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Patagonia Sweet Fly Fishing Pack Vest 28L

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  • Forge Grey
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    Forge Grey (FGE-961)
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SWEET PACK VEST, Forge Grey (FGE-961)
Sweet Pack Vest,
Sweet Pack Vest,
Sweet Pack Vest,
Sweet Pack Vest,
Sweet Pack Vest,
28 L (1,708 cu in)
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The ultimate pack vest for travel or angling that requires extended hiking; pack size is 28L.

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The unfished steelhead run, the hidden beaver pond; they’re always around the next bend, farther up the trail or off the beaten path. We built our 28-liter Sweet Pack Vest for anglers willing to go the extra mile (or 10) in search of the sweet spot. This daypack/fishing vest combo is engineered to comfortably carry and organize everything you need on the trail and on the water. Made from tough, highly water-resistant 840-denier coated ballistic nylon with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish, the Sweet Pack Vest’s main compartment features multiple interior pockets for fly boxes, tippets and gear; exterior Hypalon® lash points on pack and shoulder straps; dual side water-bottle pockets; and an internal hydration bladder pocket. Up front, the vest maximizes comfort and convenience with lightweight, breathable mesh construction and easy-access vertical pockets. When fishing fast and light—or closer to the car—the vest easily detaches from the pack to be worn alone.
  • Polyurethane-coated 840-denier 100% ballistic nylon is durable, highly water-repellent and protects contents with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish; pack size is 28L
  • Exterior YKK® zippers are highly water-repellent; stretch-woven polyester covers foam on back for ventilation
  • Multiple Hypalon® attachment points on front padded shoulder straps and exterior of pack for lash points
  • Dual side nylon/spandex expandable water-bottle pockets; interior hydration pocket holds bladder (sold separately)
  • Interior reel/spool pockets; mesh and polyester interior pockets for fly boxes, tippets and other gear
  • Mesh vest can be worn alone or attached to front of pack; vertical pocket configuration for maximum convenience and organization; mesh body for breathability and lightweight performance
  • Pack: 9.2-oz 840-denier 100% ballistic nylon. Interior: 3.3-oz 100% polyester. Back: 5-oz 100% stretch-woven polyester over foam. All with a polyurethane coating and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Vest: 100% polyester mesh. Pockets: 6.1-oz 420-denier 100% oxford nylon
  • 1,417 g (3 lbs 2 oz)
  • Made in Vietnam.

Water Resistant

DWR (durable water repellent) fabric finish repels light rain and snow and decreases dry times. When DWR is used in conjunction with a waterproof/breathable barrier, the DWR finish keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so that the breathable barrier can do its job.


