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  1. JosephDurham

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    Anyone use a "travelers vest" in the bush? I have seen some with as few as four pockets, and one that had as many as 17!!!! Thank latter being a bit much I thought personally.
     
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    I have one from Travelsmith. I think it has 6 external and 6 internal pockets. I really like it. It's very lightweight and you can carry a lot of crap on a short hike.
     
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    I used to use one, it was an orange cotton surveyors vest, lots of pockets, it was great 9 months of the year in western Oregon, in the Summer it was hot.
     
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    I do, a Fjällräven Reporter vest.
    Here I am on the beach of an island* in Estonia, looking for the boat that was on its way to take me and my friend back to the mainland.

    * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naissaar

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    I've been using the 5.11 many pocket vest for traveling. Don't keep anything in my pants pockets so I can just slip the vest off and drop it onto the x-ray belt at the airport.
     
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    I think they look GREAT on certain men. *smile*
     
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    hahaha Some guys just look GREAT wearing one. Other guys, not so much.

    I do think they're very functional... lots of convenient pockets and whatnots. Some guys look great wearing one, that's all. *smile*
     
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    I and a couple of my friends, LEOs, put together what we called, 'Survival Vests'. Usually based upon photographers vests or those designed for turkey hunters (I liked this type because of the back panel to be used as a ground seat).

    We would pack survival gear in the pockets, the usual stuff, and leave by the door or in our vehicles.

    One weekend when we were all on our days off, we had one of the wives drop us off about 20 miles from home with nothing but our 'survival vests' and a light jacket and hat. This was long before cell phones. We had identified three checkpoints for the wives to check if we weren't home three days later.

    It took us the full three days to make it back, then we had to return to pick up one of our group who had a sprained ankle. This trip allowed us to re-think our survival load-out. Mostly just some fine tuning, so nothing really major.

    All in all, it was exciting and informative... AND, they worked really, REALLY well!

    Steve
     
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    They are convenient.

    But just remember:

    Vest="Shoot Me First"
     
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    Say what? I don't unnerstand this 'shoot me first'. Why?

    Steve
     
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    Concealed Carry is more likely.

    It was something an instructor of mine used to say.
     
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    I were one when I fly. Occasionally for a short hike with the dog. But mostly to work.
    Id you hae a Sportsman Wearhouse near they have a nice one for 30$.

    cheers
     
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    I wear an older Turkey vest sometimes when just woods bumming. It holds a lot of stuff and the drop down seat i useful. The game bag can carry rain wear or a sweater comfortably.

    I have other vests as well but only my old Fothergill fishing vest has enough pockets to be useful.

    They are not stylish I suppose but they work.
     
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    I chased endangered Karner Blue butterflies for the U of M and the Minn DNR for a few years while I was in college and wore one daily. Very convenient way to carry needed gear.
    People would always be surprised when I pulled a full size net out of my vest to capture a butterfly. May have to pull that one out of storage. I think they really shine when traveling.
     
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    I use an old 6 pocket travel-type vest for search & rescue. Keeps small important items close by without them hanging off my pack. And they don't catch on the bushes.

    For personal outdoor adventures I use a Filson tin cloth vest (3 pockets and some pen sleeves). That works well for me in all but the hottest weather. Sometimes I will substitute a fleece pullover that I cut the sleeves off and used the fabric to add a couple more pockets.
     
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    Enjoyed all the input. Thanks gentlemen!
     
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    They are called "shoot me first vests" because if you see someone walking through walmart wearing one it it likely he is using it to conceal a firearm. Thus saying.... I am armed, shoot me first, as I can resist.

    for me a good reason not to wear one in walmart etc.
     
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    I think possibly another reason some folks use the term "shoot me first vest" is that so-called tactical vest is associated with various firearm competitions such as IDPA. I'm sure some competitors have worn their competition vests in civilian settings and some people are afraid of what they don't understand.

    It does seem odd to me though. I'm not sure that a criminal, intent on doing harm, will take the time beforehand to notice the differences between tactical/photographer/travel vests. I would think the criminal would just see someone wearing clothing. Perhaps the "shoot me first" phrase is giving too much credit to someone dumb enough to commit a crime.
     
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    Around here, such a vest is the same as a flashing neon sign over your head saying, "concealed carry"...

    Ol Grizz, I think you are underestimating the professional criminal's ability & need to scope out easy/difficult marks, etc.. IMHO
     
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    Not all Criminals are dumb, especially the ones who don't get caught. Back in the early 90s fanny packs made for carrying guns were popular. You would see guys in the grocery store with these huge narrow packs that screamed Gun to anyone who read a gun magazine. I used to quietly walk up to them, look them in the eye and say "what ya carrying?" I got some classic O Cr--p looks. I bet I cured some of them from using them. the point of concealed is concealed. Now back from the hyjack to the real thread.
     
