Did you know that 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.
Here are a few of the different options and what makes each of them unique.
Our favorite entry on the list is by 5.11: the 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!
The 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.
The 5.11 LBE Utility Vest is a fully customizable web and loop type base that you add various pouches on to create a personalized survival vest. On its own, it has enough storage to accommodate some survival gear, including a hydration pocket on the back for a large water bladder. Multiple additions are sold to personalize this vest. The LBE Vest comes in five colors, weighs 2.5 pounds, and is made of stiffened mesh nylon.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
When it comes to survival vests, you have a lot of options. 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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