Overall: 3.7 / 5 based on 17 reviews
11 of 17 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Lightweight and Well Made -
By: nybob from NY
Recently started using this item. Comes up to Orvis' standard of quality and is very well made. Folds easily for storage and is compact when not in use. Very adjustable to your particular size requirements.
The one for the warm weather -
By: Casillas from Mexicali, Baja California.
You can still have temperatures that can reach between 90 and 105 degrees in the Baja, Mexicali valley when hunting dove or pheasant, and the use of traditional vest is out of the question. For warm weather this is your best choice. True to fit, well made,
This strap vest is very nice and very comfortable. I choose dark khaki because I will be able to add an orange shirt under it for upland and use it wilth regular camo for duck hunting. The pockets are large enough to have your shells in them and be able to get your hands inside, too.
Strap vest beyond compare -
By: LegBand from Hughson, Ca.
The orvis waxed cotton SV (strap vest) is with out question the most well designed SV on the market the four pockets instead of the traditional two and the zippered back pack compartment make it much more acomidating for additional gear and versital in various field situations.There are a few suggestions I would like to Make first a D ring on both front straps or attach your collar transmitter , wistle or quail call would be nice low enough not to mar the finsh on the stock or forearm of a fine shot gun. Second crossing strap bottoms in the water bottle holders so they don't fall through and end up under the birds in the bird bag. Third a inner between attached to the mesh that divides the back pack and the bird bag to keep blood,stool and such off your jacket ,snacks or other items you might be carrying for the hunt. I was out 109 days during waterfowl, quail and dove seasons and have used many of the top name brands I think these changes would take a great product and make it better.
best upland vest I have owned -
By: duchtr from Yuma AZ
I dove hunted with this vest 4 seasons now , my usual habit is to put 1 1/2 boxes of shells in the right side snap open pouch and a 1/2 box in the other, the snap open one finger pouch is great , you have easy access to your shells Fast!, love it so much I bought the belt version also, great quality and built like a tank, I did sew on a piece of cloth to the left side front strap to clip my radio on , great vest
Not up to par -
By: DevildoginTex from North Texas
Spring pockets were uncomfortable and when they were opened they opened to toward your body as well as outward. The shoulder straps seemed to be sewn in the wrong place and do not lay flat but twist. Vest is fairly well made and would have been a winner if not for these things. I returned the vest.
bad design -
By: becasse from Michigan
I purchased this vest 3 years ago for my husband, which he never used (he is still using the oil cloth vest that is 10 years old) so it became mine. I have hunted 4 times with it (including this past weekend) the mesh pockets are falling apart! I don't carry that much ammo in them! Bad design, they oil cloth should have been used on the pockets instead of the mesh.
More of the same... -
By: MIGrouseGuy from Royal Oak, MI
Love this vest. Like others, I think the mesh on the pockets is a design flaw. Just started my 2nd season and I can see a repair/reinforcement is going to be needed. If not for this, I would also describe this as the best vest on the market. However, despite the crazy amount of Orvis stuff I own and my general preference for Orvis gear - from flyrods, to waders, to luggage, to casual attire, to briar chaps (just got these- and I am really liking them, btw), I have been perusing Filson, Macks, etc. for an alternative. I like my stuff to last - and don't want to change up or mess around with it annually. I would gladly purchase a new version with better pockets (please keep the spring opening!) - and would look favorably on an exchange. However, I really think this flaw needs to be fixed. It seems like a small manufacturing change - and then...perfection!
Good but improvement needed -
I have used this vest for 5 seasons and it is the first vest(out of three)that I grab when leaving the truck. I have used it pheasant,sharptail,hun hunting in MT,SD,ND,IA,and MN. It is cool in the early season on the prairie and works great over a layering system in late season. Improvement is needed on the pocket material. Get rid of the mesh on the pockets and upgrade to a heavier material on the outer wear areas(I have the blaze model). I have patched these areas to prevent shell loss. It would be the best vest(my opinion)on the market with the above improvement.