NRS 3.8 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag

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The NRS Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag will provide you with a lifetime of dependable service, constructed with the addition of an extended 34-oz. reinforced bottom for added durability.
  • This massive dry bag is expandable for over 6500 cubic inches of storage capacity but can be cinched down with the 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 of your gear.
  • The StormStrip™ closure provides for a reliable waterproof seal.
  • Sizes are measured fully packed and closed.

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Weight: 4.2 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
  • Extended reinforced bottom
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 NRS Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag will provide you with a lifetime of dependable service, constructed with the addition of an extended 34-oz. reinforced bottom for added durability.

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 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag

    Q:

    Will storing my Bill's bag in the garage (Phoenix) shorten the life of the product?
    Asked on 1/19/2014 by RM from Phoenix

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don't know. I store mine in the garage in Milwaukee all winter. No problem..
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 1/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It should be fine if it out of the sun. I keep mine in totes or empty coolers in my shed, but is it not so hot here in Oregon.

      Answered on 1/20/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The heat shouldn't shorten its life. Do store it out of direct sunlight.

      Answered on 1/20/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS 3.8 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag

    Q:

    What kind of glue do you suggest using on these bags? Part of the front seam has come unglued on my bag.
    Asked on 9/15/2013 by FSH from Auburn, CA

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Probably rubber cement or some form of epoxy that will remain flexible. Lightly sand/rough up both pieces, glue, and then clamp. Enjoy. I have a couple dry bags with loose seals; I still fold them correctly and let friction suffice.
      Rev. Dr. Gregory J. Kett
      Senior Pastor of Trinity Church

      Answered on 9/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      I recommend Clifton Urethane Adhesive, Item # 38700.01.

      Answered on 9/15/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS 3.8 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag

    Q:

    Where is this product made?
    Asked on 5/8/2013 by Richard from New York City

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It is made in Asia.

      Answered on 5/8/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS 3.8 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag

    Q:

    What is the warranty on your bags?
    Asked on 9/16/2012 by None

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      We warranty our products for their usable life for workmanship and materials. No product used in the outdoors lasts forever. If one of our products develops a problem and the gear obviously looks like it should last longer, we'll replace or repair it - no problem. If the product comes back to us obviously worn out and all used up - probably not. As to the bags, especially the HD Bill's Bag, you'll get many years use out of it. It's my go-to big bag. My other is the Expedition DriDuffel

      Answered on 9/16/2012 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS 3.8 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag

    Q:

    Why do you have a bigger black bottom on the bag?
    Asked on 8/20/2012 by Leaping Leon from Anywhere USA

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It's reinforcement for the bottom of the bag.

      Answered on 8/20/2012 by Clyde from NRS
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NRS 3.8 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag
 
4.5

(based on 56 reviews)

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    (37)

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    (14)

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    (3)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good capacity (50)
  • Strong material (46)
  • Tight closure (45)
  • Waterproof (45)
  • Easy to carry (39)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (8)

Best Uses

  • Paddling (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (5), Advanced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (46), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Durable and easy to use

Great bag that you feel can take a beating when packing it up or tying it on the raft. We took it on both an 8-day Main Salmon river trip and 6-day Rogue...Read complete review

Great bag that you feel can take a beating when packing it up or tying it on the raft. We took it on both an 8-day Main Salmon river trip and 6-day Rogue river trip and it held up well in the sand and kept things dry on and off the river. We use some type of liner (heavy trash bag) to give the gear extra protection in case of a submersion (aka raft flip) but we've yet to test in under those conditions. A bag liner is also helpful for packing. With a liner placed in the Bill's bag, you can get those odd shaped items in a little easier and pack them down. It would be nice if NRS offered a bag liner specifically designed for the Bill's bag.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Dry Bag - Just not for portaging

This is a great bag for almost everything it is supposed to do. It hauls a ton of gear, is tough and keeps everything bone dry. It will exceed your expectations on most trips...Read complete review

This is a great bag for almost everything it is supposed to do. It hauls a ton of gear, is tough and keeps everything bone dry. It will exceed your expectations on most trips.

Our new bag performed well in these respects on a recent, eight day paddling trip to Isle Royale National Park with my wife, but a couple flaws emerged. One, the straps that go over the top could use another inch or two in length when the bag is completely filled. This is a small matter specific to our trip because we probably had it overstuffed. After eating some of our oatmeal, noodles and rice the first couple days of our trip, the bag closed fine. The main negative aspect came to light during portages. A bag with this much carrying capacity definitely needs a hip belt. Without it, even moderate portages become painfully difficult, and this is coming from a couple of 20 year backpacking and paddling veterans.

Bottom line, this is a great bag for most uses. It's tough, watertight and can handle a huge amount of gear. BUT, if you plan to do anything beyond short and easy portaging, get a different bag with a hip belt.

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5.0

great buy

By river runner

from walla walla, WA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about NRS 3.8 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag:

      Bought 2 bags for my wife's first trip. They held all of our gear and kept it dry

       
      4.0

      These bags are beasts

      By Mountain Man

      from WI

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Capacity
      • Strong Material
      • Tight Closure
      • Waterproof

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • No Waist Belt

      Best Uses

      • Canoeing

      Comments about NRS 3.8 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag:

      This summer is my second year using the NRS bags. I have used the smaller ones as well as this 3.8 Heavy Duty Bills Bag. All of them are very strong and take abuse like bosses.

      I like these larger bags for canoe trips because they seal tight and the straps can be wrapped around the thwarts to help stablise in rough water and in the event of a flip the bags will remain attached. However they do fall short in some areas:

      1) The 3.8 HD Bills Bag has shoulder straps but has no waist/hip belt which causes fatigue on longer portages. 1.5 miles is the farthest I've taken one of these loaded and it was a pain.
      2) These bags are, well, simply one large bag. I would like to see some sort of compartments where I could keep items somewhat seperate.

      Before buying I knew about those issues so they definitely are not deal breakers, however in the end I can't help but feel that the bags are simply better than the competition but not amazing on their own.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Just spent five days on the smith river

      By River rat

      from Montana

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Carry
      • Good Capacity
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Paddling
        • Sailing

        Comments about NRS 3.8 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag:

        It was easy to pack, but when opening after rain moisture ran inside bag

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        1.0

        terrible! broke first trip!

        By Lukas

        from UT

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Capacity

        Cons

        • Tears Easily
        • Weak Seams

        Best Uses

          Comments about NRS 3.8 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag:

          This bag was terrible. I bought it new for a Grand Canyon trip and the seam on the top roll over buckle broke on day 3. Another friend had the same experience with the bag a month earlier. Overall design would be good IF THE BAG WORKED. This is a highly recommended bag from an industry leading name, I'd expect it to last more than three days...

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Excellent bag

          By Steve B.

          from Fremont, CA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Capacity
          • Strong Material
          • Tight Closure

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Paddling
            • Sailing

            Comments about NRS 3.8 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag:

            Excellent bag. I loaded it with 40 pounds of gear, checked it on flights to/from Utah from California, and used the bag for 6 days on the Green River out of Moab. Loaded bag fit perfectly cross-ways in the canoes. Back-pack style straps made it easy to carry from the shore to camps.

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            • No

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