Gear Review: Orvis Safe Passage Chip Pack and Daypack

On some fishing days, I’ve been leaving behind my William Joseph Confluence chest pack. Instead, I’ve opted for something smaller and lighter: the Orvis Safe Passage Chip Pack.

It comes with neck and waist straps, so that you can wear it as either a small chest or hip pack. I can fit everything I need in it and prefer to use it as a chest pack with a waist strap, which takes a lot of weight off my neck.

During my recent forays to the Salmon River for steelhead (here), I coupled it with the Orvis Safe Passage Daypack. It was awesome. I also will bring both packs on my upcoming trip to the White River in Arkansas to fish for monster browns (and, about which I posted on Instagram here).

I think the Daypack’s coolest features are:

  • The smaller Chip Pack can clip onto the Daypack’s shoulder straps, which makes for a very comfortable set-up.
  • The bottom is water-proof.
  • There’s a waist-and-back strap that makes it very back-friendly.
  • Two side pockets can hold large water bottles. They pockets also have compression straps. So, you can bring two rod tubes.
  • Oodles of rooms and pockets inside for fly boxes, rain gear, food, reel spools, etc.

The two packs were a home run on my Salmon River trip and were a game-changer. They let me bring the gear I needed for some amazing-but-long days on the water.

Hope you’re all having a great Saturday.

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