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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.
Cool mesh top
Nylon ripstop bottom
Neoprene neck collar
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Bass Pro Shops® Deluxe Mesh Top Life Jacket for Men
Nice comfy jacket
I like this jacket a lot. It has lots of room to store my hooks, sprays and various small tools. I ordered a size up as recommended by other reviewers and it fits great. With the mesh shoulder area, it really doesn't cause any extra discomfort on really hot days.
The only downside is that the jacket is slightly bulky due double thick foam, but I'm sure this will come in handy if I fall out of the boat.
September 29, 2011
my review of the mesh top vest
I bought this to use in a float tube, not very good for this application, too thick in the back and the sides.
This would be a good light weight vest for use on a boat as the front panels are low enough to not get in the way of casting and such.
I will need to go to an inflatable vest of some sort for float tubing.
I would have given it five stars but it did not work for my needs.
Just so you know it has three or four layers of bouyancy material in the back and think three in the front panels each is about 1/4 to 3/8" thick overall it's about two inches or so thick in the back. But the vest is very light weight and the section that goes around your neck is comfortable. Like I said would be good for boat use, I did find the pockets useful.
September 13, 2011
Excellent vest for the fisherman looking for a lifevest that doubles as a fishing vest. Its a good vest for hot days as well. Pockets are functional. Exactly what I was looking for.
September 11, 2011
Great Fishing PFD
Great PFD! Plenty of pockets/storage. the vest is comfortable to wear and a Great value. Mesh is not too hot on Summer days. I would recemond this vest to everyone.
September 6, 2011
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.
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