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Review: Simms Headwaters Taco Bag
The Simms Headwaters Taco Bag is one of those pieces of gear that, the moment you're introduced to it, you find yourself wishing you owned. It is also one of those pieces of gear that, despite its utility, you're assuming you'll go on living without once you see the price tag. The world of fly fishing is filled with gear that achieves its intended purpose with simplistic grace, but that simplicity isn't often reflected in the price tag. In the case of the Taco Bag, you can have your cake and eat it too. Simms has put together a simple, wonderfully useful piece of gear and decided not to take those who want one to the cleaners.
Everything. The goal of the taco bag is to let you store your waders, boots and other soaking wet and possibly mud-covered items in a easy to carry bag that you don't otherwise care about because it isn't intended to do anything else. As a result, your waders are always bagged and your car or truck and house stay a lot cleaner because of it.
The Taco Bag packs few features, but the few that are there are what make it work. For one, the bag is vented. Mesh panels at what becomes the top of the bag allow air in, reducing the chance that your waders and boots are doing to turn into mildewed cesspools if you don't unpack them as quickly as you'd like to. The lower panel, on the other hand is water proof, meaning the bag won't drip or leak when you're toting it or when it is set down.
The bag is roomy. My waders, size 13 wading boots and rain jacket all fit in with plenty of room to spare.
Perhaps the most notable feature of the Taco Bag is the feature that gives it its name, and one that SImms fails to highlight (or even mention) in its promo materials. The bag folds like a taco when closed and when open, lays flat like, well, a tortilla. Except this tortilla is made of sturdy 600 Denier Ballistic Nylon shell fabric. The result is a nylon tortilla that doubles as a streamside (or truck side) changing mat. No more stepping out of your boots with wet, but otherwise clean, waders and turning them into a muddy disaster by stepping into the dirt.
And the best part? The price. Simms has seen fit to price the taco bag at very reasonable price point of $29.
I guess Simms could have made it $19.
The bag works, works well, and at $29 is the sort of purchase you're incredibly unlikely to regret even if you don't think it is as hot as we do.