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Plano Guide Series Waterproof Boxes

Keeping your non-water-friendly gear dry when you’re kayak fishing can be a challenge. Sandwich bags and food containers don’t always do the trick. Plano makes a full line of "Guide Series Waterproof Boxes" that will protect your wallet, car remote, smartphone, paperwork – whatever you need not to get wet.

Features:
  • Poly-carbonate construction
  • Dri-Loc seal stays air-tight
  • Padlock tabs for a secure hold
  • Soft rubber lining

Models:

  • 1449-00 XS
  • 1450-00 Small
  • 1460-00 Medium
  • 1470-00 Large

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(Updated: May 08, 2014)
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I'm Sold

I've had numerous dry boxes over the years, from the expensive pelicans to the better priced planos. I first bought my Guide Series 3500 about 6 years ago to keep my phone, small camera, wallet, keys, etc. in. It has held up incredibly well. I still use it most trips, including one earlier this week. I hook a carabiner to the attached rope and hook that to the yak. Because this one has served me so well through the years, I have bought many different models to go in the kayak for different uses. I have 8 waterproof Guide and Stowaway boxes from Plano. For yak camping I am extremely fond of the Plano 3741 Waterproof Stowaway box. The stowaway's go below and the Guide's stay on top. I use larger Pelicans for my big photo gear, but for everything else...i'm sold on Plano. Great quality, great product.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Easy to use, compact, watertight
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Plano 1460

I have used my Plano 1460 box for over a year now. I commonly use it to store the "important" things in my kayak, things such as: wallet, phone, camera, extra batteries and many other things. The box is extremly durable and has never leaked, even after a year or more of heavy use. I have used the box for many different things and it has always performed well. About the only negative thing I can say, is that the box is a little noisy when opening or closing it. This can be a bother when I am fishing in the shallow marsh and trying to be stealthy. On the other hand, I am sure this is due to the tight fit that is obtained on the lid. This is a small price to pay for the purpose it serves. I use other types of Plano Waterproof boxes for plastics and other lures as well. I am always pleased with Plano's products.

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Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Large Lakes
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Durable, Waterproof, Multifunctional
Cons:
A Little Noisy
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(Updated: July 24, 2013)
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Plano 1449 and 1470 Guide Series waterproof box review

As an avid kayak fisherman, I've noticed that there are a few things that are always constant. Things such as: the wind's tendency to -always- blow in your face, or the fact that the kayak seems to put on 30 lbs after a long day's paddle. Another constant is the fact that most everything carried on the kayak will get wet at some point. Sure some things might not always get wet, but give it enough time and it will eventually get soaked. This is why I was extremely excited to try out Plano's Guide Series waterproof boxes.

The boxes come in several different sizes, each with their own color. I was able to try out both the smallest (1449) and largest (1470) of the Guide Series waterproof boxes. Upon receiving the boxes, my first thought was: “What on earth am I going to put in these?”. The small box (1449) is absolutely tiny. I mean -really- small. So small, in fact, that I can just barely fit my wallet into it with no room to spare. Compared to other guys, my wallet isn’t even that big. Yes, it’s been known to throw my back out if I sit on it for too long, and no, it’s not thick from money (no way). I’d say it resembles that of a small brick, rather than the cinder block that I see other guys carry. Regardless, I need at least my fishing license with me and I don’t want to search through my wallet to take it out every time I fish. Without the wallet, the box is just the right size to fit my phone or keys; both of which need to stay dry. It wasn’t until my girlfriend purchased an iphone that I realized what this box was designed for…

Perfect fit. Go figure. Seems I’m behind the technology curve.

I had the opposite problem with the larger box. I honestly wondered what in the world I needed to keep dry that was -that- big. After some thought, I figured that a very elaborate first aid kit would be perfect. A survival kit would be nice too. However, those thing would need to wait until hunting season comes along. I was, after all, testing the boxes out on the kayak. I finally decided that a fresh change of clothes would be something to put in the box. Yes, I know there’s no point to take a change of clothes out on the kayak with you. I can always leave it in the truck and change when I get back. But I really needed something to fill it that needed to stay dry.

The next question I thought of was “Where am I going to store this on the kayak?”. I immediately remembered the hatch located just in front of the seat. To my dismay, the small box didn’t fit.


Instead, I put it in a zipper pocket on the back of the seat.
The large box fit perfectly inside one of the hatches in the kayak. I felt this was a good place because my kayak has a nasty habit of letting water in. What better place to test it out?

