Near-perfect LBE for day hikes
I gave up on backpacks for day hikes about 4 years ago when I got one of these. This can easily carry everything you need for yourself (food, snacks, water, camera, radio, poncho, first aid, ...)
Among the 14 pockets, two are handwarmer pockets, and four are zippered flat pockets (good for maps, etc, but not for bulky items). These all sit behind the big cargo pockets at the waist.
There's no good way to attach a hydration bladder, but the zippered pocket in the back can hold a 2-3 L reservoir reasonably well. The shoulder tabs work well for holding the drinking tube.
Every time I use this I wish some little detail were different: one pocket is always the wrong size/shape for what I'm trying to carry, or the balance is off in some way (especially with a bladder in the rear pocket). But ultimately, I use this way more than my customizable MOLLE vest for the very simple reason that it is super light. If you're hiking for fun rather than in a life-and-death situation, less weight is definitely more fun. And I can put up with the inconveniences for one day. It's also quite sturdy and all the velcros still work after 4 years of light use.
From a price/performance ratio, this is the best LBE I've got.
Cargo Vest/Flight Vest
I am an Ultralight/Light Sport Pilot Aircraft Pilot and we are always in need of pockets to stow gear as we fly and with this vest I have found what I have been looking for. It is a vest that has many pockets of varying sizes that secure with Velcro or zipper front, back, inside, outside and with two hand pockets. I also wanted a vest that was made with the heavy mesh material so it could breathe in the hot weather and limited ventilation of the cockpit and this vest fits the bill. Another small feature it had enough room between the top pocket and the edge of the shoulder material for Velcro pilot or organization name tags to be sewn on.
What was the best part of the vest you get a very handy, well made, light weight, functional vest without being in the class of the over priced military or law enforcement flight/survival vest.
Scottsburg Aero Club