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Carries everything you need and nothing you don't.
If you can't fit everything you need for a day on the water in the Orvis Safe Passage Sling Pack, then you might need to reconsider your approach or subtract a few beers from the equation. Re-designed for the 2015 season, the Safe Passage now has an even more comfortable sling pack design with a spot to hold your water bottle as well as a slightly larger size to accommodate more fly boxes.
Made with rough and tumble 410D nylon and treated with a water-resistant PU coating along the bottom, the Safe Passage is as tough as ever, and it is now fitted with a molded back panel that is designed to help keep your back cool. You'll hardly notice the pack when you're hiking and fishing thanks to a sternum strap that keeps it secure, but when it's time to switch out flies, you'll appreciate the sling design that easily puts your tools and fly boxes in front of you. A forceps sheath keeps them close at hand, while cord loops allow you to attach a bar of tippet spools. The main compartment will carry multiple fly boxes and a fly patch allows you to dry out your bugs before putting them away. The unique zinger tool attachment system lets you secure your favorite pair of nippers to the bag, and an internal hook and loop strap allows the photo-conscious angler to attach a waterproof camera pocket (sold separately).
- 410D nylon with PU coating at bottom
- Padded shoulder strap
- Sternum strap
- Multiple zippered pockets
- Internal pockets and dividers
- Forceps sheath
- Zinger tool attachment system
- Water bottle holder
- Cord loops for tippet bar
- Fly drying patch
- Item #ORV000J
- Q & A
Have now used my Safe Passage sling a few times and I really like it.
Pros: Sling is best possible design when compared to chest packs, waist packs, etc...easy to access but completely out of the way when not in use. The Safe Passage has zingers with magnets so your nippers are always where you need them, and a great attachment for a tippet spool (not included). Maybe the best innovation is the magnetized hemo pocket on the chest. The black/grey camo is subtle (the image above shows last years colors).
Cons: so far my biggest gripe would be a lack of a second pocket, or a divided pocket, so I can put keys/wallet/phone away for good while fishing. I like to keeping fishing gear separate from non essential items, so a small flat pocket to accommodate these items would be great. I also wish this bag was 10-20% larger, to handle a few more items. That said, I tried on the Guide sling and it seemed a bit too much volume.
dig the sling
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I like the sling pack style for the most part. It keeps all of your tools and fly boxes organized and out of the way, giving you easy access when you need it. You can fit enough stuff for a short outing, but you may need a bigger pack for an all day affair. Not much room for water bottles and jackets. The guide sling pack fits quite a bit more. Overall, I love this series of packs and I would highly recommend them!