Take what you need.
- Plenty of pockets help you keep your flies and tools organized
- Hypalon gear keeper gives you easy access to grab-and-go gear
- DWR coating sheds water to protect your pack's contents from moisture
- Water-repellent zipper won't let water rush in between its teeth
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Got the Stealth hip pack this past week and have been putting it to use (with success) in the Western North Carolina mountains. You can see in the photo my current set-up. So far I'm loving it. Pack stays out of your way when you're casting and hiking, but is there and accessible when you need something. I thought I was going to really like the shoulder strap, but found that it just kindof got in my way, so I took it off - that will be a matter of preference for folks. As you can see though, plenty of space for what you'll need for a day trip without weighing you down (small enough to force you to take only what you need).
My only recommendation (and what would truly take this pack to the next level) would be for the small top pocket, ideally sized for your phone and keys, to be a dry pocket. As is, it's water resistant, but I got caught in a rain storm yesterday and was concerned about seepage. All was fine in the end, but making that watertight would lend tremendous peace of mind. I may just store a zip lock bag in there as a contingency.
Overall very pleased.
Patagonia Stealth Hip Pack
Plenty of room and attachment points .....Do not like the fact that the neck strap is not detachable ... The "Patagonia " neck pad was put on upside down and the biggest question people ask me is " Why is the word Patagonia upside down on your neck " ......I can't take the neck strap off to put it on right side up .....Nor can I add some hanging devices on the strap because it's not detachable .....The strap is also not long enough .... On a positive note , there is plenty of storage and compartments on this bag, and nice elastic loops ....Some nice solid plastic loops would have been nicer but not a deal breaker .....
I've tried so hard to like this pack. But I just can't.
It sticks out pretty far so when its loaded down it droops a bit, which makes it not stay up.
The neck/shoulder strap is Yvon Chouinard short so it digs in like crazy and gets your shirt all crooked and bunched up. I think this is something that Patagonia has a history of. 4 years ago i couldn't wear a long sleeve shirt from them due to the shortness of the sleeves. They've changed that in recent years so hopefully that will continue across other parts of their brand as well.
The features are great on the pack though. It seems well made and durable. I just may not be a pack person. Who knows.
Patagonia Stealth Hip Pack
This is a perfect solution for anyone who likes to get out fast and light. Perfect for short/long trips on foot and a great solution to bring on a drift boat or cataraft as you can easily put on/off when you get off the boat (and attach via hip attachment to the boat to keep gear at hand). Plenty of space for a large streamer box (big pocket) and two small dry boxes (up front) with smaller pockets for additional gear and lots of attachment points on the outside. Great holders on the side for drinks and look at pairing with a Katadyne My Bottle Microfilter for longer days on the water. Waterproof fly boxes work best as this is not waterproof and it will get wet if you wear on your waist while wading. I have not had any issues with it getting wet and it dries relatively quickly (50+ days/year). Great belt, does not slip and relatively easy to adjust and/or swing front to back. Cover more ground quickly/comfortably and/or latch onto your pack for overnights or longer trips. Only downside is line management, if you take advantage of attachment points or putting a bottle in the holder, mind your line as it can/will get caught up from time to time (issue with anything on your waist). One of the best waist packs out there and definitely beats a sling.
Anyone have photos of the inside or with...
Anyone have photos of the inside or with the pockets open? I've curious as to how big the pockets are.
I am very new to the fly fishing realm but...
I am very new to the fly fishing realm but I'm in need of up grading my old lowe alpine fanny pack. I'm considering either the patagonia stealth hip or stealth chest pack. What should I go with?
I'd say go with the hip pack. Both are great packs and similar in size, I like the access of the hip pack better and it's sweet to be able to flip it around to the back and keep it out of your way while actually fishing.
I've got the stealth chest pack and I like it, but sometimes the straps do get in my way. I would also recommend going with the hip pack, since you'll have the same amount of storage either way.
Definitely a good pack. This is a picture of my buddy when we were fishing in Oklahoma. The pack fits well and is compact enough to not get in the way. You have plenty of places to put things and loops to hang things from. It comes with a chest strap which is nice at time and annoying at others. Good all around pack. Does come with a removable piece of foam to put flies on.
The only negative is when I fell in at one point the pack did get wet inside, so don't plan on this being waterproof. Even the water proof zippered compartment got wet from the bottom. it does repel water, but is not waterproof.
I'm pretty new to fishing but have been going out every chance I get. I was going to get a vest but sent my list to a friend who is a guide and he suggested a hip pack. I couldn't be happier with my decision. I have plenty of room for two fly boxes, snacks, water/adult beverages, attachments for nippers and forceps and it's out of my way. Now that I'm gaining some experience and tying flies frequently, it allows you to rest your rod on it to tie your flies so you aren't holding your rod between your armpits or legs. I recommend this pack to everyone!
Nice lightweight gear stash.
Carries all I'd need for a few hours or a half day of wading. The foam is nice to keep the flies you're using handy, the front pocket easily fits a medium fly wallet, tools in the sub-pockets with plenty of room to spare, and the back pocket fits anything else you might want to bring (extra tippet sizes, other tools, snacks, etc). I debated whether I wanted to go the chest or waist pack route and this works well. Just spin it around when you want to access your gear to the front and once you've rigged everything up spin it to the back again to keep it out of the way for casting or moving around. Works great! Unless you're out for longer than a half day or need extra clothing layers stashed I couldn't imagine needing more for short trips.
And room for a couple cold ones!!
So for years I have always had the vest, and of course with all the pockets not only do you pack far too much but it gets in the way of casting and line, not to mention i found things I forgot I had when switching stuff to the hip pack. This hip pack is perfect!!! It has plenty of room for 3-4 fly boxes(depending on size) tippet, leader, nippers, floatant, hemo's, thingamabobs pretty much anything you need for those days on the water. The beverage holders have good bungee straps to keep my 24oz tall boys in place as well. This is a must have
Perfect Hip Pack
I've always been a vest guy but finally decided to try the hip pack. I tried this versus the Mesh Master and River Master vests and I'm now a convert to the hip pack. This is very well thought out and has enough pockets and pouches for all your essentials. An earlier review mentioned that you are unable to remove the shoulder strap but that's not true...it is easily removable if you choose not to use it. The water bottle pouches are large enough to carry a typical 16-20oz water bottle (not big enough for a large 32oz Nalgene). Huge fan of the pack.