Tired of traditional fly vests? Sportgear's Tulli Chest Pack
offers anglers of all types a novel alternative
Total Score: 8.83
Fly-Fishing vests are at times the very best tackle storage option, and are a
great way to remain mobile with your gear. Unfortunately traditional vests can
limit your storage, and can become uncomfortable when fully loaded with tools
and gear. Sportgear introduces an innovative alternative to the common vest, the
highly adjustable Tulli Chest pack, designed to increase your overall storage capacity,
and make it easier to organize your tackle, while still allowing anglers the greatest freedom in movement.
Chest Pack Specifications
Brown & Black combo|
Adjustable, 1 size fits all|
Zipper & Buckle straps|
Hydration Pack, Cell Phone Holder|
About Sportgear: Sportgear.CA is based in Canada, and has a
simple mission; To design and build gear that enhances all your outdoor
activities. Sportgear.CA is the parent company to a number of brands, including Hawkeye
Tackle, and the River Otter Bag company. Through these brands they have released
a number of exciting products including their Azen stormproof lighters, tackle
boxes, leader boards, River Otter waterproof pouches, and the Tulli Chest Pack.
Chest pack looks similar to a fly fishing vests, but boasts increased
storage capacity and more freedom of movement
Impressions: Vests just make good sense for fly fisherman. Being mobile, at
times waist deep in water, there are few better ways to store and organize
tackle. Tackle boxes and backpacks are often too cumbersome, and sit too low in
the water making it difficult to keep your gear dry. In addition packs are
difficult to access while holding a rod. Sportgear has created a alternative to
the traditional vest, one that offers all the ease of use of a standard vest,
but with the expanded functionality of a conventional pack.
has a high quality cord "pull" and the pack's main zipper features oversized
teeth for reliability
When I first took a look at
the Tulli Chest Pack I noticed that it resembled a vest in size, but the design
was more like a hiking pack. The large pockets are held in place not with
material, but via buckles and straps. I could tell right away that this pack was
toughened to be more durable then the customary vests I was used to wearing. In
all areas that are meant to expand there is generous material reinforcement. The
last thing I noted before the actual field tests was something you just don't
find on vests, front and back padding to help cushion the fully loaded garment
against your body, a big plus.
pack reveals the interior compartments (a retaining strap makes it easer
to access pockets, keeping the compartments in front of the angler)
Real World Test: Testing the Tulli was as
simple as spending the day fishing in the backcountry. We decided to test the
mobility of the Tulli by choosing two extremely tucked away tight streams, where
freedom of movement would be a definite plus in terms of both reaching the
coveted spots, as well as casting freedom for positioning of the most delicate
large capacity, the Tulli fits Plano 3500 boxes in the main pockets!
Design: Within minutes I began to appreciate the Tulli's well thought
out design. With vests you have to buy the size that fits you best, and still make
sure to pick a vest that rides high enough to stay dry in the majority of
situations you hope to encounter. The Tulli is put on just like a vest, snap it
into place, zip it up, and you are ready to go. But unlike fly vests it can be
further adjusted to be looser, tighter, or ride higher. All of this is done via
four main straps which adjust the length and tightness of the main cords.
All the buckles are made of high impact plastic,
and Sportgear made a excellent choice with the implementation of a oversized
zipper. This zipper is easy to use, and the enlarged teeth make it resistant to
jamming as a result of the introduction of uninvited grit or sand.
The back of
the pack is well padded and has a large mesh pocket designed to hold a
hydration pack or your lunch
Storage: This pack has all the conventional pockets and features
of a good number of the fly vests available, like the removable fly patch and
velcro pockets, but it also has some extra storage capabilities that really
stand out. You can access the contents of the chest pack by opening the large
pockets on the front of the pack, or via one the many smaller compartments. The
two main pockets on the front of the chest pack are bigger then those I have
ever seen on a typical vest. So big in fact that anglers can actually put in
Plano 3500 size boxes! This is perfect for spinning outfits, as the boxes are
large enough to hold spinners, plastics, and crankbaits. Fly fisherman can store
backup spools, or extra boxes with no difficulty.
There are multiple mesh pockets on outside of the vest for quick access
items, and for added security there are also netted storage and enclosed pockets
on the inside of the pack. These are accessed by unzipping the front of the Tulli.
Sportgear wanted to make sure that even when open it was
easy to access the interior pockets, so they added a retaining strap which helps
keep the pockets in front of you when fiddling around the inner sections.
