NRS 3.8 Bill's Dry Bag


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This isn't your father's (1970s) Bill's Bag. Now improved with the most comfortable shoulder straps in the industry and a clear vinyl strip for a better seal. 21-oz. PVC/polyester body and 34-oz. PVC/polyester round bottom. The 2.2 is small enough to fit in overhead compartments of most airlines, while the 3.8 offers plenty of storage for long excursions.


  • 3.8 cu. ft., 6555 cu. in., 108 liters
  • 16" diameter x 33" tall
  • 21-oz. PVC/polyester body, 34-oz. PVC/polyester bottom
  • StormStrip closure
  • Includes padded backpack straps
  • Sizes are measured fully packed and closed. 16" diameter x 33" tall, 3.8 cu. ft., 6566 cu. in., 108 liters

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

19 Reviews

  • Build quality: 3
  • Ease of use: 2
  • Great design: 1
  • Great value: 1

Function: 4.8 / 5
Quality: 4.2 / 5
Water Protection: 4.2 / 5

19 Ratings & Reviews

great big bag
May 08, 2005

bigger than you think! stores lotsa gear..and its tougher than any dry bag ive seen to date.

Function: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
from Montana

Great Dry Bag
July 27, 2011

I am very happy with my bag. It was a little larger than I had anticipated, so attaching to my small pontoon boat was a challenge, but that was the only problem I had. It held all of my gear and clothes with no problem. The shoulder straps made it easy to carry. If you looking for a large dry bag, you can't go wrong with this one.

Great service, good price.
May 31, 2005

The Bill's Dry Bag was as represented and promptly delivered. It looks excellent though I haven't used it yet. The best thing is that your free shipping offer is authentic. The bag was quickly delivered at no charge just as it was offered. I thank you much for that.

New & Improved!
September 10, 2010

Lots of new features make the NRS 3.8 much better than my old one: Sturdy bottom, easy open/close fasteners, wider top, padded shoulder straps & chest strap. Used it on an upriver trip w/ kayak and felt stable during portage.

GOOD BAG! keeps gear dry . Great for short hikes, or portages.
August 03, 2010

Big bag that is made well. It is heavy duty and keeps your gear dry. BIG BAG! Only beef is that with-out a hip belt it really digs into you shoulders on longer carries.

Great bag
August 06, 2008

I just got back from an upper Missouri river float. This bag worked wonderfully and held my tent, sleeping bag, large foam pad, clothing for 4 days, mess kit, toiletries and everything else I needed for the trip. I'm very pleased in every way with this bag.

Great Bag NRS is quality
July 29, 2010

Great river bag. It your suitcase for a week on a raft trip. The one I replaced had last for 25 yrs and still doesn't have a tear. The should harness for carrying on your back is a great upgrade

on time delivery great service
April 13, 2010

Great service, Items delivered as promised. I have already recommended Altrec to my friends

Function: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5

camping protection
March 21, 2011

This bag lives up to its description. It is durable and it keeps my camping items dry. IF you camp in the boundary waters or other rugged areas, I recommend this pack.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value
Function: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5

from CO
35-44 yrs

NRS Bags Rule
December 07, 2010

This is just another great product by NRS. It is strong and durable, and if you take the time to seal, it is about as waterproof as it gets. I have a Watershed duffle bag, that costs almost twice what this did, and I prefer the NRS bag. So much easier to open and close, and just as waterproof (again, if you take your time). Two thumbs up.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use

Great Bag-Perfect size
July 25, 2006

I am able to put all necessary medicines, camera, sun screen and an extra shirt with room to spare.

great bag
October 30, 2008

as advertised and in line with the other reviews I read before I purchased. Took it on a week-long hunting/fishing/canoe trip in Northern Maine. Everything stayed dry, fits a ton of gear, and is well constructed. Shoulder straps were comfortable for the portages. Worth 2X what I paid.

Function: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
from colorado
45-54 yrs

good size
March 05, 2012

just what i was looking for. the larger bags are better for me in hauling gear from boat to shore. this is big enough for sleeping bag, clothes, or whatever. the yellow is bright and obnoxious - perfect for keeping track of it!

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use

Cavern with shoulder straps
April 29, 2008

I'm getting this bag for a week-long raft trip. I was pleased by how well it looks to be made and, compared to the space I'm used to having in my back pack, I'm feeling spoiled. The extra storage bag for it was a nice touch; so when it's not in use, it can be stored neatly.

Great bag, good for canoe camping
December 31, 2007

Use these for my canoe livery for our canoe camping customers. Works out great. Can fit a pup tent & sleeping bag in one bag. Works out great. The shoulder straps are good for short carry to camp sites.

Best Dry Bag I Own
September 17, 2009

I've got a bunch of dry bags and this is the best for longer canoe treks (it's too big for kayaking). I can fit everything I need for week+ trips into the one bag and throw it into the bottom of the canoe. It's bomb-proof and great for portages. The strap on my first bag failed due to poor stitching, but Altrec was great on the return/replacement.

just as described
June 17, 2009

this bag is just as described online. Can't wait to use it!

Big Bag
November 16, 2009

Bigger than I expected but good quality. Great for canoeing since you can carry all your gear to and from the water very easily. All that and much cheaper than other comparable bags too.

Great All Purpose Dry Bag!!!!
September 18, 2007

I just took a spearfishing trip to Costa Rica and this bag worked out perfect in the airport and on the long walks to the divespots

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