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dean_mt 05-01-2013 11:29 AM

Going back to the Old, new-Fashioned Vest
 
After years of using a hip pack, then tiring of it I searched high and low, read and tried every sling and chest and fanny and whatever pack that I could. For one year I've been using a Patagonia Sling pack. It is a really nice piece of gear, very comfortable, but not what I ideally want.

After all of this...what I ideally want is to go back to the old fishing vest! But not the old-fashioned vest, I did leave it behind so many years ago for reasons. I really don't like all the small, soft pockets all over the old style vest. There are too many and they are dysfunctional. Also, the way they carry and do not distribute the weight of it's contents well at all. Fortunately these issues have been addressed since I last bought a vest (15 years ago?)

What I do want out of a vest, which all the other pack options do not provide, is easy access to multiple fly boxes. Now of course, with the explosion of chest, fanny, hip, sling, etc. packs the vest options are going by the wayside. The best I've found so far is the Simms Vertical style. I like that the boxes are high and well, vertical, rather than in the traditional low and horizontal position. I sure wish Patagonia still made the Riverwalker.

Who else has eschewed the trend of packs and gone back to (or never left) the use of the good 'ole fishin vest?

Rip Tide 05-01-2013 12:30 PM

Re: Going back to the Old, new-Fashioned Vest
 
I never got away from using a vest. In fact my LLBean trout vest is the same one that I've been using since the late '70s. It was well made but doesn't have a halfatrillion pockets like "newer" vests do, so I've never had issues with "too heavy" or "too much cr@p" that other former vest users seem to complain about.
I tried a chest pack exactly one day. Not for me.

chechem 05-01-2013 01:18 PM

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.

Rip Tide 05-01-2013 01:41 PM

Re: Going back to the Old, new-Fashioned Vest
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by chechem (Post 551848)
.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.

I should probably put this in the "tips " thread
When my wife was tossing her old fleece slippers like these I snuck them out of the trash and made myself up a bunch of the wool patches.
You just have to trim the fleece back a bit and add a safety pin.

http://www.kiwi-sheepskins.com/image...rs-booties.jpg

dean_mt 05-01-2013 02:07 PM

Re: Going back to the Old, new-Fashioned Vest
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Rip Tide (Post 551836)
I never got away from using a vest. In fact my LLBean trout vest is the same one that I've been using since the late '70s. It was well made but doesn't have a halfatrillion pockets like "newer" vests do, so I've never had issues with "too heavy" or "too much cr@p" that other former vest users seem to complain about.
I tried a chest pack exactly one day. Not for me.

You mean like this dude? If you need 9 fly boxes on the river then ... well he's making up for something. :eek:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...MEZYDRmL0#t=9s

Hardyreels 05-01-2013 02:24 PM

Re: Going back to the Old, new-Fashioned Vest
 
I got a vest / pack type for Nancy back in 2007 / 2008, bought from FishWest off eBay. It was dirt cheap and I thought that if it were junk I would just have to spring for one of the big name brands.

It is at least as good as the expensive ones and perhaps better. Of course they are "Discontinued" God, I hate that!

I even called FishWest before making this reply to see if I could hook you up with one, that's how I know they sold the last in 2009.

I'm PM a link to you.

troutnut4 05-01-2013 05:00 PM

Re: Going back to the Old, new-Fashioned Vest
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dean_mt (Post 551868)
You mean like this dude? If you need 9 fly boxes on the river then ... well he's making up for something. :eek:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...MEZYDRmL0#t=9s

I'd say the dude has a sickness or severe addiction. It would be interesting to see how long it would take for him to find a particular fly in a hurry. :frogdance

dean_mt 05-01-2013 07:13 PM

Re: Going back to the Old, new-Fashioned Vest
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by troutnut4 (Post 551914)
I'd say the dude has a sickness or severe addiction. It would be interesting to see how long it would take for him to find a particular fly in a hurry. :frogdance

Completely ridiculous. That vest weighs at least 20 lbs. No thanks!

caseywise 05-01-2013 07:46 PM

Re: Going back to the Old, new-Fashioned Vest
 
that video was absurdly funny:p:D:D
must be awkward fishing with all those boxes:confused:

as far as a vest, i've been using a patagonia canyonwalker
for over 5 years now and love it.
i really like the vertical pocket design for carrying longer boxes
and the mesh body keeps me cool.


casey

chechem 05-01-2013 08:32 PM

Re: Going back to the Old, new-Fashioned Vest
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dean_mt (Post 551868)
You mean like this dude? If you need 9 fly boxes on the river then ... well he's making up for something. :eek:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...MEZYDRmL0#t=9s

Serious? I wouldn't need 9 fly boxes in my vest if I were Survivorman parachuting into a remote place for a 40-day stay. Surely not serious!


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