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MARCHWAY Floating 20L Review

Offering mild protection from water, this model is a great way to store your wet swim suit or towel
MARCHWAY Floating 20L
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Price:  $18 List | $17.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, thick durable material, simple design, optional backpack straps
Cons:  Prone to leaking, less durable plastic parts
Manufacturer:   Marchway
By Maggie Brandenburg & Leslie Yedor  ⋅  Jun 6, 2020
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  • Waterproofness - 50% 4
  • Ease of Use - 30% 6
  • Features - 10% 5
  • Durability - 10% 5
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Our Verdict

The MARCHWAY Floating is a cylindrically shaped roll-top dry bag that offers modest protection against water. It's convenient to carry wet bathing suits back from the beach and features two removable straps that serve as backpack straps so you can carry all of your toys in one go. It is made of a thick material that is resistant to scratches and will hold up to your little one dragging it across the beach. The major downside of this model is its lack of waterproofness. While it offers sufficient protection from splashes, brief submersions leave rivulets running down the interior walls. Its thick construction offers durability but makes it too bulky to store inside a larger bag.

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Pros Inexpensive, thick durable material, simple design, optional backpack strapsDurable, easy to use, comfortable to haul aroundNearly watertight, durable, lightweight, white interior helps you find thingsLightweight, easy to use, good compression designVery durable, easy to remove backpack straps, oversized capacity, simple metal clips
Cons Prone to leaking, less durable plastic partsExpensive, largeWill leak under duress, no easy carry straps, seams taped not weldedNot for use as a stand-alone bagLeaks if packed improperly, metal hooks take longer to use, tough to keep organized
Bottom Line This model provides a great way to transport damp gear, but does little to prevent on boarding waterThis product keeps out water, no matter how rough and wet things might getQuality protection from splashes and brief submersions for a low priceThis waterproof stuff sack has all the features you need to keep your sleeping bag warm and securely stowedAn easy to use design that's well designed and durable, but overkill for many trips
Rating Categories MARCHWAY Floating 20L Watershed Colorado Duffel Sea to Summit Big River eVent Compression NRS Bill's Bag
Waterproofness (50%)
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8
Ease Of Use (30%)
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Features (10%)
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Durability (10%)
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Specs MARCHWAY Floating... Watershed Colorado... Sea to Summit Big... eVent Compression NRS Bill's Bag
Weight (ounces) 14.4oz 4.8oz 8.0 oz 51.2oz 65.6oz
Size We Tested (liters) 20L 75L 35 L 20L 110L
Closure Type Roll-top ZipDry Roll-top Roll-top Roll-top
Included D-Rings? Yes Yes Yes No No
Style Roll-top w/ shoulder straps Duffel Roll-top Roll-top w/ lid and compression straps Roll-top w/ shoulder straps
Material Ripstop tarpaulin Ppolyurethane-coated nylon 420D heavy duty nylon 70D nylon 21oz TobaTex

Our Analysis and Test Results

The MARCHWAY Floating is made out of ripstop tarpaulin and has a 20-liter volume. It has a 9.2-inch diameter and is 22 inches tall. Removable webbing straps can be configured to carry it either crossbody or like a backpack. It is made out of durable waterproof material, but the roll-top is prone to leaking with prolonged exposure to water.

Performance Comparison


The MARCHWAY neatly tucks onto the front of a paddleboard.
The MARCHWAY neatly tucks onto the front of a paddleboard.
Photo: Leslie Yedor

Waterproofness


The purpose of these products is to keep your gear dry, and, unfortunately, this model puts forth disappointing results in this metric. It provides sufficient protection from splashes and is a good way to keep soggy clothes isolated in the back of your car, but any ongoing exposure to water leaves the inner contents soggy. Our testing towel was moderately wet after this product was submerged for 30 seconds, and lots of air bubbles could be seen escaping. Dragging it behind a paddleboard resulted in a completely soaked towel.

Thick material makes this model resistant to scratches, but not...
Thick material makes this model resistant to scratches, but not completely resistant to water.
Photo: Leslie Yedor

Ease of Use


The MARCHWAY is a flat bottom cylinder. It stands upright on its own, which makes it easy to pack, but because it's taller than it is wide, packing requires stacking your contents vertically. The roll-top closure is simple and easy to use, and there are dual webbing carry straps so you can use it as a backpack — though it's a far cry from being the most comfortable backpack option we tested.

The flat bottom allows this model to stand alone and makes it easy...
The flat bottom allows this model to stand alone and makes it easy to pack.
Photo: Leslie Yedor

Features


The most remarkable feature about the MARCHWAY is the ability to carry it like a backpack. While these straps are highly convenient for carrying the bag over short distances, they are insufficient for going farther than from the car to the beach, as the plastic clips at the top and narrow webbing make holding any real weight in this sack a pain in the shoulder(s).

The MARCHWAY also sports four plastic D rings held on by webbing. Two are located at the roll-top, and two are near the bottom on the back. These D-rings are the attachment points for the backpack straps. The bag closes using a standard roll-top design that is not at all backed up by any helpful features that would make it actually watertight.

Removable webbing backpack straps make it really convenient to carry...
Removable webbing backpack straps make it really convenient to carry to and from the car.
Photo: Leslie Yedor

Durability


The main body of this model is made of durable ripstop tarpaulin, which makes it resistant to scratches and abrasions. The outer body of the product sustained no signs of damage throughout our testing. The plastic D rings and thin plastic clips on the backpack straps, however, are made of flimsy plastic and are prone to breaking.

The MARCHWAY Floating Waterproof, Sak Gear (from a previous testing...
The MARCHWAY Floating Waterproof, Sak Gear (from a previous testing cycle), and Earth Pak Waterproof have almost identical construction with only a few minor differences.
Photo: Leslie Yedor

Other Sizes and Colors
MARCHWAY makes similar models in 5, 10, 30, and 40-liter sizes. All of these models are available in a ton of unique color options.

Value


This is one of the least expensive models we tested. Its dual straps and low cost make it a better buy than similar models, but when it comes to waterproofness, you get what you pay for — that is to say, not much.

An inexpensive model that will keep your towel dry after casual days...
An inexpensive model that will keep your towel dry after casual days on the water
Photo: Leslie Yedor

Conclusion


The MARCHWAY Floating Waterproof is a good family beach bag but offers minimal protection to prolonged water exposure. It might be just what you need to store your kids swim trunks, but if you're into more serious water sports, try one of the hardier models instead.

Maggie Brandenburg & Leslie Yedor