If I'm doing a 3-hour fish in my chest waders, I can take everything I need in my wader pockets. It's those summer days when I throw on the hippies to fish shallow streams where need something else to help carry a small load. My shorts pockets get a little overloaded. That is why I was looking at the smaller vests from Patagonia which weigh less than a pound. Like you said, everything else looks like a life jacket.Modern vests feel like lifejackets to me, going to stick with my old vest, and back packs and sling packs just get too annoying and heavy. I`m there to fish not be a pack mule. My kind of fishing is to keep moving not camp so I travel light as possible.