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Date: 7/18/10
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press only
Manufacturer: OpenWater
Reviewer: Team TackleTour

Introduction: OpenWater made quite a splash this year with the introduction of their new Ranger Backpack which won the Best Tackle Management category in the New product Showcase. Chock full of angler specific features the Ranger is designed for those anglers that require plenty of tackle storage on the go.


The OpenWater backpack is designed with anglers specifically in mind


Ranger Backpack: Backpack tackle systems make a lot of sense for both shore and boat anglers as the system allows anglers to carry more tackle over longer distances. OpenWater has a number of other backpacks including rolling systems and all of them are somewhat modular allowing anglers to configure the type and amount of tackle they plan on bringing on each trip.


The bottom section is configurable to hold multiple 3700 size boxes


The Ranger Backpack is constructed out of 900-denier ripstop and features high quality molded corrosion resistant zippers throughout. This is a relatively large backpack (10L x 17W x 2.5H) and is suitable for overnight trips where you need an extra change of clothing and room for necessities.


The top section has multiple zippered compartments but one huge main compartment suitable for everything from clothing to food


There are two main compartments, the lower of which has a configurable tray system that holds Plano 3700 size boxes. OpenWater provides their own branded boxes with each pack and includes two 370 size trays and one 373 tray which is capable of holding larger lures like swimbaits. There are also four compartments on the side, two of which are completely zippered and two on the bottom that are covered with a flap for quicker draws.  


The back is extremely well padded for comfort


In terms of comfort the Ranger is very well padded along the entire back of the backpack and the shoulder straps are also generously padded and also have a sunglass holder for convenience. A waist strap helps keeps the pack securely centered on your body over longer distances.


Ray Kiang demonstrates the deployment of the rain fly


One of the most impressive features is the integrated zip out storm fly that protects the pack from both rain and boat spray. This is extremely useful for anglers that are packing electronics like cameras or videocams on their trips.


The rain fly covers the entire back of the pack in under 20 seconds


At the show Ray Kiang demonstrated how the rain fly worked and was able to pull it out of the zippered compartment and over the bag in less than 20 seconds. This quick and easy operation makes it easy to protect your gear the minute the first drop of rain falls or you expect heavy chop on the next run.


Ray shows us how the backpack fits when worn, the padded straps help distribute the load


Conclusion: The Ranger will retail for 139.99 when it becomes available in the next few weeks. The Ranger Backpack won over many buyers and media at the show because it had storage features that just make sense. This easy to configure backpack is able to hold just as much clothing and gear as it is able to hold tackle, giving anglers the flexibility to gear up for their individual applications. Look a little deeper and the Ranger showcases a quality construction from the stitching to the use of a metal cable in the top handle... it is all in the details.











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