Rated 5 out of 5 by FFKevin Must have.
I'm relatively new the the fly fishing seen and was looking for a mid priced vest. After doing lots of research I stumbled across this vest. It has become my favorite piece of equipment! The vest has ample storage, fits well, is comfortable for all day trips fully packed, and has the best warranty in the business. It's very well organized and holds everything you need to long trips. Water bladder is a great feature as I tend to forget to drink out on the water. I would highly recommend this to anyone!
September 5, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by baughb I'm too short!
Great combo with reservoir pocket and lotsa pockets but, you need to be tall.
At 5'9" I found myself dunking the bottom of the vest quite often and since I lightened my payload so much and bring less bugs with me, I'm using a small day pack that weighs nothing with the reservoir and supplies added as needed. The "fly shop" is organized in the trunk so no need to carry 5+ boxes on me.
Everything else is attached to my waders and in its pockets.
Will be passing this on to a taller friend.
August 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by ADKTroutbum Only vest you will ever need...or want.
This vest is the BEST combination of a pack and fishing vest I have ever seen. Other companies have made similar products for triple the price. Size one up and buy it, I've had mine for years and it lives fully stocked in the back of my Jeep next to my 4 weight. I fish many places that require a hike in and this carries extra layers, fluids, food and other gear comfortably.
July 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by EricTheRed Men's Rapid River Vest Pack
this vest has it all. lightweight, tons of pockets, great fit, and a great price. it has two gear retractors just above the main zipper on either side, thats the two black tube looking things. the regular fits just fine. i'm 5' 11" and 175 lbs. this is head and shoulders above my previous standard vest.
June 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Liambean Comfortable, great fit
Vest is comfortable and lightweight with ample storage pockets for the gear I carry. While I looked at cheaper vests I believe this is very good quality and value for the money.
May 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TheBeav Rapid River Vest/Pack
The Rapid River vest/pack allows for a full complement of gear to be carried for light to heavy hikes. It has the right amount of storage on the back for rain gear. The belt gets all the weight off your shoulders and onto your hips. Once down to the river it is very functional with plenty of room in the front pockets for fishing gear which is easily accessible without having to reach in the back or take the vest/pack off.
Well designed and functional.
April 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TennFlyFisherman Excellent vest for the price
I was excited to get this vest. It has lots of pockets, plenty of storage, hydration sleeve capability, a wonderful lower back brace and seems to be exceptionally well made. All the seams and hems looked to be well finished and even.
It worked great while on the water. My back isn't the best, so having a good back lumbar support added to my enjoyment and kept me fishing for longer than I usually am able to do without a rest. The "work station" pockets worked well as did the built-in "fly box" design. I look forward to many years of fly fishing with this vest.
I'm a bit of a traditionalist, so not having a piece of wool to dry out wet flies was a bit of a negative. There are certainly enough features in this vest to overcome this detail.
April 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by ClydeinTS The jury is still out on this one
The concept is good, the quality and adjustable fit is great. The built in fly cases are definitely a handy feature, as is the hydration pouch. I, however, am unsure as to how the waistband can help carry the load without some sort of stiffening stays to help support the upper part. It reminds me more of a day pack with a waist band than an internal frame back pack. They have been releasing too much water for me to wear it fly-fishing since it arrived and practice casting in my yard while wearing the vest can only tell me so much.
April 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ULFisherman Finally a Vest Worth Buying
You name it, I've tried every type fly fishing system: vest, lanyard, waist pack, chest pack, etc. Every setup had flaws and trade offs. My vest was uncomfortable and heavy. My lanyard was too minimalist for most uses. Waist/chest pack was painfully uncomfortable yet way too small. I had settled on a $10 bait fisherman waist pack that was an all-around compromise and didn't allow me to carry a landing net.
Finally, LL Bean's Rapid River answers my prayers. It is incredible. The fit is superb. I can carry everything I could ever need for a full day on the water (10-15 lbs of gear) and it goes unnoticed. The balance and weight distribution is perfect.
The Rapid River vest is snug and holds the load close to your body. Unlike my bulky, heavy vest, there is no flopping or dangling gear. No shifting gear means no losing balance while wading or cliff hanging. I can carry more gear in my Rapid River vest than any other system, yet it is so well-designed, you have completely relaxed and full range of casting motion.
I am 6'2" 200lbs and this fits great. The vest is fully adjustable and should fit just about any male (I can't speak for the ladies) physically capable of fishing.
There are countless pockets, all have high quality zippers and pulls. Integrated zingers keep clutter down. Loads of D-rings allow customization. This vest was probably designed by a guide. I can't imagine a better vest, regardless of price.
This vest is truly amazing. I can't believe I waited this long to purchase it. It is an amazing deal. Don't waste your money on "cheaper alternatives" since you'll be wasting the money on junk. Do yourself, your back, and your wallet a favor and purchase this vest. You won't regret it.
March 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wellpleasedshopper Great hit for h.s. graduation
My strong, tall 18 year old grandson LOVED choosing and receiving this gift; says the Regular fits well. Thanks, LL Bean for the discount price and the great gift.
March 26, 2014