Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: All S-Rivers Above the Equator
Call me the outlier. I have worn a vest for over 40 years. For the last 15 or more it has been the Patagonia version that converts between just a vest or a vest and backpack. I would just vest it except if I was out for the day walking (like on the Thompson) when I would go the backpack route. The pack wasn’t waterproof though so that became an issue. When Patagonia came out with the new version of the vest I retired my old one and matched the new one to their zippered waterproof bag. I love it.
I admit I’m a pack rat but the weight of the pack doesn’t bother me. It holds a couple dry pair of gloves, two pairs of glasses (one low light and one bright), TP, a fleece hat and a ditty bag with a priest, rope stringer and a garbage bag for those rare occasions I keep a fish. The vest side has two boxes, tippet, head light, fabric tape measure, nippers, Abel pliers, tip wallet and leader wallet.
I know, it is overkill but it’s how I roll.
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