Gale Force Sling Pack

Keep your gear dry and organized in this comfortable fly fishing pack.


A weather- and water-resistant version of our best-selling Safe Passage® Sling Pack, everyone's favorite fly fishing pack. Padded and adjustable strap can be adjusted for either right- or left-shoulder carry. Thick foam-padded back panel with built in channels for air ventilation. One large main compartment with interior pockets for ample storage organization of your gear. Front weather-resistant pocket. Convenient gear loops. Carry handle with comfortable rubber grip. Fly fishing pack in gray. 16"H x 10½" W x 6"D; 1,008 cu. in. Weighs 1.1 lbs.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.5 / 5 based on 26 reviews


24 of 26 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Typical Orvis Exceptional - 3/14/2014
    By: from Bow, NH

    I have many Orvis products, 4 fly rods, 4 fly reels, traveling rolling duffel, etc., and have come to believe that whatever I buy with the Orvis name on it is going to be superior quality and designed for me to use. I have purchased this small pack to carry my gear to and from the boat. It is just right. I never know when it will get wet, but that won't matter. Thanks again for a good product.

  • 4/5

    Out of the way gear hauler - 2/10/2014
    By: from Northern California

    The sling pack is just what I was looking for, not as restrictive as a backpack but still enough room for a day on the river. It would have received a 5 star if the strap was curved.(it rides against my neck) Other than that it's great!

  • 4/5

    Great Day Pack - 2/7/2014
    By: from Newport, RI

    This is a well made pack that has just enough room for a warming layer, rain jacket, snacks and a camera. The pack rides well and is comfortable. I have had on the water three times. My only negative comment on the pack is that it is not well suited for frequent access. I've used other packs that you can simply slide around for frequent and rapid access when you are changing flies, etc. this pack is a bit more cumbersome for that due to its vertical vice horizontal long axis. Perfect for the aforementioned tasks though - I've just been keeping my fly box in my wader pouch while searching for the right pattern. It's also pretty water tight. Last trip I fully submerged it to test it. Only a few drops in at the top of the outer pouch zippers.

  • 3/5

    eh! - 2/4/2014
    By: from Leominster, MA

    Came right away. There was a strap with buckles that I could not find a use for. Fits o.k.

  • 5/5

    Gale Sling - 1/31/2014
    By: from Oregon

    Only used it a few times. It's been great. It's large enough for about anything you'd want. My kit usually consists of snacks, rain jacket, couple fly boxes, tippet, pretty much anything you'd want/need. I like that the material is stout, it allows the sling to sit on my back about the same whether it's stuffed full or nearly empty. It has not been exposed to long durations on heavy rain (yet), but I haven't had any issue thus far with things getting wet and haven't hesitated to put anything in there. It's a good little pack for someone who is on the move who is going to be away from the car for long periods at a time.

  • 5/5

    Gale force sling pack - 1/29/2014

    This pack is fantastic, especially because it is waterproof. It is small enough to be carried anywhere but big enough to hold all the necessary supplies. It could use some pockets or something to organize fly boxes.

  • 5/5

    Solid, Useful Piece - 1/28/2014
    By: from Chicago

    This is a really useful pack--the fact that it's waterproof sets it apart from most others. The switchable strap (for switching which shoulder you wear it over) is a great feature. The padded back and interior pockets are also smart features. I like it already.

  • 5/5

    Great quality, nice features - 1/16/2014

    Haven't had it out in the rain yet, so I can quite review it's most important feature. But, just from the looks of things, this is going to be a great pack. I plan to use it to haul camera gear with me while fishing, using the outer pocket for slim fly boxes, and the large main pocket for camera gear and a streamer box or two.

  • 5/5

    Excellent travel bag. - 1/16/2014

    Great bag at a great price. I use this bag as my under seat airline travel bag and as a boat bag when I am fishing in Mexico and Belize. Perfect size and easy to carry.

  • 3/5

    good, but not without flaws - 12/12/2013
    By: from Norway

    Having used a photo-centric (Lowepro) sling-pack for years, I always wanted something 100% waterproof, so I just got the Orvis sling-pack and spent 2 weeks in the tropics bonefishing with it. Mixed feelings about it. It’s reasonably water proof, but not 100%, as I suspect the main zipper is the weak point, surprised it does not have an additional Velcro based cover or something. Got a minimal amount of moisture in the main compartment in sustained heavy rain, but the outside pocket is quite well protected. Overall this is acceptable, but not exactly a confidence booster either, when considering a scenario where the pack falls off a kayak or something and gets thoroughly dunked. However, the main issue is that it is not a sling-pack by nature and design, but rather like a backpack with a strap removed. This is easy to tell after using it, the zippers are not well aligned with hands position when the back is slid forward for access. A true sling-pack will open from the side, like a suitcase, not the top as is the case for backpacks. A side opening has many benefits, including better access to all parts of the pack (not just have you put on top, which tends to end up with Last-In-First-Out) and not least easier one-handed access/operation. A few straps/mounting points for clippers would also be good additions to the next iteration of this bag. I personally feel this pack is a little on the small side. It also lacks straps for carrying a second rod. I will continue to use my Lowepro Slingshot for good weather days, and use the Orvis only for rainy days and outings in boat/kayaks. Overall, it does the job, but needs to be better if competing as a top product.

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