MARCHWAY Floating 20L Review
Cons: Prone to leaking, less durable plastic parts
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MARCHWAY Floating 20L
|Price||$18.99 at Amazon||Check Price at REI|
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|Pros||Inexpensive, thick durable material, simple design, optional backpack straps||Nearly watertight, durable, lightweight, white interior helps you find things||Lightweight, rectangular shape||3 bag set, weather-resistant, small handy sizes, simple design, inexpensive||Inexpensive, bonus phone case, durable|
|Cons||Prone to leaking, less durable plastic parts||Will leak under duress, no easy carry straps, seams taped not welded||Delicate||Durability concerns, clumsy construction, 10L bag very narrow||Leaky|
|Bottom Line||Offering mild protection from water, this model is a great way to store your wet swim suit or towel||An inexpensive model that provides great water resistance||Packing cube meets dry bag for added protection against the elements from inside a backpack||Offering reasonable weather resistance and a great price, but not the most durable option||An inexpensive model that offers modest protection against splashes and includes an independent phone case|
|Rating Categories||MARCHWAY Floating 20L||Sea to Summit Big R...||Osprey Ultralight D...||3-Pack All Purpose||Earth Pak Original|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Specs||MARCHWAY Floating 20L||Sea to Summit Big R...||Osprey Ultralight D...||3-Pack All Purpose||Earth Pak Original|
|Weight (ounces)||14.4oz||8.0 oz||1.6oz||0.7oz (2L), 1.0 oz (4L), 1.5 oz (10L)||16.0oz|
|Size We Tested (liters)||20L||35 L||20L||2L, 4L,10L||20L|
|Style||Roll-top w/ shoulder straps||Roll-top||Roll-top||Roll-top, 3-pack||Roll-top w/ shoulder strap|
|Material||Ripstop tarpaulin||420D heavy duty nylon||40D nylon ripstop||Polyurethane coated ripstop 60% cotton, 40% rayon||500D PVC|
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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