Steven Smith

Steven Smith

Philadelphia, PA

Steven Smith's Passions

Running
Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping

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Steven Smith

Steven Smithwrote a review of on February 29, 2016

5 5

Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 250 lbs

If you are like me you like to take expensive toys out on the water with you. I rarely leave house without my DSLR, lens(es), a point and shoot, etc. Every time that I venture out to fish I am worried that today is going to be the day that I take a spill and ruin all my camera gear. Luckily I have not, but I know the day is coming when I do not see a rock in the water and TIMBER!!! Down I go.

When Fishpond released their statement that they were going to come out with a submersible sling pack I was thrilled. I patiently waited for the bag to be released before I got one in my hands.

Construction:
This bag is built really well. It is made out of Fishpond's cycle pond fabric. This fabric is recycled from old commercial fishing nets. The bag is also TPU welded making the seams air tight. The bag utilizes a TIZIP zipper that is fully submersible and excellent at keeping the water out. The bag also features a smaller secondary pocket that uses a size 8 YKK aquaguard zipper that is only water resistant. The bag is really well made, and is really 100% waterproof. Not only did I never have any rain come into the bag, but I help the bag underwater for around 30 seconds and had no water enter the main compartment. If for some reason you find yourself dunking the bag for prolonged periods of time know that your stuff will stay safe.

Features:
This bag offers some really great features. I can't mention enough that it is waterproof...that is a stinking awesome feature. Other features include hypalon tabs that are placed where you would want them. The bag has a nice, wide shoulder strap that helps keep things comfortable when you have a heavy load. The strap also features more areas you can clip things to. The bag features a net sleeve on the back of the bag that you can slide your net through. This solved so many of my issues with slings and where to put a net. The bag also features an area you can run straps through to haul a rod tube, d-rings to hang other gadgets from. The interior of the bag is one huge compartment, but it does have a small zippered pocket and buttoned pocket to store your valuables.

Here are just a few run down specs that you may or may not want to know. The bag weighs 2lbs and is around 793 cubic inches. The bag is large enough to hold more fly boxes than you will need. I can easily fit a rain jacket, lunch, fly boxes, camera, leader wallet, etc. This bag can hold all that you need for a day on the water. It is a great way to haul around expensive camera gear without fear of it getting ruined. This bag is a great way to protect all your gear from the elements.

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on January 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I picked up an 11t 3wt for Euro Nymphing and love this rod. The sensitivity and weight of the rod is outstanding. The rod is great for high sticking all day long without wearing down your arm.

The hydrogen allows for awesome strike detection with the soft tip, but has enough backbone to bring in those bug browns. I have only used this rod a few times, and will update once I have put it through the wringer.

So far so good though. The price is competitive and you get a great rod for the Benjamins.

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on December 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thank you to Backcountry.com and Roark Revival for hand selecting me to review this piece of gear for the benefit of the Backcountry.com community.

I must say that I this has become my go to bag for weekend travel. This bag hold everything I need from my laptop, toiletries, clothes, you name it.

Since receiving this bag months ago I have used it for all my trips that I have went on. It makes everything super convenient by have all that you need in one bag. The bag is a top loading bag that just seems to swallow my clothes. There is a zippered pocket in the brain of the bag that has a port for your headphone cables. There is also a long front zip entry into the main compartment. There is a decent size side pocket as well as a side pocket that is lined and has a water resistant zip that is great for your liquids.

The back panel has a fleece lined zippered pocket that fits my MacBook as well as a small fleece lines zip pocket for your valuables.

My one complaint on the bag is the zipper into the main pocket, brain, and the one side pocket. They do not seem to be the best. I wish they would have went with a nice big YKK zip like Topo Designs. Having said that I have had no issues with the zips, or anything with the bag.

If you are looking for an alternative to a duffle, or a bag that can carry your clothes and laptop then this is it!

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on December 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

A little bit ago I gave this bag away in an instagram contest I ran. I was lucky enough to get it in time to mess with it a bit before it went off to the lucky person. I have some initial thoughts that I would like to share.

This is a great minimalist bag. Throw a few tacky fly boxes in there, some leader, tippet and you are golden. This bag is great and can be used for a number of things (like fly fishing), but does not look out of place for a quick hike, or a trip to a cafe.

Like all Topo bags this thing is so well made that it is one of those packs that you will probably never need to replace. If you are looking for a minimalist fishing bag, or a small hiking bag that is out of the way then take a look at this Topo bag!

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on November 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was tired of slipping on ice while fly fishing in the winters we have in PA. After a few conversations with the man behind sole spikes I ordered a set to put on my wading boots.

I will say that the installation was super easy and they really do help you when you are walking along an ice covered river bank. I have had these on my boots since 2012 and just recently have a few come out. The new 1/4 inch spikes are longer than the originals I had and should last even longer. You get a few extra in the package so you can replace those that have fallen out as you go.

Great buy, great item, and helps gives you a since of security as you scramble around the river!

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on November 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This coat is simply awesome and looks incredible. My wife is a huge fan of the coat! It is super warm and the fact that it has a hood is awesome. The coat raisin color is absolutely beautiful too.

My wife is 5'10 and 130lbs. We were afraid a small would be to short in the length and arms. Her issue is typically in the arms. Things tend to run way to short. This coat fit great. The length is just right and the sleeves are where they need to be.

This is now her go to coat when the weather is chilly! I love the way she looks in it, she loves the way it keeps her warm.....win win!

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on November 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 250 lbs
Size Purchased: xl

This is a great vest for casual wear while still giving you that "I live for the outdoors" look. This vest is great for around town when the temp drops. The two pockets it has are super warm and hold a ton of gear. I have never had an issue with things falling out, and if you do....zip them up.

You could wear this on a day hike, but I still prefer to wear more technical gear, or down gear that can be easily put away in a pack. This thing is bulky and does not compress well, but that is not why I bought it.

Actually, as I am writing this review I am wearing it! If you are looking for warmth, and not worried about weight/packability then this is a piece to look at.

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on November 3, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It is a lid. I find myself just using the screw top lid more than this lid. I know if it tips over the screw top lid will keep the liquid inside. This is adequate, but any splashing that goes on I find that I have coffee running down the side.

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on November 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I received my first cup at the Sitka Gear booth at the ATA Show a few years ago. When I brought it home and started using it my wife thought I was nuts....that is until she started using it. It got so bad that we would argue over who got the cup. To save our marriage we ordered more.

It is safe to say that these are out go to cups. We have a shelf of glass, but reach for these every single time. In fact as I am writing this I am enjoying and ice cold beverage out of one. I have never had a cup keep my drink as cold as these do.

BUY THEM!!!

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Steven Smithwrote a review of on October 30, 2015

5 5

Fit: Runs large

This jacket simply will not die. I can't replace a softshell just for the sake that I want a new color....I love the brown that I have, goes with everything, but I want a new color but can't justify it when this jacket after owning it for YEARS is still going strong.

Blocks the wind like no ones business and sheds some light rain. This is a great fall jacket, or winter jacket with some light layering. I have owned it for years. I have worn it hiking, hunting, fishing, and around town and it always comes out looking new still.

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