|Package Dimensions||41.4 x 30 x 8.61 cm; 363 Grams|
Gearlab Deck Pod - Kayak/SUP Deck Bag, Paddling Magazine Award Winner, Suitable for Holding Paddle Float, Bilge Pump
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- Sip and Paddle: Gearlab Deck Pod fits a hydration bladder up to 3L. The large tube opening and see through mesh pocket holding the bite valve, paddlers could drink water easily and paddle farther.(Paddle Float, Pump, Hydration Bladder NOT Included.)
- Snag-Free: The external holders on both sides of the Gearlab Deck Pod are designed to hold bilge pump and paddle float, providing direct access to pull out and insert the safety equipment from cockpit.
- Sleek & Streamlined: Low profile design reduces wind resistance and stays away from paddling strokes.
- Quick Deck Release: Mounting and removing the Gearlab Deck Pod is quick and easy with quick release buckles.
- Grab It Right: The carry handle is placed beneath the pod, not visible when the Gearlab Deck Pod is secured on the deck. The discreet design eliminates the confusion with spray skirt handle in emergency situations.
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First of all, the zipper runs the length of the bag from the cockpit towards the bow. A zipper that goes crossways, right at the edge of the bag nearest the cockpit, would be a far better option, allowing better access deeper into the bag without having to reach as high over the cockpit deck. Since the zipper is not right down the middle of the bag, but rather offset to the right, there's also a chance that an item could fall into the water if you zip the bag open too far or too quickly.
Yes, there are quick-disconnect buckles to remove the bag to take with you off the boat or during transport, but the straps that attach to the kayak ropes or bungee cords just have a loop that you feed the free end of the strap through. So if you take the bag off during transport, you also have to un-loop and remove the kayak straps to avoid them banging around in the wind on top of your car. The straps themselves should have snap fasteners to attach to the rope/bungees. Another option, although not as good, would be to put female buckles on the two bow straps, for example, and male buckles on the two aft straps (and reverse on the bag itself, of course). This would allow you to disconnect the straps from the bag, but then connect the two left cords to each other and the two right cords to each other as well. You could also spiral the cords around the rope/bungee before joining them to each other to minimize flapping straps during transport.
Lastly, the two side straps on the bag that are used for holding a bilge pump, water bottle, foldable fishing net, etc. have open ends both at the bow and at the cockpit ends of the holders. A stretchy mesh "bottom" on the bow end of at least one of the holders would make it easier to slide a water bottle into the holder and then be able to carry the bag when you get out of the kayak without the bottle falling out the bottom of the now-vertical bag.
And hey, as long as I'm redesigning the bag, I would love to see a small waterproof compartment somewhere accessible from the cockpit to hold your phone or non-waterproof car key fob. Sure, you can just put those items into small drybags or waterproof clamshells, but then you're dealing with a small gear bag within a larger gear bag. Not convenient for quickly grabbing your phone or small camera to grab an unexpected photo opportunity.
In spite of the recommendations for improvements, I still like the bag and the quality seems good, although I've only used it for 5 or 6 paddle days. It has a nice capacity while still keeping a low profile and not interfering with your paddle stroke.
unfortunately for me, the zipper slider completely broke in half rendering the whole bag pretty much useless. i think its just one of those things out of control of the designer/seller, like the piece had an internal flaw perhaps. but since there is no way for me to return this or request a refund, i am screwed. like i said, i did like the design of this bag, i liked the way it looked and the colors were cool, and it was super useful for about 3 days. buyer beware.
Reviewed in the United States on 6 April 2021
Reviewed in the United States on 21 April 2021