Steven Smithwrote a review of Fishpond Thunderhead Sling on February 29, 2016
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.
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.
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.