Patagonia Fly Fishing Vest Front Sling
The best of a traditional fishing vest combined with a minimalist sling pack; size is 8L.
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Can’t decide between a traditional fishing vest and sling pack? Neither could we. So we combined the two for a best-of-both-worlds solution. Our 8-litre Vest Front Sling features our vertical-pocket vest configuration on one side, with a larger storage pack (like our Stealth Atom Sling) on the other. Access to either is simple; just swing the side you want around to the front without having to take it off. External nylon utility keeper provides secure attachment point for zingers, while a selection of easy-access pockets keeps the stuff you need handy. Inside, there’s a range of organizing pockets; a 100% waterproof, welded security pouch; and enough room for lunch, jacket and extra fly boxes.
- Vertical pocket vest front with sling back combines the best of both worlds. Pack size is 8L
- Rear pod can swing around to front without removing garment for easy gear access
- Nylon utility keeper provides secure point to attach zinger, nippers, etc.
- Internal quick-access pockets for tippet spools; organizational pockets with hook-and-loop closures; internal, 100% waterproof welded security pouch
- Zippered back pocket provides plenty of storage for lunch, jacket and fly boxes
- Vest: 6.25-oz 210-denier 100% polyester 3D spacer mesh. Inside pocket: 5.8-oz 100% polyester. Shoulder harness and back panel: 4.55-oz 100% polyester
- 433 g (15.3 oz)
- Made in Vietnam.
Vest Front Sling is rated out of 5 by 19.
Rated 3 out of 5 by schnedlj from Do some research first Great idea, but has some issues. When using it in the summer, I didn't notice it as much, yet would still have to periodically adjust after a handful of casts. Just a week ago fishing the Jan thaw in WI, wearing a Primloft jacket layer, the shoulder would not stay on. The pack around the waist would ride up, due to the lack of friction, causing the shoulder to slip off. After 2 hrs of this I called it a day. From a storage standpoint the pack does great. The external water bottle holder is nice, as are the straps for either a 2nd rod or rain gear. Able to hold the need I need and some I don't in a very organized manner. Easily swings around for quick access when changing flies, grabbing a drink, or doctoring your line. Look at the pack, but also think about how you fish and do the research on other options (https://vedavoo.com/product/beast-sling/). This may work for some people. I personally, with the slicker layers, experienced the frustration of constant adjusting instead of fishing.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by E Tsai from Almost perfect. Almost. I've been using this for a few months now, and I've been putting it through its paces. I've been fishing with this on day trips through short punchy sessions after work. Having used it for quite some time, I can safely say that the sling vest is almost perfect. Everything about the design is pretty much spot on in terms of functionality save for one glaring problem: weight distribution. The issue arises when wearing a net and a water bottle. Minus the weight of a full bottle and net, the sling vest works very well - nearly perfectly. The issue with the weight distribution, unfortunately, causes even the most snugly cinched sling vest to have close to 3-4" of vertical play. This causes the front portion to ride almost over the right shoulder - a pretty annoying issue if you are wading and casting frequently. The constant readjustment is terribly annoying. Even taking down to the water causes the pack to shift enough to require adjustment every 5 minutes or so. If the overall weight isn't terribly disparate, the pack doesn't shift appreciably - however the times that this is the case is fairly minimal. Even for short sessions I try to keep a water bottle on hand to avoid heat stroke or dehydration. Even the water bottle (24oz) is enough to cause the problem, albeit less severely. Other than the aforementioned issue, the sling vest is basically a perfect functional piece of equipment for any fisherman. All of the pockets and pouches are in the exact place you would want them, and tool tethers are also in the place you instinctively reach when storing them. It is a shame the weight distribution problem is so pronounced - particularly when you consider the sling vest is basically perfect otherwise. If nothing else, it will only highlight and accentuate the problem! I still seriously recommend the sling vest - I've thought of adding a couple of weight vest slugs to try to counterbalance the sling vest to improve the distribution to make it better, since the sling vest is so well thought out otherwise.
