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An excellent vest/pack, with well laid out & ample pockets, and comfy when fully laden.
Bought this from Orvis store in Banchory to replace my old vest. Wanted something light, but with space to carry water, sandwiches, raincoat as well as all my tackle - I often have long days on the river, walking a few miles, and like to carry provisions. Tried various backpacks, vests, waist packs before choosing this one.
This vest packs all my stuff - the rear pockets can easily hold a 1.5 litre hydration bladder, a 0.5 liter coffee flask, spare jacket or fleece, food - and yet is comfortable and doesn't feel like i'm weighed down.
Plenty of small front/inside pockets - ideal for keeping keys/permits/scale sampling kit/boxes etc separate and therefore quickly located.
Still getting to grips with front fly box pockets - a pair on each side, one zip opens to the left, one to the right - but i guess my hands will get used to them quickly - but the pockets are the right size for me (my fly boxes are usually 6" wide).
love the 6 tippet holders on the inside - ideal for storing & sorting tippet by X.
there's a pair of magnets, one either side - one keeps my nippers tidy, the other i've found handy for holding a fly when changing over - surprisingly useful.
The side straps allow for adjustment to the amount of clothing i'm wearing - handy in scotland where we can go from snow to sunshine in a few hours.
the over shoulder straps - i've got them pulled to the max - a minor niggle here, that the tag end has no where to go - i've had to fold and tuck it back under itself, but it seems to stay put.
the waist buckle - again, the tag end flaps about - i've added an elastic band and tucked the tag into that - small design change to add a loop to do that would have been a nice touch.
Only disappointment - I've had this vest for one week now, used it 5 times, and already the stitching has come away from one of the small rear mesh pockets, so i'll have to get that repaired. Hmm, not so robust for a product that cost £125.
However, that niggle aside, a great product. My last vest served me for 7 years; hope I get as many years of service from this one too.,Hubby wears an XL and this didn't even come close to fitting him. The quality is exceptional and the weight is perfect but it won't fit anyone who wears greater than a Large. I wish that came in size selections because I would instantly order another -- but alas, it doesn't. Back it goes. :(,Until I put this vest on. It sits so comfortable on me that I could not say to myself no. Fishing trip after no doubt it worse the money.,Lightweight in my warm weather country. Very comfortable. Plenty of room for the fisher that carries everything, but perfect for the minimilist. Magnets for the tools a great idea. Stops the dangly-tanglies.The forceps magnet could be a touch stronger. I am 6 feet, 230 pounds and it adjusts perfect to my frame.,This is the most comfortable and usable vest/chest pack I have ever used. It carries a ton (even my water and a lunch) and is more comfortable than any other system I've used. A winner!
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