When it comes to convenience on the water, Sling Packs are of the highest necessity. The convenience that Sling Packs bring to the table is unlike any other pack currently on the market. The ability to have all of your gear within an arms reach is an absolute game-changer and can make for a much more enjoyable day on the water. These packs offer increased storage, easier accessibility, and reinforced water protection as opposed to lumbar and hip packs. Here are a couple of great sling pack options offered by some of our favorite companies.
Ranking in at #5 on the list we have the Orvis Safe Passage Sling Pack. We felt it necessary to include this pack on the list because of its simplicity. While it doesn’t include a ton of fancy bells or whistles, it is extremely easy to use and is a great entry-level Sling Pack for anglers. The pack also totals at $89 which is a great bang for the buck if you’re balling on a budget!
Patagonia Vest Front Sling 8L
The fourth Sling Pack on our list is the Patagonia Vest Front Sling 8L Pack. This pack implements the best of both worlds, combining a traditional Sling Pack with vest-like pockets on the front strap. The pack is made primarily from Cordura, a lightweight, water-resistant material that Patagonia uses on a lot of their fishing vests. Much like the Orvis Safe Passage Pack, this one includes very minimalistic features such as a net holster, a nylon zinger keeper, and a couple of quick-access pockets for leaders and other necessities. The pack is also extremely lightweight which is a real lifesaver for long days on the water.
Simms G4 Pro Sling Pack
Weighing in at #3 on our list is the Simms G4 Pro Sling Pack. This pack is all about storage. Rather than many, smaller pockets, the G4 Pro contains a single large U shaped pocket for increased convenience and storage. The pack also features some serious cushioning on the backside, as well as a water-resistant coating to protect your gear from the elements. Aesthetically, this pack is up there with the best. It’s sleek design and color scheme can’t be beaten!
This pack won best in the show at the 2019 International Fly Tackle Dealer Convention, and rightly so. The pack includes a large magnetic clamshell pocket on the front which takes convenience to a whole other level! Besides the foam fly patch and water bottle pockets, the pack also has a large net holster and a bigger pocket more important items. The Flathead Sling also features an ambidextrous design that allows the pack to be worn over either shoulder!
The Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Sling Pack in the Riverbed Camo pattern. It doesn’t get any better than this pack. Aesthetic, convenience, design…this pack has it all! One feature that sets the Thunderhead apart from the rest is the fact that it’s 100 percent waterproof. The entire pack can be fully submerged in water while keeping all of your gear dry. The pack includes a net holster, loops for attachable accessories, and a large pocket on the front with lots of storage! The pack is also made from Fishpond’s Cyclepond fabric which is created from recycled materials. Be sure to keep an eye out for future variations of the Thunderhead Submersible Sling Pack!