Finally a waterproof backpack worth the money…
This weekend I had the pleasure of testing out the brand new Storm front backpack from Patagonia. We were targeting brook trout in the beautiful fall scenery of the Pennsylvanian mountains.
The Storm front series has been delivering badass products for a while now and this backpack is the perfect addition to the line up.
Here are a few things that I like about the bag:
The simple design of this backpack is perfect for the run and gun angler. Essentially the backpack has three compartments. A front (non waterproof) pocket for items you want close to the hand. A very roomy main compartment which can fit an SLR Camera and Computer with ease, and one final mesh pocket inside the main compartment.
If you are going to spend $300 bucks on a backpack you want it to be 100% waterproof. The TIZIP® closure zipper is one that you can trust. Whether you are swimming across a pancake flat in the middle of the south pacific, or caught in a torrential downpour in the rivers of Mongolia, this bag will keep your shit dry.
One huge problem with the previous Stormfront backpack was the sizing (Just check out the review below). Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great backpack, but for a long day on the water it just doesn’t have enough room for me.
I was able to fit all of my essentials into the 30L backpack, with no problem.
A lot of people will claim “who cares about the look”… But let’s be honest, for this price you want a backpack that looks badass. You can be the judge, but I think these look pretty killer.
The first flaw will probably just be the price. I would love to see a waterproof backpack of this quality in the $200 range. That being said, these are not cheap backpacks to manufacture (I hope) and other options for a zipper sealed submersible backpacks are also overpriced. On this topic, the roll top backpacks come in at half the price and are honestly a great deal!
I would also like to see this style with an optional laptop divider. When you put a computer in the bag it seems to just flop around, unless you have some clothes in there holding it tight.
Overall, I am very happy with the bag, and if you are in the market for a new backpack and have the $$$ to drop, this is a really solid option! We also had a great day of Brook Trout fishing… So maybe that’s why I like the bag so much…