The North American Fly Fishing Forum


Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > General Fly Fishing Discussion > General Discussion

General Discussion General discussions regarding fly fishing as a whole. Ask questions. Get answers...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 04-27-2012, 11:49 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2
adglife is on a distinguished road
Default Fly vest?

I'm getting this out to the different forums I belong to.



Biggest thing I'm looking for is opinions on whether all vests are created equal, as well as overall opinions of Redington.

Thanks everyone!

-Tony

Last edited by Hardyreels; 04-28-2012 at 12:57 PM. Reason: Removed link to forums & web site
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 04-28-2012, 12:05 AM
caseywise's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: sycamore, illinois
Posts: 4,447
Blog Entries: 1
caseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond reputecaseywise has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via Yahoo to caseywise
Default Re: Fly vest?

tony,
i've owned a couple redington vests, one a blackfoot and the other one i can't recall. great vests for the price.
then, about 2 years ago, i got a surprise bday gift of a patagonia riverwalker vest and, it's so bad i'll, never go back
also gotta hip pack comin too

casey
__________________


ARFE
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 04-28-2012, 08:33 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 30
twobuckchuck is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Fly vest?

I really like the Orvis Clearwater Mesh Vest. This is the first (and only) fly vest I've ever owned, and it has given me 4 years of service with no problems whatsoever. Most of Orvis' stuff is rather pricey, but this sells for only $59. And I prefer the mesh construction because I'd guess about 85% of my fishing is done in pretty warm weather (but, of course, that's just a personal thing).

---------- Post added at 07:33 AM ---------- Previous post was at 07:31 AM ----------

Here's another one for the informed out there. Are there any reasonable options for fly fishing vest made in the USA?
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 04-28-2012, 01:04 PM
Hardyreels's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
Posts: 11,952
Blog Entries: 70
Hardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via Yahoo to Hardyreels Send a message via Skype™ to Hardyreels
Default Re: Fly vest?

Hi Tony,

You'll notice I removed the link to your web site. We have a rule about linking to personal off site reviews, blogs, forums, and etc. You would be quite welcome to place your review here on the forum in our Gear Reviews threads located here: Gear Reviews - The North American Fly Fishing Forum

As for the question about are all vests created equal......... I believe some of the newer vests offered are much more well designed than the old school vests of the past. With the huge variety available today it would be a full time job to test them all. Some folks like a vest while others a pack will do. Many contemporary anglers are getting by with a lanyard and hip pack. As the years have passed I've became a minimalist and no longer use any vest.

Ard
__________________
Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

Life On The Line - Alaska Fishing with Ard

The Alaska Fishing & Outdoors Blog;
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 04-28-2012, 03:33 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Michigan's U.P.
Posts: 1,083
rockriver is a name known to allrockriver is a name known to allrockriver is a name known to allrockriver is a name known to allrockriver is a name known to allrockriver is a name known to all
Default Re: Fly vest?

This is where my search ended up and I couldn't be happier. Filson's Foul Weather Strap Vest. Filson Strap Vest vs Foul Weather Vest
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 04-28-2012, 06:36 PM
dean_mt's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Western Montana
Posts: 3,138
dean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Fly vest?

Quote:
Originally Posted by rockriver View Post
This is where my search ended up and I couldn't be happier. Filson's Foul Weather Strap Vest. Filson Strap Vest vs Foul Weather Vest
That will probably be what I finally end up with too. I've wanted a good, small daypack to carry a jacket, water and food and also have access to some necessities. None of the Fishpond options really suit my tastes.

Sorry to swerve off topic...to answer your initial question: are all vest created equal? - I would give an emphatic NO. There are probably far too many options to consider. If I were vest shopping I would decide on a fabric/style i.e. mesh/lightweight for summer or full fabric if you don't care about the heat factor. Most important is the collar and/or yoke design. Vest tend to carry to much stuff and get weighted down. That weight is slung across the back of your neck, essentially. Some sort of collar is essential, imo. Good luck!

