YETI PANGA BACK­PACK 28 AND SIDE­KICK DRY

$300 for Panga; $50 for Side­Kick yeti.com

Field and Stream - - FIELD TEST - —Joe Cer­mele

I’ve de­vel­oped trust is­sues with so-called “wa­ter­tight” back­packs, so be­fore I even got my hands on Yeti’s new Panga 28, I was skep­ti­cal. I loaded it up with my snake­head tackle and took it on ev­ery out­ing from July through Oc­to­ber. It faced soak­ing con­di­tions, thanks to an in­cred­i­bly rainy sum­mer in the North­east and the marshy, muddy places where snake­heads live. Noth­ing in­side ever got a drop of wa­ter on it. Of course, the Panga is go­ing to cost you. It is from Yeti. But it’s worth the price for the peace of mind: This pack is built to last and will save your stuff if you ac­ci­dently take a dip while wad­ing. Yeti’s Side­Kick Dry (sold sep­a­rately) is a nice add-on that clips neatly to the front of the Panga, and is per­fect for quick ac­cess to items like your phone, wal­let, and keys.

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