Our Bass Pro Shops Deluxe Mesh Top Life Jacket features a cool mesh top, a nylon ripstop bottom, and a neoprene neck collar for enhanced comfort. 8 pockets give you storage space for small items. This fishing-friendly PFD also has multiple eyelets for drainage, a full-front zipper, and a rod holder. USCG-approved Type III. Imported.
Be SAFE and be LEGAL by wearing a PFD at all times.
Rated 3 out of 5 by RuBRNded Comfortable
Pros: Good construction, comfortable, lots of pockets
Cons: Hook and loop pocket flaps should be longer with longer hook and loop tabs (pocket wont close securely when full), needs a beaver strap through the crotch to prevent the vest from riding up near the neck when being utilized for floatation.
May 1, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 Life Jacket
I have used this life jacket several times already while fishing in my Kayak. It is VERY comfortable. On my last two trips out last week, I was in the Kayak for 4 and 6 hours each day, and the comfort was very good. It rides high, so it is not pushing down on the legs. The pockets are well laid out and little rod holder is quite useful. Only problem is do not get a fish hook buried in this dude....You will have to cut the hook! I speak from experience. It is overall a great little vest for the price.
March 29, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by TheTroutSlayer Good price, Great vest
I purchased this vest to wear on a canoe trip down White River. I was looking for an affordable vest that would not impair my casting. This vest fits that profile. I wore it non-stop for three whole days. It did not affect my casting or paddling at all. I was able to hold two containers of powerbait, pliers, hooks, my permit and cell phone, and some snacks. Similar vests at other stores were in the 60-70 dollar range.
March 24, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by ChuckMe1 Great Vest
This vest is just what I wanted. I'm 75 years young
and I continue to wade rivers and surf fish and
I needed some protection for my clumbsiness.
It's economical, It has good pockets and it helps
keep me afloat!!!
March 17, 2010
Would somebody please describe how the rod holder works on this vest. I've never seen that feature on a fishing vest. If you own the vest, does the feature work well? Good for only smaller rods? How about a 10" Salmon fishing rod? Thanks.
If you have a 10" Salmon fishing rod you can probably hold it between your teeth. You probably mean 10', in which case you can simply place the upper half of the rod, between the guides, into the velcro strap and close it around the rod. It just hangs there. I've only done this with lighter fly rods, your Salmon rod might be a bit heavy for this rod holder.
Hi, I have the hunter version of your vest what i did to hold my fly rod 8.5" and 9", I clip the top of the rod in the velcro strap and add an computer velcro cable tie in one of the bottom dring and clip this around the handle of my rod. This work good for me.
I don't know if you are familiar with Columbia or Magellan fishing shirt? Well that little velcro strap with the Columbia/Magellan name on it is a rod holder. It is desighned that you set the rod butt on the floor and strap your rod to your chest. This is used for fixxing your bait/fly or for retieing. This vest has that strap.
Its just a small velcro strap that wraps around your rod. It is used to free your hands temporarily, thats all. I use it sometimes when I am switching lures on my kayak. The biggest rod Ive used with the strap was an 8'MH Baitcast combo. Keep in mind that the handle of the rod is either resting on my lap or kayak. I imagine if you are wading in shallow waters like a river or stream, your reel might be dunked under water. I wouldnt recommend using the strap to support the full weight of your setup. Im pretty sure its not meant for that.
Yes its an approved vest. I do not recommend it if you are trying to teach someone to swim or plan to frequently be in the water or swim with it. But if you fall overboard and have assistance close by, I do not see why this vest wouldnt work.
When I purchased mine over a year ago, I noticed a few differences in the store. the green one had the pole holder and the black on did not. I picked up the green one and do not have a d-ring in the back nor under the collar. I picked the green one because I thought the rod holder would be handy on my kayak, but I never use it. Im not sure if these are different versions that were released or not.