Tenzing BV16 Upland Vest
|Price:||$135.00 - $229.99|
- Designed by upland hunters for upland hunters. 215 Total Sq. inches of hunters orange. 84 sq. inches on back and 131 sq. inches on front
- 13 total pockets and 14 Shot Shell Loops
- 2 Radio Pockets
- 2 Load Lifter Straps to keep weight up and tight
- H2O Compatible
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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.
13 Total Pockets
14 Shot Shell Loops 2 Radio Pockets
2 Load Lifter Straps to keep weight up and tight H2O Compatible
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.
The shell pockets on the front are great for me (20 ga.). If I got really nit-picky, I could say that it's not super easy to load the water bladder, but that's a stretch. This blows away the bird-n-lite vest I had and the Cabela's Instinct Prairie Runner that I tried (Cabela's, so, of course, the smallest is size is built for someone with a 38-inch waist).
I have now used it on multiple occasions. There just isn't enough adjustment in the vest to access the rear compartment to place birds. Yes one bird fine, Two Pheasants OK... But that is it. I couldn't get more than 4 Pheasants in with the 3 litter bag. And to think that this vest is capable of 6 liters. These are large South Dakota Pheasants.