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Product Description

Badlands Upland Vest

We only call the Badlands Upland Game Vest a “vest,” because that‘s so much easier than saying what is REALLY is - a vest that carries better than 90 percent of the hunting packs currently on the market. However, it's still as light as a standard game vest and offers the versatility of multiple pockets for “the most versatile layout ever.” Of course, you can see our predicament, particularly when you consider that this bird vest also offers full hydration capabilities, a fully breathable internal lining, welded water resistant rear compartment and the easiest bird access ever developed.


  • Zip-No™ Magnetic Shell Pouches
  • Full Foam Suspension Carries Like a Pack
  • Water Resistant Bird Bag
  • Hydration Compatible (Up to 3L)
  • Additional External Shell Loops
  • Adjustable Waist Belt Distributes Load Evenly
  • Multiple Storage Pockets

Warranty Information

Badlands does not care what happened, or whose fault it was, they will fix it for free forever. Badlands could care less if you bought it at a garage sale or a gear swap, as long as it says Badlands, it's covered. However, your Badlands pack must be repairable, if you throw it in a fire,-with the expectations that sort of craftiness will yield you a brand new pack - that is incorrect. In all honesty, Badlands have seen it all and they understand accidents happen and if it is legit Badlands will always do their best to find you a replacement pack from their demo fleet.

Contact Badlands directly for any Warranty questions PHONE: (800) 269-1875
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Product Reviews

  1. By far the Best 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Dec 2016

    Been using this vest for 4 years now, by far the most comfortable bird vest I have owned and I've tried them all, Tenzing, Filson, Columbia. The badlands vest is great, carries well, and the straps are super thin don't hinder shouldering your shotgun. This is key, mostly hunt chukars late season in the cold, so I usually have extra layers on. I don't use the bird bag for birds but its nice to store extra gear for me and the dog.

    This is the best upland vest on the market, especially if you are run and gun chukars all day!!!

  2. Very Comfortable; Needs a Few Tweaks 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Sep 2014

    I would totally agree with what the first reviewer stated. They pretty much nailed everything I would say as well. I'm 5'9/ 200lbs and the vest is extremely comfortable for all day and has just enough pockets to carry all of the stuff I need in the field. The hydration pocket easily allows for any Camel Back or similar type bladder in 100oz.. I hunt mainly Colorado high country (Grouse) and I have more than enough room for hauling my limit.

    The biggest disappointment for me, was the too-large shell loops. I mainly use a 20 gauge and there was no way I felt secure in carrying shells in the loops.

    I too would also like to know what the sliding deals are to be used for on the bottom of the vest.

    Overall, I foresee having this around for many years. I've had very good luck with Badlands packs and this is the third one I own. The warranty is the best around and I have had to use that when a buckle broke (different pack) and it was fixed almost overnight.

  3. Great Vest, but needs improvements 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Feb 2014

    I just put my Badlands vest up after a full season of upland bird hunting. Overall the vest is an improvement over others like it. It is mostly well constructed and comfortable. Here are my impressions.
    1. The haul loop broke after about two weeks. It is thin cord and not sewn well. The plastic stiffener made the loop stand up and it would catch on tree branches in the thick cover. When the vest is loaded this loop is inadequate for hanging the vest up.
    2. Although the color is orange, it is not blaze orange. I am concerned that with use the color will fade and the visibility of the vest will diminish.
    3. The mesh exterior pockets on the back of the vest are useless. All they did for me was fill up with brush litter that would spill on the seat of the truck.
    4. The magnetic shell pockets work well. They can handle nearly 25 28 gauge shells or 10-15 20 gauge loads. Be sure to clip them closed before you remove the vest in the field or you may lose your ammo.
    5. The hidden hip bag/pocket is a nice feature especially for those of us who don't leave empty casings in the field.
    6. A water bottle pocket would be nice for carrying the dog water rather than stowing it in with the birds you bag.
    7. I can't figure out the utility of the plastic sliding strap tabs around the magnetic pockets.
    8. The shell loops on the inner waist belt are useless for anything but 12 gauge loads.
    9. Even with the hydration bladder full, the vest is comfortable for an all-day walk and there is plenty of room for all the necessary stuff.

    I spite of these shortfalls, this vest is a big improvement over what was previously available. It has good carrying capacity and is sturdy. The thin shoulder straps are the best improvement over other pack/vests.

  4. The ultimate bird hunting pack! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Sep 2013

    I have owned many bird hunting vests and packs over the years in the quest for comfort, space and ease of use in the field. Finally, Badlands has created the ultimate vest/pack. First, it hugs your upper body without constricting movement. The thin shoulder straps allow for easy mounting of the shotgun. The magnetic pocket closures make accessing dog collars/gps/shells a breeze. I was skeptical about carrying capacity for birds, but on a recent hunt I was able to carry everyones birds easily. And, the water bladder carrying pocket is key for long hikes in the field.

    So far I'm sold and look forward to many days in the field with this pack.

  5. An average vest at best 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Aug 2013

    First of all I have not worn the vest on a hunt yet. Just in the garage and at the gun range.

    I really like the magnetic closures on the front pockets, very handy. The bird pouch with the zippers for the rear compartment was a very good idea. The low opening on the rear pouch will make bird loading very easy. The thin shoulder straps work well when shouldering the shotgun. They do not interfere with the gun mount.

    I also like the water bladder pouch and the rear zippered storage compartment. It's roomy enough to carry lunch or extra clothing.

    What I don't like about the vest is the side pockets. I would rather have water bottle holders. Even though I carry a water bladder I like to have extra water for the dogs. A D-ring on either side of the vest would have been nice to attach a collapsible water bowl although I will store the bowl in one of the side pockets.

    There are no transmitter holders. I've modified the left shoulder strap to hold a Tri Tronic Pro 500 transmitter in a carry pouch.

    The mesh material in the sides and back of the vest, I haven't figured out what they'd be good for at this point. I'd be afraid to place anything in the mesh holders for fear that it would fall out. The mesh holders just don't seem deep enough to hold anything securely.

    What I look for in an upland vest is light weight and breathability of the fabric. I think this vest will fit the bill very nicely. I'm looking forward to field testing this vest even with its shortcomings.