On the Fly
DEADLINE 3500 WET/DRY DUFFEL WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
First, the Ledges 500 won Field & Stream's Best of the Best for 2013. Now, Gray's Sporting Journal has recognized our Deadline 3500 Wet/Dry Duffel, naming it a Gray's Best for 2014!
Miles Nolte of Gray's Sporting Journal writes:
"Umpqua Deadline 3500 Wet/Dry Duffel Bag
This year Umpqua released a whole line of new bags and packs that are truly innovative and functional. Rather than just changing colors or adding frivolous compartments, Umpqua teamed up with designers from other outdoor industries to bring fresh thinking to fishing bags. While I greatly enjoyed the company’s new Famous 2500 boat bag, it was the Deadline 3500 Wet/Dry Duffel that shone the brightest. Every element about this pack is well thought out. First, the zippers are on the back of the pack (where it rests against your body). The front of the pack is waterproof, rubberized tarpaulin, so when you take your pack off streamside and drop it down in the mud or water, everything is protected. The Deadline doesn’t have assorted specialty pockets designed for specific tools, the engineers at Umpqua having figured that you should decide how to use your carrying capacity yourself, something I appreciate. Instead, there is massive internal storage with two separate access points: one for wet gear, and one for dry. Though these two share the same space, an adjustable waterproof membrane prevents the wet from sullying the dry. The bag also has sleeves to hold two fly rod tubes that can be stowed behind a zipper when not needed. I have used this bag for serious day trips and as a carry-on for travel. It performed equally well in roles."
Both of these prestigious awards are a testament to the hard work and innovative approach that we have taken with all of our new packs, bags and vests.
Congrats to Brent Bauer and all of the many who have worked so hard on these products!