An upfront admission: despite having owned it for over eight months, I have never taken my Vedavoo Drifter boat bag fishing or anywhere near a boat and probably never will. No, It’s too useful in everyday life and way too nice to take fishing.
What it has done, besides now being my daily man/photographer/hoarder bag, is two trips to the US; one as my video and audio gear bag and another on a family trip where my wife had it so full with child maintenance stuff that I couldn’t have fit any fishing gear even if I had permission to fish. (I most certainly did not.)
At roughly 40x35x15cm (16”x14”x6”) with a 22-litre internal capacity (1344 ci), the Drifter is a big bag and, should you choose to take yours fishing, will—unless compensating—likely hold everything you need for a day on the water.
As my video bag, it easily accommodates a couple of cameras, four lenses, my gimbal, audio gear, a heap of batteries and a 15-inch laptop and the wide, non-slip shoulder strap keeps it all hanging on my shoulder.
On the face of the bag, there’s four small tabs for attaching tools and also a length of harder Cordura piping segregated into three portions MOLLE-style.
Water bottles, even quite large ones, will find a safe home on either side of the bag in full length stretchy pockets.
Lastly, there’s a hand-sized quick stash pocket with a reinforced lip to keep it closed and a two handed sized zippered pocket lined in blazing orange on the front face of the bag. Both are well covered by the large front flap when the bag is closed.
The flap itself has two layers and an opening both sides that will accomodate a jacket or jumper for quick access. The flap secures closed with a pair of medium buckles, but is equally happy just folded over.
Internally, the bag is padded front, back and bottom and has a single vivid orange divider, perfect for segregating even a large laptop. I’ve bought a couple of padded camera bag inserts (there’s heaps available out there) to customise the space and also use a neoprene sleeve for extra protection on the computer.
The removable and adjustable length shoulder strap has a wide sliding pad that is reinforced on one side with the material used for rafts and kick-boats. The same material makes up the base of the bag. I’m not sure of its proper name, but am very confident it won’t wear out.
For the most part, the Drifter is built from a tough Cordura fabric in a range of two-tone colour combinations on black. Mine is Teal and Steel to match my Vedavoo rod Quiver. I haven’t had it out in anything like hard rain (yet), but can say that I photographed the bag in shallow running water for an hour and it didn’t soak through to the inside.
All the Vedavoo bags, slings and packs I’ve seen have this in common: they’re all handmade in the US from American materials, tank-solid and very well designed. They’re always unpretentious, practical and unique.
Besides all that, my favourite thing about the Drifter is that not everyone else has one. I get positive comments on it from friends and strangers alike and get a real buzz telling them it’s a ‘fly fishing boat bag’ like that’s a thing everyone except them is across.
Finally, in this last breath, let me say as a photographer, I will be pestering Vedavoo founder Scott Hunter to cast his glance over the typical large camera shoulder bag because I’m quite sure he could come up with a better one and the world needs that right now.