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    Avid anglers need a waterproof backpack.

    Downpours and wet river crossings are no match for the Patagonia Stormfront Backpack. Built with a double polyurethane-coated nylon shell, fully welded seams, and waterproof zips, this water-shedding schlepper keeps H20 at bay so you can carry your gear with confidence. Whether you're fishing for roosterfish at Crocodile Bay in Costa Rica or wading along the Henrys Fork in Idaho, your lunch and fly boxes are guaranteed a dry ride in this lightweight, breathable pack.

    Removable shoulder straps stay separated by the 3-D spacer mesh lining the back of the pack. Fresh air can flow across your back and shoulders, even as you cast mid-stream. If you need a waterproof fishing bag to sit happily on the deck while you wrassle with your latest catch, simply remove the shoulder straps. The Tizpi zipper on the main compartment won't let water in, and the water-resistant stash pocket is the perfect place for a plastic baggie with your ID and cash.

    The harness system comes with tool attachments and a bit of storage. A rod tube holder on the back of the pack gives you the option of bringing an extra, or simply giving Sweet Betsy a safe ride to and from the river. The Patagonia Convertible Vest attaches to this pack when you want more upfront storage and immediate access to nippers, flies, and lip balm. Even if you've forgotten a poncho and a tropical deluge ensues, you'll finish the day knowing your gear will be dry, even if you aren't.

    • Removable shoulder-strap harness, 3D spacer mesh panel
    • Top access
    • 800D nylon, PU-coated exterior, TPU-coated interior
    • Fully welded construction
    • TIZPI waterproof main zipper
    • Exterior rod tube holder
    • 1 exterior water-resistant pocket
    • 1 internal mesh pocket
    • Compatible with Convertible Vest (sold separately)
    • Item #PAT009Q

    Tech Specs

    800D nylon, [exterior] PU coated, [interior] TPU coating
    1709 cu in
    Waist Belt
    1 zippered front
    Recommended Use
    fly fishing
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Well Designed Fishing/Watersports Pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this for those times when fishing access is a good hike from the car. At 28 liters, it's great for a full day on the river. It can hold an extra layer, food/water, first aid kit, Bugger Beast Jr fly box, and a camera.
    It's a pretty simple design, with the main pocket being one large space, so you really get all 28 liters of space. There is a nice mesh zipper pocket to keep valuables seperated from the main pocket (keys, fishing license, etc). The rod tube holders are great for the hike in/out, but are a little difficult to get really snug against the tube. It's fine if you have a nylon covered rod tube with one of those webbing handles sewn on, but for an aluminum or CF rod tube, with no handle, it can slowly slide down and out of the tube holders over the course of a long hike. Not a huge issue, but something to think about. Those rod tube straps are movable to different spots on the pack, including underneath to allow for a horizontal tube orientation, which would eliminate this problem.
    I was hesitant to get this pack over the Simms version, bacause the zipper opening is smaller on this one. Because the waterproof zipper is stiff, and so is the waterproof material of the pack, these types of packs can be a little more difficult to access the interior if the zipper opening is too small. The Stormfront zipper goes about halfway down on each side of the pack, and is plenty easy to get into. So no need to worry about not being able to access your schtuff...
    As far a waterproofness, it's as good as anything you can expect from a zippered pack. I've tested it and it seems completely air/water tight. Just make sure the you firmly close the zipper! I had one instance, where I clipped the pack to the outside of a float tube and I floated a 10 mile stretch of the Snake River. So the pack was literally in the water for 10 miles and at the end there was a small amount of water inside the pack. I'm pretty sure I had it securely zipped, but then again, I've never had an issue any other time (even during submersion tests), so maybe that was user error.
    Overall, it's a great fishing pack that carries very well. You can wade with it, it carries everything you need, and it does so in a simple, functional manner. I would definitely recommend it.