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KEEPING STUFF DRY Small Canyon Keg Large Canyon Keg
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Canyon Kegs - An Solid Alternative to Dry Bags

Keeping stuff dry and protected in canyons has always been a challenge. Dry bags do okay when they are new, but often puncture or simply wear out. One solution the Euros found long ago is these sturdy plastic kegs, made in Holland, that offer both protection from water and from crushing. Available in America from Imlay Canyon Gear.

We offer Curtec Kegs in two sizes: Small = 3.5 liters; Large = 6.4 liters. They use the same hard-plastic, rubber-sealed lid, and are sized well for fitting inside packs, while providing maximum protection for your valuables. I think you will find clothes and soft stuff work better in a dry bag, but the Kegs offer both more protection and easier access to things like sandwiches and cameras.

Small Canyon Keg (3.5l)
Capacity: 214 cubic inches (3.5 liters)
Weight: 12.4 ounces (352 grams)
Height: 6-3/4" (170 mm)
Diameter: 7-3/4" (200 mm)
Mouth Opening: 5-1/4" (130 mm)
Maximum Usable Depth: 5-3/4" (140 mm)

Large Canyon Keg (6.4l)
Capacity: 390 cubic inches (6.4 liters)
Weight: 15.0 ounces (425 grams)
Height: 10-5/8" (270 mm)
Diameter: 7-3/4" (200 mm)
Mouth Opening: 5-1/4" (130 mm)
Maximum Usable Depth: 9-5/8" (240 mm)

Will your camera fit in one of these?

Well of course, it depends on the camera. The dimensions are right at that break point where small compact digital SLRs (like the Canon Rebel) will fit in with a 'reasonable' lens. Larger bodies are more difficult, especially with a tripod plate in place, or a largerish lens. Compact cameras will almost all fit... assuming they are smaller than a Rebel.

Here's a few things to know:
• The top seal can fail. If you try to cram too much stuff inside, it can interfere with closing the lid all the way - pushing against the stuff inside can feel like the last half-turn that seals the top. OR a cord or string can get caught in the top. OR sand or dirt on the seal can prevent forming an effective seal. Keep your keg clean, and don't overstuff.
• The stuff inside the keg can rattle around and be damaged. Protect stuff inside the Keg with your spare hat, or a small towel which you can also use to dry and clean your hands.
• While pretty robust, a sharp impact can crack the lid. Inspect the center of the lid from time to time, and discard if a crack is starting. Look at the center of the lid for the start of a crack
• DON’T throw your pack down onto rocks. If the lid scores a direct impact onto a rock from ten feet, it will probably crack.
• If you wrap some duct tape around your keg, then you'll have some handy if you need it.
• Since all kegs look the same, use a felt marker to write your name on the outside.
• Imlay Packs are sized to fit kegs perfectly. Some people use a dry bag for their clothing, and a keg for their food, emergency kit, camera, radios, etc.
• Kegs are fairly well rounded, but do have sharp edges. Don’t use them in tight, narrow canyons where the edges pressing against the fabric will induce rapid pack destruction.
• The lid can be leashed to the keg with a piece of small cord, but most people find this more trouble than it is worth.


Imlay Canyon Gear

PO Box 5532
2625 S State Street
Mount Carmel   Utah   USA   84755
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