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Orvis Safe Passage Hydration chest and day pack: REVIEW

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A little back ground, I previously viewed vests and chest packs as all being the same and didn't understand why someone would buy an expensive vest when one could be found at Wal-Mart for $20.00.

After using these cheap vests for more than 10 years and getting endless back aches and unorganized tackle I decided that I would try a more expensive vest. One that had a place for lots of boxes and terminal tackle as well as a place to hold a beverage.

I searched the web and researched many products ranging from Simms G3 Guide Vest all the way down to Water Mark satchels. After taking a quick trip to Ridley creek and fishing with my old cheap vest and getting a back ache I decided to stop by The Sporting Gentleman to see if they had a vest/pack that I liked. I tried many different ones and decided on the Orvis Safe Passage. I loaded up the vest that night and found that the pack held 8 boxes. 3 large boxes and 5 medium/small boxes as well as 3 spools of tippet and a number of leaders and I also had room in the back for a snack, an extra reel, and 2 spools. and the feature I found to be the most convenient was the hydration bladder. I had water at my side at all times and I never had to stop to take the bottle of water out of the annoying back pocket!

I fished Hopewell lake on Saturday morning and was wading the banks. I fished the entire lake and spent about 8 hours on the water I never once had a back ache. I didn't run out of water as the pack holds 2 liters and I had all the gear I could have ever needed.

I was also impressed with the ability to adjust the height on the pack on my shoulders and the tightness of the pack around my chest. Even with the pack fully loaded it was light and non-obstructive.

All in all Orvis comes through with another great product and I would highly recommend this pack to anyone in the market!

Hope this review helps

http://www.orvis.com/store/product_ch ... at_id=5093&subcat_id=6670

Bob

Posted on: 2007/9/30 11:14


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Sounds like it a nice pack . I have the original one with out the blader I use it for my bass fishing because it has some big pockets for some big fly boxes use . And thats messed up how you fished Ridley and didn't even give me a call JK !!! I also own a William & Joseph chest back I use it for trout its also nice but some times the front of the pack sticks out to far when I'm trying to look right down tio see were i'm stepping besides that I have no complaints....

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sorry about not inviting you, it was a spur of the moment trip and I only went for about 2 hours. Next weekend Ill be out and maybe a few week nights this week.


Bob

Posted on: 2007/9/30 15:55


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I too use the old model Orvis hydration pack. I bought it for half price when they were changing over to the new model. I scraped my vest a few years ago because of the comfort reasons you mentioned, and bought a pack/vest. As Fred wrote the packs with all the storage up front stuck out too far, and you couldn’t see where you’re walking, also your fly line gets tangled up on it. The Orvis pack has two storage pouches that hang on each side. The straps distribute the weight, so it’s comfortable. I took out the hydration bladder and use the rear storage area as a backpack for my raingear, extra stuff, and my lunch. I can fit my pack rod case in one of the rear pouches and strap in place. It also has bungies in the back to use when you shed your jacket or shirt when the day warms up, and overall has more than enough storage for all the stuff I carry. It’s the best pack I have ever run into, and I plan to keep it for a long time.

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I hate vests. The worst thing I hate is stopping taking the vest off to get at my water or sandwich etc... The creel allows me to swing it around to get at stuff with out taking things off. Until winter. The creel has worked out pretty well and I think I picked it up for $39. Here's one for $44.

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/,71870_.html

ps I could not get the link to work using the (chain) button.

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one way to make a vest more comfortable is to add tabs on the back for your wading belt to go through...the orvis battinkill pro guide has them...they work!!! I have no back pain when I use mine...Also when ever stand up, to many people fish bent over to cast...very bad for your back...

oh yea i have the chest pack without bladder for steel....

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Re: Orvis Safe Passage Hydration chest and day pack: REVIEW

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With mine even when the bladder is in I still have another compartment in the back pack for gear and on the outside I have another large open pocket for either a net or another rod. I really do love this thing!

Posted on: 2007/10/1 16:23


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Orvis is a great brand that stands behind their product with dealers within reach of most areas. I was fisihing at the in-laws when I fell and broke my H.L.S. Three hundered miles from home,two days to fish and i didn't bring a backup . I visited the Orvis shop in Ligonier, explained my predicament, and was handed a new rod off of the rack with a few tips on where to fish several other streams in the area. I have a Winstons,Hardys , a Thomas and Thomas, and a few custom rods,not one displayed the customer service and commitment to the brand as Bob did that day . They have sold me for life. I bought an Orvis Safe Passage Combo Vest,Fanny pack a few years back and find it the most versitile of any i have fished. Room,dedicated compartments,water bottles, you can use them together or seperate. i find the chest pack perfect for day fishing and if overniting the fanny pack holds enough for any fisherperson.

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I have an older model Safe Passage Hydration Pack that is absolutely fantastic. I got it on sale at an incredible price since it was an older model. It's perfect for long, all day hiking trips. It holds plenty of fly boxes, tippet, floats, etc. The pouches are also detachable, which is nice. The back is large enough that extra gear, some food and a rain coat fit perfectly. Mine didn't come with the bladder, which is fine, I can always pick one up if I want, but I just use the pouches on the back that are intended for holding rods tubes to keep my beverages in. Coffee thermos on one side, water on the other. This is perfect for hauling a lot of gear and for longer trips. I generally use my hip pack for the warmer weather because it's much cooler. Another gem I got on sale because of newer models coming out. It's got a detachable chest pouch on it and plenty of room to fit fly boxes and other gear.

Great products, especially if you can get them on sale

Posted on: 2007/10/2 13:05


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Speaking of "On Sale", anyone have this pack William and Joseph Coastal.

$85 seems like a good deal for something like this. How would it compare to the Orvis model?

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It looks similar to the Orvis, and William Joseph makes a fine product. My only concern with that Pack is the front pouches on the sides. They look like they stick out pretty far and they might be problematic with seeing straight down and maybe casting. I would have to wear it first to know. This is a purchase that I wouldn't make online because I am smaller in size (5'6" 160lbs) so I have to try things like vests and packs on before I buy them.

Bob

Posted on: 2007/10/2 18:35


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I have a william and joseph flats lite and shoulder pack, about two years old. I think they stink. The clips to the belt are always coming undone, the waterbottle comes out, the tippet dispenser system doesn't work, and two of the zingers broke. I am not rough on stuff but I have lost probably close to $100 worth of stuff because of stuff breaking/falling off.

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Also you should check out the review that Bob did on the orvis website

http://reviews.orvis.com/7532/53XR/pr ... ROFILE-_-53XR-_-name_link

Posted on: 2007/10/6 11:45


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Damn Fred, Putting me on the spot all over the place.


By the way I'll be heading out tomorrow, but I'm not sure where yet. Either the Brandywine, Schuylkill, or maybe Marsh or the Perkiomen. I still have to narrow the list down.


Bob

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by OhioOutdoorsman on 2007/10/5 21:06:46

I have a william and joseph flats lite and shoulder pack, about two years old. I think they stink. The clips to the belt are always coming undone, the waterbottle comes out, the tippet dispenser system doesn't work, and two of the zingers broke. I am not rough on stuff but I have lost probably close to $100 worth of stuff because of stuff breaking/falling off.

OOman- Agree tippet dispenser for william and joesph is a joke. Waste. However; the rest of the creel seems fine after 7 months. Paul

Posted on: 2007/10/6 16:36






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