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Storage Review


The Yeti Panga 28 Backpack - A Waterproof Fortress for all Your Outdoor Gear


Date: 1/15/19
Tackle type: Storage
Manufacturer: Yeti
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 8.66 - EDITOR'S CHOICE

No longer just a company that makes bear-proof hard coolers, Yeti has now expanded into a wide range of soft coolers and bags that are designed to protect your gear from just about everything mother nature can dish out. The Yeti Panga backpack takes everything that the company learned while building the Panga Duffel Series and puts it all into a convenient, still fully waterproof, and more ergonomic backpack design.


Yeti Panga Backpack 28 Specifications

Material High density nylon and TPU lamination
Dimensions 20" x 12 1/2" x 7"
Volume 28L
Weight 3.9lbs
Water Resistance 100% waterproof (submersible)
Features HydroLok Zipper, laminated shell, multiple lash points, removable chest strap, removable waist belt, laptop sleeve, mesh stow pocket
MSRP $299.99


The Yeti Panga Backpack 28 is a 100% waterproof backpack designed for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts


Impressions: Yeti is truly a powerhouse in the industry today, and what started out as a niche cooler company for anglers has transformed into a household brand name. While most anglers still probably know the company best for their over-engineered coolers the company has successfully expanded into drinkware, bags, and even apparel. I think the Yeti logo trucker must be one of the most popular caps anglers wear these days, and you are hard pressed to go into any office and not see one of your colleagues drinking out of a Yeti tumbler.


The Panga is designed to be worn comfortably even for longer treks and weighs in at only 3.9 pounds

While the Yeti brand has become mainstream, this Austin based company continues to work hard to stay close to their hard core roots, and the Panga Series of bags are designed to deliver the same type of class leading durability and protection that their original hard coolers were known for. I am surprised that there are not that many big brands building fully waterproof backpacks, and besides a few OEM and mostly roll up dry bag style packs, the biggest competition for the Panga probably comes from Patagonia and Simms. It seems like a no-brainer for the outdoor enthusiast on the go, especially with all the electronics that we all carry around these days.


I used the Panga for a lot of fishing but also as a primary personal bag for trips from the Eastern Sierras to Hawaii and beyond

In terms of styling the Yeti Panga is a mid sized pack, offering 28L of capacity, and weighs in at 3.9 pounds. The backpack looks like it is built like a tank, with a completely TPU coated shell, and comes with one giant compartment which is accessed via the HydroLok™ Zipper that is designed to provide a reliable seal from even complete submersion.


Time to see how the Yeti performs as a fishing pack

Real World Tests: To test the Yeti Panga I really wanted to get a feel for the backpack not only while fishing but when used as a primary backpack for traveling all over the world. I brought the Panga with me on trips to Japan, Hawaii, and on numerous trips in California, using it to stow not only tackle and nourishment, but also critical electronics including my laptop, cameras, and drones.


Unlike with other packs where I was constantly worried about my electronics getting wet the Panga inspired confidence to get into the water

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