Guide and time-tested, the SHOOTING STAR was FISHPOND's highest grade and still to this day, is one of the most feature intensive, large volume combination chest pack/back packs ever designed. Each component can be used together or separately.
The combination is also sized properly to deter unnecessary "over-stuffing" that can induce physical discomfort and pains, including back, shoulder, and neck. The chestpack can hold a surprising amount of goodies but is well executed so it seems to not "yank" down on your neck. The zip down fly bench is very practical and even when open, it does not get in the way of mobility especially when casting. For those "Noah's ark" style downpours, there is even a hidden rain cover.
The ubiquitous backpack can be used for just about any activity. While it did see some service while fishing, it also served perfectly for hiking, cycling, and accomplishing other odds and ends.
The combination was used no greater than a dozen times (some minor stains and hook holes in foam patch where flies were held), cleaned regularly, and otherwise well taken care of as per manufacturer's instructions. Based on experience, it is also backed by one of the industry's best and user friendly manufacturers of high end gear.
The below are some individual features:
* "Windwalker" Chestpack
* Low profile design with expandable main pocket
* Modular chestpack “docks” seamlessly connecting to large volume backpack
* Lightweight, waterproof, and breathable (more important than you would think) fabric
* Two main storage compartments
* Three interior organization pockets
* Signature, zip down fly bench with replaceable foam, patented molded pocket design
* Two padded neck straps permit use as stand-alone chestpack or sling bag
* Padded air mesh back with accent pods for all-day comfort and moisture transfer
* Chestpack doubles as a travel bag for passport, tickets, wallet, glasses, etc.
* Simply click bottom hardware together and use shoulder strap in sling bag style
* Lightweight, waterproof and breathable fabric
* Splash-proof, fleece-lined gear pocket with splash-proof YKK zipper
* Padded, contoured shoulder straps for load control & carrying comfort
* Adjustable sternum, waist, and shoulder straps
* Two large backpack cargo compartments
* Two interior stash pockets
* Hardware with compression straps to lash down one rod tube
* Two large side mesh pockets
* Zip-out, waterproof nylon cover
* Holds up to 100 oz. fishpond Waterlog Hydration Reservoir (Optional)