Surveyor's Vest - Seeking Recommendations

Surveyor's Vest - Seeking Recommendations

Posted by Land_severer on Sep 7, 2010 7:21 pm

Good day - I know this topic had been discussed extensively on the previous version of the  board. However, I am also certain that new developments and opinions have been formed since. So what safety vests  would you recommend? Criteria are as follows:
  • Must be cool enough for the tropics (All year summer)
  • Must have exterior pockets to accommodate data collector, field book, large h/h GPS, pens, large plan pocket on back would be nice.
  • Must be comfortable enough to wear all day - hate those stiff materials that make it difficult to move around and bend.
  • Must be durable.
  • Must be visible in low light.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Re: Surveyor's Vest - Seeking Recommendations

Posted by Rusty Chain on Sep 7, 2010 8:37 pm

Seco makes a decent one made of mesh material with plenty of pockets.  No mesh material will hold up as well as a more traditional heavy canvas one, but these do pretty well.

Re: Surveyor's Vest - Seeking Recommendations

Posted by Deral at Home on Sep 8, 2010 7:57 am



We have always preferred the vests from Seco.  I order them twice as big as me so that I get the most amount of pocket sizes and length. They are much more visible than the normal safety orange. In Lawton, our orange vests would be almost white by the end of the summer. Our high viz yellow/green has held it's color for over four years and shows no sign of fading. Your easier to pick out when working on highway work with all the orange barrels and cones.

They are not mesh and they have a huge pocket on the back, which we remove because it makes the vest hotter. It's got a huge front zipper (industrial strength) which has also lasted these years and never snags.

I give it a thumbs up.

If you do a lot of DOT work then check their regs. Our regs changed a few years ago on how many square inches you needed to comply with the rules. These seco's met that standard so no need of matching pants to get the required coverage.

The  pockets all have velcro seals and these are also holding up much to our surprise. Most velcro that is heavily used tends to start loosing it's grip after many uses.

Deral

Re: Surveyor's Vest - Seeking Recommendations

Posted by Don Poole on Sep 8, 2010 9:22 am

Ben Meadows is the one I love.   Mine's going on 20 years.
http://http://www.benmeadows.com/search/vest/31228199/


Don Poole PLS
Outermost Land Survey, Inc.

"Outstanding in the field"

Re: Surveyor's Vest - Seeking Recommendations

Posted by Land_severer on Sep 12, 2010 11:54 pm

Cool Photo Deral

Re: Surveyor's Vest - Seeking Recommendations

Posted by Land_severer on Sep 12, 2010 11:57 pm

Don Poole & Rusty thanks for your suggestions

Re: Surveyor's Vest - Seeking Recommendations

Posted by Shelby H. Griggs, PLS on Sep 17, 2010 1:25 pm

I have been using http://http://www.safetyline.com/ for a while now, decent quality and cheaper than most others. I find that I need to replace every 1-2 years due to color fade, so a vest that lasts forever is still faded and not woth the cost.

Don, is your vest not fluorescent, or is there no sun where you live? 20 years on a vest is a long time!

SHG

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