Date published: 2016-09-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by shoshonecreek from Good effort but poor performance in the field I've had my Vest Front Sling for just over a year now and I've used it (fly fishing) well over 30 times. I purchased it for fly fishing only. On paper, it's a great idea and you gave it a good effort but the actual use of this sling in the field is far from ideal. The foam fly patch totally fails to hold larger flies such as a sunken stones or a hoppers....the flies fall off (foam is inferior to sheepskin fly patches). The sling isn't great for accessing key items: having to swing it around is a hassle and having some items on the front and some on the back is impractical. Finally - most of us are right handed so having this sling setup to ride on the right shoulder is horrible for long days on the river. The sling (including the Atom sling) needs to be setup to ride on the left shoulder for the right handed fly fishing people which is about 80% of the market. I'll be going back to my Orvis vest for full day action on the river and back to my old Atom sling for the shorter trips.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by UpNorthEMT from Unconventional use, but it works great! Let me begin by saying I'm not a fly fisherman. I am an EMT for a small, rural fire department and have carried my own pack with me for years with some bare essentials, but it was large and bulky without enough organization to keep things from getting tossed around. I stumbled upon the Vest Front Sling, and it looked like it might be perfect. I own the 8L Atom bag, so I started stuffing my supplies in it to see if they would fit. After receiving the the Vest Front, I couldn't be happier. There is a TON of organizational space in this thing. My large supplies (trauma dressing, blood pressure cuff, CPR mask, airways, stethoscope) fit well in the large, main pocket while the front pocket keeps my bandages, trauma scissors and other small supplies well organized. I was surprised at how large the front flap pockets were. I expected them to be much smaller to avoid being super bulky, but they are neither small nor bulky. The upper pocket actually sits behind the lower pocket, so it is very deep, and large enough that I can fit a notepad and larger bandages in it, with plenty of room left over for my phone or other items. The lower pocket is perfect for throwing my keys into. Pens fit perfectly into the loops on the outside and are easily accessible. Extras like the water bottle pocket, extra straps and spare space that I haven't filled yet will come in handy while traveling or at events. I wasn't expecting to do much more with this than throw it in the back of the car and use as needed, but I can see carrying it around at department sponsored events, as opposed to our large bag, or on trips, hikes, walks, and more. Overall, I am very pleased. The size is perfect. Large enough that I can fit everything in, but small enough so that it's all packed well and not disorganized. It fits well, whether I'm wearing a t-shirt or my bulky winter coat. And the sling style means its always with me, everything is easy to access and I won't lose it by setting it down in the middle of the road somewhere.
Date published: 2016-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by dcakers from sling Pack After 30 years plus fly fishing I have tried about every thing vest wise to give me comfort and enough space for a day on the water. The older I get the worse a heavy vest is on my back. The sling vest is exactly what I have been looking for. Loaded with plenty of stuff for a days outing it does not pull my shoulders and give me that lower back pain I am so used to getting. I can load all I need as far as leaders, tippets, net and flies and still have room for a safe dry place for my phone and even my pistol on remote outings. I would recommend it to anyone. It was a wonderful 67th birthday gift.
Date published: 2016-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by Abbyroads from Birthday present for my husband Caveat - even though I'm writing this, these are my husbands words. :) So far my husband has found this pack to be useful. He likes all the compartments, likes the fact there's a dry pouch for license, likes the straps on side to carry rod. As for the sling, he states it doesn't stay put unless he tightens it down; he does like the pockets on the front of the sling - makes it easy to access equipment for fishing. Weight distribution is decent.
Date published: 2015-11-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by RDCruz from Great in theory. Not in application. I wanted to believe that this sling was going to convert me away from a traditional vest. I was proven wrong almost immediately. I have used this vest for a full season (approx 30 days on the water.) Pros: -ALL the pockets are huge. The front easily holds a 2 sided "day" box and the larger pocket I use to hold a long box for streamers. It also has enough room for other things, like my phone. -The dry flying patch is convenient, but the foam wears out quick and the flies tend to pop off easily if you accidentally brush up against something. -The back pockets are huge and easily carry a rain jacket, snack bars and a six pack... all at once. (Yeah, its heavy but it can do it.) -The water bottle holder securely holds all sizes of containers. The elastic bungee keeps everything tucked in close so it doesnt bounce around. CONS: -The sling slides to the back when you load it up. Even for a quick trip when I have nothing in the back pockets, only a landing net on the back accessory ring. It slides the front pockets up near my chin every time I cast. I adjusted the side straps to the point where they are uncomfortable and it still does not prevent it from sliding. I ended up looping the side straps through my wading belt to stop it from moving. This negates the ability to swing the pack over the shoulder to access the back pockets. -There are no convenient place to add zingers to make sure your tools dont fall off. This is especially true if you rotate it over your shoulder. Plucking your forceps out of the drink is always a lot of fun. In conclusion, this pack is amazing in the fact it easily holds more than a days worth of gear. However, how it handles that load is unacceptable. No one wants to constantly have to fix and fiddle around with their gear. Having to tend to a shifting pack has become a nuisance and I will be getting rid of this for a more suitable alternative. All things considered, this sling was made with the quality and excellence you can expect from Patagonia. It just fails in its application that an every day fly fisherman would put it through.
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by NJFred from Near perfect Sling Style Pack Plenty of fly box room for "match the hatch" fishing on the West and Main of NY's Delaware. Well thought through pockets... Big internal for the fly boxes, smaller zip pockets for tippet and other items. The two pockets on the front are handy for really frequently used items such as fly dressings and the hot fly box of the day (small one). Only grip is the water bottle pocket. Wad deep and it fills with water with no hole in the bottom to drain out the water. It does sit a bit lower on the back so I do tend to get it wet when wading to 6 inches from my waders top (but just about anything would get wet)
Date published: 2015-08-11