Overall the strap design is quite clever and allows users to upgrade the pack
with a variety of additions like a cell phone holder, GPS, wading staff, and
basically anything else you capable of clamping onto a strap.
To top it all off Sportgear made the back of this pack functional as well. Sure
there is the traditional loop to hang your net, but the Tulli also features a
large denier reinforced webbed back compartment. This huge pocket is built to
handle hydration packs, and is big enough to carry lunch in. Because the Tulli
is well cushioned and the webbing pouch expands outwards, even when loaded the
pack remains very comfortable, even when hiking short distances.
in the Tulli is easy to access and provides generous storage room
Comfort & Freedom: At first examination I was concerned about comfort, as I envisioned
a overloaded bag putting a great deal of pressure on two straps, which I thought
would dig into my shoulders. I couldn't have been more wrong. The Tulli is
designed so the padding actually extends over your back to cover your shoulders
completely. the straps remain vertical and the weight is evenly distributed over the
soft reinforced padding. Fully loaded the bag feels like form
fitting body armor. My biggest complaint about standard vests is that when fully
loaded they flop around when hiking from one location to the next and while casting. Because you can
adjust the position and fit of the Tulli it can go from loose to a comfortable
embrace over your shirt or waders. The ability to adjust looser also makes the Tulli a better solution on cold days when it can be properly fitted over bigger
jackets & shells.
Greater freedom and range of motion is definitely afforded to anglers that wear
the Tulli. Imagine being able to carry enough tackle so you can avoid carrying
around a tackle box. The Tulli's overall capacity is generous, and plenty enough
for any type of on the move fishing with fly or spinning outfits. Another
positive about the Tulli is the lack of material on the side of the body.
Because the chest pack is held in place with four cords it barely moves when
fishing, allowing you to cast naturally.
It was easy
to hike and wade to even the most secluded areas with the comfortable Tulli
Applications: The Tulli is a flexible storage solution that you can wear.
The ease of use and customizable fit makes it a great choice for both fly
fisherman looking for further storage and freedom, and spinning anglers looking
for a better way to lug tackle. I was pleased with how well the Tulli could be
adjusted to fit, and the abundance in storage area offered by this pack. Shore
anglers that usually fish with a backpack will find that the Tulli offers enough
storage via two Plano 3500 boxes, and will save time by being able to access
lures in the front rather then having to remove a backpack and search for their
The pack is not 100% waterproof, but it is water
resistant, and moisture wicks away from the surface of the Tulli. But unlike
ordinary vests the Tulli can be adjusted to ride higher, and stay out of the
water, making it a great choice when you need to carry a little extra tackle and
venture out into any unfamiliar conditions.
Chest Pack Ratings (?/10)
Overall the construction of the Tulli is top notch. Use of high quality
denier webbing and thick material help make this chest pack a durable
The Tulli performed well in all our tests and proved very durable in all our
stress tests. The enlarged zipper and reinforced pockets ensure that your
valuable gear is well protected within the Tulli's thick pockets
Quality fly vests can cost 99.00 and up, so for 74.95 the Tulli is very
Increased storage and a enlarged back compartment for a hydration pack make
this garment into a full blown mobile storage solution
Tulli showcases some great design engineering. This vest alternative does
everything a traditional vest can do, but offers more storage and
adjustability. It would be nice to have at least one more color option
The Tulli is not just for fly anglers, spinning fisherman will find it has
enough capacity hold essential tackle as well as full blow lure boxes. It is
a great tackle solution for anglers that enjoy fishing the shore and want to
be able to access boxes quickly.
Pluses and Minuses:
Only one color option for now|
May be hard to find in some areas|
Comfortable & Adjustable
More freedom of movement
Conclusion: Originally designed for Steelhead anglers this is
a pack that can be used for just about any angler on the go. One third fly vest,
one third backpack, and one third pure innovation, the Tulli is a outstanding
pack for anglers who are looking for a way to store and organize all their
essential tackle, and still remain highly mobile. Major plusses of this vest
alternative include the clever design, added storage capacity, and the
ergonomically adjustable fit for each and every application. The added storage
and flexibility of this chest pack make it a good choice for a variety of
angling applications that go well beyond just fly fishing. If you enjoy wading
or walking the shore the Tulli Chest pack is a mobile storage solution certainly
Until next time...Tight Lines!