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Date: 8/20/13
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Fishpond
Reviewer: Wolbugger

As anglers, the apparel and accessories we choose can be just as important as selecting the right rod and reel. Fishpond makes high-quality fishing and outdoor gear that is not only well thought out, but also looks great too. Known widely amongst the fly fishing crowd, the brand has been enjoying steady growth, and at the IFTD show in Las Vegas it was apparent this growth is continuing. With a bunch of new product offerings and updates, Fishpond has some great stuff coming that might be just what you're after. All of the following Fishpond items will be available in early November.


Fishpond creates some of the most well thought out fishing storage products that exhibit a distinct instantly recognizable look and feel


Westwater Collection: This group of products has seen some high demand, and Fishpond has grown the series to include four new items. Every one of these fresh-looking new items are pleasing to the eye and all boast robust features like YKK #10 water resistant zippers and TPU welded fabric construction.


The roll top boat bag keeps gear organized and dry


-Westwater Roll Top Boat Bag: This bag borrows all the features of the current bag, but sports a roll-top design for maximum water protection. Inside, you'll find three clear interior zippered pouches, and an adjustable Velcro divider. There are also four heavy duty boat lash tie downs, and dual knife, hemostat, and tippet attachments. This bag will carry a retail price of $189.95.


Inside there are dividers for easy organization


- Westwater Lumbar Pack: The new Westwater Lumbar Pack is a great choice to hold the daily essentials without the bulk of a larger pack. The mesh lumbar support keeps air circulating to maintain comfort, and the handy integrated net slot provides ease of usage. The pack will carry a retail price of $99.95.


The zippered duffel can be carried multiple ways


- Westwater Zippered Duffel: This 5,000 cubic inch zippered bag is a smaller version of the Westwater Large Zippered Duffel. It provides great protection for a modest amount of gear or clothing without taking up too much space. Expect a retail price of $169.95.


Rod tubes can be strapped on the side. This is one pack designed to travel well


- Westwater Messenger Bag: Designed to be worn across your body in typical messenger bag fashion, the design is not bulky but provides ample storage space. There is a generous zippered flap pocket, and a rear zippered pocket. Inside, you'll find a secure interior organization pocket, and laptop sleeve. The padded shoulder strap means this bag won't wear you down and remains comfy to wear. You can look for these to come with a retail price of $139.95.


Environmentally Friendly Gear: The following “Recycled Collection” of gear is made of a lightweight, recycled fabric. Recycled from what, you ask? Of all things, discarded commercial fishing nets provide the necessary recycled material that's transformed into this eye-catching lineup of packs and vests. This material provides welcomed water resistance, while new YKK Aquaguard #8 zippers used on the outsides to help keep water out.


What do used fish nets have to do with these packs?


-Black Canyon Backpack: With a modular design, this backpack allows docking compatibility with many other Fishpond lumbar and chest packs. The external frame is also adjustable, while contoured, padded shoulders straps and an offset air mesh back keep you cool and comfortable. Two zip-out rod tube holders allow you to bring a couple of your favorite sticks, and a big main compartment with three smaller pockets allows plenty of storage options. If you're interested in one of these backpacks, be ready to pay a retail price of $179.95.


How about the fact they are made out of them


-Bitch Creek Backpack: At almost 400 cubic inches, this smaller bag boasts all of the features of the Black Canyon Backpack but does not feature an external frame. A structured air mesh back panel carries larger loads, and two small pockets are great for extra accessories. You'll be able to grab one at a retail price of $149.95.


-Yampa Guide Pack: This pack may be used as a sling or lumbar pack. Two main zippered compartments provide ample storage, and a molded drop-down fly bench with interior pockets offers convenience and additional room.  Outside, there are two pockets for water bottles and a structured air mesh back panel to keep that clammy feeling away. Retail price on this item will be $119.95.


These "recycled" packs come in all shapes and sizes for different applications


-Encampment Lumbar Pack: This simple design utilizes a zippered main and outside compartment for storage, outer cord loops for accessory attachments, and twin water bottle pockets. Compression straps allow you to distribute the load or can expand to hold a jacket. This pack can be worn as a sling, lumbar, or chest pack. Look for a retail price of $89.95.


-Savage Creek Chest Pack: This pack contours to the body for the ultimate in comfort, and is designed with one main storage compartment along with an exterior slash pocket. The modular design allows it to fit onto many Fishpond backpacks. Retail price $89.95.


-Medicine Bow Chest Pack: A bit smaller in size than the Savage Creek Chest Pack, this pack can be worn on the chest or can attach to a wading belt. It features all of the same attributes as the Savage Creek model, including a zip down fly bench. The modular design allows it to fit onto many Fishpond backpacks. Check these out for a retail price of $69.95.


Updated Items: A multitude of other items have been updated to make use of this new recycled material and come with slightly different colors as well. The updated products include the Wasatch Tech Pack, Marabou Vest, Sagebrush Mesh Vest, Gore Range Tech Pack, Dragonfly Guide Lumbar Pack, Cirrus Guide LTE Hydration Lumbar Pack, and the Waterdance Guide Pack.


Vaquero Waxed Canvas Vest: This waxed canvas vest sports large horizontal main pockets and four extra zippered pockets for smaller items. On the exterior you'll find conveniences like a quick access hemostat dock, and dual snap attachment straps. Expect a retail price of $159.95.


Hook Jaw River Tool: With features like a bottle opener, line cutter, and tippet gauge all together, this tool is seriously convenient. Manufactured out of aerospace aluminum and titanium, it also touts a retractor/lanyard attachment hole and is laser engraved. The retail price is set at $19.95.


Fishpond recently acquired Nomad nets


Fishpond Nomad Nets: Fishpond has recently acquired Nomad Nets, and offers five models in the series from a small hand model to a large boat model. Each net is crafted out of a fiberglass and carbon fiber composite making them lightweight, durable, weatherproof, and buoyant. Available colors are dark green, riffle camo (light grey/blue camo), or tailwater (brown w/ trout spots). Retail prices of the nets range from $115.95 to $239.95 with clear or black replacement netting retailing for $18.95 (small) or $22.95 (large). You will be able to grab a net of your own beginning in mid October.


These nets are constructed out of materials like fiberglass and carbon fiber and are durable yet very lightweight


Conclusion: Fishpond makes some of the most refined products in the industry, and these new offerings are no different. Just when you think a manufacturer has thought of everything, there are always improvements or advances to be made in design and construction. Utilizing both an angler-friendly and environmentally-friendly approach, these new items are both smart and attractive. As fishing tackle continues to advance, it's great to see apparel, accessories, and storage solutions are keeping pace!   










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