Daytripper: Product Review of Fishpond’s Westwater Chest Pack

fishpondJust received one of Fishpond’s new Westwater Chest Packs to try out. Since many of my spring fishing trips are short jaunts to a local stream, I don’t need the capacity of a vest or backpack.  All I carry is enough equipment for a few hours on the water, with easy access to the necessities. The Westwater chest pack fits the bill.

fishpond Westwater chest pack

Although I’m traveling light, I’ll typically have 3 fly boxes containing nymphs, dry flies and streamers. I’ll also carry 2 sizes of tippet, snips, forceps, and split shot. For summer trips I usually throw in bug repellent and the Buff. I also have a phone and keys that need to stay dry. Capacity, convenience, construction and comfort, particularly around the neck, are important.

Fishpond Westwater Chest Pack

The chest pack has dual interior organization pockets, a padded back, pass-through slot for belt attachment and an adjustable shoulder strap to allow anglers to wear it as a chest or sling pack.

Reading through some of the specs, I learned that the modular design allows for the pack to attach to the Westwater Backpack, or a number of other Fishpond products, which makes changing setups that much easier.

The welded fabric construction has a clean look, and the water resistant zipper with oversized rubber pulls comes in handy. But is it really water resistant?  I decided to conduct my own highly unscientific test.

On The  Water

As part of our field test, I took the pack out on the Farmington River for a quick trip. The river was higher than usual, so the pack spent at least part of the time floating in the water.

Redington waders and Fishpond Westwater chest pack on Farmington River, March 2013

I found the neck and waist straps to be comfortable and released easily when needed. I was able to retrieve my fly boxes quickly, and the zipper operation was smooth. As you can see from the pic below, I used the outside fasteners for forceps, snips, floatant, etc.

Field testing Fishpond Westwater chest pack


For a quick trip or when you’re traveling light, this is a nice comfortable chest pack or sling pack, with more than enough room for the essentials.  The water resistant fabric comes in handy, especially when you’re wading in deeper water.

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