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Photo by Louis Cahill

Photo by Louis Cahill

Want the new Umpqua Zero Sweep Swiftwater Tech Vest? Well, here’s how you get one!

First you have to understand the whole idea behind Zero Sweep. Umpqua worked with Navy SEALS to design their awesome new tech pack and vest. If you’re a navy SEAL about to throw down on some bad guys, the last thing you want is for your gear to get tangled. That’s why all of their gear incorporates a design idea called Zero Sweep, which means there are no places where anything can hang up or snag.

Umpqua built this Zero Sweep design into a new line of technical packs and vests and it’s pretty sweet. No place for fly line or leaders to snag. Nothing to hang on branches as you crawl through that thicket to your favorite honey hole. All of your tools tuck into their own enclosures, where you can get to them but they can’t get away. And of course they are Umpqua built, which means bomb proof. Quality fabrics and workmanship and smart design, inside and out.

swiftwatertechvest_zs_copper_35121Inspired by the needs of the U.S. fly-fishing team, the SwiftwaterZS hauls and organizes the most comprehensive stream assault like no other vest. Neck fatigue and forward creep created by heavy frontal fly box loads are eliminated with a fully cushioned waist belt and shoulder straps. This updated version now has two full-length, vertical zippers, accessing both left and right front compartments. This new design has almost double the storage and organization up front. The back compartment is now a full day-pack with 800 cubic inches of additional storage. Four Zero Sweep™ retractor stations, two Zero Sweep™ tool sheaths and two Zero Sweep™ foam fly patch stations (includes on foam patch) round out this carry-all vest.


• Fully padded, load-bearing waist belt

• Zero Sweep™

– Four internal retractor Hypalon attachment tabs

– Four zero sweep™ nipper stations/ports

– Two tool sheaths

– Two foam fly patch stations (one patch included)

– Snag-free shoulder sizing buckles

• Two front main compartments – hold two large fly boxes each (four total)

• Two front medium compartments– hold one medium fly box each (two total) or accessories

• Multiple internal stretch-mesh pockets for organization

• Two cord tippet holders

• Two external stretch-mesh tippet/accessory pockets

• D-ring and web loops for net attachment

• Internal key clip

• Closed-foot Sliders

• YKK zippers

• Integrates with Surveyor ZS Backpack, Overlook ZS Chest Pack and Rock Creek ZS Compact Chest Pack

• Fabric

– Body fabric – 420 Denier Nylon

High wear locations – Ballistic Cordura®


So here’s how you win a Swiftwater ZS Tech Vest ($169 value) of your own.

Go to Instagram…WHAT? You’re not on Instagram? It’s fun, free and easy, click HERE to start. 

Next, follow Gink and Gasoline and Umpqua Feather Merchants, so you can tag us in your post. 

Then upload a photo of you biggest, scariest, nightmare fly line cluster, disaster or epic snag. 

Tag- @ginkandgasoline @umpquafeathermerchants

Use the hash tag #ginkzerosweep

In 2 weeks we’ll pick the best entry and someone will be fishing in a new Zero Sweep Tech Vest!

Good luck and thanks for entering! 

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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