Fully Loaded Vest Includes:1 Mini Nipper 3 SS Knotless Leaders 2 pack (sizes 3,4,5) 1 Floatant Combo Pack 1 Mesh Leader Wallet 1 Perfect Drift Strike Indicators 1 Wire Cord Zinger 1 M2 Lock and Load Fly Box 1 SS Tippet Material 40M Spool (sizes 4,5,6) 2 Rising Trout Selection (sizes 1,2) 1 Tungsten Putty 1 Micro Scissor Forceps
Overall: 4.7 / 5 based on 16 reviews
15 of 16 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Perfect Balance -
By: Flyfishmatt from New Hampshire
I have worn Simm's vest for the last 20 years. I noticed that the distribution of the pockets and weight was very high. It was always difficult to access the top pockets because it rode so high. I felt like the Michelin Man with four small fly boxes, fly dope, and two reel spools. I have been looking for a replacement for the last two years. I finally found the right vest. This vest keeps everything close while providing more arm movement. The adjustable straps allow you to keep it high for deep wading or lower for stream fishing. I have tried back packs, slings and lanyards. None have provided the versatility of this vest. Just enough room for everything without the bulk or weight. I have been flyfishing for 35 years and this is the best thought out product I have tried. You should give it a look. I am 6'4" 235lbs and can fit into a large. Great product!
FINALLY, SOMEONE GOT IT RIGHT!! -
I've been flyfishing for 30 years, gone through many vests and chestpacks and never had enough large pockets to carry all my fly boxes. The ten large pockets in the Hydros vest is more than enough now. Have one left for my camera and one I have not yet filled. The magnets work great, plenty strong enough and the three tool pockets are nice, right where you want them. The two cargo pockets on the back are large enough for a light weight rain jacket, lunch, spare reels and spools and more. The weight of the fully loaded vest carries well. Very easy to put on and take off, even though I'm a size 2XL and wearing a sweater underneath. THIS ONE IS A WINNER!! I hope that it lasts as long as the other Orvis vests that I have owned.
HUBBY LOVE -
By: TVtootsie from Kelowna, BC
Well I got something right in the fly-fishing world ... got hubby this great vest and he loves it. It's lighter in weight than his old vest and has more pouches and pockets. He wants his fly-fishing partner to get one so more business for Orvis!! Thanks for the "hubby love" that I got for purchasing this great vest.
Does exactly as advertised -
By: Bill3 from Williamsport, MD
Do you get a vest, a waist pack, or a sling pack? I bought this product because sometimes I need the extra capacity of a vest. You know, lunch, a wading jacket, some water, and the bonus of having a place to hook your net. It's a quality product.
One size doesn't fit all -
Hubby wears an XL and this didn't even come close to fitting him. The quality is exceptional and the weight is perfect but it won't fit anyone who wears greater than a Large. I wish that came in size selections because I would instantly order another -- but alas, it doesn't. Back it goes. :(
I never planed to purchase... -
Until I put this vest on. It sits so comfortable on me that I could not say to myself no. Fishing trip after no doubt it worse the money.
Lightweight and sturdy -
By: Wass1 from Bakersfield, CA
Lightweight in my warm weather country. Very comfortable. Plenty of room for the fisher that carries everything, but perfect for the minimilist. Magnets for the tools a great idea. Stops the dangly-tanglies.The forceps magnet could be a touch stronger. I am 6 feet, 230 pounds and it adjusts perfect to my frame.
Fantastic Vest -
By: Fancyboy from California
This is the most comfortable and usable vest/chest pack I have ever used. It carries a ton (even my water and a lunch) and is more comfortable than any other system I've used. A winner!
Best Vest. -
Excellent vest. Its utility purpose, comfort, design and great style suits all my needs and exceeded my exectations. It is my first choice for fly fishing.
Great vest .... except -
By: Dugie from Colorado Springs, CO
The other reviews all cover the pros of this vest and I agree with them all. However, I'm 6'6" and weigh in at 240. I found the girth of the vest isn't sufficient to accomodate my 38" waist. I strongly recommend that they increase the side straps to allow additional inches for guys that are XXL. I will figure out a way to adapt. They need a size XXL or larger that will allow for winter fishing with more layers of clothing.