Rated 3 out of 5
áby PeripateticFlyFisher Adequate, but slightly lacking in design.
I received this chest pack because I desired something more compact than many of the larger chest packs sold today yet able to carry my gear better than most of the smaller packs available. It fits the compact bill very well, fitting snugly against the body and allowing clear vision to one's feet. It carries my necessary gear reasonably well, if only a bit eccentrically. I do not use the tippet dispensers for that purpose but rather fit a small magnetic compartment box in that space. In the main pocket I am able to fit a thermometer, knot tying tool, a Cabelas large prestige fly box - and not much more. The small pocket on the inside of the main compartment is not usable if one uses a large box. A better design here would have made the pack wider, so as to fit two medium or large boxes laid sideways. As it is I can fit two small boxes or one large. In the small zippered pocket (under the main compartment) I can fit my various strike indicators and split shot. In the small pocket near the base I fit my leaders.
I find that the zingers work well, which is a selling point for the pack. I have nippers and hemostats attached. Others have mentioned that the pack gets heavy and sags when fully loaded - and it does, which is a design flaw that should have been avoidable. While the bottom clip will keep the pack from completely sliding down it appears to put a decent amount of strain on the stitching and I would not count on it lasting too long. A remedy for this is needed, and I have fiddled with several attempts at a solution (short of remaking the pack the way it should have been made). The simplest solution I have found, and which can be seen in the picture uploaded, is to take two micro binder clips (the type used for filing papers) and simply clip them to the sliding guide below the black plastic supports - one on each side. The friction keeps the pack from sliding and the clips are simple to take on and put back, in order to access the underside pockets. I use a Tippetac magnet to hold them when I take them off, but any strong magnet would work well. (That's another tip: super-gluing strong magnets to the inside of the sides of the pack will keep your nippers/hemostats/ whatever firmly secured.) The binder clip trick solves the sliding problem but that should not have been a problem in the first place - in fact, the slider is a rather silly feature and could have been avoided entirely. Zippers are better!
This pack suffers from having all of the gear attachments on the sliding pack. This limits space and adds weight to the sliding mechanism, which pulls down the pack and puts wear and tear on the stitching, etc. To solve this, I use two key-rings to provide extra lashing points on the support pad. Simply attach them to the bottom of the black plastic clip mechanism (the 'female' side) and viola, extra gear hanging possibilities. Don't use rings too large or they will prevent the clips from functioning. I use one for hanging my tippet spools.
With these modifications I can fit all the gear I need for a day on the water while maintaining a small, compact chest pack. I can carry over 600 flies in two boxes (nymphs, drys, wets, and streamers), nippers, all of my tippet (6 spools), knot tool, thermometer, hemostats, assorted indicators, split shot, gel floatant, sinkant, tungsten putty, paste floatant, all the leaders I could need, plus a tippetac magnetic line holder. The virtue of this pack is the price and build quality, which are excellent. The flaw of this pack is the sliding mechanism and slightly inadequate space, both of which can be ameliorated.
March 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Sugartreeking Excellent
Haven't been able to use it on the water yet, but soon. It has plenty of room to hold just what you need on a day trip. I filled every pocket on my vest because I had room and didn't use half of it. I'm able to get just what I need in this pack plus some.
February 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby kayakflyfisherman Great little chest pack
Small, lightweight, and comfortable to wear. It is narrow enough to use in conjunction with a Sospenders life jacket, so you can use it on a boat without compromising safety. The loop on the back is also handy to hang a net from.
November 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby mightytrouter A very practical chest pack
I have a regular canvas vest and the River guard by LL Bean, they are good but i needed something small enough to carry a box of flies and a small number of acessories, and i wanted to feel flexible in the water (less weight possible). The Kennebec chest pack answered my needs because i don't need more to fish small streams and allows me more flexability to wader safely.
October 24, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5áby Brandon1979 Kennebec Chest Pack Review
I bought this chest pack because I wanted to carry less gear and because I wade deep enough that I was always soaking the bottom of my fishing vest. Having used this chest pack for a couple of seasons I think I can give this a fair review.
Pros: Plenty of room for a large fly box (I have a Cliff Super Days Worth), some leaders, split shot, and floats. The front of the pack has enough zingers and loops to allow you to carry floatant, nippers, forceps, and tippet spools.
Cons: When you have everything mentioned above loaded into the chest pack, it weighs enough that the main pocket slides down low enough to dip in the water and all of your stuff ends up wet. I think the latch to keep the front pocket from sliding down should be on top, or the sliding functionality and extra tiny pocket should just be removed since they seem pretty unnecessary to me.
August 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby ArmyStong123 beast bag ever
this bag is perfect for you when going to a stream for a day is has every thing you need a nice size pocket for your fly pock and some snakes and water to fit in it and it is nice to ware all day
August 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby MrHersch Great product
Received this 2 weeks ago, used it for the first time last Saturday. Very impressed with the craftsmanship and functionality. It holds everything you need for a casual day on the water. Obviously, it can't compete with one of the flyfishing backpacks that will hold a jacket, lunch, etc, nor was it designed to. I found that it held everything I needed for fishing in reasonable weather. Plenty of room for a medium sized fly box, knot-tying tool, spools of tippet, forceps, and many other items. It wasn't too hot, and the cushioned backing on the pack kept any of the contents from sticking into my chest.
I would highly recommend this for anyone who doesn't feel the need to carry every piece of gear they own.
June 12, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5áby CTFlyfish Unnecessarily complicated
This chest pack is overly complicated. The compartment is the size I was looking for. Unfortunately it is mounted on a rigid plate which serves no purpose in my opinion. It adds weight and bulk. Quality is good. I did not test it on the river, I returned it.
June 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Snowballisafriend Fits the Ticket
Am introducing my wife to fly fishing. As part of the intro, we attended a fly fishing festival where she had casting lessons and could sit in on women's fly fishing forums. There, the pro guides and experienced women recommended lanyards.
This is good advice if you can get your whole "kit" on a lanyard. I don't think a novice has the experience or knowledge to do this. I also know that a vest is often hot, heavy, and uncomfortable. The LL Bean chest pack struck me as a sound compromise. It will allow my wife to carry the basic tools, tippets, and a couple of fly boxes. Importantly it will give her the chance for trial and error without great risk of having a ruined fishing trip because something was left behind.The product itself is well made and really not much more bulk or weight than a lanyard.
May 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby flyfisher1966 nice little pack
I received this as a gift and I am very happy with it so far. Holds more gear than you might think, although I'm trying to minimize the amount of gear I carry. The tippet "dispenser" is a little tricky as the spools tend to get caught up with one another, but other than that I like it very much.
May 2, 2013