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NRS 3.8 Bill's Bag Dry Bag

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The time-tested NRS Bill's Bag has been a dependable piece of boating gear for more than 30 years!
  • Constructed with 21-oz PVC/polyester body with a 34-oz round bottom.
  • Expandable for over 6500 cubic inches of storage capacity but can be cinched down with four compression straps to compact and stabilize gear.
  • The adjustable backpack harness has a rubberized grab handle and extra wide padded shoulder straps for comfortable hands-free transport your gear.
  • The StormStrip™ closure system provides a confident seal and allows for easy top loading access.
  • Sizes are measured fully packed and closed.

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Weight: 4 lbs
Filled Dimensions: 16" Dia. x 33" H
Material: 21 oz. PVC/polyester body, 34 oz. PVC/polyester bottom
Closure System: Fold-down StormStrip™ closure
Features:
  • Integrated padded backpack straps
  • Rubberized carry handle
Size (cu. ft.) Dimensions Cu. In. Liters
2.2 14" Dia x 24" H 3,695 61
3.8 16" Dia x 33" H 6,635 109

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The time-tested NRS Bill's Bag has been a dependable piece of boating gear for more than 30 years!

video: How To: Seal a Dry Bag

How To: Seal a Dry Bag (2:07)

NRS rafting guru Clyde Nicely shows you how to properly roll up your waterproof dry bag in this short instructional video. There are just a few simple steps you need to follow to get the best water-tight seal. Push out most of the air, then fold, rather than roll, the bag top. (Folding creates more sharp bends to block water entry.) Fold the top of the dry bag at least three times, then snap the buckle shut. Closed properly, NRS Drybags keep your gear dry while rafting, kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddling. The StormStrip closure on NRS dry bags is time- and boater-tested to protect your water sports gear. The StormStrip closure is used on the NRS Bill's Bag, Outfitter Bag, System 5 Bag, Expedition DriDuffel, Day Pack, Access Duffel, Tuff Sack, Ricksack and Dri-Stow Bag. It also protects and backs up the waterproof zip seal on HydroLock Dry Bags.

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  • NRS 3.8 Bill's Bag Dry Bag

    Q:

    Do they make a repair kit for the NSR 3.8 bills dry bag?
    Asked on 4/28/2014 by Dale from Alaska

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Dale, we don't make a dry bag repair kit. Give us a call, 800.635.5202, and tell us what kind of repair you need to do. We'll fix you up with the supplies you need.

      Answered on 4/28/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS 3.8 Bill's Bag Dry Bag

    Q:

    Do you think this would be able to fit a 65L backpack into it as long as it's not completely full?
    Asked on 3/1/2014 by matt

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, I think it can as long as you do not have a frame. I stuffed my bill's
      bag with all I had.

      Answered on 3/3/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Matt, here are the bags dimensions: .16" Dia x 33" H, 6,635 cubic inches, 109 liters. Sounds like it will work.

      Answered on 3/2/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This bag is huge! I use it to store my NRS IK and still have room for a pfd and wet suit. Should easily fit your pack.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 3/2/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I think you've answered your own question here. Obviously a large backpack can
      somehow be fitted into a Bill's Bag, if for no other reason that a Bill's Bag IS a
      large backpack, minus the waist strap.
      If it helps, my Bill's 3.8 I have here has a working radius of about 8" (a little
      bigger at the top) and a working height (allowing fr said top to be closed adequately)
      of about 32"+. That works out to about 6400+ cu in. (NRS says 6800, which is close
      enough).
      Either way, that converts to over 100 liters, so you might not even have to unpack.
      Although I'd try to go sort of tall and skinny when packing the backpack.
      I think the 3.8 in Bill's Bag 3.8 must stand for 3.8 cubic feet. That's 107.6 liters,
      or 6566 cubic inches.

      Answered on 3/1/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I think it will be very close. Reason is, the top of the bag has a two inch clear plastic tongue which is held together by a couple strips of velcro. You then need to fold the clear plastic tongue over once or twice or three times. This allows the bag to make a tight seal so when in the water it will keep your goods dry. Also you will need some air inside so when the bag falls in the water from a capsized canoe or kayak the bag will float. If hiking you can squeeze the air out and compress the bag to make a smaller tighter pack. So the answer lies in what type of activity your doing. I would call the company up and ask them. The bag is not cheap but worth every penny if you ever oveturned your boat in the water and had to recover your stuff down river.

      Answered on 3/1/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS 3.8 Bill's Bag Dry Bag

    Q:

    What would be recommended for 2 people, 5 days? We know how to travel light, but how much dry bag space do we need for 1 tent, 2 sleeping bags, 2 backpacking air mattresses, down coats, inflatable pillows, a little extra clothing?
    Asked on 2/17/2013 by Karen from Whitefish

    7 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Karen,
      I bought two of the these dry bags for my son and i. We are active with our local boy scout troop and do a lot of water camping trips in canoes and kayaks. We use both of them when we go on our trips. I would take two on the trip and split the equipment weight between the two packs to lighten the load for each backpacker. You will also be able to carry more items like mess kits and such. These bags are the best for keeping everything dry and if packed correctly they also offer as a flotation device if you capsize in a canoe. The backpack straps on this item are key. Another plus is they can be packed in a the back of a pick up exposed to the weather and the contents will remain dry if closed properly. Make sure when you make your purchase it does have the straps. They also make one with out which is slightly less money. These pack are big enough to carry all the items you listed in your question. Please note I have never used one of these bags for long hiking trips. I think, I would need to buy some half inch pipe rap and line the straps to help with friction against the back, shoulders and arms on a long hike. Hope this information is helpful.

