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 I bought this vest in early 2007 looking for a vest that can support an all day fishing trip on streams and rivers. This vest has more than enough room to hold all the gear that you would need in a 8 to 10 hour trip. The vest is very durable everything is working perfectly on this vest two and a half years later the color is faded a bit. The pounding I’ve put this vest through it is remarkable that it still has not ripped or the zippers are broken. I’ve been in all kind of weather rain, sleet, snow, and sunshine many many times. The back support that it gives really helps out when you have a full pack there is not much stress on your back with the waist support belt. Along with padding on the entire back of the pack the shoulder support is ok I’d prefer a little more padding but that is nit picking. On to the storage the back pack is medium size and can hold a good bit of stuff I can carry a rain coat, food, water bladder, first aid kit, headlamp, maps and a knife and still have some room. You have 2 pockets on your hip pack that are big enough to carry extra reel or spools but the only thing is they get wet if u get waist deep so waterproof them is a good idea with a water proof case. On your chest are six pockets for tackle and u can hold a lot six tackle boxes you should be able to get all you need in them. There are clips on the front to hang you hemos or clippers and a rod strap. Multiple inside pockets can hold a note book, tippets or  anything else small you may want to carry. I would not trade this vest for any that I have seen at this time it is pretty much perfect. ~ Wade Guide Pete Cartwright

LL Bean Rapid River Vest
Pete Cartwright
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