Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October Product Highlights - Watershed Ocoee

Watershed Ocoee

This month we are highlighting 2 products that no paddler should be without, a good helmet and a reliable dry bag. In this post we will be looking at the Watershed Ocoee in detail.

Watershed have been making bags in the USA since the 1980's, over the years their bags have evolved but one thing has remained: they are still made and designed by whitewater boaters, who care about gear that works.

There are 3 key features that make Watershed bags stand out over the rest:

1) The Closure

All Watershed bags feature their patented ZipDry® closure.
100% waterproof bag

Similar to a heavy duty freezer bag, the full-length opening is watertight to below 90m.

Watershed Ocoee Large Opening

Opening and closing is quick and easy, with no rolling required. The lengthwise design means you have access to everything at once. No need to unpack the whole bag in the dark to get to the torch in the bottom!

2) The Fabric

The Ocoee, along with the rest of the Watershed range, is made from polyurethane-coated nylon. This means it is super strong, with 5x the abrasion resistance of PVC fabrics, yet still super flexible.
UV stable, environmentally friendly, chemical resistant, it never cracks or fades and does not go stiff in cold weather. The list of advantages goes on and on!

Watershed ocoee review

3) The Details

The Ocoee is covered in clever features. 4 chunky attachment points mean the bag will stay with anything you lash it to. Radio frequency welded seams means there is no stitching at all on the main section. The handles and buckles are attached to a separate panel with military spec stitching, which is then welded to the main body to keep it intact.
Large Attachment points on the watershed ocoee
Simple compression straps mean you can get the bag as small as the items you are carrying, reducing bulk, as well as leaving a smooth bag that will stay closed in all situations.

watershed ocoee details

Throughout the summer, both of our instructors will take their ocoees along on every course. Here is what Liam has to say about his:

"After more than one case of going to retrieve my first aid kit/spare jacket when needed and finding them both damp and mouldy, I invested in a Watershed bag. Now, this is the only dry bag I fully trust. I use it almost daily throughout the summer and it has stood up well to abuse. I completely trust it to keep my expensive DSLR dry. The convenience well outweighs the cost"

AS Watersports using watershed ocoee

Watershed Ocoee being used review

Optional Extras

Watershed make a couple of accessories to turn the Ocoee into a fully waterproof camera bag.

The Ocoee Duffel Liner is a foam lined bag complete with zip, handles and compression straps. The interior is lined with velcro (the soft side) to work with the divider set. They have a layer of 1/2" closed-cell foam all around to create extra protection for cameras and fragile items. Designed to fit perfectly inside the Ocoee, but can be used on its own out of the bag.
100% Dry camera bag

The Ocoee Divider Set sticks into the liner using velcro, and can be moved around to make the perfect fit for your camera and accessories. Constructed of fleece and padded closed-cell foam, they will stop your expensive equipment bouncing around.
waterproof camera bag

Submersible camera Bag

The Ocoee is available in 2 colours, both in stock now at AS Watersports.

watershed ocoee dry camera bag

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Watershed Ocoee

Watershed Ocoee Liner

Watershed Divider Set




Want the same great features, but a bit more space? Check out the Chattooga:

Watershed Chattooga


*Free delivery is for the UK mainland only. It excludes highlands and islands. Next working day delivery via courier, excluding weekends and public holidays..