6 Best Survival Vests

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Did you know that the best survival vests were first developed for pilots? In the case of abandoning your plane, whatever was on you was all you had to survive the situation you found yourself in!

Have you considered adding a survival vest to your bug-out gear? Think about it: when you are packing things out and trying to stay as mobile as possible, you need a lot of places to put stuff. Places where you can get to some of that stuff easily, without having to take your backpack off over and over. A vest has lots of places to carry and stow items where you can get at them quickly.

Numerous types of vests are being sold today. Photographers, fishers, hunters, and many other people use vests. The military also uses gear vests, which can sometimes be found at military surplus stores. Vests are also marketed specifically for survivalists. Whatever you want, you can find a vest that will fit your needs and body type. Even if you can carry a pack along with you, wear your survival vest as well. This will not only give you quick access to more immediate emergency supplies, but it will be a lifesaver if you become separated from your Bug-Out-Bag.

Here are 6 best survival vest options and what makes each of them unique.


5.11-Tactical-VestOur favorite entry on the list is by 5.11 Taclite Pro Vest. This vest is lightweight at right around a pound and is discreet enough to wear just about anywhere. Made of poly/cotton rip-stop material, you can be confident your vest is going to hold up to tough situations. It has 17 pockets, including CCW and hydration pockets. This particular vest is highly recommended by several survival sites!

  1. ROTHCO UNCLE Milty Travel Vest

Rothco-Uncle-Milty-VestThe Rothco Uncle Milty Travel Vest is a good, all-around survival vest option. It’s lightweight, at just under a pound, which is really important since you plan to load it down with survival gear. It has 13 front pockets, 3 inner pockets, and a large back pocket. It also has three D-rings to attach things to and a belt loop, to help hold it down.

  1.  Bassdash Adjustable Outdoor Vest

Bassdash Outdoor Vest

The Bassdash is a well-constructed vest with adjustable straps for a snug, but comfortable fit. The mesh inner lining keeps you dry and cool when needed, and has 18 pockets with plenty of room to hold a multitude of gear.



4. Autumn Ridge Traders Vest with 16 Pockets 

Autumn Ridge VestThe Autumn Ridge Traders Vest is a practical, casual alternative to heavier, more military-style survival vests. You can choose from 3 colors, all made of lightweight polyester and mesh, which makes the vest both water-resistant and breathable. Although it was designed for travel and fishing, don’t let that fool you! The Autumn Ridge Traders Vest has 16 various-sized pockets and the back zips down to mesh for more breathability.

  1. YAKEDA Tactical Vest Outdoor Ultra-Light Breathable Vest

Yakeda_Tactical_VestThe Yakeda Tactical Vest is a decent quality vest at a good price. It will carry a hydration bladder in the large back pocket, sports a holster for right-handed draw, and has 6 additional pockets for other gear. It also has a Velcro strip so you can add additional pouches. Drawbacks include being a bit on the heavy side at almost 3 pounds and reviewers say the sizing runs small.


  1. UTG 547 Law Enforcement Tactical Vest

UTG 547 Tactical VestThe UTG 547 Vest was designed specifically with law enforcement personnel in mind, so you know it is going to be rugged. It is also the heaviest vest on the list at 4.5 pounds. This vest is made of heavy-duty polyester and mesh and designed to be durable and breathable. It has a detachable right-handed holster, large back panel for a hydration bladder, an included duty belt, and 8 other pouches for various items.

Wrap Up

When it comes to survival vests, make sure you have something that is comfortable, fits your body well, and is tailored to your situation. After all, when SHTF, you are going to need a vest you can count on. And don’t forget one for the dog in your life.

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