The key to staying sane on the trail is a nicely organized backpack. Numerous new stuff sacks and dry sacks will hit the market in January 2012 to help you control the chaos. Without adding much weight and increasing on visibility, these new organizational solutions will ensure all your gear stays in the proper place.
The newest addition to Eagle Creek's popular Pack-It system is the ultra-light Specter version. Made from translucent, water-resistant, silicon impregnated ripstop nylon (silnylon), these stuff sacks provide many different options for organizing your backpack or travel luggage.
The Pack-It Specter system comes in the following styles: Folder 18 (9.7 oz, $32), Cube (.92 oz, $16), Half Cube (.61 oz, $14), Quarter Cube (.42 oz, $12), and Sac (.71 oz, $14).
The new Air Zippditty zippered stuff sacks from Granite Gear are perfect for keeping small items organized and color coded inside your pack. Made from 30 denier silnylon cordura, the stuff sacks are water resistant and also semi-transparent, enabling you to make out the contents. A haul loop means you can throw them on the outside of your pack as well.
The Air Zippditty stuff sacks come in 4 sizes and are sold in sets of two. The sizes are .6L (.5 oz, $14.95), 1L (.56 oz, $16.95), 1.7L (.67 oz, $18.95), and 2.4L (.74 oz, $20.95). You can also buy the complete set of 4 zippered stuff sacks for $24.95.
Sea To Summit will release multiple new organizational solutions next year. The Ultra-Mesh stuff sacks are made from a 15 denier multi-filament nylon mesh, using three different color drawstring rims to help you organize your gear. The mesh stuff sacks come in 7 sizes, XXS (2.5L, .2 oz) to XXL (30L, .7 oz), and range in price from $9.95-$17.95.
The new Ultra-Sil View Dry Sacks not only keep your gear protected from water, but let you see what is inside without opening the bag. A TPU window is RF-welded into the side of the dry sack which is made from Ultra-Sil 30 denier silconized Cordura nylon. The Ultra-Sil View Dry Sacks are available in four colors and 7 sizes (1L, .8 oz – 35L, 3 oz) and retail for $15.95-$44.95.