YETI PANGA BACKPACK 28 AND SIDEKICK DRY
$300 for Panga; $50 for SideKick yeti.com
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.