How do you wear the Savage Gear Roadrunner Gear Bag?
This bag is what other manufacturers refer to as a sling pack: it goes over one shoulder. However, unlike other sling packs, the Savage Gear Roadrunner Gear Bag includes lots of extra pockets and aids to make it better suited to the roving lure angler.
How are the front pockets?
On the front there's a large rectangular pocket which is big enough to house one of Savage Gear excellent 4A or 4B sized lure boxes. There's also an internal pocket in here for traces and a velcro fly patch.
The front pocket also has a built in zinger to which you can attach a pair of forceps or nippers, as well as an elasticated pocket into which you can stuff other small items.
There's also a smaller pocket above this one designed to take a mobile phone or iPod, which comes complete with a basic water resistant pouch to keep your device a bit drier.
What about the main sling pack pocket?
The main pocket of the Savage Gear Roadrunner Gear Bag is divided into two. The large main compartment is pretty big and I can squeeze two 4A or 4B lure boxes in here, or stuff some food or a waterproof jacket inside.
The rear of this also has a hidden compartment with a velcro strap, which is where I keep a 30cm/12" set of Greys Prowla side cutters, should I need them to cut the hooks free from any pike that I'm struggling to unhook.
There's also a smaller mesh pocket on the top. This is just as long as the main compartment but not as deep, but you can still fit quite a bit inside, enabling you to stuff a surprising amount of gear into such a small bag.
What other attachments does the Savage Gear Roadrunner Gear Bag have?
Quite a bit of thought has gone into this bag's extra attachments and features.
There are a couple of straps on the back which allow you to strap your rod to the back, or carry a spare one with you in one of Savage Gear's ready-to-fish rod bags.
There's a D-ring on the back to which I've attached a net magnet, which allows me to hang a smaller Scierra Trout Net to the back when I'm out lure fishing for smaller things like perch, trout and chub.
And there's a handy rod holder strap on the front, so you can attach your rod to your front while you're attaching new lures or traces.
Is it well made?
I've used my Savage Gear Roadrunner Gear Bag at least twice a week for the past 18 months. It's now looking a bit more faded than it was when new, but other than that, there's barely a sign of wear and tear.
What's it like to use?
There's tons of room inside, so I rarely need to carry anything else and I find the bag quite comfortable to wear. There's a trick to adjusting it so it doesn't slip down off your shoulder, though.
There's a hidden connector on the inside of the main rear compartment you need to pull to adjust the fit, and you'll need to adjust it again if you're wearing lots of clothes, or just a t-shirt.
It's generally quite practical to use. The main front pocket is OK, but having used the excellent Simms Headwaters Chest Pack it would be nice if the Savage Gear Roadrunner Gear Bag also incorporated its drop-down work tray, as it can be a bit fiddly to hold both a lure box and a rod when switching lures.
Getting stuff out of the back pockets is a little trickier. There's a side connector which lies alongside your left kidney, and you'll need to unclip this and then roll the bag over your shoulder or take it off completely to get at things in these pockets.
Where do you keep your unhooking pliers?
I use the Savage Gear Pistol Deep Throat Hook Out unhooking pliers, which are specifically designed to work with the Savage Gear Roadrunner Gear Bag.
You simply thread the waist belt through the connector on the Deep Throat Hook Out's holster and then slide them onto the waist band. They stay out of the way, ready for action when you need them.
I've also got a second holster containing the Savage Gear Magic Scissors, which work brilliantly for cutting braid and very fine wires.
How much are they and would you buy one again?
The RRP on the Savage Gear Roadrunner Gear Bag is £37.99, which is very good value, given how convenient and tough the bag is. For lure fishing this is a great bag and I'm really happy with mine.