Originally Posted by Rip Tide
I've been using the same vest from LL Bean since every year 1976.
I'd call that quality
The equivalent that they sell now is the Emerger @ $35
Which unfortunately is now cheap Chinese junk, not life long gear.
There are also some very cool and more versatile alternatives to vests... I prefer a small chest pack that can integrate into a small backpack when needed, like the Fishpond Doublehaul.
... But a lifelong journey.
I choose fly rods the same way I do women, motorcycles, and cowboy boots...
go with what ever feels good, and keep on hand as many as I can afford