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Patagonia Vest Front Sling - Fly Fishing - 488cu in

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    An easy decision to make.

    The Patagonia Fly Fishing Vest Front Sling takes the best of a fishing vest and blends it with prime features of sling packs so you don't have to choose between a vest or sling. A row of vertical pockets gives you the best of the vest, while a large storage pocket sings the praises of the sling.

    Light and breathable, the body of this sling-vest is made from 210D polyester 3-D spacer mesh. Small pockets hold small gear, and the back zipper closer guards the entrance to the large pocket, where you can stash lunch, a fly box, and a compressible, ultralight raincoat. An internal security pouch offers waterproof storage for your car keys and phone, while other internal organizers keep tippet spools safe. A bottom water bottle holder prevents you from going dry in the middle of a body of water. With a simple swing, you can change what faces forward, be it the vest side or the sling side. Either way, the Vest Front Sling provides great gear storage on your body for a full day of fly-fishing fun.

    • Cross between a vest and a sling pack for fly fishing
    • Large main pocket stows jacket, fly boxes, and lunch
    • Multiple smaller pockets keep your fishing gear organized
    • Utility keep provides secure point to attach nippers and more
    • Waterproof welded pocket protects phone and other essentials
    • Rear pod can swing to front for easy access
    • Item #PAT02H8

    Tech Specs

    Material
    210D polyester
    Pockets
    internal quick-access, waterproof welded security pouch, zippered back pocket
    Attachment Points
    nylon utility keeper
    Claimed Weight
    15.3oz
    Recommended Use
    river fishing, saltwater fishing, stillwater fishing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Pack For it's Versatility

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I wasn't a big fan of having a sling pack although I saw this and I took a chance. I can say this has changed my mind. You can tell it's a nice durable material just by the touch. I have taking this through some thick brush and still looks like it seems as it's new. The pockets are huge and the pack has plenty of organization to place all your gear. I have used this for fishing as it is designed for, but this is an amazing pack for photography as well. The pockets are large enough to hold lenses and accessories. The loops to hold a fishing pole is plenty to strap a tripod on there as well. It's nice and easy to swing the sling over for quick access to the pack itself. It's a great pack!

    Even Better than I was Expecting

      I wanted something to upgrade from my old hip pack. This looked like a good pack. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was better than I was expecting. The size is perfect. I love the vest feature on the front part of the sling. There are so many pockets, which allows optimal organization. There are perfect pockets for a fly box, all of my tippet, splitshot, all of my leaders, as well as spots for nips, and forceps and anything else you would need (and that's just the front sling pockets). The actual pack is the perfect size. I am able to throw several extra fly boxes (or one big one for throwing meat) as well as an extra layer for those fall days when you might need to throw a puffy on. The waterproof pouch fits my phone, headlamp and keys with ease. The water bottle pouch seemed a little small at first, but I was easily able to fit my Nalgene. One of the coolest features in my opinion is the connection point for a net. It is similar to what you would see on the back of a vest. As far as fit goes, it is very adjustable and I am very happy with this pack.

      Nice size pack

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

      I was looking for a bag that would keep a few items dry. I was looking at the stormfront packs but i found this pack for half the price. There is a small pocket inside the main compartment that is water proof. When i went to the river i dunked the bag in and held it under for awhile to test the waterproof pocket. Everything that was in the pocket stayed dried, the pack does take on some water but less than what I thought it would. Pockets on the front of the sling are a little bit bigger than i was expecting but are nice to fit fly box.

      Awesome bag

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This bag is great for my fly fishing needs. There are a ton of pockets, waterproof pouch, and it's extremely useful. My only complaint is that it's a bit big for a small person like myself (5'1" and 115 lbs). I have a hard time getting the buckles to fit me and sometimes find that the bag still slides off of my shoulders.

