Re: want opinions on fly fishing vests....
I did not own the Fpond flinthill. I owned the wasatch tech pack but sold it after a year (nearly brand new)
Fpond makes some well crafted items and they are pretty bomb proof. PRO. CON...I found them heavy and a little too strappy. That said I still have and love my Tundra tech pack when I absolutely have to carry everything.
I make do with my simms G4 pro jacket and an osprey pack that carries water bladder, extra rod, 2 extra fly boxes, hat/gloves.
When it's too hot to wear a simms jacket or even a light wading jacket, I use a sling pack (Orvis). Or the osprey with the essentials hanging off the front (nippers, hemos) and a box in the pocket.
I doubt I'll ever own a vest again. Although I've been looking at one of filsons...but that would be for pure nostalgia reasons and to get another made in America product. I'd hardly call it a vest though.