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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
 
4.6

(based on 61 reviews)

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    (42)

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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 (55)
  • Strong material (51)
  • Waterproof (50)
  • Tight closure (48)
  • Easy to carry (42)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (9)

Best Uses

  • Paddling (7)
  • Sailing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (6), Advanced (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (49), Yes (4)

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...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...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

Second one we purchased .

By Big Sexy

from Grants Pass OR

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Capacity
  • Strong Material
  • Waterproof

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Paddling

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

    We had one before and regretfully it was stolen, we just had to have another!

    Service and delivery comments:

    Product came in good time

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Fantastic for BWCA portages

    By Dave in KS

    from Kansas

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Paddling

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

      I bought one for my older son to use on a scout trip to bwca in 2014, and I just bought another one for my younger son to use for our 2016 trip. They're very durable, and in my opinion, they're comparable to SealLine products, which have never let me down. Overall, this is a fine product that I recommend to anyone that needs a durable, large-volume portage pack.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Top props for the river and beyond

      By Tyler the jack of all trades

      from Kentucky

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Good Capacity
      • Strong Material
      • Tight Closure
      • Waterproof

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Backpacking
      • Paddling
      • Sailing

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

      I've had my HD for years, and I'm absolutely in love with it. It started out as a gift for a small paddaling trip my father and I took, but later became the number one grocery-getter when I was a liveaboard on a sailboat. Whether it was protecting my gear in the back of a yak, or keeping saltspray out of rice-a-roni, it never once failed. After about three years of using and abusing it, it became my main choice backpack for everything. Including several long distance backpacking trips. My only con is that it isn't a frame pack, and has no hip belt, so my shoulders and back often hurt after long treks. However, I've loaded this thing with over 80lbs of gear, enough for a week in the backcountry, and never had to strain it or throw something out. It carries everything without complaint, and keeps it dry to boot.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best of the best

      By Feiger

      from Boise, idaho

      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:

          Solid high capacity bag that keeps your stuff dry. Handles my camping gear (tent, sleeping pads and bags for two) and mscls gear for my float trips. HD to take the abuse of getting thrown around, comfortable pack straps to haul distances if needed, and to have your hands free for that scramble up the bank or up the hill.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          classic and highly functional

          By alembic

          from Salt Lake City

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • River trips

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

            Took down the Yampa and Green on high water. Newer thin material closure seems excellent. This is a tough bag that holds up to wear and tear very well.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            • NRS 3.8 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag

              Q:

              The Heavy Duty Bill's Bag has a hole from a rodent bite. What is the best way to repair such a hole.
              Asked on 4/23/2016 by River from Columbia, SC

              2 answers

            • NRS 3.8 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag

              Q:

              The male portion of some of my buckles are beginning to break. Is it possible to get replacement?
              Asked on 7/20/2015 by TOM from United States

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Tom, we have replacement patches for the bag, Item # 55019.01, which contain the buckle piece.

                Answered on 7/20/2015 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS 3.8 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag

              Q:

              Can I buy this item in a 2.2 instead of a 3.8?
              Asked on 7/2/2015 by Crystal from Juneau, AK

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                No, Crystal, the Heavy-Duty Bill's is only available in the 3.8.

                Answered on 7/3/2015 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS 3.8 Heavy-Duty Bill's Bag

              Q:

              Would it be possible to order this pack with a hip belt?
              Asked on 10/23/2014 by Brett from Lake Villa, IL

              2 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I don't think so. You could probably attach one by gluing to bag if you found the right hardware.
                It is a great river bag. It does great on portages even without the hip belt.
                Sent from my iPad

                Answered on 10/23/2014 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                That's not an option, Brett. You can combine the Paragon Pack, Item # 55018.01, with a dry bag to get that hip belt.

                Answered on 10/23/2014 by Clyde from NRS
            • 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
              • 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
              • 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
            • 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

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                I recommend Clifton Urethane Adhesive, Item # 38700.01.

                Answered on 9/15/2013 by Clyde from NRS
              • 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
            • 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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