I have had the same turkey vest since 2006. It's been a good vest. However, I enjoy running and gunning and have really put it through the ringer. Especially last year! It has holes, rips and tears and it is starting to look like one of my pitbulls chew toys. I trudge around the woods and field with my gear and turkey chair and, while I do sort of enjoy it, it gets a little cumbersome at times. I have stumbled across the Alps Grand Slam turkey vest last year and I think I might want to try it. I was just wondering if you fine folks have ever tried one or own one and would be willing to give me your opinions on them. They're salty in the store but, you can find them much cheaper at other locations.
I just ordered a vest. Never used one before. I got the Full Strut vest from Midway USA. Not expensive but seemed to have good reviews. Anything will be better than stuffing everything in a fanny pack like I've been doing.
I ordered the Alps Grand Slam vest this evening. I got a decent deal on it. They're customer service was kind enough to answer some questions in regards to some of the negative reviews I read. A friend of mine owns one and he goes out to Kansas and Nebraska each year and does a lot if running and gunning. He said the extra weight hasn't deterred him at all.
My vest came in on Friday. I adjusted it and loaded it up with calls, ammo, etc. There are more pockets and pouches than I can figure out what to do with. I think it will work just fine. Based on the limited price comparisons I did, I think it's a good value for a first vest.
Post by genesis273 on Feb 10, 2020 22:29:22 GMT -5
I received my Alps Grand Slam today. I think the leg adjusts will take some getting used to but, overall, I think this vest.
It is comfortable and by adjusting the legs in and out, you can sit in different positions. The large duck feet swivel as well.
There is plenty of storage in this sucker too. I really like the silent box call feature as well. No more unnecessary noise while trudging through the woods. There are plenty of pockets and loops for strikers, ammo, pot calls, mouth calls, water resistant cell phone pouch (sadly, my case is too big so it won't quite fit so my license and transport tag and ink pen will go inside it), room for call conditioners and chalks, thermacell, bottled water, folding saw, crow call and headlamp. That's most of my gear anyhow.
There's not a whole lot of adjustment straps however, I don't think mine needed too many.
The 3" seat cushion felt comfortable for the short time I sat in it. Perhaps a few hours in the woods will tell a different story. The magnets seem to hold ok but, for long or fast running and gunning, I'd use the buckle fasteners anyhow.
And speaking of long or fast running and gunning, if you locate a distant long beard and don't want to carry the extra weight of the seat/frame, it detaches pretty quick and easy.
Here's a couple pictures. I went with the Mossy Oak Bottomland to match my new shotgun. My clothes camo pattern will be Mossy Oak break-up. I think the two different patterns will help break up my silhouette even more.