Now I came to the part I -really- cared about. Are the boxes actually waterproof? I was pleased (and relieved) to find that they are. I took both of them out on the kayak with me in the Gulf and found their contents to still be dry after a full day of paddling and having waves over the bow. To add, I tested see if they floated. I did this by (*gulp*) throwing the box with my wallet inside into the Gulf. To my relief, not only did it stay dry, but it floated. I think that the only way for the boxes to sink is if one put a block of lead inside….or maybe really heavy keys.

The only other thing I really cared about with the boxes was their durability. The boxes are made of plastic so at first, I was rather skeptical. I was pleased to find, however, that the boxes were quite durable. The smallest one is so small that it is VERY strong. It would take quite a lot to break it. It was the larger one that I worried about. I worried that with the increased lid and frame size the durability would decrease.

I’m very rough on my gear and durability is often a deciding factor for me. I was therefore shocked to discover that after a full day of dragging the boxes around with me, I hadn’t even dropped them. That’s right. No dropping, running over, or even stepping on. I realized that in order to really give it a fair review, something needed to be done.

So I dropped the largest box. On purpose. On concrete. On the corner of a step. And…
It lived. It was still water tight and would keep its contents dry. I feel that it is important to note that these boxes aren’t made to be submerged very deep. But for keeping things dry on a kayak, in the rain, or whatever it is you’re doing, they do their job quite well.

Design
The boxes are made from very sturdy plastic and come with a plastic latch with a metal hinge (the 1470 has two latches). One side of the box has a place to attach a lanyard. On the inside of the boxes are rubber mats to keep things that like to slide in place. Also, the underside of each box has four rubber pads so that the box itself doesn’t slide around. Finally, each box comes with two rubber stoppers that fit into two padlock holes. I’m unsure as to why there’s a need for a padlock. It seems as though if someone wanted inside the box, they could get in.

Function
The boxes do what they’re supposed to do which is keep things dry. They also protect items with their sturdiness and even float assuming you aren’t putting an anchor in one.

I gave Plano’s Guide Series Waterproof Boxes five stars because they do what they’re supposed to do: keep things dry and protect them. The only negative thing I really have to say about the boxes is that the 1449 is too small for my liking. I can only fit one item inside of it and I can’t think of many situations where one –only- needs their wallet, or their keys, or their phone. Usually, one needs to keep multiple items dry. I would therefore suggest the medium sized box (1460 or 1450). There was also the issue of the 1449 not fitting inside my kayak hatch, but that’s something out of the manufacturer’s control. After all, it may fit inside a different kayak’s hatch. Overall, the Guide Series Waterproof Boxes are a great item if you’re looking to keep things dry and protect them.

The Plano Guide Series Waterproof Boxes featured in this gear review were given to me at no cost through the efforts of the Outdoor Blogger Network in exchange for an honest product review. All ideas expressed within this review are my own personal thoughts and opinions of the product and I received no compensation for the review. Any reviews featured on The Flying Kayak are my honest and unbiased opinions. If one has any questions or concerns regarding the review or product at hand, please feel free to contact me through the 'contact' page at the top of the website.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
2-6 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Very sturdy, keeps things dry, rubber bottom keeps items from sliding around, and clear plastic to see inside .
Cons:
The 1449 is almost too small to serve a purpose. Difficult to find a proper place on the kayak
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(Updated: July 24, 2013)
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Plano 1460 Waterproof Box Review

I recently won this Plano waterproof box from a contest at Outdoor Blogger Network (which is a GREAT resource for outdoor related blogs BTW)
Plano not only sent me the box that I won, but the little brother of the gigantor the medium sized box.

For those of us who spend a lot of time on the water and don’t have waterproof cameras, cell phones, wallets or any other gadgets that you’d like to keep dry, you’ll need something to keep them from getting soaked. I can tell you, I’ve replaced a few camera’s and ruined more than one cell phone from accidentally dunking them or having these items get wet….and that can be hard on the wallet.

These Plano Guide Series boxes are an affordable and reliable option to stash those electronics. They’re made out of the same tough materials that Nalgene’s used to be made of. There’s a foam rubber gasket along the edge of the lid and will keep everything dry for up to an hour totally submerged.

These boxes also feature skid proof feet on the bottom, soft plastic removable bottom tray inside provides a bit of shock proof protection and a sticky rubber mat keeps everything from sliding around.

I’m not sure about the MSRP as I found several prices for them all over the net, but rest assured, the box is quite a bit cheaper than replacing those expensive electronics.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
7-15 times
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