Affordable Storage Flexibility, Plano’s Flex N’ Go Satchel
Total Score: 8.25 -
Introduction: Plano offers an absolutely massive array of boxes and
bags to stow gear and are considered experts in outdoor equipment storage, and
that offering extends well beyond just fishing tackle. Ask hunters, campers or
even general outdoor enthusiasts and they not only probably own a few Plano
boxes but chances are their very first tackle box or gun case was a Plano. The
company never seems to stop inventing and last season they rolled out a new take
on tackle storage, the Flex N’ Go Satchel which is a hybrid design of their
fixed bodied hard cases and StowAway box system.
15.375" L x
11.875" W x
Meet the Flex N' Go
Satchel, a new
There are not many sports that require quite as much organization and storage
than fishing does. With countless types of lures and terminal tackle angler need
to be able to carry and quickly deploy the right kit for the application.
The Flex N' Go Satchel has two
sides, here is the "fixed" side which has a single lid
versatility in mind the engineers at Plano designed the new Flex N’ Go Satchel
with both a fixed and removable sides. On the fixed side anglers will find 4
main adjustable compartments sealed underneath a transparent polypropylene lid.
This looks very much like other old-school Plano boxes, but turn the box around
and anglers will find a flexible strap system which holds two removable 3650
Plano StowAway utility boxes which can be removed or interchanged with ease.
On the other side two 3650 boxes
are held in place with flexible latches
The entire box is 15.375”L x 11.875”W x 4.875”H in size and features a
retractable handle which slides out of the way when not in use. Overall the form
factor of the
Flex N’ Go
Satchel is like a brief case and can be stacked or neatly tucked away into tight
spots on the boat. In the lab we found configuration to be quick and easy and
used the fixed size for larger baits like ripbaits and swimbaits and the smaller
3650 boxes for crankbaits, plastics and terminal tackle. There is a molding that
positions the 3650 boxes in place while a rubber strap secures the boxes to the
Satchel’s frame individually. This flexible latch is easy to use and is
basically a tension strap. Simple yet rather ingenious this design allows for a
greater level of flexibility when packing for a variety of different fishing
One 3650 box is secured on each
side of the box
To test the Flex N’ Go Satchel I used the box on a number of fishing trips while
fishing from shore, on my own boat and while riding shotgun on other boats over
a four month period. Most of these trips were to local bodies of water including
the Delta, Bullards Bar and Clear Lake but I also went on a few trips out of
state to target everything from largemouth in Texas to trout in Nevada.
The latch is held in place with
The Flex N’ Go Satchel is just about as easy to operate as any tackle box and
feels immediately intuitive. Use the fixed lid side for storing larger items
like plastics or swimbaits and smaller items like hardlures and terminal tackle
can be stowed within the individual 3650 StowAway boxes on the other side.
Undo the latch...
The box feels very solid and in the lab we dropped it from 4 feet and even
jumped on the fixed side of the box which did nothing to damage the surface or
the latches. Unlike some other boxes, even those in Plano’s own lineup, the
Go Satchel’s polypropylene lid is very resistant to impacts and does not crack
even if you are rough on this box. I carelessly tossed it into the bed of my
truck on numerous occasions just to see how robust the construction was and
though each time it made a loud thud when I peeked into the bed sure enough the
box continued to remain intact and crack free.
...and access the 3650 box
The freedom to configure