We came across the supPocket when we posed a question on our Facebook page about gear–specifically what gear would people like to see us review. Bob said “I have something to send you!” And because I was quicker on the draw than the Mullet, I got it! And I’m not sorry at all! (If the Mullet is nice to me and gives me another green hat because I keep giving mine away, I might let him try the supPocket after Patty tries it this week.)
So, I geared up to do a 20 mile practice run paddle (separate blog post coming on that) on Saturday morning. I needed to take about 150 oz of water with me and a bunch of food. Perfect opportunity.
I opened the supPocket package and saw velcro. “What on EARTH?!?” I thought. “I am NOT velcroing anything to my board.” Then I saw the suction cups. Two of them. “I don’t know if this is going to work,” I thought. “Two suction cups in Saturday ICW boat wake chop? We’ll see.”
I put two water bottles and some grapes in the pocket. I my CamelBak Baja model, I stuffed a bunch of other food. I used all four pockets. I could have put more in the supPocket, but I did not fully trust it yet. I looked like an overstuffed squirrel. If squirrel cheeks were on their hips and *ahem* chests.
I set off to paddle. There was wind. There was chop. There were plenty of boat wakes.
THE BAG HELD. I never had to re-suction anything. (I spit on the suction cups when I first put the bag on the board.)
The supPocket is, in fact, everything it promises to be. Namely, a net bag to securely carry your stuff on your board.
- Velcro on the back. Nobody is going to velcro anything to his or her board, so the velcro adds extra weight.
- Thick backing (again, adds extra weight, but Bob says the new models are lighter)
- The netting is elastic, so you can stuff all kinds of stuff in there.
- The two suction cups. I’m going to try the 4-cup model, but I kind of like the 2 -cup model, and here’s why. I have a cargo net that makes a big blob on the top of my board. Every time a boat wake hits it, the blob becomes this big THING that allows water to push my board around. With just the 2 suction cups, the water can flow around the bag.
- The bag is big enough to hold standard 20 oz water bottles and some food, but not so big that it becomes this big impediment.
- The bag has a carrying handle on one end so you can pack it before you leave home and easily carry it to the dock.
- Zipper was easy to open, even during hour 5.
- Net holes were big enough to let water through but small enough to keep my trash in as I continued eating my way through my pockets of food.
- Heavy duty–this is not your cheap piece of crap nylon bag from a free credit card offer. It’s really sturdy.
TWO PADDLES UP!
I really liked this bag. It retails for just over $50. You might say WHOA! Hold up there pardner. That’s a lot of money. If you don’t ever do long paddles, you might not need something like this. If you do long flatwater paddles and like to take picnics and stuff, this bag is great. I have tried almost every type of removable adhesive stuff to stick things to my board, and I’ve paddled with coolers, and dry bags, and cases, and such, and this, honestly, worked better than any of them. I like it because you can take it off! I’ve resisted epoxying bungee tie downs to my BARK board because I don’t want to look at them all the time. This is a great TEMPORARY SOLUTION!
WARNING: It is not made for the surf, though. I’m pretty sure it would rip off immediately in any sort of breaking surf. You could probably clip it to you and then put it on your board when you got through the surf if you were going to do a long ocean paddle. (I tend to lose anything not firmly anchored to my body when I’m trying to go through the surf.)
Adventure Pockets provided me with the supPocket I reviewed above. The opinions I shared about using the supPocket are my own, and Adventure Pockets did not tell me what to say or how to say it.