Dry Box: Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box Review

The Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box model 1720P is a rare bargain. It is the perfect size for the small items that I like to carry while boating or kayaking, that can’t get wet.
Ocean Kayak Big Yak and Carlisle Day Tripper paddle

“semi-dry” bin with Ocean Kayak Big Yak and Carlisle Day Tripper paddle

Update May, 2015:
I still use this Outdoor Products watertight box, as well as a few others like it that I picked up for others that I paddle and boat with. Never had anything get damaged due to leaks. The only issue to be aware of is that the rubber seal will dry and crack if you put it away for the winter without applying some protectant, like Armor All.
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I’m a “gear head”, prone to buy things because they are neat, as much as for the utility and value that I expect to get from them. I also hate to throw anything out that could be use for something else. When I started kayaking I quickly found the need for some kayak gear to keep a few things dry while paddling.

My first attempt to keep things dry in the kayak employed a white protein powder container. I call it a “semi-dry” bin, as the lid never quite formed a complete seal. I trusted it to keep splashes away from a cheap digital camera, but not my overpriced iPhone.

When I first saw the Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box hanging in the camping section of the local WalMart, I wasn’t looking for a dry box for kayaking. In fact, I had just ordered a set of three Seattle Sports H2Zero dry bags from the REI Outlet for $33. What more could I need for keeping a few things dry while kayaking, canoeing or tooling around in the zodiac? Besides, for less than $10, could this WalMart dry box actually be worthwhile?

It must have been entertaining for the WalMart employee that was stocking the shelf 10 feet away, as I turned and walked away from the Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box no less than 5 times, always returning a few moments later with a troubled look on my face. You see, I expected that this would be another one of those items that I buy because it catches my eye, but then it just collects dust on a shelf in the garage because I didn’t actually need it. However, every time I started to walk away the little voice in my head (the one that usually gets me in trouble) said something like “are you NUTS! Its only $8.88! You can’t go wrong!”

Dry Box: Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box Review

Dry Box: Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box Review

Eventually I caved in to the voice and took the Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box to the register where it officially joined my expanding arsenal of kayak gear. First order of business was to test it to see if it actually was waterproof. Mind you, the packaging says “watertight”, not waterproof. I was nervous. I filled the kitchen sink with water and submerged the box. No leaks! So, I found something heavy enough to hold the box fully submerged and left it in the sink, under water, for a few hours. Once again, No Leaks!

Awesome?  I had been planning to leave my overpriced iPhone in the car when I went solo kayaking on Lake Mackintosh (first time on that lake) the next morning, and was a bit nervous. Since my Seattle Sports dry bags had not yet arrived from REI, and I was not willing to risk my phone to a zip-lock bag, the iPhone… and my ability to call for help if I needed it, would not be with me on the water. The Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box turned out to be a timely purchase.

Little did I know how timely it would be.
My morning paddling trip was also the first test of both a new Wilderness Systems Pamlico 100 kayak, and the Dragonfly ECO Sport Elite – kids’ kayak paddle.

Combining the HUGE cockpit opening of the Pamlico 100 with the odd paddle blade grooves and complete absence of drip rings on the Dragonfly paddle resulted in a steady stream of water dripping into the kayak with every paddle stroke. As luck would have it, I had set the Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box on the kayak floor between my legs, and … yep, you guessed it… right in the exact spot that the bulk of the kayak paddle drips were landing. Thankfully, not a drop found its way into the Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box.

It is called a “large” box, but that is obviously a relative “large”, as compared to the aptly named Outdoor Products Small Watertight Box. The Large box really is about the size of a small child’s shoe box. Maybe a touch smaller. It is snug, but holds my wallet, keys, iPhone, Leatherman tool, a compass, small digital camera, some TP, and a granola bars. I actually stuffed my XL t-shirt in the box with my wallet, keys, and phone, but it was a really tight fit.
It was easy to attach a lanyard to the attached rubber key clip ring and clip the lanyard to a bungee on my kayak so it won’t float away if I capsize. I learned in the Pamlico to slide the Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box forward between my legs, towards the bow, to keep it out of the sun. No use baking my iPhone. I just tug the lanyard to pull it back to my lap when I need it. I was able to hear the phone ring while it was in the box, stowed under the bow, and I was paddling.

I’ve used the Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box about 10 times so far. On 6 different kayaks and in the Zodiac. The Zodiac regularly gets a bit of water in it from boat wakes and wet shoes, and the Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box has not leaked yet. While I’m not overly gentle with the Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box, I am not too rough on it either. No cracks yet, and it has been banged around, used as a step stool, and thrown around a bit.

Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box 172OP

Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box 172OP

Here are the specs according to the Outdoor Products website:
Watertight Box – Large | Prod ID: 172OP

• Protects gear from the elements

• (Camera, GPS, cell phone, keys, ID and even food)
• Rubber key clip to hook box to raft or backpack
• O-ring ensures watertight seal
• Made from shatterproof Polycarbonate material
• 7.7in W x 3.5in H x 7.4in D : 19.6cm W x 9cm H x 18.7cm D

Jeff likes:
• Light weight
• Durable
• Watertight (truth in advertising, for once)
• Value priced
• It makes me feel smart for buying it

Jeff doesn’t like:
• Hmmm. Haven’t thought of anything I don’t like yet.

Overall conclusion:
The Outdoor Products Large Watertight Box model 1720P is a rare bargain. It is the perfect size for the small items that I like to carry while boating or kayaking, that can’t get wet. Smaller and I might struggle to fit everything in. If it were much bigger it would start to be bulky and hard to stow unobtrusively. I’ve been so impressed that I think I’ll be trying the Outdoor Products Cyclone Hydration Bladder soon (update: I did, and the hydration bladder has worked pretty well).

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Inexpensive, yet awesome little dry box for phones and wallets.

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Originally posted 2010-07-23 08:00:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

About Jeff

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits.

A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management.

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