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Sweet Pack Vest is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great pack except... I purchased this pack knowing full well it has one major flaw in it's design (the lack of a padded hip belt, as others have mentioned) - which is why I rated it 3/5. I think Patagonia really dropped the ball on this one! In addition, they could have added hip pockets on their improved hip belt for a camera, lip balm and sun screen, etc. Another fairly major design flaw is the lack of a D ring for a net to attach on the pack. Other then that, this seems to a great pack.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, but needs a proper padded belt. I'm seconding reviews that call for the addition of a padded belt. The intended use and carrying capacity are too much for the minimal web belt, which digs in above your hips. Other than that, another durable, fantastic product from Patagonia. I'll upgrade immediately if you ad a belt that matches the shoulder straps.
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sweet Pack Vest-not so sweet I recently bought this product to replace a 12 yr old vertical fishing vest from Patagonia that has served me extremely well and felt the recent multi-week outing could provide others considering this product some insight I wish I had prior to purchase. It was hard to move away from my vertical vest-it’s traveled with me far and wide throughout the US but I was looking to make the transition to something that was more supportive of my interest in spending time in backcountry off trail travel to fish which has been my mainstay of fishing I’m doing these days. This item was just field-tested in the backcountry and front country of Yellowstone for the last two weeks. I’d read a bit about the attributes and limitations of the item prior to purchase; many rang out in my daily use of the combo. The positives first-the pack is roomy and can handle what I need for the 15-30 mile outings I do during the course of my daily explorations. The connection to the vest and the way it sits is very reminiscent of the way my vertical vest carried my gear. Incorporation of hydration sleeve is well done. The panel for use when the vest is not attached to the pack is excellent and rides better than my vertical vest with the same pack-a big plus. The negatives-like many before had said and after many hours I fully agree-this pack needs a real hip belt. I have a Black Diamond Bolt day pack that I routine use for my traditional day hikes, which is about the same volume as the Sweet Pack and used to carry the same load since they’re my routine backcountry items; this pack’s hip belt is a model for what should be incorporated into this product if it is to really be comfortable for a days outing. At 6 miles with a day of food, water, first aid/survival kit and raincoat, the lack of hip belt is very noticeable. Not really clear why Patagonia didn’t include something more substantial than a small web strap; if the folks who designed this really did carry anything in this (even 1.5 L hydration back in the sleeve) they’d have put a more substantial belt on the pack. I don’t have a solution as of yet for this; it may ultimately lead to a return via the ironclad guarantee Patagonia claims for customer satisfaction. The second area, reported in a previous posted was with the fly patch. I solved this issue with the purchase of a replacement fly patch from Simms which was more robust, stuck better to the Velcro on the vest and in general was less prone to fly loss. Lastly, the pockets have been unnecessarily downsized vs. my vertical vest and they employ a plastic opening tab that has a huge tendency to find your fly line. Overall I’m happy to use this for my front country efforts since it carries much better than a traditional vest and if the loads are light doesn’t need waist band use. I’m not sure I’ll employ the combo with the Sweet pack for the longer treks; it just doesn’t carry comfortably enough to handle the longer mileage where a bailout to the car isn’t possible to get some relief. Of all the limitations, the one I’d be most concerned about is the waistband. Honestly it just doesn’t handle any load. If you’re looking for a more comfortable vest this could be just the ticket; if you’re looking for something for a more extensive day trip backcountry exploration you’ll be cursing the pack by the time you get back to the car for your trek back to camp or home.
Date published: 2015-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pack -- and Some Inside Advice: This pack is rad -- I used it daily on the Yakima and Deschutes during a month of serious fishing this spring; it met every need and then some. For those of you complaining about the lack of hip belt support: I solved this by sliding my net between the pack and my back. It provides an external frame that disperses the weight really well while you are hiking. The only thing that could be better is a waterproof compartment so I can keep a couple cans of beer on ice for lunch.
Date published: 2015-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great pack and vest but... I have used Patagonia equipment for years. Mostly the clothing but I do own a few bags as well. This backpack does hold true to much of the quality design of my previous pieces, but there is one flaw that I found very quickly. The hip belt is just a piece so webbing with no padding what so ever. Because of this, the corners at the bottom of the pack dig into my back when it is loaded. Outside of that it is a great pack and an outstanding vest. But the constant readjustment and irritation from the corners cause my 3 stars.
Date published: 2014-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Why no real waist belt? This is a good piece of gear. As a professional tenkara fly fishing guide, I really like this system for the mountain stream fishing waters I guide on. The only thing this pack lacks to make it a stellar piece of technical fishing equipment is a real waist belt that is actually located at or at least near the hips. The narrow 1" belt is located too high on the torso and will not distribute any weight to the hips at all and is too narrow to provide any support. As a guide, my pack and vest are fully loaded and scrambling/wading in fast, steep, high gradient streams, the pack is unstable. After an 8 hour guide day my neck and shoulders are not happy campers because all the weight of both the pack and the vest are carried on the tops of my shoulders.
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid piece of gear This is a very well thought out and well built piece of fishing gear. It has proven to be perfect for full day hike-in fishing. I can carry two rods in tubes or sleeves, two reels, rain gear, lunch, two liters of water and the vest panels in the pack while hiking. The vest works very well by itself or attached to the pack. Fishing with the vest and pack on is surprisingly comfortable, even for a full day of wading/hiking. Vest and pack pockets are well placed and keep all my gear organized and accessible. I do agree with some of the points raised by other reviewers. I am a lefty and wish the fly patch could be moved. I wish there were some hypalon attachment points for fishing gadgets. Some kind of loop needs to be added at the bottom of the vest for the rod butt when securing the rod across the chest. The velcro at the lapel seems to be intended for this purpose, and it is nice to have this option for changing terminal tackle mid-stream. These are the only issues I have found and the only reason I didn't give five stars. All in all, a very solid piece of fishing gear and a good value. Good enough that I feel okay overlooking the fact that I already have numerous backpacks that could be used for fishing day packs. This system just works so well.
Date published: 2013-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nearly Perfect This pack is incredible. The organization is fantastic, the fit is wonderful, and the construction is bomber. Both the vest and the pack are great items when used independently, and when you put them together you have a knockout combination. The price tag on this item doesn't even feel like you're paying the normal Patagonia premium when you consider that the Sweet Pack Vest gives you three pieces of gear in one. The vest gives you all of the secure pockets and organization you need in a fly fishing vest. It has space for all of my normal gear, great fitting pockets for medium to large fly boxes, a small camera, etc. The pack has fine organization and space, and the ability to throw a hydration reservoir in it is great. You can easily attach a net to the vest or pack, and the compression straps on the bottom of the pack will secure your net nicely for the hike in so it's not flopping around or getting caught on vegetation. The pack's side pockets are also great for holding rod tubes. With your fly gear in the vest, adding a hydration reservoir and net on your back start to balance the whole system out and you feel like you're carrying significantly less weight than you actually are. Bonus: if you're fortunate enough to own a nice pair of pliers with a sheath, you can secure the sheath on either the waist belt of the pack OR the straps that attach the front panels of the vest to the backpack/vest back panel. No other vest allows you to use sheathed pliers (trust me, I've looked). See photo below - net securely fastened for the hike, rod tube stowed, pliers attached to the pack on my right side. So why "nearly perfect" and only four stars? This pack has two minor issues that hold it back from being the most brilliantly-designed pack ever. Every other Patagonia vest or fishing pack has some super-durable "hypalon" attachment points for zingers with any pin configuration (safety pin, straight pin, push-button pin, etc.). I know this because I own two other Patagonia packs and have tried on all of the other vests. These incredibly simple attachment points do not exist on the Sweet Pack Vest. There is a D-ring on the inside of either vertical pocket as a substitute. I ended up finding a small coiled lanyard with clips at either end to clip my nippers to one D-ring, and then I drop the nippers in the mesh floatant pocket so they don't dangle while hiking (see other photo below). This isn't the end of the world once you get the right zinger, but that just means I had to buy one more accessory to get this pack/vest to work just right. My other quibble is that there is no loop for the butt of the rod on the across-the-chest rod holder (which does exist as a snap-down ribbon loop on all of Patagonia's other vests). The workaround for this is to use the velcro on the upper left shoulder and just place the rod butt in the strap that keeps the front of the vest closed or to tuck the butt into the backpack's waist belt. Adding these two ultra-basic features to the vest would turn this into a 5-star product every time. Despite the few minor drawbacks, this is the best option out there for a fishing vest, fishing backpack, and fishing vest/backpack. The pieces work great independently, and when you put them together it's everything you could want for a long day on both the trail and the water. I freaking love this thing.
Date published: 2013-05-21
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