Every new year the editors from Gray's Sporting Journal select a handful of products that stood out from the thousands they tested over the previous year. This year, Miles Nolte, fly fishing editor, has chosen Umpqua Feather Merchants' Deadline 3500 Wet/Dry to be included on Grey's "Best of 2014" list. Nolte praised Umpqua for making the Deadline 3500 "truly innovative and functional" instead of just "changing colors or adding frivolous compartments".
"Every element about this pack is well thought out," said Notle. "I have used this bag for serious day trips and as a carry-on for travel. It performed equally well in both roles."
The Deadline 3500 Wet/Dry Duffel is designed to be a versatile multi-purpose bag to get anglers anywhere with all of their gear. It features a hide-away dual rod-sling, customizable wet and dry storage, secure back-panel access plus many other useful features. The 3500 is also weather- and dirt-proof and ships with a detachable water-proof, fold-out muck mat. The Deadline 3500 is available for $179.99.
Umpqua's other packs, bags and vests such as the Ledges 500 Waist-Pack have earned similar accolades from Field & Stream, and have been featured in numerous industry gear guides.