      Answered on 2/17/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      NRS 3.8 bag is plenty big as long as the gear is compressible.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 2/18/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Karen, Bill's Bags are great for larger items like tents, sleeping bags and the like. I don't like to take a down sleeping bag on the river, so I pack a bulkier synthetic fill bag, two-person backpacking-style tent, a bulky tarp, camp shoes, flip flops, spare water bottle in my Bill's. So if your bags and tent aren't too bulky you can probably put them and the air mattresses in one Bill's. I highly recommend the Expedition DriDuffel for your clothes and personal items. The duffel-style bags are great for sorting through smaller sorts of gear. Remember, with the Bill's you're dealing with a cylinder 16" in diameter and 33" tall.

      Answered on 2/18/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Bills dry bag is a great piece of equipment. 1 bag per person should be
      sufficient. certain items may not need to be stored in the bag. I used them
      on a 8 day river trip using a paco pad.

      Answered on 2/19/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      As long as you aren't portaging, just use two of the biggest bags--you don't need to fill them up and a big bag not quite full will stow better than a medium size bag stuffed.
      You haven't mentioned food: if your trip is guided then you don't need to worry. We go cushy now and tend to paddle where there are carrys, so we use two bags with a more sophisticated suspension system for our personal gear and a separate food pack for the kitchen.

      Answered on 2/20/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      You will be pushing it with all that gear... are the sleeping bags down/
      highly compressible? can the air mattresses go outside the bag? Do you
      want to put a soggy tent in with your down jackets? We have smaller
      separate bags for our "day-bags"... good luck, have fun!

      Answered on 2/17/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      You would need one 3.8 bag for each person. I typically get 1 tent, 1
      sleeping bag, 1 pad, clothes and jacket in one bag.

      Answered on 2/28/2013 by Anonymous
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NRS 3.8 Bill's Bag Dry Bag
 
4.6

(based on 28 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good capacity (26)
  • Waterproof (25)
  • Tight closure (24)
  • Easy to carry (23)
  • Strong material (23)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (4)
    • Paddling (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (23), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Outstanding Dry Bag!

    This is the second 3.8 Bill's bag I've purchased. I have used them for packing gear for canoe expeditions where the the contents absolutely must stay dry. They are waterproof and rugged bags. ...Read complete review

    This is the second 3.8 Bill's bag I've purchased. I have used them for packing gear for canoe expeditions where the the contents absolutely must stay dry. They are waterproof and rugged bags. They close easily and the straps secure the closure. The carrying straps are comfortable enough for a portage and provide hands free transit of the bags.
    A great benefit of these bags is that while in transit to an adventure, I can carry them in the back of my truck or in the basket on my roof racks and not worry about the weather.
    I've used them for packing gear for general travel as well. I added 3 rings of yellow electrical tape around my red bags to make them easily identifiable when traveling.....
    These bags are very well made and should last a very long time.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    lots of room

    its a great bag as far as space is concerned but the stitching on the buckles isnt very good and one tore on my second trip with this bag...

    its a great bag as far as space is concerned but the stitching on the buckles isnt very good and one tore on my second trip with this bag...

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    4.0

    Great Quality and Good functionality

    By Gons

    from Hanford, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Carry
    • Good Capacity
    • Strong Material

    Cons

    • Leaked When Not Full
    • Leaks

    Best Uses

    • Rafting

    Comments about NRS 3.8 Bill's Bag Dry Bag:

    Took bag down the Grand Canyon.

    Very Pleased with materials and functionality.

    The bag worked great as long as it was packed full. It leaked slightly when the bag was not packed full.

    It was also hard to access gear at the bottom of the bag since the bag was so vast.

    I should have bought two smaller bags for the trip. It would have better suited our needs.

    I believe it would have not leaked if the bag was full.

    Over all.. Great bag. I will continue to use it in the future.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent!

    By Nate

    from Eugene, OR

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Carry
    • Good Capacity
    • Strong Material
    • Tight Closure
    • Waterproof

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about NRS 3.8 Bill's Bag Dry Bag:

        Just returned from 20 days on the Colorado with this bag. It was given a variety of water tests including rain and total immersion. Everything stayed perfectly dry.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Very well made bag!

        By Harry the Sailerman

        from Little Rock, AR

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Capacity
        • Strong Material
        • Tight Closure
        • Waterproof

        Cons

        • Larger Than Expected

        Best Uses

        • Kayaking
        • Overnight Use
        • Paddling

        Comments about NRS 3.8 Bill's Bag Dry Bag:

        The bag was purchased for a dual purpose: 1) to use for an overnight bag when going out f town for a few nights and 2) to use for day floating trips. The bag is too large to be used for these purposes, however I like the bag so much I will keep it for extended floating trips and order the smaller bag to serve the original intended needs.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        great lots of room

        By KK

        from Sturgeon Bay WI

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Carry
        • Good Capacity
        • Strong Material
        • Tight Closure
        • Waterproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Paddling

          Comments about NRS 3.8 Bill's Bag Dry Bag:

          rafting trip and boating

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          lots of room

          By offwidthe

          from oregon

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Carry
          • Good Capacity
          • Waterproof

          Cons

          • Tears Easily
          • Weak Seams

          Best Uses

          • Paddling
          • Winter Camping

          Comments about NRS 3.8 Bill's Bag Dry Bag:

          its a great bag as far as space is concerned but the stitching on the buckles isnt very good and one tore on my second trip with this bag...

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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