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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.
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Price:  $18 List | $17.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, durable
Cons:  Prone to leaking
Manufacturer:   Marchway
By Maggie Brandenburg & Leslie Yedor  ⋅  Sep 18, 2019
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  • Waterproofness - 70% 4
  • Ease of Use - 10% 6
  • Features - 10% 5
  • Durability - 10% 5

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, durableDurable, easy to use, comfortable to haul aroundLightweight, easy to useNearly watertight, durable, lightweight, white interior helps you find thingsWaterproof for short submersions, lightweight, easy to close appropriately
Cons Prone to leakingExpensive, largeNot for use as a stand-alone bagWill leak under duress, no easy carry straps, seams taped not weldedVery tall and skinny shape, compression is awkward, fabric eventually soaks
Bottom Line Offering mild protection from water, this model is a great way to store your wet swim suit or towel.This product keeps out water, no matter how rough and wet things might get.This model is your classic lightweight stuff sack with the added bonus of waterproof material.An inexpensive model that provides great water resistance at a reasonably low price.Mostly waterproof, though a bit awkward to use.
Rating Categories MARCHWAY Floating 20L Watershed Colorado Duffel eVent Compression Sea to Summit Big River Outdoor Research Airpurge
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Specs MARCHWAY Floating... Watershed Colorado... eVent Compression Sea to Summit Big... Outdoor Research...
Weight (pounds) 0.9 lb 0.3 lb 3.2 lb 0.5 lb 0.3 lb
Size We Tested (liters) 20 L 75 L 20 L 35 L 20 L
Closure Type Roll-top ZipDry Roll-top Roll-top Roll-top
Included D-Rings? No Yes No Yes No
Style Roll-top w/ shoulder straps Duffel Roll-top w/ lid and compression straps Roll-top Roll-top w/ compression straps
Material Ripstop tarpaulin Polyurethane-coated nylon 70D nylon 420 Denier heavy duty nylon 70D with TPU-coated nylon

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.

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 from 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 completely resistant to water.
Thick material makes this model resistant to scratches, but not completely resistant to water.

Ease of Use


The Marchway is a flat bottom cylinder. It stands upright on its own, which makes it easy to pack but its taller than wide nature of the requires stacking contents. The roll-top closure is simple and easy to use. The Marchway offers dual webbing carry straps so you can use it as a backpack, though not the most comfortable backpack option we tested.

The flat bottom allows this model to stand alone and makes it easy to pack.
The flat bottom allows this model to stand alone and makes it easy to pack.

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 from 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 Marchway also 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 to and from the car.
Removable webbing backpack straps make it really convenient to carry to and from the car.

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 are made of thin plastic and are prone to breaking.

The MARCHWAY Floating Waterproof  Sak Gear  and Earth Pak Waterproof have almost identical construction with a few minor differences.
The MARCHWAY Floating Waterproof, Sak Gear, and Earth Pak Waterproof have almost identical construction with a few minor differences.

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

Value


A very low price makes this 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 on the water
An inexpensive model that will keep your towel dry after casual days on the water

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