Shimano Vertical Stack Bag...good for multiple applications?
Total Score: 6.75
Every angler needs a convenient way to carry tackle and other gear. There
are different bags for different occasions, and Shimano takes a shot at making a
bag that is customizable depending on the fishing that you will be doing that
Stack Tackle Bag (SHM-460B) Specifications
14.5" X 11'|
Impressions: I’m usually one that looks for functionality over
brand-name in a product, but like a hungry Bass, I couldn’t help but to be lured
in by the bright, white "SHIMANO" logo embroidered on the front of this
bag! Another added bonus…you get six tackle boxes included in your bag
that are also dressed with ‘SHIMANO’ decals. It also has five pockets (one on
each side and one inside the front pocket). This bag will win Shimano fans over
right away with logos placed on every element of the package, from the bag to
the utility boxes.
Details: I’ve used this bag for both light
and heavy loads and it has held up well. No rips or punctures. The most
common places for a bag to break over time, is at the stitching connecting the
shoulder strap to the bag; there are no visible signs of weakening of the
Shimano in either of these trouble areas.
The Shimano SHM-460B is
comfortable with a oversized shoulder pad, but loaded with tackle can put
quite a bit of pressure on the strap which cannot be adjusted
Shimano has designed the strap to extend around the entire bag making it
much stronger and capable at holding heavy loads. While the grip and padding on
the shoulder pad is excellent, the shoulder strap is not adjustable and is not
quite long enough for me to slide over my head for a chest strap function. An
adjustable strap option would make the bag more comfortable to anglers of all
Stacking the boxes vertically in the bag allows getting what you need a quick
and easy task, as long as you mentally have a system of organizing the boxes. A
good suggestion from Zander was to label the sides of the boxes for easier
visual identification of the contents.
Since the Shimano bag is
frameless removing and replacing utility boxes sometimes requires two hands
The amount of tackle storage the Shimano SHM-460B can hold via top loaded
utility boxes and the 5 pockets is more then enough for most anglers. The key
advantage to this bag is the ability to mix and match utility boxes to customize
the tackle you bring for a specific trip. Well suited for boat use, the Shimano
also has rubber raised feet on the bottom so that it doesn't slide around on
boats. The Shimano also features 420 denier nylon with a waterproof backing.
Organizing tools for easy access is easy via either a mesh rear pocket or
through the large front pocket complete with an elastic strap and pockets.
While the flexibility of the bag is good, many details could have been added to
make the bag much more user friendly. All of the pockets are relatively flat and
there is no room for spare reels. A wire or semi-rigid frame design would
eliminate the boxes moving around, and prevent the utility boxes from falling
over when not holding all 6. Finally the question of the real advantage of the
vertical stack arises...what is it? Sure the boxes are quickly removed, but this
is at the expense of small tackle that can sometimes move out of their
individual spaces at a angle, but would not be able to do so in a horizontal bag
due to gravity.
SHM-460B Ratings (?/10)
Decent construction, the 420 denier is a bit thin but waterproofing is a
does what it is supposed to and the ability to mix and match boxes for your
trip gives the angler more flexibility
Good price for what you get, there are competitors in this space that offer
Extra pockets, mesh pockets are good, tool organization is easy due to front
pockets and straps.
While the shoulder strap is comfortable, it is not adjustable. There is also
no handle to hold the bag conveniently with one hand.
medium sized bag that holds a lot of tackle and can be customized, but due
to carrying limitations is still best suited for boaters or shore anglers
that do not walk the shore.
Pluses and Minuses:
Strap not adjustable|
No one handed grip|