Advice on upland vest

Colodiver

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I've decided to buy a quality warm weather vest. We hunt blue grouse and ptarmigan most of September, LOTS of walking some pretty stiff Colorado hills. If we're not doing that, it is the Nebraska sand hills for prairie grouse. Usually warm to hot weather--tee shirt after the sun is up. I love my Pella vest but it gets hot. My needs:
1. Strap type, don't want backpack type shoulder straps.
2. hydration capable plus water bottle holders for the dog
3. some sort of pouch for snacks, rain coat, dog food
4. front pockets for shells, gloves, gps, etc.

I've googled and am amazed by the variety, everything from $50 to $300! I'd like to hear what you've tried/like or dislike. I'm willing to plunk down considerable cash if I'm buying the right thing.

Steve
 

Deuce22

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I don't have one yet as I'm saving my pennies for one, but wing works will get my $ when I have it. A have a few buddies with them and they're awesome.
 

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I have the. Cabelas ultimate vest and really like it although it doesn't have hydration pocket. You could add one really easy though, I have been thinking about it. You probably want the upland pro like ODL said
 

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I have tried Mcalister (pre Drake) Filson (low end), Mother, & Orvis strap vests.
Orvis is by far my favorite. But it's not hydration compatible.
Sounds like you should check out Wing Works. I've not used one but I hear very good things.
 

dakndug

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I have a quillomene, it is ok, the hydration is really nice for you, but I've had briars rip out the bite tube and not know it and lose all my water. I've gone back to my Filson Guide strap vest. I carry two large gatorade bottles with water for us. I find it easier and the vest is tough as nails. They are $$, but I found mine on sale for under $80. Couldn't beat that with a stick!

Doug
 

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