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.

strap-pack-2The Tenkara Strap Pack is 6×4.5×2″ in size so is quite a bit larger than the Micro Pack I use on my DeadDrift strap.   It has pockets on the front and sides to hold tippets, nippers and even a small bottle of sunscreen or lip balm.  The pack has two clip connectors on the top and bottom to attach to almost anything as well as a strap in the back which can be attached to a belt.   There is also a pocket along the back which I found was a convenient place to put my fishing license.   Rings are found on the bottom center and corners and can be used to clip in a bead chain link to floatant holders or anything else one could think of.   I’ve been cutting out my floatant habit so am not using these at the moment.

 

strap-pack-3The pack holds a surprising large amount of gear.  I had two tippet spools, a scissor/plier, my license, a fly box and two line spools in the pack with a bit of room to spare.   I think I could probably carry three lines with the fly box in the main compartment but on small streams I usually only need one line, maybe two so no issues there.    I did attach a retractor to the side to hold my scissor/pliers just because I didn’t feel secure just having them in the side pocket without being attached somehow, especially when I was carrying the pack sideways on a belt instead of vertical.

 

Speaking of carrying, there are quite a few options.  The pack comes with a small lanyard so it can just be hooked up and carried around the neck.  Personally, I found the lanyard system I was using previously was OK but I got tired of it hanging in my way when I was trying to release fish so I haven’t opted to use that yet though I suspect this bag hanging on the cord would be better than the lanyard with various tools and boxes hanging off in all directions.

The Strap Pack, of course can be attached via the clips to the straps on any ZimmerBuilt pack or gear sling.    The top clip can also be used to attach the pack to a belt loop which is the way I’ve primarily used it.   The bag is held vertically on my side and out of the way.  I’ve never waded deep enough with tenkara for this to be an issue (yet).   I also found that the bag can be clipped horizontally or strung through the loop on the back to a wading belt.  I had to do this one day when I took off to fish a creek in board shorts and had no belt loop to hook through and I found the bag just as easy to get into horizontally as vertically.

All in all I’m pretty happy with the Tenkara Strap Pack, especially for the $29.99 price.  It has the same high-quality workmanship and utility as the DeadDrift pack and perfectly matches my needs for short trips on the water.  The pack can also be purchased with a TenkaraUSA label from TenkaraUSA them for the same price.   After using the pack for a week I think my old lanyard system is going into the gear recycling box and one of the grandkids will be using it in the coming years.