the Yeti Panga 50 waterproof sports bag

The Yeti Panga 50 is a simple, submersible, and essentially bombproof duffel bag. Photo: Yeti


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I hang out in the rain a lot. I live in a place where if it’s not summer, it’s probably raining. So I need a bag that will keep my shit dry. A bag that will keep my poop dry and withstand the rigors of having an owner who generally treats their stuff like trash. I will throw bags. Hide them under logs with piercing branches. Drop them from boats by accident. But Yeti makes bags. Yeti makes great bags. Bombproof waterproof bags. Case in point: the Yeti Panga 50, a 50 liter duffel bag that is one of the toughest I’ve ever seen.

I live in a legit rainforest, which has its perks, but I’m not going to lie to you: I hate the rain. I hate when a cold drop hits the back of my warm neck. I hate the gloomy months. I hate low clouds, I hate the constant lapping of mud under my boots, I hate the constant clammyness of my clothes. I love going out, though, so I usually try to have the right gear to make my life a little less miserable. The wave I ride the most is a 20 minute hike down a steep, extremely muddy trail. It’s just far enough that I want to put my suit on at the beach because getting back into a wetsuit turns me into a sweaty mess. And since it’s more than likely to absolutely rain when I hike this trail, I need a waterproof bag. Going down is for wetsuits and towels. While I’m surfing, my stuff will stay indoors while sitting on the beach. On the way up, my wetsuits will live inside, so I don’t have to hold messy things and retrieve clothes that were in the bag I’m carrying now, wet.

Yeti Panga 50

It’s not a bag of bells and whistles. It’s a simple duffle bag, but it’s a simple duffel bag that does exactly what you need to do in the worst conditions Mother Nature can throw at you. Image: Yeti

I recently got my hands on a Yeti Panga 50. It’s not a bag of bells and whistles. It’s a simple duffle bag, but it’s a simple duffel bag that does exactly what you need to do in the worst conditions Mother Nature can throw at you. I’m not lying when I say this bag can be full of important stuff and completely submerged underwater. It’s not so much a sports bag as a fortress of equipment, impenetrable to all attacks. The shell is thick like rhinoceros skin. Made from high density nylon and laminated for an extra layer of protection, they put it all together with zero water access points. The bottom is even thicker, made from molded EVA material, so you can throw it on a bed of nails without batting an eyelid.

I’m not sure exactly how they pulled it off, but Yeti made a zipper called HydroLok that, as I mentioned, doesn’t allow water through its teeth. It can be a little hard to close (hard enough that it comes with a little tag that says “pull hard!”), but I’m fine with a harder yank if it means I can throw my bag full of clothes in the drink and rest assured they will be dry when the waves wash ashore.

If you’re looking for a bag that’s just a simple bag to carry your things, but a simple bag that will carry your things and ensure those things are safe and dry, look no further than the Yeti Panga 50.

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