How do you like it compared to the bird n lite? At first impression? I've been debating getting a new strap vest myself. I love the bird n lite so I was thinking of getting their new version for the couple little enhancements they've made but open to ideas.I just received my Chief upland before Christmas - I have only had the chance to take it out one time so far- it is extremely customizable- Almost too much- I can’t decide where I want all of the stuff and what setting I want the side straps on- I have a lot of first aid stuff that I carry in the back pouch that is heavy- I bought 2 quick grab Ammo pouches, there are 10 easy load shell holders inside and 3 outside, can grab them very fast and easy. I carry a full box at all times - 2 water bottle holders that each have 20oz of water, and I bought the pouch for your phone/handheld unit- although I’m not sure if I’ll keep it on being there is a handheld holder built into the left strap of the vest - which is super convenient ! I also bought the gun holder attachment which is nice to use from time to time. With all of this and a bird in it the other day, I can say that the vest did not move and did not hang at all on my shoulders. Coming from a Browning Bird n Lite it’s going to take some getting used to but the first trial run went very well. I feel like it’s going to take a few runs to figure out exactly where I want everything set but once I do it is going to be a phenomenal vest ! Happy to provide more pics or answer any questions View attachment 921View attachment 923View attachment 924
I'm 170 at 34" waist 42" chest and the large Pella Bird-n-Lite upland strap vest fits me fine.Thanks for the response hanesie. I'm also interested in how you would compare it to the bird n lite? At 150 lb and 32" waist I have concerns over a vest that I can get small enough ... not sure that the bird n lite would be as suitable as the Chief.
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i am 6'6 205#- there is plenty of adjustments to get it to fit your height. my wife is 5'3 125# and i can actually adjust it down to fit her half decent- i have been using my Bird n Lite XL/XXL for 10 years. it has done me well but was starting to fall apart specifically the shell pockets and water bottle holders. that vest was never in my way and fit me very well. I like the Chief vest, it has so many options - it does not move when youre running or walking. the complaint i had about the bird n lite was the shells would shake and rattle all over because there are only holders for 5 in each pocket. I am extremely used to the bird n lite and comfortable with it, i have a newer one that i didnt care for- not sure why it is different but it just is?? i figured id give this a try , i like trying new things all of the time. ive only gone a few times as a lot of snow and not many birds has put a damper on the season here in PA - i havent got it exaclty how i want it yet , it is different the way it feels on vs the Bird N Lite but it has not been in my way yet - the shoulder straps stay nice and tight like the browning vest and are not any hinderance when shooting- that was my main concern as some of these backpack style vests have padded shoulders and i cant stand that.Thanks for the response hanesie. I'm also interested in how you would compare it to the bird n lite? At 150 lb and 32" waist I have concerns over a vest that I can get small enough ... not sure that the bird n lite would be as suitable as the Chief.
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