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A no-frills waterproof fishing bag.
If you're looking for a waterproof pack that's a bit bigger than your usual angling hip pack but smaller than a backpack, consider the Patagonia Stormfront Sling. This supreme sling bag stays close to your back without getting in your way, regardless of whether you're spey casting or going at it single-handed. Mesh where it matters means the only slimy thing you should feel are fish scales.
Crafted from fully welded nylon, this bag doesn't sport a single stitched seam. No stitches mean no teensy-tiny openings through which water may creep in. The fabric is coated, both inside and out, to keep water at bay and to give the bag an extra dose of durability. The TiZip main zipper won't let water in. The exterior stash pocket is perfect for sunscreen, and the interior stash pocket stands ready for your wallet and keys.
The bag slings over your shoulder, and a simple, single clasp comes around front to secure an adjustable strap, thus stabilizing the bag against your body. Several smaller attachment points on the shoulder strap are perfect for holding hemostats, nippers, and additional tippets.
- Perfect for being fully-prepared on the river through any condition
- Fully-welded with TPU-coating and TiZip closure keeps it totally waterproof
- Laser-cut Hypalon gear holder on main pack and on front of strap
- Comfortable polyester 3D spacer mesh on back keeps things breathable
- Multiple zippered pockets stash all of your gear
- D-ring net attachment keeps your tools close by
- Item #PAT01HF
- Q & A
Outside pocket not waterproof.
Not that it is a big deal with the overall pack, but they make it seem like the outside pocket is waterproof, if not water resistant with the zipper, I am looking the pack over and trying it on, going through all the compartments when I see these tiny factory made holes at the top and bottom, opposite of the zipper side of the external pocket. Why? It doesn't really make sense, if it is raining any water would go in the three top holes and leak into the contents in that pocket, granted, if enough water gets in there the three holes at the bottom would allow it to drain out.
I love the bag, but I might use some tenacious tape to cover over those holes from the inside. The zipper looks like it was made to keep water out, not waterproof, but water resistant. having six holes on the pocket is just asking for water to get in there if there was any sort of rain, or it got splashed.
Look at the picture with the guy showing the right side of the pack, zoom in, you will see the two sets of three holes top and bottom.
It will be my daypack for Europe and I will use it on the SUP for day use, hauling snacks, drinks, my phone and my wallet.
The outer pocket is the only thing that has me scratching my head on what the designers were thinking.
* I spoke to patagonia customer service and they said tenacious taping those holes would not void the warranty and the gal thought it was actually a good idea.*
This is an awesome bag. It is absolutely waterproof and super tough. The only downside is that it lacks much organization in the main pocket.
Great for a day out on the river, waterproof and easy to use.
Patagonia Stormfront Sling Update
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Height: 5'2"
- Weight: 120lbs
I recently purchased a few months ago a Stormfront sling for myself after buying one as a birthday gift for my friend. Just had it stolen from me a couple days ago... but this sling has been used and abused during the few months that I've had it! Never once did it leak water and always kept my gear dry! I wish that it had better internal organizer inside the bag rather than just the little mesh pockets but for a waterproof bag that is pretty hard to make. I wish my bag was not stolen but now I've got a new one! This is hands down the best fly fishing pack on the market!
Patagonia Stormfront Sling
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
- Height: 5'2"
- Weight: 120lbs
Bought this sling for one of my friends for his birthday and he loves it! The sling is totally waterproof besides the smaller pocket which is water resistant. Its a little big but not to big to becoming annoying while fishing. Wish it came with the rod holder straps so that you don't need to find ones that fit. Overall a great sling and something i will get myself in the future.