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Freestone Ambidextrous Sling Pack
- Technical pack for full days of fly fishing
- Ambidextrous design is comfortable on either shoulder
- DWR finish deflects precipitation and splashing water
- Four-way zipper provides easy access to the main compartment
- Vertical net carry system is accessible from either side
- Item #SMM00IU
- Q & A
if i could Frankenstein a sling
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
i like this bag compared to the other slings on the market here are my thoughts on improvments, likes, and dislikes.
Patagonia and fish pond have a hard shell pocket. I would like to see the Simms bag have a hard shell exterior on the Simms logo pocket to help protect sunglasses. The Simms bag has the size advantage this is the main reason I bought the pack the Patagonia and fishpond didn't have enough room for my fly boxes rain jacket and lunch for long days. The Simms pack has the room. The Simms pack has a nice net sleeve but I do like the fishpond sleeve that is between the pack and your back instead of on the out side of the pack. The fishpond sleeve is easier to reach and while wearing the pack. The Simms pack does not have a water bottle sleeve on the bottom which i miss when i am not using my Patagonia sling. I do carabine my nalgene with the many available loops on the Simms but I do like having the sleeve to stop the Nalgene from flopping around and having the Nalgene inside the pack takes up space I want to use for other things.
The top compartment I would like to be divided into two spots to help keep things organized. This compartment is the main area I keep all my nick nacks like floatant, measuring tape, strike indicators, split shots, nippers, forceps, etc. The main reason I use this smaller compartment and not the main one is because of the main downfall the Simms pack has is the Velcro insert pouch. the concept is solid but the execution is not there. The insert pouches need work. the elastic is loose and does not hold boxes in place and there are not enough pouches there is only four if they could take the Patagonia front compartment lay out and pouch elasticity and make an insert like that the Simms pack would be at a 90 percent perfect. last thoughts I like the Simms adjustable straps and how you can move the anchor of the straps it gives the pack a more comfortable fit.