The modern day turkey vest was born out of a desire to stay organized and comfortable through long hours chasing gobblers in the spring. While some turkey hunters may scoff at the idea of wearing a vest, other hunters swear by them. But whether you love them, or hate them, there’s no denying the turkey vest helps hunters stay more organized when they step into the turkey woods each spring.
If you’re shopping for a new turkey vest, read on. In no particular order, we’ve assembled some of the best turkey vests in the business when it comes to staying comfortable and organized with all your calls and gear this season.
Nomad Killin' Time Turkey Vest
The Killin’ Time Turkey Vest is Nomad’s flagship turkey vest with 28 pockets to keep you and your gear ready for action in the turkey woods.
Built with ample options for comfort and convenience of gear.
Mossy Oak Shadow Leaf Camo
The Killin’ Time Turkey Vest features one of the most unique vest designs you’ll find anywhere. Pockets are well placed and easily house all the gear you’ll ever need for a day in the turkey woods. It’s got multiple seat options, from cushion, to stadium seat lounger, so you’ll stay comfortable no matter where you set up on birds. It’s got a rock solid build with quality construction throughout.
H.S. Strut Turkey Vest
The H.S. Strut Turkey Vest is built with a great fit, function, and perfect price.
It’s a great vest for the minimalist, with a lightweight design that won’t bog you down on all-day hunts.
Realtree Edge Camo
The H.S. Strut Turkey Vest features a simple design, is super lightweight, yet has all the pockets you need to stash gear and stay organized while in the turkey woods. The pockets keep your calls within easy reach, and the drop down seat cushion keeps you comfortable while you wait out your bird. Best yet, the price on this vest will be hard to beat.
Banded Air Turkey Vest
The ultra-light option, built for comfort and convenience for the minimalist hunter wanting to lighten the load, yet have all the essentials.
Ultra lightweight design with quiet, brushed tricot construction.
Mossy Oak Bottomland Camo
As the name implies, this vest was built to be light and comfortable for your all-day run-n-gun turkey hunts. The straps are rugged and built to last with heavy-strength military webbing. The vest has a comfortable mud-proof padded seat that deploys quick and easy with clips. It also has a built-in decoy/blind/game bag on the back side to haul your larger items.
Nat Gear SC2 Turkey Vest
The Natural Gear Turkey Vest is another vest built for the minimalist who doesn’t want to carry a heavy pack. It’s a functional design built with Nat Gear’s spring green SC2 camo pattern. It has a padded back and cushioned seat for all day comfort. There’s plenty of pockets for all your box calls, pot calls, mouth calls, and locator calls, as well as a bloodproof game bag. Additional features include a water bottle pocket, adjustable center strap and interior mesh stash pockets.
Ol' Tom Easy Rider Turkey Vest
Ol’ Tom built this vest for the hunter that wants the lightest, most functional turkey vest on the market. Features include a T-Beam back pad for comfort while leaning against a tree and the Magnattach padded rear seat cushion. There’s not a lot of pockets on this one. Just the pockets you need, where you need them.
Will Primos Turkey Vest
Will Primos has been chasing turkeys a long time. He knows what it takes to get the job done in the springtime when going head to head with tough turkeys. He also knows how he likes his turkey vest laid out. That’s why this vest has his name on it. He designed the vest himself, with just the right pockets, right where he likes his calls and gear stashed. It’s got a great pocket design and comfortable cushion to boot.
Nomad Pursuit Convertible Turkey Vest
When you’re wanting to go light, or just don’t like the feel of a big, bulky vest, give the Nomad Pursuit Convertible vest a look. It’s more like a fanny pack with straps, and a super comfortable seat, than it is a vest. It’s designed to keep you comfortable, yet have all your calls and gear within easy reach.
Badlands Turkey Vest
Badlands makes some of the most popular packs among hunters, so it was just a natural fit for them to make turkey vests, too. The turkey vest is compact in design and is the perfect blend of Badlands technology and function, built into a turkey vest. It’s got the perfect pockets for pot calls, box calls and more, as well as a drop-down seat cushion to keep you high, dry, and comfortable.
Tenzing TZ TV18 Turkey Vest
The TZ TV18 tackles turkey season with a new streamlined design for the ultimate comfort and easier access to all your turkey gear. It has specialized call pockets that allow you to efficiently organize your gear where you want it, as well as a convenient fold-out padded seat that keeps you comfortable while you wait for your bird. And an extra-large turkey pocket allows you to tote your bird out of the woods with ease at the end of the hunt.
Alps Grand Slam Turkey Vest
This unique vest features drop-down “kickstands” allowing you to lean back in comfort, regardless of whether you’re leaning against a tree, or not. It’s got ample pockets for all your calls and gear, as well as a thick padded seat cushion.
Alps Super Elite 4.0 Turkey Vest
This is the 4.0 version of a vest that’s been around for a lot of years. The early version of this vest was the go-to option back in the day for any turkey hunter that wanted to stay organized while chasing longbeards. It’s got large pockets for all your calls and gear and a drop-down seat cushion for comfort.
Alps Long Spur Deluxe Turkey Vest
This lightweight turkey vest system is unique in design, yet comfortable and functional in the way it performs when you step into the turkey woods.
It’s built with a removable seat cushion, padded waist belt, call pockets, and more. The vest was designed to give you a custom feel, allowing you to add or remove gear as you need.
What’s your favorite turkey vest? Is there one you like that didn’t make our list?
Comment below with what you like in the way of a turkey vest, or which vest you plan to add to your arsenal this spring.