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Anyone tried out the Swivler Patrol vest?

Poll Results: If you've heard of it/tried it - is it worth it?

  • 0% (0)
    Yes! This vest is awesome!!
  • 100% (1)
    Sure, but only if you don't mind the weight.
1 Total Vote  
post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Curious as to the quality of this vest, and was wondering if anyone here has tried it out.




Please let me know, as I'm seriously thinking about buying one - but not if the reviews aren't fairly solid!




post #2 of 6
Thread Starter 



Need to know if this is worth the extra money...

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Flubbed up my poll.  Oops.  Won't let me delete it or edit it either.  : (

post #4 of 6

I had the first one.  I had many issues, but they worked with me, and we have solved a lot of them.  It took more than one vest to get it right.  They were good to work with, but communication was fair at best.


I don't know what they charge for them now, but if I had it to do over again, I'm not sure I would.


If you do get one and like it, thank me...I was the beta tester, and got all the bugs out.


You might want to try being a little more PATIENT getting responses too.  From what I understand, only a few of these were ever sold.  You give it a couple hours for responses?  You're lucky to get any feedback in weeks on this item...



EDIT:  read my feedback here:  http://www.epicski.com/t/97278/redesign-of-a-ski-patrol-jacket-vest

Edited by axebiker - 11/28/11 at 8:26pm
post #5 of 6

I bought one after seeing a friend's.  It is heavy as noted below, but it is also heavy-duty.  Because my load is well balanced it is relatively unnoticed while skiing.  I tried on his large and decided to get a medium (I'm 5'7", 145 lbs with 39" chest.  Initially planned to use it for spring skiing.  Liked it enough that I wear it all seasons.  In retrospect, I should have gotten the large anyway as it is a bit snug with layers under it.  Due to its relative stiffness, the inner pockets if filled with any hard objects like pens, chapstick are uncomfortable; something that would not be an issue if I'd gotten the large I suspect.  What I really like about it is the lay out of the pockets and rear flap.  I tend to carry too much stuff, but other than when I first pick it up to put it on, really tend not to notice it.  While the radio pocket could stand a better design, it is still satisfactory.  A good place to clip a mic would be nice.  I just use a plastic wicket for lift tickets as a mic clip and it's lasted in to its 3rd season.  Rumor is they switched to a "Molle" type vest, but looking on the Snowpatroller's website it appears to be the same vest.


post #6 of 6

If my patrol did not require us to wear the Patagonia or Mountain Uniforms vests/coats, I would like to try the molle version.  I like the idea of configuring the vest with pouches. 


For those following the carry a gun thread, you could add a weapons catch and ski with a shotgun or carbine.  LOL

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