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REI pouch with carrying handles

Does anybody know what this is? Somebody gave me this with their old pack.

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    It is almost certainly a bag designed to carry something liquid or perhaps (but unlikely) act as a dry-bag. The thing on the lower right is a valve for pouring - like on a box-wine. Can you supply some photos of the opening and other side? – bob1 Dec 8 '20 at 2:51
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    could it be a shower? – njzk2 Dec 8 '20 at 21:54
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    Does the top of the bag seal in any way? – Chris H Dec 9 '20 at 9:29
  • Can you post a little more info about it? It looks like it might be able to seal and hold water, can it? Maybe a shot inside as well. – Barker Dec 20 '20 at 15:09
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    How do I add more photos? It seems this site will only let me add one at a time. – Stanley Dec 23 '20 at 7:31
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I expect it's a camp tap. You fill it with water, hang it somewhere by the handle, and can get a little water from the wine-box like valve on it. It doesn't take up space when it's empty, unlike a bottle, and you don't need two hands to operate it, are less likely to overpour or spill, etc.

Here's one of the water storage bags REI sells these days:

rei water storage bag

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  • I'm sure you nailed it. The bag is obviously meant to be filled by scooping from a water source--fine if you have clean, deep enough water available but it would be nearly useless with shallow water that could still be recovered fine with a pump. – Loren Pechtel Feb 14 at 2:04
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After you pack clothing into it , it can be evacuated through the valve to compress the clothing to the smallest volume.

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    Huh? The top looks open and it's REI--why in the world would they be selling a vacuum-based compression bag anyway? There's rarely a source of suction where REI products are being used. Furthermore, if it is a vacuum compression bag why the handles? That's wasted weight, anathema in the backcountry. (Now, they might sell a roll-up compression bag but it wouldn't look like that.) – Loren Pechtel Feb 8 at 4:44

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