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    Interesting points about how a vest might be a bad thing to wear. But from my perspective, living in a country (in Europe) where basicly only the police are allowed to carry a handgun, there is no problem like this shoot me first with vests. Here a lot of elder men wear vests. Me, too, wear it every day. Summertime as outerwear and wintertime underneath my jacket as a mid-layer. It is a conveniant way to carry a lot of EDC-stuff.
     
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    I wear one of these most times when it isn't too warm. Four pockets on the outside and two inside. I understand the shoot me first comments on the fishing/photo 20 pocket vest, not sure how much it applies to more traditional ones like this though.
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    http://www.dhrss.com/apparel/vests.html
     
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    My filson tin oil wax cloth hunting vest is like a travelers vest but better. In addition to the pockets inside and out in the pictures there is a full wrap around game bag accessible through the crescent openings in the front. In fact this is my day "bag" and my minimal overnight "bag". My cordura 10x12 tarp and grabber space blanket fit in the back of the game bag, with knife and saw in the two crescent openings in front. Everything else stows into the pockets, including a 40oz Kleen Kanteen and nesting cup. I like it so much I already bought a second one for when my son grows up.


    IMG_1065.JPG IMG_1066.JPG IMG_1067.JPG .
     
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    I wear a vest quite often. The extra pockets come in pretty handy.
     
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    That's actually pretty nice. How heavy is it and is it bearable in summer?
     
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    Yes, I have a few different ones but my favorite is my Woolrich trekkers vest. It's made of cotton and has many pockets on the front and a cargo pocket on the back. I have one in forest green and one in khaki. I bought them back in the mid '90s, I don't know if they still make them.
     
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    It is heavy, just went and measured it for you 2 5/8 pounds, including a tin of reproofing wax that lives in the vest at all times. I wear it year round. it does not breath so in the summer I just use a wicking tee shirt. But how breathable is the waxed backpack a lot of people wear? I just don't button the front when it is hot.
    Most people take off their pack as soon as the stop somewhere. But if you walk away from camp you might not get back if something happens. This way I have everything on me at all times, unless something is being actively used.
     
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    Very nice. I do not think this looks "Tactical" at all.
     
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    I have a Banana Republic photog vest from back in the 80's.
    Massod Ayoob had one back then for concealed carry. Why I quit wearing mine unless I actually was carrying a 35mm SLR. They used to scream "gun". I think not so much anymore.
    But, this is Texas. Most of us are totin'.
     
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    I like vests. I just found 3 of them and need to decide which one to use.

    The current crop of wal-martians here are too stupid to even notice if you have a vest. Probably wouldn't notice if you were carrying an alligator.
     
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    I use the cheapo insulted variety as a under layer. The pockets are good for storing less used gear.
     
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    Had not heard of the "shoot me first vest".....must be tough to find one.

    I like vests as well.....and don't really concern myself with getting shot at Walmart...unless it in a bad part of town.
    Make sure you have a fishing hat on...and a vest that smells like fish and dead worms....no one will get close to you....LOL.

    I still have my Banana Republic 80's vest...but DW shrunk it with the zip off cargo pants....LOL

    Mostly wear a turkey vest while hunting....and a Carhartt vest over a hoodie....
     
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    I'm sorry but I can't look at anyone in those types of vests and not hear John Goodman's voice: “This is not ‘Nam, this is bowling, there are rules.”

    dude-and-walter.jpg
     
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    Watching news clips of executive protection types following diplomats, congressmen, financiers in warm weather countries, along with older videos of Mas Ayoob, will answer the question ,Why "shoot me first" vests. When I worked in the Middle East as a photographer, my Israeli handlers/guides both wore them with various arms hidden. For that reason, I wore anything but! BTW, not military/security oriented, just lifestyle, documentary,and some advertising photo/video work. This was in the 90's.
    I wear vests but nothing tan and nothing with pockets on the outside...unless I am fly fishing on a river and even then ,I prefer a daypack and a fishing lanyard for gear.

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    I am glad you guys started this thread. I have been trying to get a gear setup that will allow me to carry a small amount of gear, just in case my grandson and I do get to do a few mountain walks. I think that the vest with all the front pockets, my Boy Scout knapsack, and a bit of belt gear will do it. I can carry stuff, weight wise, but it MUST be distributed so my back doesn't complain about it. I think the combination of belt, small pack and vest will work for me.
     
