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TMG
08-03-2009, 01:50 PM
I currently have an Empire Builder, which I love and use everyday. I am taking a trip in a few weeks to FL beach. How water/sand resistant is the side effect? Does it have YKK zippers? I would like to get something small to take to beach that can carry an ipod/wallet/blackberry/charger, etc.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks

bltkmt
08-03-2009, 02:01 PM
Take a look at my post here:

http://forums.tombihn.com/showthread.php?p=13358#post13358

Worked very well for me in Cancun.

Darcy
08-03-2009, 05:40 PM
I currently have an Empire Builder, which I love and use everyday. I am taking a trip in a few weeks to FL beach. How water/sand resistant is the side effect? Does it have YKK zippers?

We only use YKK zippers. Most of our bags use splash-proof variety of YKK zippers, though the Side Effect does not. That said, I'd be perfectly comfortable taking a Side Effect - with my iPhone, etc. - to the beach. I take my Side Effect hiking, and I'm sometimes pretty careless with it. Even still, I've never found sand/dirt/mud to get inside.

TMG
08-03-2009, 08:00 PM
I went to order one today in black and saw that it won't be shipped until the end of Aug. I am going out of town on Aug 28. Do you think that it might be shipped and received before the 28th? Thanks

bltkmt
08-04-2009, 01:25 PM
Great choice - mine has served me well! As I mentioned in the other thread, I am ordering a wrist lanyard similar to below to carry the Side Effect (I rarely use the waist strap).


http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd207/bltkmt/blackimperialredreleaselanyard.jpg?t=1249417404

Darcy
08-07-2009, 12:50 PM
I went to order one today in black and saw that it won't be shipped until the end of Aug. I am going out of town on Aug 28. Do you think that it might be shipped and received before the 28th? Thanks

It's possible, but I can't be sure at this point. Our Seattle factory has just begun work on them, but there are other (larger) bags ahead of the Side Effect that take a long time to make. Sorry, wish I could be more specific.