The Insider’s Guide to the best Rafting Dry Box (2022)

The Insider’s Guide to the best Rafting Dry Box (2022)

Suppose you’re looking for the best way to keep your belongings safe while rafting; you need a dry box. Not all dry boxes are created equal, so it’s important to do your research before buying. This article will discuss the different types of rafting dry boxes and what to look for when choosing one. We’ll also provide a few recommendations for the best dry box brands on the market. So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rafter, read on for the insider’s guide to buying the best rafting dry box!

What makes a great rafting dry box?

When looking to buy a box to take on your rafting trip, there are a few things you should consider. These boxes are the primary source of storage on a whitewater trip. However, you may also want a kitchen box to carry your food items as well as side boxes to store your stove and other gear for your trip.

Size matters

Typically these boxes will be stored on your rafting frame, between your cross bars, on your boat. You want to make sure that it is designed to be compatible with the frame you will be using. I like to put one box in front of my row stations and use another one as my seat. I also put a Paco Pad on the lid to make it a comfortable ride!

Materials matter

First, look for a box with good seals and a watertight closure system for the lid. Don’t skimp here. You want to make sure that your gear will perform when it needs to: keeping your stuff dry when you flip. Make sure the latches and lids are well built, and the handles are built for abuse in mind.

Another handy feature is built-in frame rails. They eliminate the need for gear straps to hold your boxes off the bottom of the raft. Most of my boxes have this feature.

This is why I only use Aluminum dry boxes. These boxes are designed for boating and can handle what happens on the river. The good ones keep water out and are durable to last many seasons. The ones I have, I plan to have my entire life!

Which ones should I buy?

I recommend that you purchase boxes that have all the features that I listed above. This will help you narrow your search to a few good manufacturers.

Downriver Equipment

Downriver Equipment

Downriver Equipment makes great boxes and you can customize one to fit your exact needs. They are constructed out of aircraft-grade aluminum, so you can be sure that they last on the river.

Price: $500-$700

Willie Boats

I own quite a few Willie Boat boxes and they will last you a lifetime. They are at the same price point as Downriver Equipment, but they are constructed near me, so I like to support locals when I can!

Dry box

Price: $500-$700

Frontier Play

Frontier Play offers an enormous selection of dry boxes and cases. If you can imagine it they probably make it! The only drawback is that they don’t come with frame rails. So I typically use these as back-ups or extra boxes that are left at camp.

Frontier Play dry box

They are also more affordable than the other two manufacturers, but you get what you pay for. I have a couple of boxes that I am having to replace after ten years of use. The lid and latches broke on both of them.

Price: Around $400

Conclusion

If I had to pick one brand, it would be Willie boat boxes. For years to come, I can count on them being strong for me. If the price was a bother, you could get by with a Frontier Play, but they won’t last as long. If I lived closer to their headquarters in Colorado, Downriver Equipment would be a great choice as well!

So, grab your gear, dry bags, and get on the river.

All forward,

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