|Product Dimensions||24.41 x 3.54 x 14.96 inches|
|Item model number||962208|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Number Of Items||1|
|Specification met||Certified frustration-free|
|Item Weight||3.37 pounds|
TENZING 962208 BV16 Upland Vest
- Tenzing Premium Hunting Packs | Go Further. Hunt Longer | Every Tenzing product is torture-tested in the field to outlast a lifetime of the most brutal hunts. We re-work, re-design and re-test until we exceed every metric
- Innovative Pocket Storage Options: 13 total pockets and compartments | Large wrap-around bird carrying compartment | Two radio pockets | Expanding face pocket
- 14 Shot Shell loops in a convenient side pocket are easy to reach and for quick load
- H20 compatible with Robic rip-stop fabric for durability in high-stress areas | 2 load lifter straps keep weight up and tight
- Size XL/XXL for improved comfort and mobility for hunters of every size and shape
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TENZING 962208 BV16 Upland Vest, Blaze Orange,XL/XXL
This vest-pack crossover provides improved comfort and mobility for hunters of every size and shape. Innovative pockets and features make this pack an essential bird hunting accessory.
- 13 total pockets and compartments
- Large wrap-around bird carrying compartment
- Two radio pockets
- Expanding face pocket
- 14 shot shell loops
- Two load-lifter straps keep weight tight and elevated
- H2O compatible
- Robic rip-stop fabric adds durability in high-stress areas
It may not fit the mold of a conventional bird vest, but Tenzing's upland bird vests sure do fit the hunter. Updated for 2016, this vest-pack crossover comes in a new blaze orange style to provide improved comfort and mobility for hunters of every size and shape. What's not changing are the innovative pockets and features that have made this award-winning pack an essential bird hunting accessory. Product Features: 13 Total Pockets 14 Shot Shell Loops 2 Radio Pockets 2 Load Lifter Straps to keep weight up and tight H2O Compatible Product Specs: Total Cubic Inches: 2000 cu in Total Weight: 3lb 2oz Side Pocket (x 2): 8" x 7" x 1" Side Sleeve Pocket (x 2): 8" x 7" x 1" Mesh Front Pocket (x 2): 3" x 5.5" x 2" Mesh Back Pocket: 8" x 7" x 1" Expandable Bungee Compartment: 9" x 11" x 2" Back Pocket: 9" x 17" x 1.5" H2O Compartment: 10" x 16" x 1.5"
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This vest is extremely comfortable, lightweight, and is well-constructed from quality materials. It has an integrated pouch for a hydration bladder and enough room for birds and gear. The bird pouch isn't all that big but can be loaded from the front and will hold 2-3 pheasants. The pack has load adjusting straps that keep everything close to your back and large hip pockets for shells or other gear you need to keep close at hand. The pockets close securely with velcro. I wasn't sure I wanted velcro pockets here but after trying the snap pockets on the Browning vest and the magnetic closure on the Badlands vest, velcro is clearly the way to go. The radio pouches on the front of the hip pockets look handy but aren't big enough for a Garmin Alpha and I wouldn't trust any of my gear in them. Similarly, the outermost pocket on the back isn't really useful for me and is held in place with elastic string that seems likely to hang up in brush or barbed wire.
So why is this the vest I'm keeping? This vest set itself apart by being the "tallest" of the bunch. The pack comes in two sizes and has a second set of loops for the hip belt that allows it to get 3" longer than the next tallest pack. This made it the most comfortable on my 6'4" frame. If I were a few inches shorter, I'd probably have gone with the L.L. Bean vest and their lifetime satisfaction guarantee. This vest carries just a two year warranty. Assuming it holds up, though, this vest and I will spend many miles together.
Here is what I don't like:
First off, the front shell pocket design is great, I like the pocket flap portion to keep dog treats on one side and a shell box on the other. The issue I have is that these front shell pockets are TINY and I can barely fit my hands in them after putting shells in the loops and items in the flap pockets. Tenzing should consider a redesign on that and make both of the front shell pockets quite a bit larger.
The second issue I have is more of a question as to why they elected to do three straps for the front closure. There is a chest strap, a small abdominal and a small-but-slightly-larger abdominal strap just below the other one. I'd personally like them to redesign the vest with just one 2" abdominal strap, with a big beefy clip on it. You could still get the same "weight on the hips" benefit and not have extra straps and clips hanging off the front.
Another issue I have is that the pack/vest is hydration compatible, costs a buck and a half or more to the blue collar upland hunter, and they decided not to include a bladder and tube for you... just bugs me that such a small detail got skipped so they can skim a tiny bit off for profits sake.
When you attach a radio,carabiners, or dog remote to the shoulder straps they are so thin that they barely support the weight and sometimes get twisted up because they're so thin. I understand for a proper shotgun mount you want the shoulder straps thin, but not so thin that you cannot support the weight of those small attached items that so many of us upland hunters tend to carry. I'd also add a polymer D-ring or two to the shoulder straps so that you don't rip off the nylon webbing.
Time will tell, and I haven't stuffed the game bag too much... but it also seems a little bit tight. I use my vest for dog training and hunting, and when I have a few duck and pheasant-sized bumpers in the game bag, it is fairly obvious to me that it is a tight fit. Haven't tried to stuff more than two roosters in there yet- so the real performance of it cannot be determined yet. My guess is that fitting chukars, grouse, and quail shouldn't be too difficult.
Should have a pocket for a water bottle or two... for the guys who don't like to water their dogs from the same hydration bladder straw they themselves are drinking from. I will water my dog from it as long as he hasn't eaten any turds, but I prefer to have him drink from a separate water bottle and it's nice when a pack or vest has a spot for it.
What I do like about it:
The side access zippers for loading the game bag... oh my! What a fantastic feature! Perfect. They nailed that one. Totally game changing! Even better than a front loading vest.
Weight off the shoulders. The design carries more like a high-end hunting pack than a vest. This is an essential feature here in Utah running around miles and miles of rocky side-hilling and ridgelines. You can carry this pack full of stuff for miles and miles and not get any neck or shoulder fatigue. Doesn't wobble or shake around either... Awesome!
Shell loops are tight enough for holding 20ga. shells securely
Pocket systems on the back of the vest are useful for first aid kits, snacks, extra dog treats, etc. They are well sized and the load lifter straps are functional to hold an extra sweatshirt or jacket. I can fit everything I need to head out for a whole day and be comfy and dry.
Nice blaze orange coverage
Okay used the vest and it performed as well as expected. Kept weight off the shoulders and onto the waist, I stuffed 7 roosters in there. Water bottle pouches . . .nope, but I simply put water bottles for the Brittany hunting machine in the pouch, problem solved. Like the secure pocket for wallet, keys, phone. The e-collar controller fits in the front pouch. Had plenty of room for snacks (mine and hers) as well a a place to jam my heavy shirt when it warmed up. I bumped this up a star to 5 because with a a little imagination, the few small shortcomings are overcome.