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Re: Chest Pack

2015/6/1 16:22
From Burke VA
Posts: 1538

dryflyguy wrote:

ryansheehan wrote:
Not sure I've seen a shorty vest, I will take a look thanks.

All simms vests or cut short for deep wading.

And I'm pretty sure Orvis still makes a shortie version of the Tac-L-Pak vest

Gotcha, I have a Simms vest already, looking for something a little more compact. I looked over the fishpond site and they make quite a few different chestpacks. I've narrowed it down to that or the Umpqua. I like that the umpqua has a net ring built in to the shoulder strap.

Posted on: 12/28 0:08

Re: Chest Pack

2010/8/4 11:18
Posts: 705
i use a filson foul weather vest when I wade and I adjust it so it rides really high. If you prefer a vest over a chest pack and want similar storage to a chest pack, this might be an option. I don't carry a net when I wade but I think there is a D ring or something you can attach a net to on the back.

I really don't like wearing any type of vest or waders so when I can get away without wearing one or both, I often do.

Posted on: 12/28 1:13

Re: Chest Pack

2015/1/28 18:48
Posts: 50
Ryan, I recently parted ways from my umpqua 500 overlook chest pack of a few years. It served me well, wasn't waterproof except for a small pocket for a cell phone. I am average height medium build and it fit nice and high and was comfortable for being a chest pack. Had no issues with seeing my feet. It had plenty of space and can rig a tippet holder across the top of the pack. They do make a newer model not sure how it is, but if you can pick up an older model would be worth trying out. I did take a few dunks with it everything got wet except the little pocket, but don't take anything I don't plan on getting wet.

Posted on: 12/28 4:18

Re: Chest Pack

2009/4/3 16:10
From Clarks Summit, PA
Posts: 1
I, too, have been through the gambit as far a vest/hip packs/chest packs go. My problem is the bulky feeling when wearing heavy clothing and submerging my equipment when water is high. About 5 years ago, after a miserable cold winter day on the stream, I was putting some backpacking equipment away and saw my Ribz pack. The Ribz pack is made to keep gear more on your sides and in easy access. I use them when backpacking and hiking. Surprisingly, they hold a lot of gear and distribute it in a way that it feels less bulky. Now, I use that to carry most of my equipment under my waders (Due to being pretty streamlined) and use a small chest pack (Just bought the Umpqua Rock Creek pack with 550 cu in removable backpack last fall) for all my fly fishing. If anyone is like me, I highly suggest looking into the Ribz pack. Not made specifically for fly fishing but it's much better than any vest I ever had.

Posted on: 1/14 21:33

Re: Chest Pack

1/16 13:48
From Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
Posts: 124
I use the Fishpond chest pack + small backpack combo. Like it a lot and is very adjustable, although can be a pain when you have on a wading jacket, which I put underneath the pack. Keep a couple fly boxes and essentials in the chest pack and the backpack holds my extra "just-in-case" flies. Not waterproof, although I aggressively wade as well, and the backpack has only gotten slightly wet a few times. Quality product, compared to an off-brand "no-name" chestpack + mini backpack I got a while ago that was shot after a year, torn threads + bindings, basically fell apart.

Posted on: 1/16 14:42

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