Rated 4 out of 5
by Healthvet good pack - one caveat
I think LLBean makes some of the best upland gear. This vest pack carries cookpot, water, stove rain gear, first aid, overnight gear with room to spare. shell pouches carry full box of shells (you have to put the whole box in, and it stretches over). One caveat - I'm skinny. The shoulder straps are a little loose and the belt is tightened right up. I'm barely size 34 waist with clothes on. would like it a little more snug. I hike 1.5 hrs from truck to my favorite covert so I need to carry gear. I've carried all gear listed plus 3 grouse and two rabbits with no problems. Would like the straps to be able to modified like some technical backpacks can have them tightened, and I'm going to continue to use the pack this year and next and see what I think. This pack replaced my vest that I've used since early 1980s, so I researched a lot before buying. Would like to see how it compares to the pa'tridge strap vest.
November 19, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Level42man Technical Upland Vest
I would recommend this item, but with one strong reservation. This is my second L.L. Bean Technical Upland Vest, so I'm into this item for north of $300 so far. I just got a new one because the shell pouches on my old one were terrible (velcro wore out, shells would spill out every time I bent over, and the flaps weren't actually long enough to close very well at all), and the blaze orange had faded pretty badly. The new pouches are much improved. However, my main gripe still persists: the sizing. Unless you have a waist measurement of at least 34+ inches, don't bother with this vest. It only comes in two sizes, regular and large. The main selling point of this vest is that the waist belt transfers weight from your shoulders to your waist. Lovely idea in theory, and if I were considerably beefier it would work. But even fully cinched up, the waist belt is still too big and all the weight is still borne by my shoulders. I carry a lot in this vest, so the weight is a seriously detrimental factor. I had hoped this re-design would have addressed the fact that the waist belt needs to be more fully adjustable. Really, really disappointed that it's not. I like everything else about the vest, but this issue is pretty huge for me. I took a chance and ordered a second one, but unless Bean offers a better waist belt or includes a third size, I absolutely won't be buying another one.
October 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by hunter1966 Love this vest
I used this for a solid week of ruffed grouse hunting and it exceeded all my expectations. It carries the weight on your hips, is easy to wear over a shirt or a coat, weather depending. I had been looking at this for many years, I am so glad I finally purchased one.
October 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by TripsGunner Mothers upland game vest replacement
After having an unfortunate accident with my 15 year old Mothers brand backpack style bird vest at the end of last hunting season, I was forced into going on a search for a vest that could replace my old treasured hunting tool. There are a lot of good choices out there if you?re a serious all day long, any type of weather chukar hunter, but in my opinion none matched the quality, price and features that the L.L. Bean Technical Upland Game Vest has. The fit and finish is sturdy, yet the vest is light weight. The zippers are of very high quality and the water bottle pockets are the perfect height and size, The backpack style is comfortable with good ergonomics and extremely adjustable. The vest has lots of storage but is not bulky ? Congrats L.L Bean, you smashed a home run!!!
August 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by UplandHunter19 The Best There Is
This vest is one of the nicest hunting products I have ever purchased. The two shell pockets on the front waist band are very sturdy and hold almost two full boxes of shells without sagging or feeling weighed down. The rear game pouch is lined so no blood will stain it and washes very easily. Most importantly it is extremely adjustable so it can be adjusted to fit anyone perfectly and the vest is very comfortable even when filled with gear. This product is worth every penny!
August 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by GregInCarmel Great Product
I don't hunt but bought this as a substitute for a fanny pack, where I wanted something smaller than a backpack but could carry more than a fanny pack. Works very well and doesn't give you the feeling it's trying to pull your pants down like a large fanny pack sometimes does.
February 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bailey222 Best I have seen
Looked at a lot if vests. This is by far the best. Enough orange to satisfy the big game hunting requirements as well as upland. The pockets are convenient and well placed and the harness system makes wearing it very comfortable.
December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by wyo47 Perfect!
Being a hunting guide in Wyoming I demand the most durable, reliable, and lightweight gear this vest has everything you need great for an all day walk hunting grouse in the mountains or Hun's and chukar. Plenty of space for water and easy to shoot with I would recommend this vest to anyone who wants the best!
December 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by marknorthdakota good - not perfect
Nice product and VERY comfortable to wear. Lots of good pockets in the back.
A couple issues and a question. The clip-on pockets are a nice idea, but anything on the side where you mount your gun may get in the way when you mount your gun to shoot. Also, they are too small for some eCollar transmitters (Garmin Astro/Alpha) and an iPhone 6 barely fits in the large pocket. For now, I'm forced to use the left belt pocket for the eCollar remote. I'm secretly hoping they will make some new clip-ons available and send me one or 2 to try.
The only other question I have is why they built the Regular size with a minimum waist size of 35". I'm average size - 5-10", 180 lbs - and I have the waist belt as tight as it can go. Anyone smaller than me will have problems until we start having to wear our heavy winter clothes. Seems a bit of a design problem!
October 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by WIBrian27 Top quality and design
Great vest! Nice pockets on the back; great dual water-bottle holders for the dogs water while the hydration pocket will handle the largest bladders. I removed the shoulder pocket on my gun shoulder - but is on my non shooting shoulder for GPS/walkie-talkie. I just wish the shell pockets on the waist strap were larger! Theres some small gear I'd like to have at easy access without having to take the pack off - but these shell pockets are just too small to be overly protective. How many shells do they intend a field hunter to need? If I need more than 10 shells to bring in 4 birds.....I shouldn't be out hunting!! I put shells in one side and dog treats in the other. Bigger pockets would've been 5 stars. Great bright, blaze color & lots of it!! Otherwise - a top quality vest - I'd expect nothing less from LL Bean!!
October 12, 2014