"I have owned this vest for well over 10 years. I have been guiding upland birds in Montana for over 20 years and have worn this vest guiding an average of 55 days a year. Covering an average 6 to 10 miles per day while going through our coulees that consist of wild plum, chokecherries, rose hemp and snowberries and not one time over the years did the vest tear from these thorny bushes... I did finally wear holes in the pockets from carrying extra leads and shells. I found that a size larger than you usually wear is great for packing a lot of birds long distances when guiding. And when I got a chance to hunt on my own, it did not hamper the shouldering of the gun. The game bag with the front and back loading makes for easy access, and has held up over all the years. It's hard to retire"
Nick Forrester Owner, Forrester's Bighorn River Resort
Overall: 4.4 / 5 based on 29 reviews
25 of 29 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Fantastic Upland Vest -
I recently purchased this vest and wore it for a pheasant hunt. It worked perfectly. The design and quality are great. All pockets including the bird pouch offer easy access. The vest is well made and will last for years. This was my first purchase from Orvis in years and it won't be my last.
Heavy vest -
By: Pentax2 from Denver, CO
This vest was very heavy and very large. I generally buy a large size in vests since they have to be worn over bulky clothes very often. However, this was significantly too large, and I returned it. It appeared to be very well made, but hte large size and significant weight were just not what I would be happy with.
Vest for the ages -
Gave this to my son for Christmas. Very well made and thought out. I fully expect this will be his bird hunting vest for many years, perhaps for life. Its a great feeling to give him something he can use for years.
Perfect Gift! -
By: Lele5 from Laguna Niguel, CA
I recently gave this vest to my employer for a Christmas gift. As soon as he opened it he was thrilled! It is ample in size, has all the pockets for storage, and is very well made. I couldn't have ordered a more perfect vest and it came quickly from Orvis. Thank you for always having such quality merchandise, I can count on Orvis!
Best Bird Vest -
By: mikevette from Texas
I've been a upland hunter for a long time and have tried almost every vest and this is the one. Vented back easy front pockets, storage, color and weight is very good. Good construction. Very pleased. My last vest.
Too Heavy -
By: ProfessorD from Palos Verdes Estates, CA
This vest is way to weighty...Needs to be more light-weight and flexible... I would NOT recommend it!! "....a bad review is better than NO review!" As ever, Professor D
Excellent! Vest is heavy duty and warm. Plenty of pockets and room for lots of birds.
Durable. Tough. -
By: BirddogSTX from South Texas
I have been very impressed with the Orvis Ultimate Upland Vest. The material is thick and tough enough to withstand South Texas Brush. I also like that the back portion unzips for extra breeze incase it gets hot outside. I am looking forward to busting brush this season with this vest. Another quality product from Orvis.
Traditional vest w/ modern features -
By: SamH from South Alabama
Top 500 Contributor
I have been hunting quail for over 40 years and been wanting a traditional style vest like I had "back in the day"...This is it!...High quality , substantial cotton cloth with the advantage of mesh lining(for vetilation here in the south) and blaze orange for safety...this should be the last vest I'll ever need...Orvis has hit the nail on the head again with thier high quality and a modern touch!
Comfortable in all conditions
Orvis Sahara Cloth is a tightly-woven cotton poplin that’s made with an imperceptible dry-wax finish. Woven at a small mill in England using the first of the season’s cotton—always the best quality—the cloth receives the unnoticeable dry-wax coating that makes it impermeable and never in need of refinishing.
More than 100 years ago, fishermen who worked in the rough North Sea and Atlantic developed a way of waterproofing their canvas smocks. By rubbing linseed oil and wax into the fabric, they discovered a formula that made the cotton impervious to rain and wind, a potentially lifesaving development that protected them from hypothermia.
This homespun fabric treatment was quickly adopted by several British firms who made waterproof jackets and pants for the British Armed Forces stationed in India, Africa, Australia, and at home. The popularity of these garments took off with the general public as well, and the demand for waxed outergarments grew exponentially. Some of the same formulas developed a century ago are still being used today.
Orvis Sahara Cloth vests and pants are instant favorites—as resistant to wind as they are to rain. This dry-wax-treated clothing is the ultimate in durable weather wear, perfect for outdoor pursuits and travel. Flexible and breathable, Sahara Cloth is comfortable in all conditions.