If you’re like me, you like to spend some time on the water. I personally like to go on long summer paddles, and explore local lakes or sea lines. Sometimes, I just stop where I’m at and float while I sit down for lunch and a paddle break. Usually, that means I’m on the water for a few hours, and need to haul some extra gear with me – sunscreen, snacks, extra clothes layer, keys, wallet, valuables, etc.
I have a cargo net on my board which I can haul some gear in, but isn’t always ideal for what you’re hauling. So, for longer paddles, or if you simply don’t have a cargo net on your SUP, it’s nice to have a good SUP deck bag on board. There’s a variety of different sizes and styles out there to choose from. Ultimately, you’ll want to choose a deck bag that fits your use case. For instance, if you just want to stow your valuables, a smaller bag will do the job. If you want to haul an entire wardrobe and food pantry, you’ll need a more grandiose deck bag.
Here are a few of the best SUP deck bags I’ve found. Hopefully, you find one that fits your need from the following list as well. Keep in mind, most of these bags are water resistant, not completely waterproof. That means if your bag gets completely submerged the contents can still possibly get wet. So, to be safe, I recommend getting a small dry bag as well, to tuck away your important valuables…. like your phone.
4 of The Best SUP Deck Bags of 2017
BIC Sport SUP Deck Bag
BIC has one of the most popular deck bags specifically designed for paddle boarding. The underside of the bag measures 12.5″ x 15.5″ and has four velcro loops, one in each in corner, to attach to your SUP. You can attach the strap to anchor points on your board if you have them or you can get a suction cup kit, sold separately.
The BIC SUP deck bag is water resistant, so it keeps things dry from splashing waves or paddles. But, like most SUP deck bags, the content would probably get wet if it was completely submerged. If you’re bringing a phone along, or anything else highly sensitive to water, it’s a good idea to bring a small dry bag. There’s a mini bag that’s located on the inside roof of the deck bag that’s perfect for a phone and small valuables, just wrap them in a dry bag first.
The bag also has a small bungee cord card net on top of it. This is handy for strapping down anything you want easy access to, like an extra shirt, sunscreen, or water bottle.
There’s also an insulated cooler bag on the inside, which you can use to tuck away some water, a beer, or snacks.
On this same trip I also packed 2 small bottles of water and a pint of milk in the smaller internal insulated bag, and two 1 liter bottles of water in the normal compartment along with a handful of snacks.
The main qualm with this bag is that the zippered opening is somewhat small. You’ll have no problem stuffing smaller items into the bag, but if you’re hauling larger items like a towel, you might get frustrated. I larger, rolled top opening would be better for hauling those larger items.
Paddle North SUP Deck Bag with Dry Waterproof Insert
The Paddle North Deck Bag is designed to work with any SUP, kayak, or canoe. Similar to the BIC deck bag, this one also has 4-point velcro connectors that can attach to existing anchor/plug points, or you can attach it to a bungee net. If that doesn’t work, you can also buy a suction cup kit for attaching it.
There are a couple of features that set this deck bag ahead of the BIC deck bag, in my opinion.
First of all, the bag has a shoulder strap on the back/underside, which just makes it more convenient and easy to transport. When not in use, the strap can be tucked into the pocket. The bag also includes a dry insert pocket, which allows you to safely store your phone or other electronics. Additionally, this SUP deck bag is slightly larger than the BIC bag, measuring in at 16″ x 12″ x 7″. Similar to the BIC bag, this one also includes a bungee cargo net system on top of the board, to tuck away easy access items.
To top things off, Paddle North includes a 12 month manufacturers warranty.
NRS Taj M’Haul SUP Deck Bag
This bag attaches in a similar way as the previous deck bags. Although it doesn’t utilize velcro, there are four hook-and-loop attachment straps, that can be secured to your board’s deck mounts, or via a suction cup system.
The main entry at the top of the bag is accessed via a double-pull zipper, with a 17″ x 5″ opening. A removable inner plastic shell helps the bag maintain a half moon shape. This makes it easier to reach into the bag and quickly locate contents. However, the plastic piece is somewhat soft, so the bag’s shape is fairly flexible. This may be annoying to some people because a more rigid piece of plastic would have been better to maintain the bag’s shape. But, this isn’t a huge problem.
On the outside of the bag, there’s a zippered mesh pocket, and three mesh pockets which can be adjusted using the attached draw cords. These are perfect for attaching a water bottle, or any other easy access items. Plus, there’s a few bungee cords to tuck gear into as well.
Lastly, the NRS Taj M’Haul includes a small dry bag with a hydrolock zip-seal closure. The bag’s ideal for stowing those sensitive electronics, or other non-waterproof valuables.
A great bag, for whatever adventure is on your horizon.
Sea to Summit SUP Deck Bag
I’m a big fan of Sea to Summit dry bags, and this one’s no exception. I first started using their dry bags for long hiking expeditions, so I was naturally enthused to see this SUP specific addition to their lineup.
The Sea to Summit deck bag is a bit more simple than the previous deck bags highlighted. That’s why I like it. It’s simple. It doesn’t have all the straps, or pockets. It simply does two things. It stores your gear, and it keeps it dry. That’s all I need personally.
To attach the board it comes with 3 latch points that are attached to your board using a self-adhesive. If you don’t want to glue something to your board, you can always get suction cups. Or, if you already have a cargo net, you can simply stow this deck bag away there.
Rather than a zipper entry, you simply roll the top closure, and secure it using the ladderlock buckles.
Lastly, this bag comes in a 12 L, and a 24 L size. So, whatever your need, there’s a size that will fit it.