I have a Hodgman Fly Fishing Vest.
I think it cost in the $60.00 price range, and I love it.
It's older, and don't even know if they make it anymore.
I saw a newer Hodgman, and its is just a copy of the Simms G3 or something close to it.
My vest has a lot going for it. Huge storage pockets at bottom Right and Left front. Lots of little pockets.
Also, it is Made of Gore-Tex and Nylong mesh.
I would rather not pay over about $100.00 for any vest.
They are rather like a Fly Box. You can pay $40.00 for one, or get one the same size for $10.00 That will last as along.
What I look for is Gore-Tex and Nylon and Polyester. If it's Cotton Fabric, I won't buy it.
I also like vests with a large zippered pocket on the right and left front. Little pockets won't hold anything but teeny fly boxes.
Large pockets can be stuffed with all kinds of gear.
That said, if a fellow has the money for a $200 fishing vest, they should get the best they can and be proud of it.
Anyway, here is a long list of vests for comparison: http://www.bizrate.com/fishing-gear/...fishing-vests/
. I just want utility.
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Originally Posted by caseywise
i'm a big fan of this vest-
i love the long vertical pockets for carrying larger boxes and the padded neck is a nice feature.
but my fav part of the vest is the sturdy mesh fabric its made of.
i hate being hot and this vest works well to keep me cool.
That's a good looking vest. So what is the Brand?
Some have recommended the SIMMS G3:
Simms G3 Guide Vests
Simms G3 Guide Vests are Simms' most technical, highest capacity vest, with twenty-two pockets so you won’t have to decide what to take or leave behind. These vests feature stretch panels and a padded breathable collar for all-day comfort on the water. The 2 Patented built-in retractors and magnetic docking station keep tools in a handy location. G3 Guide vests are perfect for the angler who needs to bring along a large volume of gear.
Standard features of the Simms G3 Guide Vest includes: •22 Pockets including 4 easy-loading, patent pending molded foam pockets
•Shoulder feature stretch panels and polyester mesh for comfort and ventilation
•Breathable padded collar
•Center-front nylon zipper
•Patented built-in retractors with magnetic docking station
•Thermolaminated tippet pockets with zipper closure
•Hook & loop rod holder closure with rod butt loop
•Super durable nylon woven fabric with DuPont Teflon water repellent finish
We offer the Simms G3 Guide Vest in men's sizes Small through XX-Large. This vest comes in Gunmetal and Khaki colors. Imported.
My Opinion? Well worth the money. This is a "loaded" vest, capable of hauling a lot of gear.