Review: Primos Rocker Turkey Hunting Vest

The new turkey vest was the Primos Rocker Vest, and while it has some great points, it wasn’t ideal for me. I’ll begin with the high points from the manufacturer: Smart storage and durable construction. Flip down lounge seat with back support allows you to sit anywhere in seconds Molded pot call and box call pockets keeps your calls protected Waterproof cell phone pocket you can use your phone in Decoy stake pocket Hydration bladder pocket (bladder not included) Multiple pockets to keep your gear organized Available in Mossy Oak Obsession and Realtree Xtra Green Sweet! No shell loops on a shotgun vest? Doesn’t Primos realize that some of us still tote twin-stackers instead of pumps or autos? I use a slim waterproof case to protect my phone when I take it hunting, and I’m not about to rely on a vest pocket for protection. Perhaps my favorite thing about the seat is that it folds up against the inside of the back of the vest — and it’s retained by magnets instead of snaps or velcro. I found uses for the purpose-made pockets (for box calls, mouth calls, slates, etc) and I also appreciate the large, generous pockets (one on each side of the front) for carrying miscellaneous gear. Conclusion The Primos Rocker turkey hunting vest is an interesting creation, and has both good and not-so-good points.
primos-rocker-vest-01 Primos Rocker turkey hunting vest. That long low pocket on the back is for decoy stakes. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
primos-rocker-vest-01 Primos Rocker turkey hunting vest. That long low pocket on the back is for decoy stakes. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

Last turkey season, I was able to try out a sure-nuff turkey hunting vest for the first time. Before that, I simply loaded up an old camo bird hunting vest with all my calls and stuff. The new turkey vest was the Primos Rocker Vest, and while it has some great points, it wasn’t ideal for me.

Left front. Those loops are not elastic, but the mouth of the pocket behind them is. Vertical box call pocket on left. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Left front. Those loops are not elastic, but the mouth of the pocket behind them is. Vertical box call pocket on left. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I’ll begin with the high points from the manufacturer:

  • Smart storage and durable construction.
  • Flip down lounge seat with back support allows you to sit anywhere in seconds
  • Molded pot call and box call pockets keeps your calls protected
  • Waterproof cell phone pocket you can use your phone in
  • Decoy stake pocket
  • Hydration bladder pocket (bladder not included)
  • Multiple pockets to keep your gear organized
  • Available in Mossy Oak Obsession and Realtree Xtra Green
  • MSRP $123.45

In the Field

The first thing I noticed about this vest when I received it was the weight — this thing is heavy. Right out of the box, it weighs 5.5 pounds. Once I add gloves and mask, some calls, a small water bottle, and some extra ammo, it weighs a full 9 pounds — and it’s far from full.

That’s the good part… there’s plenty of room in this vest. It even has a pair of nice, deep, fleece-lined handwarmer pockets. Sweet!

Arrow indicates the right handwarmer pocket. They are deep and fleecy and snug. (Photo © Russ Chastain)
Arrow indicates the right handwarmer pocket. They are deep and fleecy and snug. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

It’s also well-made and should last for many years. But it has. No. Shell. Loops.

No shell loops on a shotgun vest? Preposterous. Doesn’t Primos realize that some of us still tote twin-stackers instead of pumps or autos? I need handy ammo at my fingertips so I can reload quickly after I loose both barrels at a tough old Tom, and this vest doesn’t provide it.

It does have a transparent plastic phone pocket, which I find useless. I use a slim waterproof case to protect my phone when I take…

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