Kysek Dry Bags
3, 20, 40, 50, and 70 liter sizes (approx.)
Plastic and rubber composition
Pros: Quality construction, Super resilient outside fabric, Attractive looks
Cons: Aren’t designed to store cold items, Expensive considering they aren’t really coolers, Not as many features
Comfort-grip handles, Detachable shoulder strap, Front zipper, Reflective ID points
Kysek Dry Bag Review
Kysek Drag Bags are a bit unique in that they answer the need for a water-resistant container but they sacrifice ice life in the name of mobility. There are plenty of the traditional accessories and features you like to see in soft-sided coolers but you won’t enjoy the relatively long ice life that we like to see. They are available in 3, 20, 40, 50, and 70 liter sizes (approx.) and come in a single color choice. Most of the parts of either made of plastic or rubber.
Insulation ability –
You may immediately notice the similarity between the Kysek dry bag and other premium soft-sided coolers such as those made by Yeti and RTIC in regards to size and shape. However, while they may look similar and have similar features they really aren’t intended to keep items cool for long periods of time. These are more designed to simply protect your belongings from the elements, particularly rain and snow. This is thanks to features such as the InternaShield interior which is surprisingly thick and insulated for being a soft-sided material. In addition, the skin used is made of rawhide and is high-frequency welded to ensure a consistent and protected seal for all of the elements that you can throw at it. Kysek also uses thermo-welds in its construction which minimizes the amount of moisture that can find its way inside.
Mobility and durability –
These units are quite mobile and pretty easy to carry, even when loaded up. You may be a bit tired after lugging one of the larger sizes that are full of contents but it is still easier than most hard-sided coolers. There are well-placed comfort-grip handles on the overhead should strap that make it much easier to carry without straining. Another cool feature in the larger sizes is a detachable, padded shoulder strap. We really like using the shoulder strap while transporting this soft-sided cooler and then you can simply remove it when not in use. Other helpful convenience features include an easy access main compartment, a front zipper pocket, water-resistant zippers, and reflective points for easy identification.
Don’t let the soft-sided nature of these fool you. As mentioned above, they take advantage of a thick rawhide skin and are assembled thanks to high-frequency thermo-welds. While they won’t be as tough as a traditional hard plastic cooler they should be able to hold up to most things you can throw at it. We do feel there is a little bit of a step down in quality between these and the Yeti and RTIC soft-sided coolers and you won’t find as many features but they are still more than capable of most things other than storing cold items for long periods of time.
Visual Appeal –
We really like the styling of these. They come in a white skin with black and blue accents and give off a very progressive and almost futuristic vibe. The shoulder straps and pockets are placed in areas that not only are functional but don’t make the products look cluttered or gimmicky. The one major issue we have is in the lack of color options since we understand that not everybody will want the white finish. We would like to see some more outdoor-inspired colors in the future. Also, the zippers don’t look as meaty as in some other soft-sided coolers but they should perform just fine so it is mostly an aesthetic thing.
These products are not cheap for the amount of storage size they have. There are many hard-sided coolers that are more affordable and can store more. However, they are of high quality and we can’t really see any shortcuts that were taken in production. Also, they are cheaper than the comparable Yeti soft-sided coolers and are about the same price range as RTICs. However, the important thing to note is that you are essentially paying for a weather-protectant bag rather than a typical soft-sided cooler. If you are interested in longer ice life from Kysek they do offer soft-sided coolers but they are also more expensive.
Overall Rating –
The Kysek Dry Bags are obviously targeted towards those after a premium soft-sided cooler but that are prioritizing water resistance over ice life. The design approach and many of the features are very similar outside of the inclusion of thick insulation. Overall, they do an acceptable job of giving us a high-quality product that can handle most challenges that Mother Nature can throw at it. All of the features we like are there but not much beyond that. From a price standpoint, these dry bags are comparable if not slightly below other brands but you need to remember that if you are after something that can keep your items cool for a day or two this isn’t the answer.