fishpond Delta Sling Pack Review
Need space for carrying your fishing gear? The fishpond Delta Sling Pack is worth a look. The Delta Sling Pack is an over the shoulder fishing pack that is huge on carrying capacity and proved its worth in many fishing applications. As an added bonus to the packs versatility the Delta Sling Pack is constructed from recycled commercial fishing nets (Cyclepond fabric). Over the past three weeks I have field tested the Delta Sling in freshwater, saltwater, fly fishing, and spin fishing. I would recommend this product to anyone who finds themselves carrying a multitude of fishing gear like fly boxes, tippet spools, nets, extra lines, cameras, water bottles, floatant, and any of the other gear we fishermen lug around.
fishpond Delta Sling Pack Technical Features
The fishpond Delta Sling Pack is made to haul around gear. I have been thoroughly impressed by the carrying capacity and the thought that went into designing the storage features of the pack. Starting with the outside of the pack there are numerous features such as rings and loops that I have used to attach retractors and pliers. These tool attachment points are located nearest the outside so the tools are easy at hand. Among my favorite of the external features is the net holder. When wearing the Delta Sling a large guide-style net rides comfortably out of the way near the center of the back yet is still accessible for landing a fish without having to move the pack around too much. I usually find it cumbersome to carry large nets as I have not found a great way to carry them so this was definitely a pleasant surprise.
Another positive feature of the outside of the pack is the water bottle holder that has an adjustable width to handle a range of different sized water bottles. I hiked nearly 3 miles down a mangrove lined shoreline and did not once have to readjust the water bottle holder. It is also a bonus having the water bottle holder located on the outside of the pack as this prevents a leaky water bottle from draining on your gear.
The storage pockets on the Delta Sling Pack are quite large and allow for carrying a bunch of gear. There are four pockets on pack that that can be used for housing fly fishing essentials. Each pocket is well built having oversized YKK zippers that do not catch and can easily be opened and closed with one hand. Three of the pockets can be accessed from the outside of the pack and one of the pockets is hidden under a magnetic section of the pack. There is ample space to allow an angler to have different uses for each of the compartments such as one for tippet/spools, fly boxes, and dry storage. The largest of the storage compartments has more than enough space to put rain gear and an SLR type camera. The large pocket also has a velcro attachment point that comes with a zippered pouch, but could be used to attach a side arm for any “Grizzly Adventures.” All four pockets can fit multiple fly boxes including the larger ones used in streamer fishing and bass/pike flies.
fishpond Delta Sling Pack Fit
The fishpond Delta Sling Pack design was well thought out as the bulk of the pack is situated behind the fisherman and does not get in way of casting. Fly line has a tendency to “snag” on anything that gets in the way such as straps, buckles, and loose objects and this pack has managed to keep those parts away from the line. The storage pockets, water bottle holder, and net holder are also situated out of the way of any casting motion. The pack is worn by a padded shoulder strap, which has two small zippered pockets and an adjustable around the waist strap which can be switched to carry the pack on either the right or left shoulder. The combination of these straps keeps the pack secure when walking around the shore and is comfortable even on long hikes.
- Weight 2 pounds
- Pack Dimensions 18.5” x 11” x 8.5”
- Constructed from Recycled Commercial Fishing Nets
- Four Large Storage Compartments
- Many attachment features both inside the pockets as well as on the outside of the pack
- Net Carrying Opening
- Adjustable Water bottle Holder
- Padded Shoulder Strap
- Can be worn either on left or right shoulder
fishpond Delta Sling Pack Final Thoughts
The Delta Sling Pack is a high volume fishing pack that has ample storage space for all of your gear. This pack is has a good fit that keeps all of its essential parts out of the way when fishing but easily accessed when needed. As important as its functionality an angler can feel good knowing that most of its parts have been constructed from retired fishing nets.
MSRP $149.95 For more information and purchase please visit: www.fishpondusa.com