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Jim Haeck's Guidewater Vest Review

by James P. Haeck
10/20/08 2008 Schmidt Outfitters

Patagonia's new Guidewater Vest is a blend between a vest and a pack. The vest is lightweight featuring a combination of mesh and fabric with the deluxe DWP (durable water repellant) finish. The vest has a full-length zipper, padded shoulder, and comes in two colors--retro khaki and eucalyptus.

Vest Features:

  • Thirteen pockets (well organized)
  • Fleece hand warmer
  • Three front pockets on each side of the vest zipper
  • Large rear mesh cargo pocket
  • Two zippered pockets on the bottom that will hold medium-sized fly boxes
  • Rod holder

Sizes tend to be snug. If you are going to layer underneath the vest, buy the next size up.