Techy Thursday - Simms G4 Pro Shift Pack Review
Across the season, I rarely need a fully waterproof backpack and you’ll often find, water resistance with a decent zip keeps a lot of water out. However, with the PU waterproof coating and water-resistant zips, not having to frantically dry out the contents of my pack each evening following rain puts the new G4 Pro Shift Pack firmly in favour.
Secondly is the space. Now I don’t carry a lot of excess gear on the river (yeah right) and my clients are issued day packs for their lunches and personal items, but with the 35l volume I can easily fit my emergency gear, lunch, spare puffer jacket and personal clothing with enough exterior zip pockets to hold all the additional kit and spare tackle a professional guide must plan for. The G4 Pro Shift pack is also hydration bladder compatible and so a 2L camelback is always at hand and slips easily into a full pack.
What’s cool is the internally concealed hip pack which, with the pull of a clip, rotates 180 degrees for an easy access, more than ample waist pack to hold all your ‘on hand’ accessories. Large enough to hold multiple boxes, camera gear, and with an easy access tippet holder and tool port, everything I need is only seconds away when needed, and easily concealed out of the way when its game on! The hip pack is also removable which makes lightweight evening, or carpark missions that much easier without having to wear an entire pack.
There is ample external storage with a vertical rod / net holder but this is also perfect for stashing a jacket if you require additional space within the main pack. Daisy chain webbing on the outer pack allows you to clip extra gear to your pack using carabiners or webbing straps, opening the potential for light overnight use. The fully adjustable frame and load straps allow the extra weight to be carried where you want it, on the hips or higher up the back. At 3.6lb unloaded providing 35l of volume, the Guide Tested and designed G4 Pro Shift Pack is set to become a firm favourite of Kiwi backcountry anglers and day trippers.
There are two facts that cannot be disputed:
1: We all carry too much unnecessary stuff on the river
2: We need to stay better hydrated
An added bonus of a water-resistant hip pack is that it can keep your ice cool and leakage minimal, so simply replace the hip pack with a six pack of your favourite beer and solve two problems at once. Your mates will thank you for it.