is just sealed and doesn't allow you to actually put anything in there (at least that's what I'm gathering from the photos and reviews as I did not purchase the generic one myself). Both features were important to me and the price difference was minimal so I went with Piscifun which appears to be a good company?
HOW DO I KNOW IT'S A GOOD COMPANY?
I don't, but there's an insert that comes with the bag where the verbiage I feel is trustworthy. You'll also notice that the company takes the time to respond to reviews here on Amazon. I'm glad I bought from a small company to help support them. Great product at a reasonable price. If I need another one, I'll definitely buy it from them. I've already recommended it to friends.
HOW DID I PICK THIS PARTICULAR BAG?
The biggest deal for me is that this has two straps. It's a backpack. More on that later. The other dry bags available are typically a single strap for the 10L version (see photos). I also like that this has the elastic strap, exterior pocket and separate handle.
Piscifun themselves says they're coming out with a version that has a water bottle holder. I would've waited, but I need this for a trip.
WHAT AM I USING THIS FOR?
Beach. I'll be wearing the bag while doing activities so I don't have to leave it unattended and risk getting stuff stolen. I did pick yellow so I can clearly identify it in case someone does find a way to snatch it while I'm not looking.
Don't spend hours like me researching online to find the perfect bag. Just get this. It's a reasonable price, it's good quality, looks nice, has all the features you'd want (minus the water bottle holder which is coming in July 2019) and will most likely fulfill what it is you're looking for a water proof bag to do.