Ultra-Mesh stuff sack by Sea to Summit
Ok, so we’re checking in with yet another Sea to Summit Product. For those who are unaware, just go to your local outdoors store and ask for the Sea to Summit Section. at least that’s how it’s laid out in my local store.
Sea to Summit produces great quality, ultralight gear for hikers. Anything from biodegradable soap that you need only a tiny capfull of for a shower or wash dishes, to shelters, bug tents and more. The real kit that impresses me is the wide array of waterproof bags and compression sacks. I was given a few of their light weight storage and stuff sacks by the company, including the Ultrasil View Drysack and Ultrasil Nano and as well the Ultra Mesh stuff sack which I’ll be looking at today.
Made of: Lightweight no see-um mesh, ultralight silnylon and a lightweight draw string.
Sizes and weights. There are a wide variety of stuff sack sizes to suit your mesh preferences:
- 2.5 liter (0.2 oz)
- 4 liter (0.3 oz)
- 6.5 liter (0.4 oz)
- 9 liter (0.5 oz)
- 15 liter (0.6 oz)
- 30 liter (0.7 oz)
As you can guess, the weighty part is the string and silnylon top and bottom. The rest is practically weightless.
I have the 9 liter mesh sack and it’s just the right size for lightweight backpacking. I can’t confirm the capacity. I filled it with 9 liters of water and there was lots of space left. In fact I gave up trying to fill it up… bad joke. sorry.
I’ve been using them on a few of my trip happily and the mesh sack was the one that had me scratching my head at first as to what I could best use it for. This is what I came up with:
Non compression items. As a ditty bag for just keeping stuff organized this is great. A way to keep all of 1 type of thing together, like packaged food or snack bars, toiletries, cook set, etc.
Old clothes. I like to keep cleans and dirties in separate bags, but the dirties could use a bit of airing out. If you want to give that Merino wool a bit more time to breathe, why not hook it on the back of your backpack and take advantage of that summer breeze?
Bear sacks. For areas where hanging food and smellies is permitted, this is a great little bag as it’s light weight and comes in a wide variety of sizes.
Fish net? Ultralight is the king of multi use items. Why not make yourself a tenkara net on the trail and get the most out of 0.5 oz?
Bug net? Oh, and while the mest is tight enough, you’d need at least a 15 liter bag to fit your (my) head in it.
Do you use mesh stuff sacks? What have you found them most useful for? Oh, and take a look at this video for a brief look at this cool tool!