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    Vests, winter time-yes, weddings-yes, other times of the year not so much. Had a banana republic vest-sold it here or gave it away here some time back-too small and not using it....I'd consider a vest again, have thought about one for grouse hunting..filson-orvis- others....the Kakadu and Filson ones look nice......do have some ribz for woods use, not likely to wear the ribz around town...oh and if the vest has much velcro I'm not going to be using it....

    Vests have a lot of versatility, but climate may dictate style and use.....they can get hot....and hey if your using it for conceal carry toss on that fishing hat, that bird book in the pocket, other distractions that keep yea covered...
     
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    I have an Orvis travelers vest I wear in spring and fall. Too warm for summer and too light for winter. BTW a hoodie screams “shoot me first” to me.
     
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    I have 2 vests I wear one has 3 pockets on it and the other one has 2 pockets that one is more like a heavy button up shirt material and the other is more like a vest I love them they help keep my back nice and warm. Prov 27 : 17
     
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    Good for little guys too...

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    I have been hunting for a good summer vest for a while too. Lightweight, quality, functional vests are a rarity believe it or not.

    My standards are pretty simple: button closing front and buttons for pockets, all cotton material, no waxing.

    Haven't found anything matching that description that would be of trustworthy manufacturing.
     
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    I like vest too but it's usually to hot to wear one. I'm in a jungle now and wearing pants is pushing it for comfort.
    In the winter it's fine but it's just one more layer to remove and hang up on the door before sitting down to take a ....
     
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    Interesting. ..
    Over here in Europe these cargo vests scream "tourist." It is truly bizarre to be walking in Italy, say in Cinque Terre, and have a group of tourists walk by kitted up in hiking boots, hiking pants and of course these vests (and boonie hats, sunglasses and trekking poles).
    Meanwhile the Italians are walking the same route in the latest fashion, and sitting in the same cafes without seeming to need one of those vests.
    I am open minded, but I can't imagine why such a vest would be necessary in Paris, London or Prague.
    On another note: Shoot me first???! Wow. I learn so much from this site.
    Personally I like vests that keep me warm. Vests with pockets all over the place make sense for real hiking or heading to the bush. Just my two cents.
     
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    Vests are great, and I would probably wear one daily if I could, but Texas is hot with pants and a t-shirt.
    Great when flying, though, or when it is cool outside.
     
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    I like the LL Bean vest. It was about the only one I could find that didn't use Velcro on the pockets. I hate Velcro.

    Eric
     
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    I wrote more about this in a previous thread, but cant find it right now. I own several vests for various uses, and I agree with some of the others that use in the summer usually doesn't happen as it can be a bit too warm.

    Starting in the fall and through the spring, the one that gets used most is a Kuhl brand Burr vest. Almost black colored, stand up or lay down collar, two hip pockets and one zippered napoleon outside, one zippered inside pocket at right chest. This one serves function of additional pockets and warmth as it has a light lining in it. And, though I'm not no fashion guru, I think it can look a bit nicer with a pair of tan pants, as it it not overwhelmed with pockets, but has enough to keep me satisfied. Inside pocket can work for a small CC.

    I also have an all wool Stormy Kromer button up that is collar-less, two hip pockets and two chest pockets on the outside, but no pockets on the inside. I am always a fan of inside chest pockets for holding a phone. This one also looks good for a slight dress up, but is also functional for core warmth layer. I like the collar-less better for under a coat.

    Both of these work well under a jacket for the added layer of warmth outside, and if you go to a restaurant or wherever that is a bit on the cool side, they can keep you comfortable if the thermostat is set a bit low.

    I have some others but these are the two that see the most use. My daughters like to tease me about them, but this weird phenomenon is taking over now that, the older I get, the less I give a crap.

    And this statement from someone up above couldn't be more true:
    "In the winter it's fine but it's just one more layer to remove and hang up on the door before sitting down to take a ...."
    Man, I hate it when there is no hook on the restroom door! But if that is my complaint, I'm living a pretty good life.
     
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    I have one that I got for Christmas 4 years ago. I enjoy it during the cooler months when traveling. Only thing is it has so many pockets, it's so versatile I can know exactly where something is but cannot figure out how to get to it. Some are pockets within pockets, others open inside and some are long. I'm exaggerating any frustration, but I do fumble around sometimes trying to get at something.

    For outdoors I tend to prefer the old hunting vest style with fewer pockets. Good alternative to a small pack.
     
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    PMSteve Old Timey Outdoorsman Supporter

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    If you wear a blue vest with the yellow 'Walmart starburst' on the back, you're golden!

    Steve
     
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