”Welding” used to mean using extremely high heat to unite two pieces of metal. Now, it just means using heat to securely join two similar pieces of material. The Stormfront Pack, Westwater Duffel, and the Dry Creek Boat Bag all use welded construction, which means there are no sewn seams for a union that is less bulky. TPU or thermoplastic polyurethane keeps the nylon or polyester material waterproof, and when applied as a liquid solvent, it cures into a flexible, abrasion-resistant membrane.
Four Bags, Four Uses
Patagonia’s Stormfront Pack (1) is a waterproof backpack for fly fishers on foot. For boats and rafts, use the Simms Dry Creek Boat Bag for easy wide-mouth access. Columbia’s Axel Hauler (22″) is a water-resistant carry-on roller bag, but for truly large capacity you’ll need FishPond’s Large Zippered Duffel that converts to a backpack.
- <h2>Columbia Axel Hauler $180</h2>Columbia’s 22"x14"x9" Axel Hauler is legit carry-on size and has beefy, smooth-rolling wheels and a two-stage telescoping handle so you can quickly roll your way through airports, hotels, and city streets. When you get to the water, the rugged exterior proves to be an excellent fishing companion. The 600-denier polyester is treated with Columbia’s Omni-Shield to not only keep the contents dry, but keep the exterior looking clean as well. Our tester took this bag to Central America and watched it sit beside a plane in a rainstorm that baggage handlers decided to wait out. After a one-hour tropical downpour, the clothes inside stayed dry, as did the book in the top zippered security pocket. And after a week in a drift boat in Canada, the Axel Hauler still looks like new, and the wheels are still rolling through airports. columbia.com
Duffels And Boat Bags