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Patagonia Guidewater Sling 15L - Waterproof Sling Pack

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Patagonia Guidewater Sling 15L - Waterproof Sling Pack

5.0/5
October 2, 2021

Unbeleivably Awesome Waterproof Sling Pack - The Best

After thoroughly researching fly fishing sling packs and comparing offerings from all of the major upscale brands, I settled on this well designed and beautiful Patagonia pack. As an Architect I instinctively gravitate toward quality products that are well designed: functional, beautiful, and provide lasting value. This bag is incredibly well desig... Read Morened. After receiving it, it was clear that it exceed my high expectations. It is a perfect size, not too big and bulky, yet big enough. I didn't want something that was so large that it would interfere with fly casting. After weighing the pros and cons of a waterproof pack, I just accepted that what ever I chose, sooner or later, it would get wet when I was standing or occassionally falling in a river or stream fly fishing. A waterproof pack is great benefit. The tradeoffs are that waterproof zippers are stiff and take effort to close or open and they come with other characteristics. Patagonia thoughtfully addressed this by providing robust handles at the top and bottom of the pack that you can leverage to pull hard on the zipper. Waterproof packs consistently across all brands provide limited internal compartments. This come with one removable divider with two small pockets. This works fine for me because I just supplement that storage with Ziploc storage bags to store my stuff by category. The pack has 11 total attachment loops on the pack itself plus 12 on the front of the strap which is very helpful for hanging gear with lanyards or retractors. If 23 attachment points doesn't work for you, then you are carrying way too much stuff. Sling bags are uber awesome because they are out of the way on your back until your need access. To access the bag you unclip one secondary strap and pull the bag around to your front. The bag is horizontal and you just unzip the side of it and access your stuff. The bag is ambidextrous and designed for both right handed and left handed users. I cross shopped this with Simms Dry Creek Sling Pack, which is a fine bag. I chose this pack because of the build quality, beautiful appearance, and everything was so well thought out and executed. The Simms bag had ridiculously short shoulder straps that were very limiting. Plus I like Patagonia as an admirable company with great values and its customer support is awesome if something goes wrong with their product, which is rare. In summary, this is a great product that is the finest in its class and incredibly well designed. It exceeded my high expectations. It is a joy to use and is quite beautiful. I highly recommend the Patagonia Guidewater Sling 15L - Waterproof Sling Pack.

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