This is a follow up to my initial review of the Fishpond Bitch Creek Backpack. I've used this pack extensively in the past six months, and like it even more than I did when I first got it.
The pack has gone with me on just about every fishing excursion that I have taken. It is lightweight, has smart organizational storage and pockets, and is tough. The water resistant exterior has protected important gear from rain several times.
Early in this review, I spent a couple of weeks in Georgia on business, and used the pack to haul gear during my assignment. When empty the pack is very flat and lightweight, and fit very well in the bottom of my suitcase. When I arrived at my destination, it became indispensable, hauling heavy gear, extra clothes, and essentials. I took it to the ocean several times during the trip, and it held up very well.
The pack has traveled with me to several other states, with a variety of uses for business and outdoor activities. I wore it on a recent ATV trip through the Colorado mountains, and it was a lightweight way to keep rain gear and water with me. While camping on the same trip, it kept my stuff dry during a light rain.
I just returned from a saltwater Fly Fishing trip in Southern Florida. The pack traveled with me, kept my gear stored while on the boat, and allowed me to keep water and extra gear nearby when sight fishing on the beach. The heat and humidity were extreme at times, but the pack held up very well.
The Fishpond Bitch Creek Backpack has proven to be very tough, and extremely useful. There are several upcoming trips that I will use it, but I wanted to give you this update. I want to let you know how gear has actually performed in the field over time. After all this use, the pack still looks new, and has not let me down. http://fishpondusa.com/product/detail/gore-range-tech-pack/362
BDF uses a three tiered gear rating system for gear reviews.
Dry Fly = Great Product
Emerger= Good product with potential
Nymph= Could use improvement
The Fishpond Bitch Creek Backpack earns Dry Fly status.
Nice way to end your review Mike. I've been looking at these for a while trying to find something that I can throw in the car and then strap on my back on long trips. This looks like it. Hope the season has been good for you. Ask Al if he got lost somewhere.ReplyDelete
Thanks Howard! This pack is very lightweight, so it is perfect for a hike. Last I saw Al he was wandering towards a stream with a Tenkara clutched in his hand!ReplyDelete
Oh no! He's gone to the dark side. Tell him to get back to work on the blog!Delete
Have you ever used this pack with one of Fishpond's chest packs? I am looking to possibly get a Fishpond system set up for my fishing and was wondering how you liked it.ReplyDelete
Steven, thanks for the question! Although I've got a couple of Fishpond sling packs, I don't have a chest pack that works with this, so I can't give you an answer to that question. I've usually used this in tandem with a waterproof hip pack, which I've liked.Delete