Had a chance to review the Fishpond Buckhorn Sling for the past few weeks. I’ve used other Fishpond products before, and find them to be well constructed with plenty of useful features. Here are a few of the specifics from the product spec for the Buckhorn Sling:
- Cyclepond Fishpond fabric
- YKK Aquaguard #8 external water resistant zippered main pocket
- Structured back air mesh panel to help carry loads and keep cool
- Zippered main storage compartment for secure fly box storage
- Signature molded zip down fly bench with replaceable foam
- Exterior VELCRO® attachment for foam, tools or accessory attachment
- Exterior Hypalon® tabs and cord loops for tool and accessory attachment
- Integrated guide net slot
- Exterior water bottle pocket
- 7 zippered pockets
After spending a few days on the water with it, here’s what I like most about the Buckhorn Sling:
The two zippered pockets in the fly bench are spacious enough to carry tippet, leaders and other supplies. The fly bench itself is large enough to carry a number of flies, more than I typically use in a day. I actually carried more on the water than what is seen here, but wanted to show just how large it is.
Behind the fly bench is another large pocket with compartments, enough to carry an extra reel, fly box, water bottle, sandwich or rain jacket.
I don’t personally carry much on the outside other than nippers, forceps and floatant, but there are plenty of clips and tabs for other equipment. The water bottle holder also comes in handy.
I really liked the zippered mesh pockets, suitable for licenses, keys or a phone in a waterproof case.
On The Water
So while the Buckhorn Sling has plenty of room for gear and some neat features, how comfortable does it feel on the water?
The good news is that you really don’t notice it until you need it. During the day I positioned it on both sides, and am happy to say it didn’t interfere or feel awkward with my casting or wading.
I’ve used a vest, Fishpond Black Canyon Backpack, and now largely rely on a Fishpond Westwater Chest Pack. The Buckhorn Sling has much more room than my chest pack and felt comfortable throughout the day. If you’re making full day trips, I would definitely consider the Buckhorn.
Here are links to some other reviews:
Overall, I would recommend the Buckhorn Sling. It’s light weight, capacity, comfort and price (~$130) make it a great choice.
Note: I received a Buckhorn Sling to test, but no compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!