Review of the Turkey Light Vest by Mother
We’ve tested Turkey Vests before, but the Turkey Light from Mother has got to be one of the coolest we’ve seen. It does have its limitations, but there are a couple of features that drew us to test this vest. One was the magnetic closures on the pockets and the patented “Slider” seat that slides out and stows away with the tug of two straps.
Here are some of the Features of this Vest:
Sternum Strap: The low profile sternum straps has split tactical webbing to provide lash points for a variety of electronic gear (GPS, Radios, Dog receivers), making this vest just as versitile for a variety of types of hunts.
Hip Harness: The hip belt of this vest allows the load to be evenly distributed to the hips and eases the strain on the shoulders.
Slider Seat: The foam Slider Seat deploys by pulling it out of the integrated pocket in the lower rear of the vest and stows back in the same pocket with a tug of 2 straps located on the sternum straps.
Silent Strength Fabric: The vest is made from a special brushed material that results in a soft touch and strong seams.
Magnetic Pockets: Not only are there magnetic closure points on the pockets of the hip harness, they are also found within and on the side of the game bag.
Game Bag Pockets and Blaze Flag: The Turkey Light Vest boasts two pockets within the game bag as well as a blaze flag to alert other hunters that you’re not a 6 foot, 210 pound forest chicken.
Hydration Compatible: Although the Hydration Bladder is sold seperately, the Turkey Light can accept one without hassle.
Pictured: Easily Stow the Slider Seat with a pull of 2 sternum straps!
For those of you that like to bring along a larger array of calls and gadgets into the woods, we suggest the Chest Pack that easily attaches to any Mother Pack by an integrated harness system. We did find the Turkey Light to have a few less pockets than we’re used to but I guess that’s why they call it the Turkey “Light” right? Because of it’s lack of weight (more pockets mean more weight), this vest allows you to be able to “run and gun” those birds with ease. No more fumbling, trying to fasten that seat in place either. Just pull the straps and keep chasing. If you’re in the market for a lightweight, comfortable turkey vest that’s tough as nails, give this vest a look.
Here’s our Marks on this Vest:
Function: 4 out of 5
What this Vest lacks in pockets, it more than makes up for in lack of weight and ease of seat deployment. This is truly a “wear all day” vest due to its comfort and suspension system.
Quality / Durability: 5 out of 5
The vest is rugged and soft. It appears to be extremely well made and we’re looking forward to giving it a run for its money this waterfowl season.
Design: 4 out of 5
We would like to see the vest come with the Chest Pack to give the option of a few more pockets. The seat deployment gets big points for ingenuity however.
Price: 4 out of 5
At $99 for the Vest, and $39 for the chest pack the combo is a little steep. However, the good news is that it’s a rugged, soft vest that can be worn all day in comfort. We don’t see this vest wearing out in the field.
Offerings from Mother: Mother offers a variety of other hunting packs as well as products that they call “Mancoolers” and “Manduffles”. Their website is pretty cool and we liked the way it’s set up. The folks at Mother definately have a sense of humor. For example, they describe the game bag compartment of this vest as a “Side loading, expandable game bag
that will easily accommodate a fat tom, a hind quarter from a whitetail, a case of beer or a four cylinder engine block.”
You gotta love that kind of attitude! Check them out at www.mothertech.net