Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad Lighted Backpack Review

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Although there are a hundred and one ways to store your fishing tackle so you can use it when you need it, there are some that are better than all the rest. A good tackle box that is organized well and well-designed is worth the investment. Today, we are going to be taking a look at what I believed to be one of the best tackle boxes or tackle bags on the fishing market today. In this Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad Lighted Backpack review, there are some things that are very special about this tackle box that we believe you should know about.

There are many reasons why you may want a carrier like this. First, you may be looking for a way to store all of your fishing lures safely, securely, and easily. Although this will do this for you without any complications, there are a whole lot of other extras. This particular fishing backpack is made with a savvy angler in mind. As far as features to find in a fishing backpack it has a rock hard design so it protects everything inside from the elements.  Aside from that, it is very easy to carry for many anglers. That is just a couple of things that is awesome about it though.

Next, it also doubles as a hunting and camping  luggage kit which is perfect for storing your scopes, ammo, knives,  scent sprays, and animal callers. Everybody who fishes generally has their own way of doing it but for the sake of this review, we are going to cover what makes it so special for most people, the features that are included, how it works, and finally, my own personal opinion about the product before closing.

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  • Heavy duty construction
  • Very versatile storage options
  • Internal Mesh Pockets
  • Sunglasses Holder
  • External Pliers Compartment
  • Includes Gear Pockets
  • Upper Divider removable Compartments
  • Holds 3500 tray boxes (6)
  • Holds 3600 tray boxes (4)
  • Light System Integrated Technology


  • Expensive
  • Zippers May Break Over Time
  • Straps Are Wear And Tear Prone
  • Cannot See Inside Contents From Outside
  • Some Anglers May Find It Bulky

What Is Included – Product Features

This is actually a very well-made rugged and durable tackle bag. It is very well made and features a very hard exterior as well as interior. This protects whatever is inside from damage. It was also very easy to use for almost any person. It makes your fishing a lot easier. For instance, it mixes two of the already very important fishing products into one. Tackle boxes and backpacks. While some may choose to put plastic cases inside of backpacks before going fishing, this one is made specifically for that reason.

Having the backpack straps allows you to carry it on your back so you don’t have to carry it around everywhere you go. Aside from that, the straps are adjustable and are actually very comfortable considering the rigidity. If you are a fan of carrying your gear, it has a carry handle where it will allow you to do just that. If you’re anything like me you would prefer to just grab the bag, throw it on the back of one shoulder, and go. It has a lot of space for inside storage but is surprisingly portable.

It can hold 3500 tackle trays and 3600 tackle trays in the amounts of four and six respectively. Also included are a lot of different zippered compartments as well as mesh pockets. These are great for storing other stuff such as food and drink, insect repellent, a flashlight, a first aid kit, an extra fishing reel, a knife, or whatever you want. That’s literally enough room to store pounds of gear while remaining fairly comfortable. There’s also a divider that is removable that will allow you to compartmentalize your backpack when you buy it. You can use the divider inside to store different things or you can take it out if you need to fit something larger inside.

Aside from that, I think it has some great features that you will absolutely love especially if you are an avid fisherman. Polarized sunglasses wearing individuals rejoice. The top of the bag has a compartment that completely protects your fragile polarized lenses from damage. This is great if you want an extra pair or if you just want to avoid stepping on them. Almost everyone already has a pair of great pliers that they just cannot stop using. Great thing too.

This is because it comes already equipped with a built-in pliers holster on the outside. To sum everything up, the coolest feature is hands-down the LED lighting that is built right into the bag. This is great for those who like to fish at night or at dawn or dusk. It illuminates the backpack so that you can see what you were doing even when the sun is not shining at 100%.

How It Works – Solutions For Making It User Friendly

Getting the most out of this product is as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. It will allow you to do both. I believe the most versatile option that exists for it is too loaded with six boxes of the right size and each box containing different fishing baits. Stick your favorite pair of pliers inside of the holster and snap it down. It is also very convenient to hang a pair of toenail clippers or line snips off of the zipper.  Your sassy shades go up top and are secured with a zipper. Always make sure to adjust the straps to fit your body. Make sure they are comfortable but snug.

You can store all of your items that you need to take on a trip inside or take the alternative route. The alternative is leaving everything else in the passenger seat of the vehicle and storing nothing but fishing baits in every single compartment. To be honest, you will store an incredible amount of lures that way. Do I recommend it? To some people, yes. To use the LED light, all you have to do is activate it and wait for it to turn on. Once it is on, it will illuminate the entirety of your tackle boxes as well as the contents of what’s inside.

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General Overview

For a general overview, you can expect a somewhat large backpack that is adequate and carrying a large amount of fishing tackle conveniently.  You can expect to get quite a few extra features other than this too. Especially with a heavy duty construction, mesh pockets, the pliers compartment, the LED lighting system, and everything else, it makes for a very convenient and very user-friendly product to have on hand even if it is for a price that is out of the budget of some people.  One thing to be wary of as of course the price. The price may seem a little too high for certain individuals and that’s okay. Even so, I highly believe it is worth the investment.

I believe this because it is built to last forever in the hands of the fisherman. The zippers will eventually wear out but they should last through many years with the proper care. It has a lot of extras that can justify that price tag for many people. For some, just protecting their expensive sunglasses already pays for itself. For others, especially those with disabilities in the hands or elbows, being able to carry it on the back is something that is priceless on its value.

My Opinion On The Product

As far as my own personal opinion regarding this backpack from Wild River Tackle, I believe it is a great product that should be considered especially if you fish a lot. I believe it is well worth the investment and I also believe that it will help you catch more fish. I believe it will help you be more efficient on the water as well as become more organized off of the water. It doubles as a tackle box, a tackle box holder, a backpack, and a lighted protective suitcase all in one.

Do I recommend it? Yes. Even if you are only a weekend angler, I know that it will help you become a better fisherman. I suggest that you at least give it a try and see how it works for you. It really is a great piece of engineering and it really can give you the edge especially if you are a tournament fisherman or just looking to put more fish in the boat. You don’t have to take my word for it either. Try it out yourself and let me know what you think!

Conclusion – Final Thoughts

To summarize, the  Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad Lighted Backpack really was worth my time reviewing. Not only will it help you keep your fishing lures organized as well as the rest of your gear but you can expect it to perform well if you are a hunter too. There is a almost limitless way to conveniently fill the pack conveniently and get a lot of use out of it. All in all, I believe it is something that should be in the arsenal of every single person that catches fish. This is because I believe that it is just that good. Reply to the post in a comment below to share your thoughts!

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