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Tackle Storage Review

Shimano Vertical Stack Bag...good for multiple applications?

Date: 1/27/02
Tackle type: Tackle Storage
Manufacturer: Shimano
Reviewer: Vador

Total Score: 6.75

Introduction: 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 day.

Shimano Vertical Stack Tackle Bag (SHM-460B) Specifications

Dimensions 11.5" X 14.5" X 11'
Material 420 Denier Nylon
Utility Boxes 6 Utility boxes
Color Royal Blue
Price as tested $29.99

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 sizes. 

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.



Shimano SHM-460B Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Decent construction, the 420 denier is a bit thin but waterproofing is a plus 7
Performance The bag does what it is supposed to and the ability to mix and match boxes for your trip gives the angler more flexibility 6
Price Good price for what you get, there are competitors in this space that offer similar bags 7.5
Features Extra pockets, mesh pockets are good, tool organization is easy due to front pockets and straps. 7
Design (Ergonomics) While the shoulder strap is comfortable, it is not adjustable. There is also no handle to hold the bag conveniently with one hand. 7
Application A 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. 6

Total Score


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Decent Construction L Strap not adjustable
J Water resistant L No one handed grip
J Comfortable strap L Frameless
J Shimano branded  

Conclusion: The Shimano vertical stack bag is suitable for people that have a lot of tackle to organize and like to keep as much of it handy as possible, and do not need a bag to carry tackle long distances on shore. This bag is best suited for use on a boat, but the frameless design makes taking boxes out easy and putting them back a little time consuming. Anglers who use a lot of small terminal tackle should consider horizontal stack bags which can do a better job at keeping small tackle in its proper place. Overall a decent solution that will get the job done.... and win style points, but not an ideal tackle solution for multiple applications.









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