      Great sling pack

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I’ve had the Patagonia vest front sling a month now and love it. Amazing amount of storage and front pockets keep my go to stuff handy. I really didn’t think this pack would fit everything i had in my vest but it did and then some. I find that I rarely swing the sling around since having all my go to flies and gear in front pocket. The one thing I’d like to see added to the sling would be more loops to the sides and bottom of the front vest pockets for zingers and other accessories. Also, I have the standard wooden/rubber hand net that is pretty heavy and just doesn’t feel right on the sling. The D ring will be on your right shoulder blade instead of center with a traditional vest leading to the net falling to right side when bending over. Also, with the heavy net weighing down right shoulder you can feel it after a day of fishing. I think this is more of a issue since I have a heavy wooden net. I’m working with my Gearhead advisor Laura on a lighter net and better retaining system that will attach to the net end instead of the handle. All in all, get it his pack...you won’t be disappointed.

      Erin Knows Best

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size

      My customer, Erin, got the Patagonia Vest Front Sling. She has been crushing grayling with her father! This proves that you can cast all day with a sling pack and not feel hindered. Patagonia makes quality gear and stands behind their products. If you have any questions, hit me at 801-523-4075 or email me at borloski@backcountry.com.

      Erin Knows Best

      light and secure

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Height: 5'9"
      • Weight: 155lbs

      had to replace all my gear after it was stolen out of the back of my truck in my parking garage. Had this vest once before, and knew I wanted the exact same one. Comfortable, lightweight and secure. Holds all my gear in well placed pockets that are pretty easy to access with one hand, which can be helpful trying to juggle a thousand things at once on the river.

      Patagonia vest front sling

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      After what seemed to be months of trying to decide on what brand sling to go with I finally decided to purchase the Patagonia vest front sling. I will say the one thing that attracted me to this sling was in fact the pockets up front. Based on the pictures it appeared that I should be able get everything I normally need at my fingertips right up front. Which turned out true! A couple concerns I had prior to receiving was the possibility of the items stowed in the front falling out when you spun the vest around. That turned out not to be an issue however if you failed to close a pocket it most certainly happen. The other issue I had read was the vest not staying in position. I was so concerned with these two items I ended up ordering an Orvis Safe Passage sling at the same time. So here’s my impression of the product.
      First off I have not had any issues with the vest moving horizontally or vertically what so ever. Even loaded down it stayed right where I wanted it to. So not sure what the other folks are doing that would cause unwanted movement? Also the pictures show the front pockets high on your shoulder. You are able to adjust this so that the front pockets come across you’re for chest for easy access as well as staying clear from your casting arm. I can only say that I absolutely love this vest and it does everything I needed to do and more!! Very comfortable and easy to access! I think the only thing I could see that should be changed is installing a couple drain holes in the bottle holster at the bottom of the vest. Being that is the closet to water it could hold water if one were wading in deep water. I purchased the blue only because I felt it may stay a bit cleaner than the tan. And by the way I did return the Orvis Safe Passage.
      Great product, company A++++ in my book!

      Amazing

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
      • Fit: True to size

      Lots of features with multiple storage options. Gave this as a christmas present and my friend is pretty stoked on it. Fits pretty well and is super easy to carry around. Probably going to have to get myself one as well pretty soon!

      Still in search of the perfect pack

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs large

      I want to like this sling a lot but it really doesn't work for me. I like the idea of it, but I'm still searching for the perfect river storage system. I gave it 4 stars because I think it is a great design and it has a lot of features.

      Pros:
      There are 2 roomy pockets on the front and a fly patch, big enough to hold 2 or 3 tacky boxes, tippet, nippers, forceps etc. Main part of sling can fit a small layer, lunch, more fly boxes and an extra reel. There is a waterproof pouch in main compartment for phone or keys. There are also straps that you can use to strap rod to if hiking.

      Cons:
      Runs big so there are lots of flaps from being tightened all the way. When I put a water bottle in the water bottle holder it weighs the bag down below my hips causing a lot of strain. Constantly have to adjust because it is either rubbing or moving around on my shoulder. May not be the case on a larger framed person.

