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No more soggy charts. No more maps flapping in the wind. The NRS HydroLock Map Case helps you navigate with ease. Just fold your map to the right section, seal it inside, secure it to your boat, and go!
  • Four sizes to accommodate most maps, charts or books, as well as essentials such as wallets, snacks and a warm hat.
  • The HydroLock zip seal provides a totally waterproof closure.
  • A clear urethane window lets you see both sides of your map, chart or guide.
  • Attachment points in the corners make the NRS HydroLock Map Case easy to lash to your boat or a deck bag so it's always right there when you need it.

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    NRS HydroLock Mapcessory Map Case
    Length:1:36
Filled Dimensions: Available Sizes
Material: Urethane
Closure System: HydroLock zip seal
Size Interior window dimensions: Overall dimensions:
XS 6" L x 9" W 10" L x 11" W
S 8" L x 12" W 12" L x 14" W
M 15" L x 12" W 18 7/8" L x 13 7/8" W
L 18" L x 15" W 21 5/8" L x 16 7/8" W

video: NRS HydroLock Mapcessory Map Case

NRS HydroLock Mapcessory Map Case (1:36)

No more soggy charts. No more maps flapping in the wind. The NRS HydroLock Map Case helps you navigate with ease. Just fold your map to the right section, seal it inside, secure it to your boat, and go!

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  • NRS HydroLock Mapcessory Map Case

    Q:

    I have had the Hydrolock map case (L) for just over a year and it's been on the water for half a dozen trips (none of them more than a few days). Although I had no particular issues in the past closing the map case, I had a lot of trouble on the most recent trip. It would take me about 15+ minutes on a clean flat surface to get the case properly and fully closed. The closure area seems clean. Is there something I can do? A lubricant or cleaner? As it is now, I'm very frustrated with this non-usable map case and looking for my next chart case already.
    Asked on 8/13/2014 by Coldspring Paddling Instruction from Saskatoon, SK

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Well, we purchased some really super stuff from NRS and some not so super
      stuff. In all cases, we found them willing to replace/refund when asked,
      so its only a matter of effort on your part to get this sorted. In fact,
      we have used the map case very little....but you might try some "303" on
      the plastic. Its fine stuff, we use it on the hatch covers and all
      plastic. If its a matter of surface flex....it might help in this case?

      Answered on 8/14/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yeah I find it difficult too. I used some silicone lube and that helped. They're good and tough cases but I think I'll not go with that one again.

      Answered on 8/13/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I use 3030 regularly on my seals - works great.
      Mari

      Answered on 8/13/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Sorry for your frustration. Give this a try: use an old toothbrush-type brush and soapy water to clean out the grooves. Even though they may look clean there's probably a water-scum residue in there. This may be all you need to do. If you're still having trouble closing it use a light coat of lubricant. I've used 303 Protectant to good effect, but I'm sure other slippery compounds will work just fine. Come to think of it, Zip Care, Item # 33507.01, has the brush and lubricant combination.

      Answered on 8/13/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS HydroLock Mapcessory Map Case

    Q:

    I bought this for my iPad Mini and the XS fits perfectly as if it was made for it. The touch screen works as if the plastic isn't even there. And the water tight zipper seams to work just fine. I think this will work out great for me.

    Thanks,

    Charlie
    Asked on 12/26/2012 by CharlieO from Victor, Idaho

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes - they work great - totally watertight!

      Answered on 12/26/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Charlie,
      I would not trust my iPad in this. The ziplock is untrustworthy. I used it in September on the Grand Canyon to protect my river guide and the seal was very hard to close. There was a lot of dirt/ mud in the water that found its way into everything so that may of had something to do with it.
      I have a different make of protector that I got from Cascade Outfitters that has a much more positive locking system that I use for the iPad.
      Mark

      Answered on 12/27/2012 by Okie Paddler from OKC OK
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Great input, Charlie. Thanks for letting everyone know!

      Answered on 12/26/2012 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS HydroLock Mapcessory Map Case

    Q:

    I am looking for a case for my iPad Mini. Will the XSmall fit? Does the clear material still allow the touch screen to work well? Is there another one you would recommend?

    Thanks for your help.

