Rated 2 out of 5áby SteelheadRussNJ It's OK, NOT Great
This pack carries plenty of goods, however when its switched, there is just not enough fishing gear accessible in the front. All I can carry are 2 fly boxes, split shot, and a small camera. I couldn't even fit floatant, or extra's like indicators. The integrated spool holder is worthless. The pack is fine if you do not need access most of what you are carrying. As far as quality, its what you would expect from LL Bean, top notch materials, and fabrication. The Bean Rapid River vest is completely superior to this pack!
November 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby pfaff Well made
I've not had an opportunity to use the pack yet, but my overall impression from trying it on and checking the features is that is well made and the material will stand-up to rugged use. Attaching the pockets to the lower part of the shoulder straps is a bit of a mystery until one discovers the straps and clips enclosed the the zippered compartments on the waist strap. I had to refer to another review to discover where these straps are located. I strongly recommend that instructions be enclosed with the pack for this, which is why I limited my overall rating to four stars.
November 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby NGarcez Great Pack for a day trip
Bought it for my day trips to the Croton Watershed. The pack is well made, plenty of pockets for all your gear and personal belongings.
September 26, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 Large flaps on bottom of bag!
This is the first time that I have ever wrote a review. The bag is great and all but I found the flaps on the bottom to be useless and in the way. It has tiny zippered pockets on them as well as straps inside. I have no idea what it can be used for. Accessing the pockets is difficult as well due to the many straps it has. Good idea but not well executed. I'm returning the bag.
September 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Tickey Just What I Needed
The Kennebec switch-pack is just what I needed for fishing Virginia's mountain streams like the Rapidan and White Top Laurel Creek. The pack has sufficient room to carry all the necessary gear for a day of fishing. It's well padded in all the right places for comfort, especially the back and shoulder straps. The snaps, zippers, and straps all function properly. The innovative option to switch the side pouches to the front shoulder straps puts fishing tools and accessories in a convenient and accessible location. Overall, the Kennebec is a bargain compared to other packs on the market.
August 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Electricmark Great Backpack
Very nice backpack. No complaints. I will be using this for travel photography. Lots of space and pockets for gadgets, cables, memory disks, card readers, laptop/iPad, batteries, lens filters, flashes, cell phones, chargers, etc. Only improvements could be larger capacity removable pouches to hold larger items, but that would be a personal preference deal anyway. So its a great backpack. Very sturdy build that should stand up well during my next trip to Africa. I wished I would have had something like this on my last trip.
June 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Nesikaman A great Pack for the boat or short trip.
I have owned many packs and this Kennebec Switch Pack is the most useable of them all for fishing or short trips to pack your day's needs. It is not perfect but is close to it. Lots of places to be organized with the various items needed for a day of fishing or hunting. Rugged enough to take the strains but light enough to lug if you need to. I will be using it to carry my cameras, binoculars, and other expensive gear I need to keep close to myself when flying to, and going salmon fishing in alaska. I recommend it.
April 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby djvselements innovational design
this pack is as durable as it is engineered, rugged and crafty is what this is all about. its products like this that make me proud to be from Maine, and why I love the ll bean brand.
January 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby oohlala good quality but too large
I liked the pockets & ability to remove the side pockets altogether or place them in front. The earth-tone colors & ability to carry rod tube and water bottles is great. I would like the small, zippered pocket at the top to have a water resistant flap of material over the zipper for added protection from rain. This area would likely hold key fob/phone so more protection is better. I can't give a complete review since the backpack was too big for me so I could not use it in the outdoors. If I had the capability, I'd have given it 3.5 stars, primarily because if it doesn't fit I can't use it. I got the smaller bag but the straps did not cinch down enough to allow for an adequate fit. I'm 5'7", 140# woman who has a smaller build. I wish clothing/packs, etc., were also made with women or smaller men in mind. The different pockets were fine but nothing was really very spacious with total L capacity being divided up between all the pockets. Even for a day pack, I'd likely still lean toward fewer pockets with larger singular spaces. I'm not a big fan of the buckles/straps that help compress the bag when not as full (because of added wt and it is something else to undo when trying to get into main compartment), but I do like that they help to hold a rod tube in place. For me, one cancels out the other. Due to fit, I had to return the backpack.
October 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby NorthEastTrouter Much better than Rapid River
I had to return my Rapid river twice because the stitching was coming out at the neoprene on the shoulders.
The weight is better distributed on this pack than on the Rapid River.
While there are less places to access from the front, I find that I can still have plenty of boxes at my finger tips.
I was happy that I could get my hydration system in at the compartment closest to my back.
There is plenty of room to store everything I need to be out for a day.
I pushed some zingers through the tippit dispensers as a solution to no zingers. Well that and the fact that I hate putting tippet material through those things.
I attached a large carabiner to the top yolk for hanging my net. A D ring there would have been nice.
October 6, 2013