      Still in search of the perfect pack

      Best trout pack for the dollar.

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: NA
      • Height: 5'8"
      • Weight: 235lbs

      Comfortable and easy access while wading make this sling pack the best I've used.

      Incredible.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: O/S
      • Height: 5'8"
      • Weight: 155lbs

      This pack is an amazing hybrid of vest and sling bag. Spacious? Yep. Features? Tons. It's still small and lightweight enough to be a minimalist pack, but packed with enough pouches, pockets, slots, holders, and space to carry all of your essential gear and then some. Accessing the bag is as easy is unclipping one of the straps and swinging it to your chest from your back. I recommend watching the product video to get the full scope of this. It even has two pull straps on the side of the bag to which I secure my tenkara rod holder making it the perfect bag for any style of fly fishing.

      The only negative I can find on this bag is the occasional need to adjust it on my shoulder as it can feel like it is slipping off. It obviously won't slip off because of the straps securing it to you, but probably because of the weight distribution it needs an occasional slide back on to the spot I like it to sit. This is a personal issue, and certainly not anything to remove any stars for.

      In summation this is a fantastic pack with something for every fisherman.

      Perfect Organization

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Height: 5'6"
      • Weight: 135lbs

      I've been using this sling to fish all summer mostly for trout but also on the North Carolina Coast for Redfish and other saltwater fish. In the heat of North Carolina the bag did not trap heat due to the airmesh back and minimalist design. On trout rivers/streams from Virginia to Arkansas to Colorado this pack kept me will equiped for an afternoon outting or all day float trips. I enjoyed how easy it is to switch from the front organizer to the rear pockets. I also enjoyed the capacity of this pack, and how well it carried. This allowed me to take more water and food than I would normally stuff into my vest, allowing me to stay out longer and presumably catch a few more fish. All in all I don't see myself going back to my vest anytime soon.

      Perfect Organization

      Thumbs Up Fishing Pack

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

      Picked this up for the boyfriend and it's basically the prime fishing sling pack. It's super easy to fit and adjust, and rests comfortably against the body. The sling has good room to hold your fly boxes and accessories, as well as a solid water bottle pocket and the piece to hold your flies on your shoulder. Easy attachments for your net and such too! As mentioned by others, the only not-so-perfect part of this pack is that it runs over your right shoulder- doesn't make much sense for those who cast right handed. It still does function and work well, just might be another perk if it were designed to fit over the left instead!

      Thumbs Up Fishing Pack

      Great Size

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Height: 5'5"
      • Weight: 130lbs

      I wanted to scale down my vest to something manageable on the water but not too small that I couldn't store all my gear between trips. I needed to hook my net, hold a box of in season flies, and store the wet ones, but didn't need to carry everything with me. I can carry everything and more. Took awhile to get used to the feel of having one strap, where it would sit, and I kept thinking the strap was coming off my shoulder. Now I am at ease swinging the pack around to get at the pouch. Worth every penny in the use it is getting and will get in the future. Four stars because I think it is a bit big for my awesome female frame. FYI manufacturers, woman are not the same build for waders or in this matter, vests as men.

      POCKETS!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      Awesome sling with tons of organizational sleeves and pockets! I purchased this one and the Atom sling at the same time since they were the same price wanted to see up close which one would fit the needs of this kid. Well this one came through with flying colors. I maybe tend to carry a little too much into the waters or maybe things i shouldn't be carrying at all but hey this sling keeps it all organized! Just love how easily it swings for access to front and back without removal and the waterproof security pouch is an awesome must have feature for sure. Gives you a piece of mind if you were to take a splash your keys phone and whatever other electronics you might have will be safe for sure!

      cool and comfortable

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I was not liking the idea of a sling style fishing vest, after all fly fishing is full of tradition. What a fool I was! This is by far the best accessory that I have purchased for fishing. It is cool and comfortable on the hot days fishing in southwest Colorado and roomy enough to carry everything I need to fish. No more heavy vest for me. Patagonia has made another quality product.