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So. Stashbags. Perhaps not the sexiest part of your kit, but for sure one of the most important – this is the piece of kit that looks after your rig, that keeps it dry, that potentially makes a 4 hour hike seem like only 2 hours – or 4 days.
A quick straw poll in the valley reveals that most people fall into 3 camps...
What follows is an article about stashbags that appeared in the September Issue of Edge BASE Magazine. All opinions are our own, and should be taken with a huge pinch of salt...
Those who use the stashy that came with their rig. Maybe it has a ‘compression system’. But essentially, it’s a black sack with webbing straps you could (it seems) cut cheese with. Mostly. Of course Squirrel have raised the game with their 2-fabric offering - and amusing play on words (Stache. Geddit?).
Then there are the big mountain jumpers – since for longer hikes you need a lightweight backpack-type set-up. The proliferation of the GoLite in recent years has been incredible – not made specifically for BASE like Adrenalin’s latest offering (see inset), this was the first backpack to be bastardised into a stashy with cunning use of scissors and lighters.
Thirdly there’s the Custom crew – those who have a super flashy custom bag tweaked to stashy-perfection.
But which stashy features are the most important? Well, after a by-no-means-scientific study, we’ve made the following sweeping generalisations:
It’s a hip thing
The belt around the hip is, overall, an important element – possibly joint top place (see the sweat issue, below). No hip belt means your bag hangs from only the shoulders – and since the size and shape of the average stashy is NOT exactly well-packed and balanced, it makes for a seriously uncomfortable hike.
The sweat issue
Waterproof. To protect your rig from the elements, and, let’s be honest, your sweaty back, the fabric must have a decent level of water resistance. Although lining your stashy with a black binbag is a not-unheard-of suggestion to get around this problem.
The ‘drawstring around the top’? GREAT for showing off your gopro, peeking proudly out of the top of your bag; NOT great if it rains. And the fiddly knot thing you have to do to keep it closed is just annoying.
A valid point though, in the ‘which stashbag’ debate, is this: it entirely depends on what you’re using the stashbag for.
The very definition of ‘stashbag’ suggests just that. A bag in which to put things in a hasty fashion. But this is no longer the case – and the explosion of BASE-specific equipment (and, indeed, a BASE-specific shop – go VBG!) has spread to the humble rig-carrier, creating a veritable library of stashbags to choose from.
The humble sack-like bag with simple tie closure has its place – for sure. The (il)legality of your jump might mean you want a fairly quick ‘stash & run’ functionality – not so easy with zips, clips and limited volume…
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