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Storage Review

Affordable Storage Flexibility, Planoís Flex Ní Go Satchel (continued)

The two 3650 boxes allow for the storage of smaller baits and terminal tackle and are a good size for most bass lures, minus full sized swimbaits. The genius behind the Flex Ní Go Satchelís design is flexibility. Plano 3600 boxes are a standard size that many anglers already use and retail from $3.59 to $5.00 depending on configuration. By buying more of these boxes anglers can customize the Flex Ní Go Satchel for whatever trip is coming up around the corner. For example if you are going bass fishing in the summer you can load up with more reaction baits, in the winter you can change out boxes more focused on fishing plastics. Anglers that fish both fresh and saltwater can instantly reconfigure for different species and applications.

The fixed side is configurable and can hold larger tackle like bags of plastics and swimbaits

The suitcase design of the box makes it an excellent box for co-anglers and it fits neatly on the deck or under the second console. It is also a good size to carry in the back of your car or truck for those times when you just have the itch to fish. While the box is very good for these applications the one area we donít recommend it is for long hikes or for shore anglers that are constantly on the move casting from one spot to the next. In these situations a tackle storage solution that can be worn on your back will not only be more comfortable but allow you to have two hands free as you transition from one spot to the next.

The 3650 box can also be configured and offers good storage of smaller hardbaits...

Price and Applications: The Plano Flex Ní Go Satchel is truly a customizable solution and like so many of the companyís other offerings it is affordably priced. Retailing for only $20.99 this tackle box is a great deal for anglers looking for box that can be used for a wide variety of applications and might even leverage other boxes you have already invested in.

...or terminal tackle

Plano also offers a HydroFlo version of this box with perforated 3600 boxes to aid in the drying of tackle to prevent rust. This version retails for only $23.49 but we feel in most cases the standard box will suit anglers just fine. The Flex Ní Go Satchel is easy to configure and the large compartment can be set up to hold bags of plastics, extra reels, spools or even tools.

The 3650 features quality plastic latches which are reliable over the long term

The total storage capacity of this box is a little on the light side if youíre a hardcore basser but for many anglers the Flex Ní Go Satchel will hold enough tackle for a weekend trip. The ability to swap out 3600 size boxes extends the number of applications that this box can be utilized for and we liked just how simple and easy the system was to employ.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Plano Flex N' Go Satchel Ratings  (?/10)

Construction/Quality Well built and makes use of quality materials that resist physical damage well. You can be tough on this box and it will continue to secure your valuable tackle 8.5
Performance The Flex N Go Satchel performed well in the field and was able to hold a good amount of lures and terminal tackle. The ability to customize both sides of this box allow anglers to get creative with their tackle choices 9
Price A seriously good value. For just over 20 bucks this is a great tackle solution for both fresh and saltwater anglers 9.5
Features This box offers anglers plenty of flexibility to mix it up. Just purchase a few extra 3600 boxes and you have the ability to customize for any application. The flexible latch system is easy to use and proved to be reliable as well 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Great for anglers who are going on short trips or for co-anglers hopping into another boat. The ability to customize makes this a good tackle box for anglers that fish multiple species and the compact design allows anglers to stow this box easily. The one area where this box doesn't make as much sense is for anglers that are moving over longer distances and fishing like shore angling on the go and backcountry fishing, here a lighter or backpack style storage solution makes more sense 7
Application Great for a wide range of applications where anglers need to carry a variety of lures and can stay in a fixed area while fishing 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Durable construction - Not for anglers that need to move around while fishing and have two hands free (shore anglers, backcountry)
+ Simple and easy to use  
+ Very flexible storage solution  
+ Outstanding value  


The Flex N' Go Satchel is a great choice for anglers looking for flexibility, and at just over 20 dollars is an exceptional value


Conclusion: The Flex Ní Go Satchel is a quality product that exhibits a simple yet truly excellent design. Plano leverages their existing tackle systems with the 3600 boxes and integrates them into a hybrid fixed box configuration that delivers the benefits of both worlds, the capacity and rugged durability of a hard case and the flexibility of the 3600 StowAway box system. While this is not a box that can do it all, for many anglers the Flex Ní Go Satchel is a great choice and an even better value. Packing for those trips has never been quicker or more affordable and anglers that enjoy fishing for multiple species and applications will relish in the Flex Ní Go Satchelís customizability and ease of use.


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