I've been pondering using a vest for years. There is the pretentiousness and/or geek factor...but I can get past that. My photography usually involves walking, ie mtn hiking or long walks thru wildlife refuges or local parks etc. I normally transload the equipment I'm going to use for a shoot into a Lowepro Slingshot 200. While that's worked well, it can get a little cumbersome when under fast changing lighting I want to change screw on filters and/or GNDs etc. If I have a jacet on, that works but too much of the year that's not available. Looking at the picture (thanks Sgt Ed) I'm not sure I'd really expect to waddle around with large, lumpy, heavy lenses bouncing in lower pockets and off my thighs. It also appears that for larger lens, they'll fit in but you can't zip them closed. I'm uncertain whether a vest would be in additon to or as a replacement to the Slingshot.....not that it has to always be one or the other.
While the comments here generally are highly favorable, I did note that others carry the same product often with different vendor labels (ie Campco/Humvee but also Rothco and others). Amazon's user comments are less positive, some love it but others dissed it.
Quality: Reading about materials, I initially assumed both the Combat and Safari versions were nylon.....only the Combat is. The Safari is made of 100% cotton, possibly an issue should it get wet, ie sweat or rain...not that it ever rains in the Pacific Northwest. Elsewhere there were reported issues with stitching and velcro coming off.
Style: I see few comments about using the Combat as a photog vest, presumably because the shorter length makes the lower pockets largely unusable for lenses (or at least larger lenses). The Combat model looks more like a chest wading fishing vest. Anyone use or recommend the Combat?
Color: I can't imagine wearing a black anything, especially nylon, on a hot summer day's hike....hot, hot, hot. But I can see that its a bit less obtrusive fashion wise, ie one would have one for "city/street/indoors" shoots and khaki version for warmer outdoor shoots.
Still looking...but maybe I should just bite the bullet on one and see if I should've never bought it....or bought one years ago!