Fishing Vest for Bushcraft??

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  1. Luzster

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    I saw this and immediately thought dual or triple use.... 1) Fishing of course, 2) Day Hike, 3) overnighter.

    Looks like it'll hold plenty for a day hike or an overnighter and carry/ride well. Nothing would be lose/hanging like a haversack type of bag. Backpack part looks roomie enough for a small tarp, cooking stuff/pan/canteen, folding saw. FSK, FAK in the front with other smaller essentials.

    Has anyone done something like this and have the good/bad/ugly on it? Thoughts in general?

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071ZV1ZTY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A2U6X7L03OANFZ&psc=1

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    I've considered such a rig before. I think it would get uncomfortable if it were heavy, and would need some sturdy support.

    Still, I can't quite forget about the idea.
     
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    I was considering a Hill People chest rig. You can load it up for a day of turkey or squirrel hunting, then reload it for fishing. Overall good quality as well.
     
  4. blind & lost

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    I thought about something similar a few years back, never pulled the string, just hooked on conventional day packs I guess. If you get one, let us know your thoughts.
     
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    Yes, of course. We have several discussions going on this. I even questioned the need for a backpack! :D
     
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    One of those Ribz setups would do the trick.
     
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  8. Luzster

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    Holy crap man!! $190?? No way I could pull the trigger on that. $38 is tolerable when this would be a proof of concept, testing thing to see if I even like it..... I ain't cheap, but I am cheap. :)
     
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    I hear ya!
     
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    @PMSteve had a thread about this once IIRC.

    Edit: here it is. https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/survival-vest-outing.159230/

    I tried it once, years ago (the vest, not survival). By the time I had everything in it I wanted, it was pretty bulky. It also isn't a comfortable way to carry a canteen, although that can go in a satchel or be belt-carried.

    As an addition to a pack, instead of a replacement, I love a vest. More pockets...
     
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  11. Beach Hiker

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    I've said it before...
    The things I like about backpacks:
    1. Taking them off (!)
    2. Carrying them by one strap, over one shoulder, and then the other.
    My backpack is also... comfortable.
     
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    As much as i like the idea of vests and the like for storage i havent found one that i really like. The ribz front pack was too hot for me. The HPG kit bag stuck out too far imo and i found myself tripping more often.

    Something you may consider OP, if it suits you then you could get a mil surplus FLC for about 10 bucks online and add your own pouches to suit your needs.


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    @Luzster & @crewhead05 now you guys have done it! After reading this post. I have to give it a try.

    I always have on my belt a pouch with my psk, large ferro rod and compass. Along with my knives. Well, I had to give it a try. I just ordered a FLC and some mollie pouches . I'll still carry a pack, which will have the items I don't use as often. Eg. Tarp, cook pots, sleeping bag ect.

    Amazon is delivering Tuesday. I'll post my thoughts in a few weeks.

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    Haha. Glad to be an enabler!
     
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    What he said!!! :4:
     
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    I'm curious to see how it works out for you guinea pigs that try it!:D At first blush it seems like it would be a pretty good way to carry a minimalist day trip load-out, but as @Foilist mentioned it would probably get uncomfortable pretty quickly if you overloaded. A proper backpack has a suspension designed to distribute the load and transmit the weight to your hips whereas this vest has fairly narrow shoulder straps. It probably wouldn't be bad at all if you keep it to maybe 5-10 pounds. The issue for me would be this- how hot would it get with extended wear?
     
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    I've shown (in other threads) the Cabela's Tactical Tater II Turkey Vest that is similar to the fishing vest at the beginning of this thread. I've used it for weeks at a time in the north woods. Amazingly versatile and includes a frame that serves as a backrest in conjunction with the seat pad. Also stands upright independently. Can't recall who it was, but one of our members had one for sale on here last week for $75. Steal.

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    A fishing vest is designed to be worn with waders. They usually only come down to mid belly.

    Look at Cabela's or Bass Pro for a turkey hunter's vest. They're full length, have plenty of pockets and many of them have a foam seat pad that hinges down from the back so you have something between your butt and the ground.

    I used one for years for coyote calling. I wore out the seat pad. One advantage is that most come in a camo or earth tone colors.

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    This would work to replace a haver sack but not a back pack. For me anyway. I have a "safari" vest from cabelas that has tons of pockets.
     
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    I was seriously considering getting rid of my Tater, I don't like it for turkey hunting, having seen this I may have to try this out before making the final decision. Thanks!
     
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    I purchased a Tactical Assault Vest with some Mollie pouches. I moved everything from my belt pouch and added items from my pack. I've only been able to give the system a trial run for 24 hours during my Super Shelter Overnight. It seems to work well. I didn't even notice I had the vest on. The only time I noticed the vest is when I bent over for any length of time. Then the back of the vest would ride up. I'll have to play with the adjustments or come up with an attachment for the back to hold it in place. I'll post pictures and update after I've used the vest a lot more.

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    for certain purposes I like Scott Vests.

    You can pretty much get one to suit your wants and likes.

    They are very discrete which may or may not matter.

    Some have removable sleeves.

    Worth looking for general purpose gear that can fit in most places, urban, suburban and rural and woods.
     
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    I've got a Scottee Vest. It is very good for traveling in an urban environment. Though the zipper is too light to carry any weight.

    The Tac Vest can really take weight and I didn't notice I had it on. The first outting I used it. The vest was on for 12 hour while we built Super Shelters, cut and dragged large logs for fire wood, cooked and ate dinner . Also carved 2 spoons and a satula. Didn't notice I was wearing it accept for the couple times the vest road up in back. Everything was in one of the Mollie pouches easy to get too. I don't have a weight though with 32 oz's of water the vest has to be between 5 to 10 pounds.

    I need to use the vest a lot more to see if I really like this system.

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