Re: Going back to the Old, new-Fashioned Vest
I have an old one that I recently replaced with a new one from Bass Pro Shops (less than $60).
Downside of older: the old vests fit lower, and got wet easier as a result. Many of their pockets were useless (unless you smoke).
Upside of newer: light-weight clothing that dries easily.
Upside/downside: I miss the old wool dry patch. But at least the new felt(?) patch folds up from the bottom, so I lose fewer flies from it.