William Joseph Mag Series Amp Chest Pack
The Magnets are a Great Innovation
I fish the Southern Appalachians. I move around a lot, thru a lot of rough, rocky, steep terrain covered by infinite dog hobble. I carry as little gear as possible and was using a small fanny pack with zippers which sometimes caused me to lose fly boxes because I didn't always get them zipped all the way closed because I'm usually balancing on a rock in the middle of a river holding my rod when I'm pulling out my flies. When I saw the magnets on this unit I was fascinated by the idea even though I was wondering how well the magnets would hold. I've field tested this pack before reviewing it, watching how it reacted to being raked against shrubs and such and the magnets passed with fly colours. I don't have to spend a lot of time lining it up to close it, just pull it open, push it close. It lines itself up and closes tightly. That being said, you don't want to stuff it slap full either, you can't force it closed like a zipper. The front pouch has a fly holding section that faces you when you pull it open that makes it easy to grab a fly. The big inside compartment is tall, deep and holds a lot of stuff. Most of the inner compartments are netted with zippers which makes them secure and easy to see what you have in there but it also brings me to the one fault I've found so far. There's a netted compartment that opposes the fly section and when that pouch is opened and closed, that opposing net occasionally grabs at your flies. I've had a couple flies get hooked or pulled out by that opposing net. On subsequent models that opposing net should be replaced with a smooth, non-grabbing material. This may be TMI but all fishing gear is designed without women in mind and me being a woman, I have two rather prominent reasons why I HATE chest packs so I like the fact I can adjust the shoulder strap, sling the pack over my shoulder and have it rest at waist/hand height. When I bend over to release a fish, I just slide the pack around to me dry backside. I think magnets will be incorporated into all future backwoods fishing packs because they really simplify accessing your gear. Overall, I'm happy with this purchase, only wish it had been cheaper.
February 13, 2012
When wading I usually fish with a vest. And even a mesh vest is hot in the summer in SW Colorado. So, I purchased this small chest pack for the T-shirt days.
So far I've used it three times, this spring, just to try it out and it's still cool enough that I need a light jacket. First problem. The chest strap would not go around me while wearing a jacket. ( I'm 5-10 and 190 pounds). The lenght of the strap will just snap with out a jacket at full extension. The snap to connect the chest strap is in the middle of the back and hard for me to reach. I'm 58 and not as felxable as I used to be. This snap should have been placed on the side of the pack.
The good points - The magnetic closure system is GREAT. The neck strap is nicely made and very comfortable.
March 18, 2010
Great product. No complaints here. The magnets hold strong and are so convenient opposed to dealing with zippers. I recommend highly
February 25, 2013