Gear Review: Browning’s New BIRD’N LITE Strap Vest is Heavy on Innovation
I’m somewhat jaded when it comes to new technology. In a country where everything you see is the “best,” “greatest,” and “most innovative,” it’s hard not to become skeptical or simply apathetic about any new products or gear, especially in the upland hunting world. We like our coffee black, our boots worn in and any groundbreaking piece of gear is viewed with a sense of caution.
Well, after all of these years maybe it’s time to throw caution to the wind because more than a few companies are paying greater attention to us upland addicts and they’re starting to change the way we play the game. Browning is one of those companies and their new Bird’N Lite Strap Vest proves it.
Don’t let the name fool you, this “Lite” vest is heavy duty when it comes to its rugged cotton/polyester outer fabric, padded shoulder straps, oversized shell pockets and two water bottle pockets. But that’s just the typical marketing talk; let’s get to the good stuff.
This Strap Vest has a FRONT loading blood proof game bag (yes, you read that correctly) and best yet, walking with a heavy game bag will no longer be an issue thanks in part to a 4-point adjustable harness complete with a padded waist belt. Sure, when you’re ready to hit the field it may feel as if you’re buckled into a NASCAR racecar but the feeling of your vest floating on your hips instead of dragging down your shoulders is more than worth it.
If there’s one downside to this vest, it’s the fact that all of those wonderfully adjustable clips and straps have long draw cords that can be somewhat of a nuisance; however that’s nothing a pair of scissors and some duct tape can’t take care of. After all, we wouldn’t want it to look too new, would we?
The Over/Under blog is written by Andrew Vavra, Pheasants Forever’s Marketing Specialist.
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