Simms combined the accessibility of a fishing vest and the capacity of a backpack. New from Simms, the Flyweight Pack Fishing Vest is loaded with features. The backpack’s main compartment holds more than enough gear for a day of fishing, and the rolltop closure allows you to expand or compress your load as needed. Plus, it comes with a 2L HydraPak water reservoir.
There are several stash pockets integrated into the straps for items you want to have on hand. One backpack strap also features the unique 5.11 HEXGRID system for attaching a Flyweight Small Pod. Moreover, the bungee straps on the back of the pack allow are great for stashing a jacket.
One of GearJunkie’s fly fishing editors tested this pack vest through the summer in Alaska, Wyoming, and the Midwest. Simms nailed the design on this one. It lives up to the Flyweight name at only 13 ounces. And it packs down small, which makes it perfect for travel. He loves the comfort, as it’s more akin to a trail running vest than a backpack.