While unfortunately turkey season is now over, I still find myself wishing I were once again listening to the April woods wake up. With that in mind, I thought this would be an appropriate time to review a piece of gear that you may be interested in buying before next season: the Nomad Turkey Vest.
Need a Pocket?
I have used several vests over the years, and tried on countless others in stores. However, none yet have truly provided the storage solutions that I look for like the Nomad Turkey Vest does. Having a place to hold all of my calls is great, but what I really look for is ease of use. I like to run-and-gun, and often use a pot call to strike birds. This means I am constantly opening and closing pockets to access my pot. The Nomad has one of the best designed pot call holders that I have seen, with no noisy buckles or snaps to fumble with. The elastic band holds your calls securely, yet can be opened with one hand. Additionally, the vest features three magnetic striker holders for those who (like myself) switch up strikers at times.
The Nomad Turkey Vest features tons of other pockets for both specific calls and general gear, but one of my favorite features of the vest is the Thermocell holder. Every turkey hunter knows that having a Thermocell is a game changer, but constantly moving around while hunting gave me issues using one in the past. Having a specific pocket to have a Thermocell makes it much easier to use on the move, and also eliminates the issue of accidentally leaving it in the woods. The ability to run a Thermocell right on my vest was a game changer for me this last season!
Aside from great gear-specific pockets, the Nomad Turkey Vest has two other features that I fell in love with this season: the seat cushion and the game bag. Given how much time we spend sitting on the ground, many vests don’t put much effort into the seat. This is not the case with the Nomad. The Nomad seat is incredibly comfortable, and completely waterproof. Several times last season I found myself sitting in wet, muddy bottoms, yet I never had to choose a setup based on whether my seat would be wet. In addition, the seat has both a buckle system and strong magnets, which allow you to strap it up when walking or use the magnets when moving quickly between spots. The magnet system works great to hold the seat up, and I did not miss holding my seat behind me while changing spots, as I have done in the past.
I never put a ton of value in the design of the game bag of a vest, as I typically only use it to hold decoys. However, the game bag on the Nomad Turkey Vest changed that. It features straps and buckles at the top, which allow you to expand the bag and open it from the top. While it isn’t necessary to take the vest off to get decoys out, having the ability to take it off and open the game bag can come in handy when carrying multiple decoys. This feature also came in handy when I hunted Big Cypress, as I was able to carry my rubber boots in the expanded game bag without any issues. Again, this ability to expand and open the game bag may not seem like much, but it may be the feature that I liked the most on this vest!
Turkey season is almost a year away, but it isn’t too early to start planning for it! With this in mind, consider checking out the Nomad Turkey Vest. Perhaps best of all, now is a great time to order it, as Nomad currently offers 20% off their turkey hunting collection. I can’t wait to get back to hunting in mine next spring!