---------- Post added at 05:36 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:29 PM ----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by caseywise View Post
tony,
i've owned a couple redington vests, one a blackfoot and the other one i can't recall. great vests for the price.
then, about 2 years ago, i got a surprise bday gift of a patagonia riverwalker vest and, it's so bad i'll, never go back
also gotta hip pack comin too

casey
Just did quick search to see what the vest looked like and found a closeout sale on new XL for $85 in Casper, Wyoming.

I'm glad I'm not an XL or I would be seriously considering a purchase!
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 04-28-2012, 06:37 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Buffalo/SRQ FL/Götebörg, Sweden
Posts: 2,439
Blog Entries: 4
gatortransplant has much to be proud ofgatortransplant has much to be proud ofgatortransplant has much to be proud ofgatortransplant has much to be proud ofgatortransplant has much to be proud ofgatortransplant has much to be proud ofgatortransplant has much to be proud ofgatortransplant has much to be proud ofgatortransplant has much to be proud of
Default Re: Fly vest?

I shifted away from a vest because, like Dean has said, I was able to carry too much and it was making my lower back hurt at the end of long days on the water. Personally, I use a small Simms chestpack, combined with a backpack when I need to haul more gear in (tripod, lunch, etc.) However, many of my friends swear by Simms when it comes to vest, though I really do like the looks of the Filson strap-vest...
__________________
- A.J.

Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 04-28-2012, 07:12 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Texas
Posts: 93
txshane has a spectacular aura abouttxshane has a spectacular aura abouttxshane has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Fly vest?

Another small chest pack fan here. All my vests have been collecting dust for year. They all have too many pockets.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 04-29-2012, 09:04 AM
mojo's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Yewta
Posts: 2,143
mojo has a brilliant futuremojo has a brilliant futuremojo has a brilliant futuremojo has a brilliant futuremojo has a brilliant futuremojo has a brilliant futuremojo has a brilliant futuremojo has a brilliant futuremojo has a brilliant futuremojo has a brilliant futuremojo has a brilliant future
Default Re: Fly vest?

I'm on the side of the anti-vest members. I've had Orvis, Sage and some cheapies years ago. The more pockets, the heavier the vest. I've got a Fishpond guide fanny pack, and didn't care for it. Finally got a William Joseph Old School Satchel that is more to my liking and It's been my choice going on 3 years now.
I know that doesn't help in you finding a vest, but it might for other alternatives.
__________________
Life is not like a bowl of cherries. It's more like a jar of ghost peppers. What you eat today might burn your ass tomorrow...
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 04-29-2012, 10:18 AM
webrx's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 1,431
webrx is a splendid one to beholdwebrx is a splendid one to beholdwebrx is a splendid one to beholdwebrx is a splendid one to beholdwebrx is a splendid one to beholdwebrx is a splendid one to beholdwebrx is a splendid one to behold
Default Re: Fly vest?

I have vests, a chest pack, and a fanny pack. I carry a lanyard and wear a wading jacket most of the time when I am hoofing it, a lanyard and use the gear bags built into my cumberland when I am on my tube. That's it, no vests, no packs, etc...

d
__________________
ex·pe·ri·ence noun \ik-ˈspir-ē-ən(t)s\

1. the fact or state of having been affected by or gained knowledge through direct observation or participation

2. that thing you get just moments after you needed it.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Filson Strap Vest vs Foul Weather Vest 9piferad Other Gear 40 07-16-2012 10:02 PM
Patagonia Fly Fishing Vest, "Shorty" or Wading Vest, Great Condition, NO RESERVE Ebay USA Wading equipment 0 04-27-2012 11:10 PM
Old Vest or New Vest, that is the question russellb General Discussion 23 10-12-2011 09:47 PM
Anyone use this vest sonicimpulse General Discussion 2 03-26-2009 12:09 PM
New Fly Vest rebelfly General Discussion 6 12-29-2007 11:44 AM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.