Prior to the big game hunting season I purchased the blaze orange Yukon Gear Field Vest for less than $30 from Amazon. I was drawn to its price and simple design.
After closer first-hand inspection, however, I decided to return it due to concerns over its abrasion-resistance and long-term durability.
The vest fits true to size. I’m a small Medium, and found it comfortably relaxed with just a base layer shirt. When I wore it over my winter parka, it was snug but there was no significant loft compression.
The Yukon Gear Field Vest is simply built. It features an easy-gliding #5 plastic front zipper, which is more secure and user-friendly than the hook-and-loop tabs on cheaper one-size-fits-most vests. And it has two single-snap cargo pockets, which unfortunately are positioned too low to be of much use while shouldering a backpack with a hipbelt.
The entire vest weighs just 6.6 oz in size medium. When backpack hunting like I do, the weight-savings over other field vests (which are usually 16+ ounces) matters.
The deal-breaker for me was the fabric. The Yukon Gear Field Vest is made of 100 percent brushed polyester, with a fleece-like exterior. It’s soft, but it would most definitely absorb and retain precipitation. Even worse, I suspect the material would pill, wear thin and hole, and tear with moderate use, likely due to abrasion from pack straps and bushwhacking.
A much better choice of fabric would have been a ballistic nylon. With this fabric substitution, it would be a winner.
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