    Charlie
    Asked on 12/20/2012 by CharlieO from Victor, Idaho

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Charlie,
      Well, I can't really help on any of your questions. I have the larger
      case and use it mainly for a navigation map so I don't know about the
      smaller cases. I've never tried to use my cell phone touch screen
      through the plastic so can't comment there. I will say that the plastic
      is pretty thick and I'd be surprised if you could use the touch screen
      through it. Would be great though if you could as that would enable you
      to use GPS maps while protecting the iPad.
      Dewey

      Answered on 1/5/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Charlie, I bought the Hydrolock for maps. It works really well for that purpose! I don't see why it wouldn't allow the touch screen to work well (but I haven't tried it). Also, I bought the large size, again for maps, so I couldn't answer the question about the Xsmall fitting. Wish I could be more helpful. RM

      Answered on 12/20/2012 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Dimensions I've found online for the Mini are 7.9" × 5.30" × 0.28". The clear windows of the XS Mapcessory Case are 6" x 9", so the Mini will fit comfortably in it. I would think the touch screen will work through the clear polyurethane window, but we haven't tried it. Alternatives will be one of the Aquapac cases - http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/product_list.asp?deptid=1927 - or the Dri Case Folio - http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/product.asp?pfid=27406&pdeptid=2371

      Answered on 12/20/2012 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS HydroLock Mapcessory Map Case

    Q:

    Can this product be folded?
    What materiel is the black "frame" made of?
    Can the clear area be replaced or is it one piece?
    Asked on 10/31/2012 by Stephen from Canada

    9 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes it folds easily. Like a ziploc bag but more durable. The clear and
      black are glued together plastic. Replacing it and keeping it watertight
      would be hard. Good product!

      Answered on 10/31/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes it can be folded, but usually you will have a river guide or map in it which would make folding difficult. The unit is one piece and black edge can not be replaced separately. My only knock on this item is the ziplock is difficult to close.

      Answered on 10/31/2012 by Okie Paddler from OKC OK
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, you can pretty much do whatever you want to it.... I have used this in
      some very rough conditions with no issues....it appears to me that the
      window is laminated into the frame, so you would probably just replace the
      entire thing. As far as frame material goes...no stiffness or brittleness
      in water down to about 40.
      Trey
      Learn it, Love it, Live it!

      Answered on 10/31/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi - This map case can be folded and it is very effective in keeping maps /
      papers dry. The black frame is plastic (same as the clear). The "clear
      area" is one piece and cannot be replaced.
      Craig

      Answered on 10/31/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This message was originally HTML formatted. View in a HTML capable client to see the original version.\r\n\r\n The product can be folded, but not creased or flat. The frame is a plastic of some sort. It is flexible also. The clear plastic can not be replaced as far as I know. They are quite durable and work very well. I use them in the BWCAW, canoeing.

      Answered on 11/1/2012 by Marty from Humboldt, IA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It could be folded with a loose fold, rolling it up would be better
      Frame is made of a heavy reinforced vinyl material
      one piece construction, could not be replaced
      completely watertight, one of the best map cases out there-

      Answered on 11/1/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes this product can be folded, I think it works better to roll it and put it in your deck bag. I'm not the manufacturer, but I think it is some sort of plastic. I don't think it's replaceable, it appears to be one piece. I think it is a good product to keep your maps dry.

      Answered on 11/1/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes it can, but I put in in an NRS deck bag. It worked great for keeping my river maps dry:) 

      Answered on 11/1/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hello Stephen,
      Yes it can be folded but I would not recommend storing it for a long
      period folded up. This might damage the window. The frame is made of
      what appears to be a coated raft material but is not as heavy duty as
      typically raft fabric. The clear plastic sheets are sandwiched between
      two identical pieces of frame. The workmanship on mine is flawless.
      Just by looking at the edge of the frame I can't tell that the frame is
      actually two pieces of material. Since you end up with a double
      thickness of frame material, the attachment holes are very strong. I
      don't see how the clear plastic could be easily replaced since it is
      fused with the frame material. Well, I guess you could cut a damaged
      window out and glue clear plastic on the outside of the frame. This
      would be probably work.
      Dewey

      Answered on 11/1/2012 by Anonymous
  • NRS HydroLock Mapcessory Map Case

    Q:

    I purchased a HydroLock, and can't get the seal to work. Is there a trick to this?
    Asked on 10/28/2012 by Rodney

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No. It is tricky. You just have to try one end, then the other, until you get a piece to catch, and then you can get it to run the rest of the opening shut, but can still occasionally find gaps in the closure. Like storage bags, this is the reason I went from zipper to zip-lock bags. With the external zipper head, the closure works better and you can actually see that it's closed.

      Answered on 10/28/2012 by jim from Oklahoma
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I also have a hyroloc map case. I haven't had any problems with it sealing. I would make sure the seal is lined up properly and if the problem persists its probably faulty
      Matthew Pyhala, D.C.

