Turkey vest

mullet dredge

Six Pointer
This vest interests me. I have always liked the stadium seat concept and original Alps Impact since the old Bucklick Creek vests I had in late 90s/early 00s….before Bass Pro ruined them like they do everything else. Struggling to tell if this new Alps rig has some sort of rigid frame in the back/game bag bottom, a la Nomad Bull Lounger. If it does then it will be a hard NO for me. If it doesn’t then I will probably try one….or add it to my future Frankenstein vest pile.

 

QBD2

Old Mossy Horns
Vests are so personal. What works for me won’t work for you, and vice versa. I’ve been using a rng 200 for a few seasons now. It carries what I need it to, and doesn’t have room for all the BS I don’t want to carry anyway…. It’s about as un vest as a full vest gets.
 

SnowMaker

Ten Pointer
I'd check the weight on anything made by Alps. I bought a few things from them during a good sale. They're all exceptionally heavy, turkey vest being the heaviest and most unpleasant. Thing is taking up room in a closet. All my Alps gear is getting replaced basically a piece at a time.
 

mullet dredge

Six Pointer
I'd check the weight on anything made by Alps. I bought a few things from them during a good sale. They're all exceptionally heavy, turkey vest being the heaviest and most unpleasant. Thing is taking up room in a closet. All my Alps gear is getting replaced basically a piece at a time.
Let me guess, the Grand Slam w/ the ridiculously heavy, creaky metal seat frame?

This Impact vest re-iteration claims to have modular MOLLE type panels, which I think would be handy. I typically dont carry a boxcall and the box call sleeves included on most vests are wasted space and bulk for me. Would be nice to add or delete things like that as the situation calls for, or customize their placement on the panels to your liking. I have not hand my hands on the Tethrd M2 yet but I like the modularity it offers.
 

SnowMaker

Ten Pointer
Yup that's the vest I reference. Then I have 3 packs from them. All but 1 will be phased out. And it's the simple day pack that I'll be keeping. Hard to mess that up
 

hoyt85

Six Pointer
Vests are so personal. What works for me won’t work for you, and vice versa. I’ve been using a rng 200 for a few seasons now. It carries what I need it to, and doesn’t have room for all the BS I don’t want to carry anyway…. It’s about as un vest as a full vest gets.

I agree. The 200 keeps it simple. Allows me to carry just enough to get by. I like having a water bladder, and that one will hold a 2 liter. I carry two pots, 3 strikers, 2 mouth calls, a 101 shot, leather tote, wet wipes a couple of bars and I roll on. Doesn't matter if it's one mile or 12.

The alps grand slam is a good vest as well. I've had one I ran solely for 5 seasons and it's held up well. I haven't busted any zippers or pull tabs surprisingly. it's a tad heavy just bare bones but nothing crazy heavy imo. It will accept a 3 liter bladder. To be completely fair, other than some blood stains it still looks like it did when I took it out of the package. First thing I did was take that stupid kick stand crap off. The few times I've actually thought it would be nice to have hasn't equated to the extra weight over all those miles I'd have to tote it. The alps can be adjusted to where the bottom sits just below your waist so when you're climbing it's not bouncing off your legs.

I used to ration out a one liter bottle for all day hunts but I found after a few days of making some pretty big loops I'd kinda be dehydrated. Now, when I head back to the truck, whatever is left in my bladder, I drink when I'm on the home stretch to the truck.

If your concerned about layers. Get you a decent lighweight puffy vest of jacket and a pair of zip off long johns from KUIU, First Lite or Stone Glacier for those cool mornings. No need to have multiple layers to have to tote all day for 99% of the conditions you'll end up hunting in. For rain I just use the space rain jacket from Cabela's. It packs up real small and tight, bout the size of a baseball. Another option is a cheap poncho, that's worked good in a sudden down pour to keep everything fairly dry.
 

mullet dredge

Six Pointer
One major gripe I have with vests these days is they are all One Size Fits Most....and I am not "Most". I have two of the old Cabelas Tactical Tater 2's in Sm/Med that fit me great. Once again, Bass Pro ruined those vests when they cheapened them, made them OSFM, and did away with Mossy Oak. I added a sleeve in the game bag on one of mine to take a bladder, but the water bottle pockets were ample sized for two 32oz nalgenes. I have found that I tend to hunt much harder when well hydrated.

The Alps GS and Impact used to be sized as well, as did the Bucklick Creeks of yesteryear. Think they have gotten away from that.
 

Packfan

Eight Pointer
The older I get, the less I want to carry…

That being said, I just entered the chest pack game. The new Ol’ Tom pack came in the mail yesterday and should serve me well on states that I hunt where I need to fly to coupled with either a Glenda Greene inter tube cushion or one of the folding camp chairs that I took the legs off of that acts like a rocking chair.

Anywhere that I can drive to hunt, I have been very pleased with the Nomad bull longer that I picked up 50% off last winter. It is by far, the most comfortable vest that I’ve ever hunted out of.

I’ve never been satisfied with any setup due to neck and shoulder pain. I had the shoulder fixed two weeks ago and already feel 20 years younger.
 

mullet dredge

Six Pointer
Hunted the Sitka vest last year after buying it from a buddy. Very pleased with it. Well built, not baggy, carries what I need, and not hot. Need to pick up a spare.
I’ve got a solid color one on deck for this spring. High hopes for it, definitely like the sizing and streamlined aspect.

I think we have just about covered the present day turkey vest market in this thread. Anyone have any experience with the Grounded Vest? Or the Badlands? That’s two I haven’t ever put my eyes or hands on….
 
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Datrip

Six Pointer
This vest interests me. I have always liked the stadium seat concept and original Alps Impact since the old Bucklick Creek vests I had in late 90s/early 00s….before Bass Pro ruined them like they do everything else. Struggling to tell if this new Alps rig has some sort of rigid frame in the back/game bag bottom, a la Nomad Bull Lounger. If it does then it will be a hard NO for me. If it doesn’t then I will probably try one….or add it to my future Frankenstein vest pile.

I like the looks of that thing. It will probably be introduced in Nashville next week.
 

Brad_Colvin

Eight Pointer
I’ve got a solid color one on deck for this spring. High hopes for it, definitely like the sizing and streamlined aspect.

I think we have just about covered the present day turkey vest market in this thread. Anyone have any experience with the Grounded Vest? Or the Badlands? That’s two I haven’t ever put my eyes or hands on….
I got the Grounded vest last spring and really like it. I have 4 vests and the one I'm not selling is the Grounded. The layout works best for me and I like what the founder stands for.
 

Winnie 70

Ten Pointer
Andrewd, I posted this on a few pages back about a turkey vest....I have a Tom Teasers Quick Sack that is perfect for all the calls, etc. I carry. Google it and you can see a picture. Think Rural King has it on their site. Cabalas carried it few years ago but not seen it in their store lately. Mine has been converted to a snap release strap so can be worn over shoulder or around your waist. When I sit down just reach the snap and it laying right there beside me. I got away from the vest because all are excess weight, and too hot later in the season. I hunt in a camo shirt most of the time and like to travel as light as possible. The Quick Sack has compartments for several box calls, pots, binos, bottle water, and other items....check it out think you might like it.
 
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