Alaskan and Serengeti Photography Vest Review | Casey & Karen

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Meet Casey and Karen.

They are an adorable couple who love photography and traveling. They enjoy traveling so much they invested in a huge trailer because if you’re going to travel, ya might as well do it right…. Comfortably and with the ones you love.

Speaking of the ones you love, they also love their sweet dog, Polly. Isn’t she BEAUTIFUL?!?!

Photo taken by Casey Balvert
Photo taken by Casey Balvert

So Casey ordered himself the Alaskan Photo Vest from Casey knew what he wanted…. The Alaskan Photo Vest kicked up a few notches with some added bells and whistle.

Alaskan photo vest in olive
Alaskan photo vest in olive

Casey received his vest and fell in love. Here’s his review….

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Casey: “Have had my Alaskan vest for a couple of months now. FINALLY a vest that actually holds a lot of stuff. Not only does this vest have a great big capacity but it is built like a tank with top quality hardware and the open mesh fabric is cool as well. I love this thing. I have room for two good sized lenses, batteries, light meter, color checker passport, cell phone, range finder, and tons of other equipment. The sides are adjustable. The velcro wraps for the straps are a nice touch. I added a Camelback Lumbar Reservoir to mine to make long hikes a pleasure. Worth every penny. Also the customer service is second to none.”

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Casey: “I have been using my Alaskan Vest for almost six months now and I have found it indispensable. This thing actually holds a useful amount of stuff. A couple of lenses and an extra body is no problem. And bunches of pockets for the smaller stuff. Not only that but it is built like a tank with quality materials throughout; this vest will last a lifetime. Highly recommend this vest if you want to take a lot of equipment into the field. I will be getting a vest for my wife soon as she determines the amount of equipment she wants to carry.”

Shortly thereafter Casey DID contact us again, this time wanting a backpack (for him) and an additional camera vest for lovely Karen. (Men: If your woman loves photography and hates fumbling around with a camera backpack in the field, we HIGHLY recommend investing in a photo vest.)

The situation: Karen has a petite frame and Casey wanted something that she could wear to carry the maximum amount of gear (when needed) yet also have the versatility of a lighter weight vest for when she didn’t need lots of camera gear.

The solution: A modified Serengeti photo vest with buckles to attach a detachable pack as needed. Here is Karen using her camera vest in the field (without the pack).


Thank you, Casey and Karen. We love happy customers.

You truly get what you pay for. Admittedly our products are more expensive than pre-made vest made overseas, but you get EXACTLY what you want, a quicker turnaround time, no quantity requirements, and the comfort of knowing if something happens to your camera vest, it’s covered by a lifetime workmanship warranty.

As our satisfied customers know, all of our products are made to order and can be 100% customized. From safety vests and photography vests, to armbands and radio chest packs, we do it all. Browse our products at If there is something specific you are looking for, give us a call at (801)725-0076.


CERT Vests in Fiji

The Vest Guy has been in business for a solid 25 years. TWENTY FIVE YEARS! That’s a LONG time and yet every time we receive pictures from customers putting our gear to use, we can’t help but smile like we did during our first year in business. It’s one thing to make a product, but to SEE the difference using our products makes, it feels good.

Vests in Action by VFR VERT Rescue in Fiji
Vests in Action by VFR VERT Rescue in Fiji

Before we start it’s important to first acknowledge The FIJI Volunteer Emergency Response Team. These folks are incredibly talented and do amazing work. These efforts do not go unnoticed. Thank you for your service. If you don’t already follow them on social media, go follow them now! You can find their facebook page here, their twitter account here.

Above is the VFR VERT Rescue Team in Fiji. They opted for some of the popular CERT reflective vests (CERT 001 and the modified CERT Commander Pocket Vest) in forest green material with individualized velcro name tags. The forest green vest with yellow reflective striping is popular amongst the CERT community, especially since the reflective striping makes them visible in lower light situations.

Ya notice how the Fiji Rescue Team maximizes the versatility of the elastic straps on the shoulders to hold their radios? Boom baby!

The velcro name tags are standard on this vest so changing it from saying CERT to First Responder and Rescue is simple. Need an extra set of tags? No problem! Since they come standard on velcro, you can mix and match tags and swap them out in seconds. They’re also available al la carte so you can order additional sets down the road.

These vests have dual adjustable sides that expand up to 8 inches on each sides. Having adjustable sides means you can use the same vest year round (even when you’re wearing bulkier clothing in colder months) or multiple people of varying sizes can share vests.

Like all our products, every thing is made to order and can be 100% customizable. If there is something specific you are looking for, visit us at or call us at (801)725-0076.


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