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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-26-2012, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking for a waist pack for fishing...the three I am interested in are Simms dry creek, Patagonia storm hip pack, and fishpond nimbus. I was wondering f any of you have any experience with these packs...I am leaning towards the fishpond, I had a fishpond double haul and it was a great Pack but I have it to y brother.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-26-2012, 12:28 PM
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All 'pricie' stuff, the FP being the less expensive of the bunch. Google REI (camping gear) and see what they may have. Anything REI sells is top drawer, and probably less expensive. For context, a lot of their gear has been on top of Mt. Everest.


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I liked the Simms and used it several years, but had 2 complaints: the auxiliary compartment zippers corrode in saltwater and over time become unusable, and if you wade deep, water seeps in and soaks all your gear. I now use the Patagonia. It's expensive, but it works: waterproof (you could use it as a PFD), and impervious to saltwater. I don't know if the Fishpond is waterproof, but if I weren't concerned about that and planned to use it only in freshwater, I'd probably go with the Fishpond because of its design features.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-26-2012, 01:45 PM
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I had the older Simms rolltop and killed it in one season but I'm hard on gear.

You may want to look at the Sagebrush Drygoods waist pack. It's very basic but made very strong. I've been beating mine up for a couple season and it's still performing perfect.

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I have the Patagonia hipper and love it. Simple design and way more room than my Simms, although I had the zipper version and not the roll top. I'd by another Patagonia stormfront in a heartbeat.

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LL Bean has one for 90 bucks

i used to own three of the Simms. I sold two of them for 150 bucks each here on Speypages. then i bought an LL bean. they're basically the same and you don't pay for the brand name.


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Another vote for Sagebrush- great pack- the only truly dry pack I've had- great people, and support for a small company.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-26-2012, 06:32 PM
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Just another suggestion to consider. I have two William Joseph Surge waist packs that I really like.

It holds quite a bit and is layed out well to me. Has two drink holders which i really like for a travel mug of coffee, water bottles, bear spray, etc

The unique thing is it uses earth magnets to keep things shut. No zippers to break or rust. Easy to open when you want yet I have never had them open ever when I didn't want them too.

It is not water proof but I rarely wade past my waist and my fishing gear is not made of sugar anyways lol
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Sage brush

I too would recommend the sage brush. It's waterproof, simple and tough. Very tough.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 11:55 AM
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Since you're in Canada, check out the Plano waist pack, at canadian Tire.
It has 3 large compartments, a bottle holder, good zippers, a strong belt and clasp, and is water resistant. I've had mine for 3 years, and still in great shape.
Don't be put off by the low price. You'll thank me...
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Originally Posted by Speysowa View Post
I too would recommend the sage brush. It's waterproof, simple and tough. Very tough.
it's expensive.
but you get what you pay for. The large will hold all your fishing stuff (couple boxes, extra reel, etc) plus a waterproof shell and a water bottle. They carry really well. My only gripe is that they are hard to close while it's still on. I loosen the waist strap and flip the pack to my front to get to the contents.
they are bone dry.
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