      Answered on 10/28/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Not really, just start at one end and push down until you feel it lock in,
      then just slid down the rest of the seam pushing hard. Make sure you give
      it a light tug when you finish to make sure the whole seam is engaged.

      Answered on 10/28/2012 by Anonymous
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NRS HydroLock Mapcessory Map Case
 
3.9

(based on 23 reviews)

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77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Waterproof (18)
  • Good capacity (17)
  • Strong material (16)
  • Tight closure (15)
  • Easy to carry (10)

Cons

  • Leaks (3)

Best Uses

  • Paddling (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (4), Casual/ recreational (4), Professional (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Much better than my old one

I used it for a 6 day sea kayak trip requiring multiple charts. The case was very easy to open and close, absolutely waterproof, and the clarity of the window was excellent. My...Read complete review

I used it for a 6 day sea kayak trip requiring multiple charts. The case was very easy to open and close, absolutely waterproof, and the clarity of the window was excellent. My old case was stiffer - this one conforms to the shape of the boat. So glad to have this case to replace the old one.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Hard to Lock, not HydroLock

I really liked this case at first because it kept my map dry and was easy to attach to the rigging on my kayak. However, on a kayaking trip on a very muddy...Read complete review

I really liked this case at first because it kept my map dry and was easy to attach to the rigging on my kayak. However, on a kayaking trip on a very muddy river, it got harder and harder to seal as the days went by. By the last day of my trip I couldn't get it sealed all the way. If I'd had a half hour or more to spend on it I might have gotten it sealed. The other two people on my trip had the same case (different size) and they had more trouble than I did sealing their cases. When it sealed, it was very waterproof, but if it doesn't seal it's useless.

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1.0

Does not close

By Andrew

from Fort Collins, CO

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Capacity
  • Strong Material

Cons

  • Leaks

Best Uses

    Comments about NRS HydroLock Mapcessory Map Case:

    I bought two at the same time, I wish I could return them. Sitting at the kitchen table these are very hard to close. In a boat, trying to close the case after turning the map page is nearly impossible. When you can't close the case it really has no value.

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    4.0

    Good product

    By David

    from Seattle, WA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Material
    • Tight Closure
    • Waterproof

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about NRS HydroLock Mapcessory Map Case:

        First use was on a 3-day paddle in BC. More rain that I've ever seen in a 36-hour period. Charts and tables and such all stayed dry.

        The seal is not as hard to close as I'd feared, but it's not effortless, either. You need to take your time make sure the sides are lined up and work your way across. But once it's sealed, it's sealed.

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        5.0

        I'm so glad I had it!

        By Pastor Neal

        from Ironwood, MI

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about NRS HydroLock Mapcessory Map Case:

            I'm so glad I brought this along on a recent trip! I'm use to paddling where I'm familiar, so often get by with simple map or familiarity. This Oct. I traveled up to the northshore of L. Superior to the Rossport Islands. I got a chart on my way there & really needed it for navigation. It worked perfect to fold it up & put in the zip lock NRS case. I'm glad to have the medium size, as anything bigger would not have fit on my deck under the bungies.

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            3.0

            Hard to Lock, not HydroLock

            By Kayak GIrl

            from La Veta, CO

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Strong Material
            • Tight Closure
            • Waterproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Paddling

              Comments about NRS HydroLock Mapcessory Map Case:

              I really liked this case at first because it kept my map dry and was easy to attach to the rigging on my kayak. However, on a kayaking trip on a very muddy river, it got harder and harder to seal as the days went by. By the last day of my trip I couldn't get it sealed all the way. If I'd had a half hour or more to spend on it I might have gotten it sealed. The other two people on my trip had the same case (different size) and they had more trouble than I did sealing their cases. When it sealed, it was very waterproof, but if it doesn't seal it's useless.

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              • No
               
              1.0

              Will not seal

              By Desert River Rat

              from La Veta, CO

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Capacity
              • Strong Material

              Cons

              • Leaks
              • Weak Seams

              Best Uses

                Comments about NRS HydroLock Mapcessory Map Case:

                The case provides minimal protection for maps, charts or any other contents. It sealed fine at home when it first arrived but it became impossible to seal on it's first river trip. The other members on the trip had the same cases but each was a different size and they had the same issue. My case opened on the river and dumped a guide book and waterproof map into deep mud. The are pretty much ruined. I did find however on my return home that it will seal on a flat surface if you use a hammer. Not too practical though.

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