Battenkill® Pro Guide Vest

Take advantage of the state of the art improvements in this lightweight fishing vest.


There are innovations in this lightweight fly fishing vest not found on any other vest on the market. Shell fabric is a super light, super tough nylon Supplex—a durable, fast-drying fabric that is water resistant, will not mildew when stored damp, and is resistant to sun damage. Lightweight fishing vest in olive. Washable. 100% Nylon.
Fishing vest sizes: S(34-36), M(38-40), L(42-44), XL(46-48), XXL(50-52).


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.5 / 5 based on 27 reviews


24 of 27 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 3/5

    Like the vest, not the workmanship - 9/25/2014

    I love the vest, but the workmanship is concerning me. I have several stitches that are starting to come apart and I've only used it 4 times.

  • 5/5

    Just Love This Vest - 1/16/2012
    By: from NYC

    Have had this vest for years. Keep trying out something high-techy every year and always come back to this vest. Love the look and the function. My only "complaint" is that if you actually load up all the pockets then the vest gets pretty heavy. Holds everything and comfortable even on a long day of fishing.

  • 5/5

    Great Product - 12/31/2011
    By: from Northern New Mexico

    Lots of pockets and light. Zippers are well placed for easy access.

  • 2/5

    poor design - 10/17/2011
    By: from UK

    weak pockets to large when heavy items put in them allowing them to droop over. Small stronger would be better

  • 5/5

    well worth the money - 10/4/2011

    even better than I expected. The picture does not do it justice

  • 5/5

    The Best Vest! - 9/22/2011
    By: from Central-Mississippi
    Top 500 Contributor

    This would be my second Pro Guide Vest. The other one is the mesh version and I wanted the standard version to rig up with my western fly fishing gear. Awesome vest with all the room in the world. Has great features and enough pockets to even put all my stuff in. More importantly, he rides really well on your shoulders and is still comfortable at the end of the day, even with the pockets all full! No other vest for me! Thanks Orvis!

  • 5/5

    no neck pain! - 11/1/2010
    By: from Branson, MO
    Top 250 Contributor

    Some years back, I had brain/neck surgery that was not very successful. I was unable to find a vest that did not bother my neck and chest packs just did not hold enough. The material in this vest conforms to your shoulders thus releaving stress on the neck allowing me to fish longer. Holds all I need (even have some empty pockets) and then some. If a heavy vest bothers you, this is the solution!

  • 5/5

    Second Vest from Orvis - 9/1/2010
    By: from Connecticut

    My first vest was an Orvis Super Wading Tac-L-Pak (or its predecessor) that I bought when I first started Fly Fishing some 30 years ago and 70 pounds. The super wading vest was great and still in great shape after all those years and about 75 days a year on the water. The only thing that was not in good shape was me and I needed a larger vest. Initially I thought I would just buy another super wading vest in a larger size until I saw this one and tried it on. This vest is everything Orvis says it is ... what I really like is that it maintains the traditional look of a vest and has all the storage needed. It is comfortable, even when fully loaded and places everything exactly where you would think it should be. By the way ... I still have my other vest JUST in case I lose some weight.

  • 5/5

    A Great Vest - 7/20/2010
    By: from Bath, UK

    Great fit. Very comfortable to wear - Even fully (over) loaded. Quick drying. Plenty of well placed pockets allow ready access to all of your fly fishing essentials - Main pockets will take large C&F boxes with ease. Sheepskin fly patch hangs onto flies (unlike some modern foam patches). Only (very) minor niggle is that the bungee cord sometimes catches on the fabric shroud & so does not always fully retract.

  • 4/5

    Poor zipper design - 12/28/2009
    By: from Lebanon, PA/Vail, CO

    I love the storage capabilities and fit. My only complaint is the zipper pulls have a small opening that allows tippet to slip though, leading to a snag on your zipper pull while changing flies.

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The Battenkill Pro Guide Vest

"I've never used a vest as comfortable as the Orvis Pro Guide Vest. When you pack a dozen fly boxes, thousands of flies and your vest weighs 40 lbs. fully loaded, it’s critical that weight be distributed as evenly as possible. I’ve never used a vest as comfortable as the Orvis Pro Guide vest. The stretch mesh yoke conforms to my shoulders and eliminates pressure points while the roomy pockets hold everything I need."

—Marty Cecil,  Elktrout Lodge

Our finest fly fishing vest, the Pro Guide features 7 interior pockets, 15 exterior front pockets, and 3 exterior back pockets to hold all your leader packets and tippet spools, fly boxes, floatant, strike indicators, extra reel spools, rain and cold weather gear, repellent, net, large maps, and lunch. Pockets alone do not make a great vest, however. The Pro Guide is also designed for comfort and durability. The specially-designed stretch mesh yoke is made to contour to any shoulder shape and suspend the vest’s weight to reduce neck strain and allow comfort for long days on the water.

The shell fabric is constructed of Supplex®, an extremely lightweight yet tough nylon that is water and sun resistant, fast drying, and, best of all, will not mildew if stored damp. Set your rod butt in the loop that hangs from the lower right of vest and strap the rod itself into the chest loop and your hands are now completely free to tie flies or provide better balance as you cross strong water. The Pro Guide Mesh Vest offers everything the Pro Guide vest offers in a construction that’s lighter and cooler for mid-summer fishing or in warmer climates. Both have heavy-duty zippers with pull tabs for easy access.

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