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Gear Review: Browning’s New BIRD’N LITE Strap Vest is Heavy on Innovation

Proper weight distribution is one of the technological advancements of Browning's Bird'N Lite Pheasants Forever edition strap vest.

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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8 Responses to “Gear Review: Browning’s New BIRD’N LITE Strap Vest is Heavy on Innovation”

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  1. Disc Guy says:

    Bird’n Lite is not new. It has been around for a number of years. It is only new for Browning.

    In fact, several years ago it was in the PF catalog when it was licensed by Pella.

  2. Andrew Vavra says:

    Hi Disc Guy,

    You’re correct that the Bird’N Lite technology was first developed by Pella, however this is the first time it’s really been marketed to a mass audience so the Browning version is new to many uplanders. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    Do you have any other new upland related products in mind that we should look at? We’re always looking to give the newest gear a test run!

  3. Disc Guy says:

    it has been in the Cabela’s catalog for the past 6 years or so. Where have you been?

  4. Andrew Vavra says:

    Hi Disc Guy,

    You’re absolutely right, however Browning has made a few modifications to the old Pella version(Velcro on the front shell pockets swapped for snap closures, taped seams, etc.)and with the new attention the Browning Buck Mark will bring, I figured it was worth mentioning as a new product. Again, thanks for the feedback!

  5. Matthew says:

    Hey Disc Guy,

    I don’t think the vest is the only thing that needs to “lighten up.” Thanks for the content, Andrew.

  6. Jeremy Lies says:

    Andrew, You asked about anything new to look at….I would be interesting..not sure about how you can really do this, but upland chaps would be interesting to see. I have used a couple different types. The filson doubles have been the best, but I notice when I start walking through water to get to that great spot and it is freezing outside, they really take a beating. Sure I use that greasy stuff, but is there any chap that is more indestructable. I am hard on the equipment, my boots may last one season, chaps due to price, I use shoe goo to fix the spots that are worn through.
    As far as the Bird’n Lite strap vest….I may need to try one….Hard to get away from the norm though.

  7. Andrew says:

    Jeremy,

    Great question. I currently wear Filson Doubles as well, but you’re right about using them when the temperature dips.

    Currently, I’ve got two different chaps that I’m anxious to check out, one by Gamehide and the other by Browning. Although I think my pair of Filsons will be tough to beat, I’ll certainly report my findings here. Thanks for the suggestion!

  8. Phil says:

    Hello, i am looking for a good pair of boots to pheasant hunt in. Something light yet waterproof and durable, maybe even a little thinsualte on those late season hunts here in PA. Thanks Phil

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