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Thread: New Vest or Wait till the old one literally disintegrates?

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    Default Re: New Vest or Wait till the old one literally disintegrates?

    Quote Originally Posted by russellb View Post
    So I purchased my current vest, a Patagonia Vertical Pocket, back in 91. It's survived my from my formative to my guiding/college years, its seen trips to the Frying Pan, San Juan as well as countless trips to the White and Norfork in Arkansas.

    I wore this while I caught my largest trout on a dry fly, 26 inch rainbow on an elk hair caddis in Wisconsin. It is faded beyond imagination but bares my FFF patch on the back. The velcro and zippers still function but the garment is clearly getting tired.

    I just feel that if I get a new one I would be turning my back on an old companion. But I am a realist, what are your thoughts?
    I would send it to Patagonia with a letter and the form below. In your letter state how you feel about the vest and I think you have a good chance of getting it repaired for free.

    I have two identical Patagonia Vests that have velcro closures that eventually wear out. They put in new velcro closures for free. This last time they put in new velcro and the repaired a zipper that was pulling out of the fabric.

    http://www.patagonia.com/pdf/en_US/p...pairs_form.pdf
    Regards,

    Silver



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    Default Re: New Vest or Wait till the old one literally disintegrates?

    Quote Originally Posted by troutnut4 View Post
    I have two vests, one for my salmon gear which is hot and heavy. The other holds all my trout gear. What I found was that I was carrying way too much in the pockets. When I took out the seldom used or not used at all gear , I realized a SIMMS waist pack was all that was needed. I now carry two Wheatley and two smaller fly boxes and everything I need in that waist pack. It's lighter and more comfortable IMHO.
    Dear God can I ever relate!

    40 (or more?) years back I was a gear chucker (chasing Steel in NW Washington). Took a 'dump' in the 'Sky' and sank like a rock. Got out of the river and back to the car soaking wet head to toe. Out of my gear and an old towel around my middle.

    Oh, forgot to mention this was early Feb., and there was a couple of feet of snow on the ground .....

    Home, hot shower, kids doing a 'Neeener-Neeenerr-Neener;' "You fell in the River, Neener ..." never mind. I took them out of my Will a couple of days later.

    End game was (buck neeked) weighted me with/without vest. Sweet Jesus it gained close to 15 pounds with the thing on. No wonder the 'sink like a rock!'

    Started to pull stuff out of the pockets/back and 90% of it had never seen the light of day. Few days later I had a 'fanny pack.' If you can't prove you need it (do you really need 5'ish pounds of pencil lead, pyramid sinkers?) why do you 'need it?'

    Today, save for a full on days float trip, if it won't go in my shirt pockets, or the little pouch in the front of my Dan Baily's, "skip it!" Need something else, no biggie .. the Jeep's a couple hundred yards away.

    Fred
    When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. - Billy Graham"

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    Default Re: New Vest or Wait till the old one literally disintegrates?

    I say keep the old one if it works for you. .....I still have my old vest I bought 40 years ago but I changed to a shoulder bag many years ago. I used to have an old army gas mask bag that I wished I still had but it came up missing during one of our moves. I have had a few since then but none have the feel of the old army bag that a friend gave me. I assume it was a WWII bag. Down here in middle TN it is much too hot during our long summers to wear a vest.

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    that is a great idea! I try to keep all my old sporting stuff and hang it in my game room. Might have to hang my vest up too...

    Quote Originally Posted by theboz View Post
    To reduce withdrawal symptoms I hung it on the chair at my tying table and it keeps me company while I'm tying!

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    Default Re: New Vest or Wait till the old one literally disintegrates?

    Do old vests really disintegrate? I've had mine since around 1975, and I suspect I'll disintegrate before it does. I certainly have had a lot more damage over the years than the vest has.
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    Default Re: New Vest or Wait till the old one literally disintegrates?

    Quote Originally Posted by half fast View Post
    Do old vests really disintegrate? I've had mine since around 1975, and I suspect I'll disintegrate before it does. I certainly have had a lot more damage over the years than the vest has.
    If they are made of canvas like some old ones the bottom of the pockets just disappear! I think mine had on good pocket left!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredaevans View Post
    Dear God can I ever relate!

    40 (or more?) years back I was a gear chucker (chasing Steel in NW Washington). Took a 'dump' in the 'Sky' and sank like a rock. Got out of the river and back to the car soaking wet head to toe. Out of my gear and an old towel around my middle.

    Oh, forgot to mention this was early Feb., and there was a couple of feet of snow on the ground .....

    Home, hot shower, kids doing a 'Neeener-Neeenerr-Neener;' "You fell in the River, Neener ..." never mind. I took them out of my Will a couple of days later.

    End game was (buck neeked) weighted me with/without vest. Sweet Jesus it gained close to 15 pounds with the thing on. No wonder the 'sink like a rock!'

    Started to pull stuff out of the pockets/back and 90% of it had never seen the light of day. Few days later I had a 'fanny pack.' If you can't prove you need it (do you really need 5'ish pounds of pencil lead, pyramid sinkers?) why do you 'need it?'

    Today, save for a full on days float trip, if it won't go in my shirt pockets, or the little pouch in the front of my Dan Baily's, "skip it!" Need something else, no biggie .. the Jeep's a couple hundred yards away.

    Fred
    That was one heavy vest. Mine, with net, a little over a 1/3 of that weight. Acceptable to me. I wish my waders had inside pockets, it has four outside pockets.
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    Default Re: New Vest or Wait till the old one literally disintegrates?

    I have had the same vest since the 70's. Some of the zippers quit working, and there are a few barb wire snags in it, but still usable. My problem seems to be that what I wear starts to shrink as it hangs in the closet. This began as I got older and a little less active. The vest got pretty tight, my pants got hard to button, and after I bought some pants that matched my increased girth, I started looking at vests. My sons wear chest packs, and love 'em, so I tried one.I bought a small one first. Didn't hold enough. Bought a bigger one, and it's great. Holds all I REALLY need, easy to use, and lighter. Try something new ? Might add to your enjoyment !

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    I guess I won't get to find out if the old one ever disintegrates. Yesterday She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed gave me a new Simms mesh vest for my birthday. It has so many pockets I'll probably waste half my fishing time trying to find which one I put my streamers in.
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    I have a wood river bag that barely holds together it was passed down to me by my pop's... Personally i dont think i will ever get rid of that bag! neither should you your vest lol

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