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ZimmerBuilt Strap Pack Review

strap-pack-1A month ago I went looking for a day pack for longer fishing days and bought a ZimmerBuilt DeadDrift Pack and Micro Pack for the strap.   I was immediately impressed with the quality and thought out design of the pack and ordered a Tenkara Strap Pack a few days later, deciding it would replace my lanyard system for short fishing excursions when I didn’t need to carry water, a jacket and a lunch.   This past week I got to use it a lot when we were on our family vacation and my fishing time was usually a quick jaunt to the lake in the backyard or to a small creek close by to fish anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or so.   All I needed was my basic gear and the pack worked perfectly.

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ZimmerBuilt DeadDrift & Micro Pack Review

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On the SVT heading to the S. Fork

For years my small stream setup consisted of a chest pack then few years ago I swapped out the chest pack for a lanyard system which worked pretty well.  I could carry a small fly box, a scissor/plier, tippet and floatant easily and it seemed most of what I needed.  This year I found myself going out for longer days and doing some hiking to access points so I wanted to be able to carry water, a snack or lunch and maybe a rain jacket along with me.  Carrying multiple rods was also desirable since I sometimes will fish a small tributary and a larger river or a creek and a lake in the same day.  I also knew my mileage to stream would only increase as my leg heals so I decided to start looking for a fishing pack to carry my tenkara gear for a full day in the mountains.

I looked at most of the options out there and came down to two to choose from – either the DeadDrift Pack or the Tenkara Sling Lite from ZimmerBuilt.   They had similar carrying capacity, cost and features so it came down to one strap or two.  I opted for the two strap DeadDrift Pack just to keep weight evenly distributed on my shoulders.   I also purchased a Tenkara Micro Pack to attach to the shoulder strap so I could carry a fly box and tippet there.

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