Rated 4 out of 5áby searunbrookie A good chest pack that could use some improvement
I use this chest pack for trout fishing with a spinning rod and with tenkara. I really like the design but my advice to Bean is to do away with the sliding design and just mate it with the chest panel via stitching. Furthermore, making the front pocket bigger could compensate for the small loss of storage made by the mod I suggested. I think this chest pack has a lot of potential, if it was tweaked slightly.
November 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby vlynnz Serves purpose perfectly
This is an amazing addition to my fishing gear. Outstanding quality, great value, and would defiantly recommend this product!
February 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby HankNJ A Versatile Chest Pack
I got my chest pack for Christmas. It fits right on my body. It does not obstruct my hand movement. It has the right amount of pockets and spaces for placing of flies and other accoutrements. I would recommend to others.
December 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Jifigz Great Minimalist Pack
I do not like to carry many flies, tippet, etc while on the water and I want to remain as lightweight as possible and this chest pack is nearly perfect. The clip on the bottom of the pack to keep the sliding pack in place could be slightly better designed, but it still only allows the sliding part to slide down so far and it isn't really an issue. If this really bothers you there are easy ways to work around that and keep the sliding portion stationary. A small carabiner through the loops on the zippers, for instance, would work just fine. It is comfy, carries plenty of flies for a day on the water, has enough space for a few leaders, split shot, and 3 spools of tippet material or so, and the "zingers" work great as are the enclosures attached to the zingers. The pack seems to be very high quality like most products that I have purchased from L.L. Bean. A good pack and it should serve me well for years to come.
December 16, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby p38p38 Poor Design
Poor Design makes this a less than good item. The preceding reviews about the unnecessary sliding front piece and the truly misguided bottom clip that seeks to defy gravity to hold up the pack are all correct. The only thing we gain from the chest plate/slider is a small hard to reach pocket that could easily just be sewn onto the back of the pack.
For the next design, lose the chest plate and the "slidability."
November 19, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby fishingfan99 Good quality build, but failed over-engineering.
I was looking for a minimalist pack to hold a few key items while I stand in the river, to avoid a full vest or larger chest pack.
I bought this since the reviews were good. To be fair, the build quality is top notch, but the function of the slide pocket is dumb and does not work well.
I used it for the first time this weekend and saw an immediate flaw in the design which, when going back over the reviews, other people had reported as well.
The main body of the pack hold 95% of the gear, and then can be unclipped at the bottom in order to slide it down toward your waist and access the credit card sized pocket on the inside. This pocket is the size of a credit card and isn't able to hold much more than that. I had a little bottle of nasal allergy stuff and a tiny hotel bottle of hand moisterizer and the pocket barely closed.
In the main pack I had forceps and a mini swiss army knife attached to the zip lines (which work very well), a large leatherman, my small headlamp, and two small mechanics gloves when I wasn't wearing them. This filled up the pack completely. I will trade the gloves for a little 4 compartment plastic case for flies and hooks next time. I was with a group and we had a camp spot on the side of the river so I didn't need to carry tackle.
This weight, mostly the leatherman, caused the main pack to slide down as far as it could go without unclipping the plastic clip. The strain on that little bit of canvas strap was great.
There is no real need for this thing to slide. The inside pocket is pretty useless. If anything, the clip should have been at the top to hold the sliders in place.
If I can return it after using it I will. If it was built without the hard back and without the sliders, this would have been the perfect minimalist chest pack.
November 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Fisher2014 Best Gift Ever !
Bought this for a fly fishing friend who often fishes from a kayak. He loves it ! The right design and features, works well with personal floatation device and very convenient in the boat or stream.
October 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby HuckleberryMe I love this chest pack!
I wasn't sure but the idea seemed right to me. I wanted a small accessible unit that didn't require reaching into multiple pockets. The Kennebec fits that description admirably!
Easy to put on in waders or in my kayak. it carries every item I need for a day on stream or lake and the two built-in tool retrievers are a joy to use. Just perfect for my angling lifesstyle.
August 13, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby tachyon Product defective
I was not able to try this item due to a manufacturing defect involving one of the slides used to lower the top part of the pack (you have to see it to understand the design). It was way to stiff to slide without a lot of effort. Will return/exchange.
April 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby onfishalways Kennebec Pac
This is the second one i have bought.I got this one for my dad i let him use mine on a trip and he liked it alot he always packs to much in his vest so with this he has just enough room for what is needed for a day on the river.
March 28, 2014