The Vest Guy CERT Medic Vest Review | Jackson



Today we’ll review the CERT Vest by The CERT medic vest was designed by real flight medics then modified to traditional CERT colors. (To see the original {not quite as reflective} medic vest, go here.)

CERT Medic Vest


Pretty fancy, right? 😉

Flight medics came to us looking for a solution for their flight crew. Although life flight is essentially a mobile ICU unit, there are times when the crew would prefer having access to supplies in the field without being confined to carrying a bulky bag.

See the front and rear name tags that currently read CERT? Well those bad boys can read Flight Crew, Flight Nurse, AirMed, Flight Medic, CERT, or whatever you want. From the name tag, down to the color, material type, pocket style and placement etc, you can design this vest to meet your specific needs.

For review purposes let’s stick with the features in the pictures.

CERT Medic Vest2


CERT Medic Vest Features:

  • Front and back name tags can be sewn on or on velcro (standard feature!)
  • Dual adjustable sides that expand up to 8″ on each side
  • Front and back reflective striping
  • Heavy duty YKK zip closure
  • Radio pocket with elastic/snap closure
  • Dual upper elastic loops near the shoulder
  • Clear ID sleeve for displaying identification badge
  • 2 D rings for clipping keys, flashlight, etc
  • Pen/marker holder
  • 3 medium size velcro closure pockets
  • 2 oversized zip pouches that fully open (Each pouch has elastic loops for securing medications, syringes, etc)
  • Hidden zipper pocket inside each lower zip pouch
  • Oversized back pocket with zip closure for storing larger items such as a tablet, computer, or clipboard
  • A large selection of sizes to choose from



This vest features ample room for carrying essentials (shears, tape, gauze, bandages, medications, maps, charts, radio, etc.) plus room for tons more. The best part…… you have ALL your gear and your hands are free to tend to more important things.

This product can hold it’s own but if you’re looking for unbiased feedback, see what customer Jackson says about the CERT Medic Vest:

“Quality CERT vest. If you need a vest with POCKETS, consider this one. Often, in various CERT drills, found a backpack was cumbersome to wear especially in buildings with narrow door ways. Able to fit my PPEs (personal protective equipment) and various supplies in this vest, essentially “wearing my backpack”.

Starting from the top, the shoulder strap provides a good attachment point for items with clips. The elastic pen holders along the front of the shoulders can be used for larger sized pens/markers plus noticed items with a clip can also be attached here. For example, was able to attach a second radio or flashlight (L-shaped) on the shoulder.  

Next, the upper right pocket is versatile with the CERT tag, ID card holder and split pocket. The split pocket was a good size to put a smart phone (e.g. iPhone 6) and multi-tool (e.g. Leatherman) in it.

Next, the upper left pen/marker pockets are handy, plus the small radio pocket with elastic cord can fit a FRS radio or small HT ham radio in it. The adjustable elastic cord was good to change length for a shorter ham radio or taller ham radio with extended battery pack. You have to “dig” behind the pocket to find the ends of the elastic cord and tie a knot to the length that you want. Also, the D-rings are handy to hang items from (e.g. emergency whistle).

Next, the middle utility pockets are good for various supplies.

Next, the lower pockets are big and roomy for different types of supplies. Was able to fit items for a small triage/first aid kit in a pocket. Plus, there are additional inside pockets to fit procedure cards or other documentation.

Next, the pockets inside the vest (optional) are nice to hold supplies or documentation. Was able to fit the CERT FOG (field operations guide) in this pocket.

Finally, the back pocket is large enough for a clipboard or small tablet PC. If you have to be a scribe, a flat clipboard with CERT forms would fit in the back pocket. Or whatever else you want to put in there. In addition, the front zipper is easy to use, preferring it to buckles or velcro I have seen on other vests.

Note: If you get the padded shoulder option, the top of the vest may be somewhat stiff restricting arm movement a little. Also, if you get the belt loop option, it will be 4 belt loops attached to the bottom of the vest, which can be used to cinch down the lower part of the vest or just used to attach additional supplies to the vest.

Overall, a nice vest to store all your PPEs, radio and much of your CERT supplies and to have them easily accessible when needed.”


As Jackson knows, the vest is built like a tank and allows you to “wear” your backpack. Admittedly our products are more expensive than pre-made imported vests. We aren’t in business to compete with cheap disposable products; rather, we pride ourselves on manufacturing quality products designed to last a lifetime. With our products, you get EXACTLY what you want, a quicker turnaround time, no quantity requirements, and the comfort of knowing if something happens, it’s covered by a lifetime workmanship warranty.

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.



2 thoughts on “The Vest Guy CERT Medic Vest Review | Jackson”

  1. Bought the Alaskan Vest in January after searching online for weeks for something sturdy & practical. Have worn it now on a number of occasions, most recent being to a bird watching adventure to the Shetland Islands. I found the vest very comfortable to wear & easy to carry and pack in the back of a van thanks to a carry handle on the vests upper back. I used to use a quite large rucksack, but found that every time I needed something, I had to take it off, put it on the ground & look for the item. With the vest, most of the important items are easily accessible while still wearing the vest. The other advantage is that all your equipment is on you, not on the ground as one tends to leave the rucksack on the ground while shooting. You spend all your time concentrating on shooting & not keeping an eye on the rucksack in case some smalltime thief decides to run off with your bag. Walking long distances is not a chore as the padding on the shoulders distributes the weight evenly. The camera straps are great. No more having the original camera straps choking you to death! and hanging 2 cameras off the vest works very well. Quality of the material & workmanship is second to none. I can see myself using the vest for many years to come. Would recommend to any photographer who wants comfort & flexibility

    1. Thank you for your thoughtful feedback, Derek. Being able to walk long distances without choking is a bonus. 🙂 Do you recall how you found us online?

      We put our vests through lots of in-field use and push them to the max. We are happy to hear you’re very happy and would recommend our photo vest to photographers.

Leave a Reply