Safari Vests

When choosing your safari vest for African hunting, go for comfort above all. Your choice of safari vest really depends on whether you are going to actually wear it for hunting and load it with your essential hunting gear, rather than carrying a day bag, just wear it for warmth in the mornings and evenings, or use it for general travel purposes.

Choosing A Good Safari Vest

  • A safari vest needs to be comfortable for possibly many hours of wear. Get the length of the vest right for you - if you have bulky gear in the lower pockets, sitting down can be awkward if the vest is too long - especially driving in a hunting truck when all the things start to bounce on your knees.
  • A vest with an adjustable waist belt will help control the movement of bulky gear in the pockets.
  • Made of lightweight natural or hi-tech fabric that will be sweat absorbent, breathable and quiet if wearing it while stalking.
  • Good strong seams that won't rip with heavy items in the pockets.
  • Cooling features possibly vents and mesh.
  • Optional zip-on long sleeves to convert to a jacket.
  • Pockets - better to be button closure rather than velcro which can be noisy. Too many pockets can be a disadvantage for hunting if you can't remember where you put something and have to rummage through all 21 pockets to find it.
  • Check the distribution and size of pockets in a safari vest - if you can only put heavier or larger things in the lower front pockets, this may uncomfortably pull the vest down tight on your neck and shoulders.
  • Lined, waterproof pockets may be preferable if you are going to carry a camera, lenses or sunglasses/reading glasses. This will protect them against rain or sweat.
  • Other optional features - cartridge loops, front shoulder padding for shooting and padding on top of shoulder for carrying your rifle comfortably.
  • Khaki, green, brown colours rather than white or any bright colour.

Safari Vests For Men

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**NEW** The men's Zambezi twill V-neck vest has a three-button front, two patch pockets, back adjustable belt, two interior zippered pockets, interior cellphone pocket, breathable mesh lining and leather trim. Buy Now
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This safari vest is made of 100% cotton and comes with a mesh back for ventilation, 19 pockets including 3 inside pockets and a zip front & D-ring waist adjusters. Buy Now


This Tag Safari vest with a vented back is a comfortable lightweight cotton travel vest with multiple pockets. The vent back allows air to circulate for cool comfort in the midday sun. Four large flap cargo pockets outside hold essential safari gear, guide books and maps. Two zippered pockets outside and two more inside provide secure protection for valuables and important travel documents. A durable full length zipper and a quick release button tab offer two ways to close the front. Durably double stitched throughout with an Afri-camo animal print lining. Buy Now


This Craghoppers NosiLife vest has a permanent repellent which deters mosquitoes and bugs. It is made of a tough, lightweight, wind resistant and very high wicking fabric. Buy Now


This zip-front travel vest has plenty of pockets to help you stay organized everywhere you go, including two vertical security zip chest pockets, an extensive interior ten-pocket system and a water-bottle pocket. The rugged, coated ripstop nylon fabric is water, wind and stain resistant. It also provides 50+ sun protection. Buy Now

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This durable lightweight vest is made of 100% NyLite nylon and has many pockets including a rear pocket for a water bottle and a security zip pocket. It is water repellent. Buy Now


This Tilley vest is made of a lightweight fabric which dries overnight. It features 2 large zippered front pockets and 2 small zippered chest pockets and 2 Velcro interior pockets, plus 1 interior back pocket with hidden zipper that stretches across entire back of the vest. Buy Now


This vest is made of brushed cotton with durable shoulder and shooting patches. Large cartridge pockets, adjustable waist and back. Buy Now

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This Columbia vest is made of moisture wicking fabric with 50 UPF sun protection. The vest is vented with multiple pockets. Buy Now


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