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Storage Review

Gear up for a Full Day of Fishing with the Simms Headwaters Backpack (continued)

Price and Applications: The Simms Headwaters FDP retails for $169.95 which is more than your average backpack but certainly within the realm of what we would expect from a very technical pack that is designed with high quality materials specifically for anglers. The capacity of this pack is intended for full day scenarios but anglers going out on multi-day excursions will likely require more volume. Throughout all my adventures with this pack I found the organization to be excellent. The FDP has the right amount of pockets and pouches making it easy to organize all your tackle and essentials.

The surfaces that come in contact with you back and shoulders all have a mesh design over reinforced padding

There are plenty of ways to attach additional items to the outside of the pack and everything from an extra jacket to sandals can be easily secured to the back via the adjustable straps. I also really liked the way this pack is laid out ergonomically, as it is easy to grab a bottle of water from the sidepockets without removing the pack, and all of the zippers have a large easy to access “pull” which makes it stress-free to zip and unzip the pack, even in low light conditions.

It is easy to carry large Plano boxes in this pack

The ability to hike into rough terrain gets anglers to where the fish are

Besides being well built, one of the great things about the Headwaters FDP is the flexibility this pack offers. Though it only has one large primary storage compartment this is main area is divided up in a manner that you can store a large variety of items ranging from tackle boxes and soft goods, to a laptop and iPad, and while the FDP is a very effective fishing pack it also doesn’t look out of place when worn on the street and pulling double duty as a common schoolbook hauler.

I found the Headwaters FDP so comfortable it became my go to day hiking pack even when I wasn't fishing

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide)

Simms Headwaters Full Day Pack Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Excellent overall construction. this pack can take a beating and has traveled around the world with me and continues to hold up well 9
Performance Just enough capacity for a full day on or around the water. Anglers that are looking to carry larger gear like waders and boots will need more capacity. Anglers that hike to fish will love the flexibility the Headwaters Full Day Pack offers 9
Price Certainly not "cheap" for a backpack but certainly worth the money when it comes to features and performance 7.5
Features Excellent storage organization, the ability to carry water bottles or an extra rod, Catch and Release modular system is genius. Would love to see just a little more storage accessible outside the main compartment and the ability to hold one rod tube on either side 8.5
Design (Ergonomics) Simple and easy to use. not too many pockets to get lost in and very comfortable even when fully loaded. I had no trouble hiking for miles with this pack 9
Application Great for anglers on the go and single day use situations. Best in the backcountry or when hiking from one fishing destination to the next but just as good when used as a normal backpack on the street 9

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Excellent design that not only looks great but is very well laid out and functional - Could use one more mid-sized extra compartment outside so you don't always have to dig into the main compartment for tackle
+ Main compartment is very organized - Only holds one rod tube on one side
+ Can hold a rod tube and water bottles  
+ Catch and Release system adds flexibility  
+ Durable and water resistant  
+ Comfortable to hike in from one fishing destination to the next  


If your looking for a day pack that offers enough capacity for gear and essentials it just doesn't get much better than the Simms Headwaters FDP


Conclusion: In the span of just a few seasons Simms has gone from being a boutique vendor of premium fly fishing goods to a major player in soft goods for anglers of all types. Storage is an area that the company has been putting a lot of their resources into, and it shows. The Headwaters Full Day Pack is a well laid out backpack that offers anglers plenty of capacity and simple yet effective organization to maximize a day out on or around the water.


Over the course of an entire year the Simms Headwaters Full Day Pack has been there with me and it continues to perform beautifully. This is yet another quality product from Simms

While this pack is great for carrying your gear from the truck to the boat where it really shines is when it is put to the test carrying all your tackle and essentials while hiking from one destination to the next. With well thought out features the Headwaters Full Day Pack is just about as good as it gets for the angler on the go, and add in an accessory “Catch and Release” enabled Simms pack and it can effectively replace a fishing vest completely. While the Headwaters FDP offers plenty of flexibility it also never sacrifices ergonomic comfort, enabling you to focus on fishing, not what is strapped on your back.










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