Rambling Review – Orvis Safe Passage Carry-it-all Rod and Gear Case

Rambling Review – Orvis Safe Passage Carry-it-all Rod and Gear Case

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Orvis Safe Passage Carry-it-all Rod and Gear Case

Why:

That stupid Orvis magazine shows up at least once a month in the mailbox, and every time it did I would give it a quick flip through. Inevitably, I’d find several things that peaked my interest, but I showed restraint (which isn’t hard to do with the price tag on some of the items) and held off on pulling the trigger. One of the items that I’d had my eye on for a while was the Orvis Safe Passage Carry-it-all Rod and Gear Case. Luck was on my side when a fishing buddy wanted to get rid of his and I picked up the Orvis case for a reasonable price.

** Note – The case reviewed here in this post is the older model. Orvis has come out with a new case for 2015 called the Orvis Safe Passage Carry It All.

Orvis Safe Passage Carry-it-all Rod and Gear Case
Orvis Safe Passage Carry-it-all Rod and Gear Case

First impressions:

The size – This Orvis Safe Passage Carry-it-all Rod and Gear Case is the medium size case. It is 31″L x 9½”H x 5″W and holds 4-piece rods up to 9′. The large version will hold 10′ 4-piece fly rods. The case weighs a hair over 5 pounds

Organization – There are 3 clear plastic zippered pockets on the outside of the lid along with several large zippered mesh pockets on the inside of the lid. The main bay of the case is divided by a removable partition which allows you to customize the inside of the case. The smaller partitions have Velcro attachments as well, and can be moved to the different desired locations.

Orvis Safe Passage Carry-it-all Rod and Gear Case
Orvis Safe Passage Carry-it-all Rod and Gear Case

 

Field Use:

The Orvis Safe Passage Carry-it-all Rod and Gear Case lived up to the hype. It is one of the best pieces of fishing luggage that I’ve seen for transporting fly fishing gear. One thing I really like is how much you can actually fit in this case.  You can easily fit six 9′ fly rods in this case along with reels, fly boxes, tippet, leaders, and all the other small odds and ends that need to make it on a trip. There are plenty of pockets and dividers to keep everything neat and organized. It serves as the perfect work station when rigging up lakeside or riverside once you reach your destination.

The Safe Passage Case keeps everything in one place, and pretty well protected. It’s perfect to stow in the back of the car for a vacation trip with the family or to take as a carry-on on an airplane. One thing that I’ve never done is to check the bag on an airline. I make it a general rule to never check anything that I truly care about and/or that could be damaged. Although the case is rigid and very tough, those baggage handlers make me nervous.

One thing that I vastly underestimated was its utility around the house. With an ever growing family, space is becoming more limited. I can’t leave nippers and hemostats lying around on the tying table or have rod tubes littering the spare bedroom. The Orvis Safe Passage Carry-it-all Rod and Gear Case makes it easy to store fishing gear in one place and out of the reach of the Tasmanian Devil our beautiful little girl. I know that in a moments notice, I can grab the case and toss it in the truck before heading out to fish.

Orvis Safe Passage Carry-it-all Rod and Gear Case
Orvis Safe Passage Carry-it-all Rod and Gear Case

Pros:

Plenty of organization

Very nice build quality

Customizable layout with Velcro dividers

Can be used as a airline carry-on (leave the nippers, hemos, and knives in your checked bags) 

Cons:

The price tag (New, the price tag is pretty steep for a piece of luggage)

Length can be limiting for 10′ or 3-piece fly rods (Orvis does make a size large)

Prognosis:  Although it comes with a steep price tag, the Orvis Safe Passage Carry-it-all Rod and Gear Case has been a great piece of gear for organizing and traveling with fly gear.

 

* Disclaimer:

The reviews at Arizona Wanderings are my honest opinion. Arizona Wanderings is not sponsored by or associated with any of the stated companies and is accepting no compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this review. I bought this case second hand with money from my personal fishing fund. My independent status may change in the future but, as of the date of publication, no relationship other than described above has been pursued or established.

 

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5 Responses to “Rambling Review – Orvis Safe Passage Carry-it-all Rod and Gear Case”

  1. Howard Levett

    It’s funny, by the time I could actually afford a new Safe Passage, I had moved to slimming down what I carry. It’s a great product, but you mortgage a small piece of your future to buy one new.

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    • azwanderings

      Absolutely Howard. They are expensive, which is why I’m glad to have found one second hand.

      Ben

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  2. Keith

    Good review. I travel with the Patagonia guidewater duffle which I LOVE. It has a wet compartment for waders and boots and dry compartment for other clothes. It also has loops for your rod tube. BUT I always struggle with my small gear. I usually load up my vest before trips but still end up misplacing things. This might be the perfect compliment to the guidewater bag. How many times have you flown with this? I can see some airlines having issue carrying on due to the length.

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    • azwanderings

      I’ve flown with this bag 4 times and never had an issue. Someone was telling me that they recently changed the carry-on rules and that this bag would not work as a carry-on. I’m headed back east this summer and plan to carry it on the plane. I guess there is some risk of them telling you know, but I can’t say for certain. It’s a great piece of luggage.

      Ben

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  3. Keith

    BTW- I have never once had an issue with my nippers and hemos in my carry-on.

    Reply

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