Gale Force Backpack

Take along all the essentials on your next fishing excursion with this versatile backpack.


Gale Force packs are designed to handle the worst weather, a dunk in the river, or a trip overboard. Unique polyurethane-coated nylon fabric is heat/RF welded and combined with water-resistant, noncorrosive YKK zippers to produce the Gale Force line of packs and bags. All bags are highly weather resistant and very durable, ideal for use where exposure to water is inevitable—such as every time you go fishing.

Fish the backcountry rain or shine with the Gale Force® fishing backpack. Contoured, padded shoulder straps adjust for perfect fit and an adjustable sternum strap for secure fit. Two compartments with interior pockets for ample storage and organization of your gear. Thick foam-padded back panel with built-in channels for air ventilation. Buckle attachments for chest-pack compatibility—attach a chest pack to the front shoulder strap for use while fishing or haul it on back panel. Compatible with Gale Force Chest Pack (4H1L), Safe Passage® Micro Chest Pack (3H6X), Safe Passage Vertical Chest Pack (3H6Y), and Safe Passage Large Capacity Chest Pack (3H60). Carry handle with comfortable rubber grip. Fishing backpack in gray. 19½"H x 11"W x 9"D; 1,930 cu. in. Weighs 1.9 pounds. Imported. (NOTE: The Gale Force Backpack is designed to protect against any normal water event, but is not airtight and not intended for prolonged submersion.)


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.8 / 5 based on 47 reviews


46 of 47 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Overly Satisfied - 11/22/2015
    By: from Houma La.

    I was stationed as a guide on the remote Togiak River in Alaska from June 15' until September 15'. I carried my Gale Force pack every where I went, from hikes up small streams to long rainy river runs. I kept all my important paper work, camera equipment, fly fishing equipment, dry clothes ect. It was the perfect size, and kept everything 100% dry. This is the 1st product I have ever been overly satisfied with. It has seen the toughest conditions, it's been dunked repeatedly, and I still use it everyday as a guide in Louisiana. I highly recomend this pack!!!!!

  • 5/5

    Great piece of kit - 11/13/2015
    By: from Glasgow, Scotland

    Back in the autumn I wish that I had owned this bag I was fishing in the Dolomites and was hiking along mountain streams. I have since bought and used it in the West of Scotland where it rains a great deal.The bag was extremely comfortable to wear and the internal compartments were ideal for my needs . It contained clothing, food, camera and fishing tackle with ease. The outside rod holders also enabled me to carry a spare rod. It was without a doubt waterproof and I have no doubt that when I fall in it will keep me afloat . I use it in conjunction with a Gale Force chest pack which I would recommend to keep my flies, leader material and other accessories to hand. It fits easily onto the front straps of the backpack. Great piece of kit !!!!

  • 5/5

    Very Comfortable Pack - 9/28/2015
    By: from New York, NY

    Just used this on a 10 day trip in Alaska. Very comfortable and one can easily cast for hours with it on. Interior is very simple and probably best kept that way. For once it hardly ever rained, and I didn't fall in, so can't comment on the waterproofing yet.

  • 5/5

    Alaska Gale Force Backpack review - 9/5/2015
    By: from Boston, MA

    I am a hardcore walk and wade in remote area fly fisherman. I completed my second remote Alaska trip recently this season and found the Gale Force Backpack to be more comfortable by far than previous advertised fly fishing backpack I have used on long treks to and from remote streams after being left off by float plane. Also when walk and wade up and back remote streams I need to have weather proof backpack with compartments that are secure , do not shift around and help keep my items dry when I reach in bag. This Gale Force did meet my expectations and my need for better compartment arrangement in tough rainy weather which can can happen a lot in Alaska.

  • 5/5

    Can't go wrong with this pack! - 7/15/2015
    By: from Woodinville, WA

    I finally retired my old standard day pack and purchased this one for my June trip to Alaska. After a week with it in the field I found that my initial concerns about it possibly being too small, having zipper operation problems or difficulty carrying rods were all unwarranted. This is a very well designed and made backpack. It was a pleasure having it on. You can't go wrong purchasing this one. Enjoy!

  • 5/5

    Throw it in the Boat - 6/15/2015
    By: from Washington, D.C.

    Great for fishing in a boat when water is a concern.

  • 5/5

    Very nice - 12/26/2014

    Backpack arrived quickly and was well packed. Seems well constructed and looks great!

  • 5/5

    The best - 12/16/2014

    This storm pack is better than i had imagined. Well constructed and will last for ever Thanks Orvis for such a nice back pack

  • 5/5

    Best Value Packs - 11/26/2014
    By: from Clearlake, CA

    I found after much research that the GF Pack and the GF WastePack were the most versatile combination on the market, the price was very cost effective, also. I am happy with both.

  • 5/5

    Perfect weatherproof pack - 9/17/2014
    By: from Miami, FL, USA

    Great size and holds 2 rod tubes! Amazing bag that more than handled tough, wet conditions in Alaska. I would highly recommend it.

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