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Loop Opti Vest Loop Opti Vest

Review by Simon Young

Appearance and first thoughts
If you like to travel light or wade fish this vest from Loop Tackle is ideal. Based around a lightweight nylon shell it is very comfortable to wear. Don't be alarmed at the bright rust orange colour because it is also available in a light olive green.

Performance and opinion 
Loop Opti Vest - also available in OliveThis Opti vest sports 11 pockets in total, capacious enough for any angler. One thing that impressed me were the 3 deep vertical pockets on the front, these were big enough to hold the large size (9"x4.5") Morell fly boxes, something that most other vests will not.
The 2 large pockets on the back will take a folded lightweight jacket or Thermos flask. This back panel can also be removed to reveal a mesh back, ideal in hot weather. The shoulder yoke is made from a soft stretchable material to spread the weight when the vest is fully loaded. On the left hand side of the front there is a zippered flap with 2 built in retractors the same as the Loop Opti jacket, these keep your clippers etc. tucked out of the way from any loose flyline. Just below this is a small Velcro backed fly patch, the wide black bars running across the jacket are also Velcro so the patch can be relocated. On the right front is a small welded pocket, ideal for keys, licence etc.
The front of the vest can be fastened by either a zip or an unobtrusive buckle.
In use the 2 rear side pockets are easy to reach and could be used to hold extra tippet material or spare reel spools of about #8 size. There are also 2 large internal pockets and a couple of tippet pockets. A good solid D ring to take a net is at the back of the neck.

I like to wear my vest on the outside of my jacket, so the soft, shaped neoprene upturned collar is a neat idea to deflect any rain, and of course being made of lightweight nylon the whole vest will dry quickly when wet.
One addition I would like to see would be a small hole at the rear of the neck area so a hydration bladder could be used in one of the rear pockets.


Lightweight, quick dry nylon fabric.
Stretchable, load-bearing fabric on shoulders for comfort.
Non-crushable neoprene collar that will not retain water.
3 large, vertical front pockets.
Foam fly patch.
Zipper and or buckle closure at the front.
D-ring on back.
2 tippet pockets.
1 welded outer zipper pocket.
2 retractors and 2 straps to arrange your tools on the front of the left pocket.
2 zippered pockets on the back.
1 large back pocket.
Detachable back piece with mesh lining inside.
2 large zipped pockets inside.
Colour: light green or rust.

Cost: £75

Available for purchase from Loop retailers right now!

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