Caving Bags & BackPacks

Caving packs

There are different types and sizes of caving bags. They are dragged, dropped, submerged and otherwise treated quite brutally. In most cases, bags with zippers won't work for very long, so drawstrings, buckles, or clips that are mud and moisture resistant usually work better. Not all caves are wet, so bags / bags do not necessarily have to be waterproof, and any waterproofing is likely to leak over time, but for wet caves, bags must either have waterproof functionality that is retained or equipped with drainage holes.

Some cavers have nothing more than a small shooting bag with just a few basics, but for most cavers, a daypack has a volume of 8 to 25 liters (500 to 1500 cu-inches). For an easy horizontal recreational tour, a bag is sufficient to carry some food, water, a small repair and first aid kit and some spare batteries and a headlamp. A vertical cave research strip may require a larger 25 to 40 liter (1,500 to 2,500 cu-inch) bag. Typical camp packs range from 40 to 60 liters (2,500 to 3,500 cu-inches) and require sleeping bags, sleeping mats, cooking appliances, extra food, tarps, etc.

There are a few basic bag types designed specifically for caving:

Side packs:

These are based on one of the classic original cave bags - the army surplus gas mask bag. The standard in American caving for many years. A very similar backpack, in different sizes and configurations. Side packs have two wide adjustable straps and typically five D-rings that allow the pack to be worn as a traditional backpack, fanny pack or side bag. The side pack configuration is the most popular and is a very efficient way to carry a pack through a lot of chimney climbing and crawling.

Tackle bags:

The standard bag used is a round or oval bag with two shoulder straps and a drawstring closure at the top. You can take a lot of things with you in these bags, they are simple, light and durable and are easy to drag or tie when crawling or on a rope respectively. Most of the larger camp packs are of the tackle bag variety, and some, have a roll-top closure instead of the drawstring variety.

Waterproof packbags:

Some cavers put a shoulder strap around a dry bag and use it like a cave bag, but they wear out of course. These cases are often made from a urethane coated fabric that is extremely abrasion and puncture resistant. Another waterproofing option is to use a tackle bag with drainage holes with a dry bag inside. Alternatively, a container can also be used.

See also the pages under the rubric Packs, bags & duffels of canyoning

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    AV Cavaquatic 25l
    AV Cavaquatic 25l

    Designed for aquatic caverns and canyoning. Double-foamed back increases its buoyancy. The holes on the front of the bag connect to the ports on the sides for quick drainage regardless of the sport practiced.

    € 82,95
  • BACH Side Pocket (pair)
    BACH Side Pocket (pair)

    Are intended to add extra volume to your luggage. The bags are easy to attach to the front or side of your backpack or to use as a toiletry bag or stuff bag. 2 sizes: Regular (3 l) and XL (5 l).

    € 17,50
  • BACH Ultimate Duffel
    BACH Ultimate Duffel

    With the BACH ULTIMATES some folks will find their “piece de resistance”. The ULTIMATE DUFFELS are basic, practical, strong and beautiful: They are simply BACH! 3 sizes: 50,70 and 90 l.

    € 119,95 € 99,95
  • EXPED Transfer Wheelie Bag Black
    EXPED Transfer Wheelie Bag Black

    Turn all your bags/backpack into a compact mobile travel bag with this Wheelie Bag from Exped. The Wheelie Bag is 100% waterproof, the wheels make no noise, and the back carrying system can be easily opened with a zipper.

    € 159,95
  • Landjoff Duffle Bag 63
    Landjoff Duffle Bag 63

    Luggage bag of 63 liters
    Comfortable lid with zipper closure. Wide, adjustable and detachable shoulder strap.
    Four handles. Two lashing straps for extra luggage securing and/or compression, if needed.and more......

    € 84,90
  • Landjoff Duffle Bag 90
    Landjoff Duffle Bag 90

    Luggage bag of 90 liters
    Comfortable lid with zipper closure. Wide, adjustable and detachable shoulder strap.
    Four handles. Two lashing straps for extra luggage securing and/or compression, if needed.and more......

    € 92,75
  • Rodcle Ala ad-Din VE
    Rodcle Ala ad-Din VE

    The Rodcle Ala ad-Din VE is a kind of magic carpet that helps us to change clean during the canyoning, caving, diving activity and we can fold it with e.g. shoes, backpack in it and transport it as if it were a bag.

    € 55,00 € 49,90
  • Petzl Personnel 15L
    Petzl Personnel 15L

    Durable small bag for caving. With a volume of 15 liters, the personal caving bag is ideal for carrying a watertight container. Has a space for additional equipment. Made of TPU (PVC-free) material.

    € 65,00
  • Protect drill

    Ortlieb Water bag 10 liters
    Ortlieb Water bag 10 liters

    When working in a wet environment, during canyoning and caving, this water bag can be used to protect your drill. WEIGHT190 g|6.7 oz, HEIGHT 35 cm|13 inch, GIRTH 35 cm|13 inch, VOLUME 10 L| 610.2 cu in

    € 29,95
  • Swaygo Chicken Loops
    Swaygo Chicken Loops

    Accessory in your cave outfit. A simple loop of flat straps worn around the ankle, incredibly versatile. You can attach your backpack to a Chicken Loop for towing. Use it as a sturdy handle.

    € 8,95
  • Landjoff External Pocket
    Landjoff External Pocket

    Removable external pocket is designed for easy attachment. Wide opening with two-way zipper.

    € 13,95


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