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Though all of these vests can work fine in most all hunting situations, they each do have specific designs in mind. For example, the Centerfire is designed to work best in open country and to carry a day’s worth of gear, but that doesn’t mean it can’t work well for all upland bird habitat. Another example is the San Carlos – designed for tighter cover, but will work very well in open country as well. There will be a short description of each vest’s specific design features when you click on that particular vest.
Another great feature of Q5 Outdoor Products/Quilomene vests is their interchangeability! You can order a complete vest as it has been presented in the past, OR you can now Choose Your Options! Besides the great convenience and adaptability to various hunting situations that this adds to our vests, it also means that parts of a vest can be replaced when worn out without the cost of a whole vest. For example, one of the first areas to wear out on a bird pack are usually the shell pockets. With the weight and constant rubbing of the shells, the pocket eventually wears thin or gets holes in the bottom. Our tougher cordura material will help increase the life of a pocket, but since they are removable, you can just replace the pocket(s).
As you click on the particular vest you are interested in, you will see a short overview and common uses for that particular vest, and select a complete or base vest and options.
Overview: Best suited for all day hunting away from the truck; open country.
Common Uses: Carries large amount of gear and water, especially for drier, hotter climates.
Q5 Centerfire Pro-Staff
Small Game Biologist – Game Branch
Arizona Game and Fish Department
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Overview: Best suited for half day hunts; tight, brushy cover.
Common Uses: Less cargo space; now comes with mesh for more open, drier & hot climates, or cordura in place of the mesh for the tighter cover. Could be described as a “Minimal” Centerfire.
Q5 Rimfire Pro-Staff
Jason has been a professional upland bird hunting guide and dog trainer for 15 years, and is the second generation Owner of Thundering Aspens Sportsman Club in Mesick, Michigan.
Overview: Short hunts; designed for those that don’t like straps!
Common Uses: Less cargo space, great for warm/hot weather
Overview: Another vest that is best suited for all day hunting away from the truck; great for open or tighter cover
Common Uses: Carries large amount of gear and water, built specifically for water reservoir at top of back/shoulders; can also carry larger birds such as pheasant and larger Grouse species.
The difference between the Y-Back and H-Back vest is the torso adjustment on the back of the vest:
- – Y-Back is by velcro
– H-Back is by buckle and the straps come straight over shoulder
Overview: The San Carlos vests are great for half day hunts, so comfortable you hardly know you’re wearing a vest. Both the H-Back and Y-Back are great for open or tight, brushy country.
Common Uses: Less cargo space, easy to throw on for a short round.
San Carlos Pro-Staff
Visit GC on: Enjoy this great grouse hunting video by Fritz Heller of Grouse Commander and utilizing the San Carlos upland vest: Grouse Brother’s 2015
Real life – manages a commercial glazing company outside of Boston.
After hours, Licensed New Hampshire guide.
Avid coverdog trailer; Honorary kennel boy at Wildapple Kennels and Guide service; Gear aficionado and a Quill user since 93!