Upland Bird Hunting And Game Vests

Long-Lasting Handmade Hunting Vests Made In The USA

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Q5 Centerfire Full-Size Upland Bird Hunting Vest

  • Full-Sized – best suited for all day hunting away from the truck; open country.
  • Carries a large amount of gear and water.
  • Designed with drier hotter climates in mind.
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minimalist upland game bird hunting vest

Q5 Rimfire Mobile Upland Bird Hunting Vest

  • Best suited for half day hunts or tight, brushy cover.
  • Trades cargo space for better mobility
  • Choose a mesh back for hotter or drier climates or cordura backs for cooler climates or tighter cover.
  • Also fits women, youths or smaller-framed hunters well.
  • Could be described as a “Minimal” Centerfire.
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hunting belt with bird pouch

Q5 Upland Bird Belt

  • Customizable bird hunting belt.
  • Includes hip belt and bird bag.
  • Option to include Q5 Shell Pockets (6″x8″) OR Quilomene Shell Pockets (8″x8″).
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upland game bird hunting vest with hydration

Quilomene Upland Bird Hunting Strap Vest

Customized – can include:

  • Tan or orange back
  • Quilomene Shell Pockets (8″x8″)
  • Two Hydration Hose Clips
  • Sternum Strap & Lashing Straps
  • Hip Belt & Shoulder Strap Assembly
  • Bird Bag
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Quilomene San Carlos Bird Hunting Strap Vest

The San Carlos vests are great for half day hunts, so comfortable you hardly know you’re wearing a vest. Both the H-Back and Y-Back are great for open or tight, brushy country.

The difference between the Y-Back and H-Back vest is the torso adjustment on the back of the vest:

Common Uses: Less cargo space, easy to throw on for a short round.

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Q5 Primer Minimal Hunting Vest

Stripped-down version of the San Carlos H-back.

  • It is for those that just want the basics:  a bird bag and shell pockets!

This vest design is best described as simple and very functional!

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upland game bird hunting vest with hydration

Q5 Centerfire Full-Size Upland Bird Hunting Vest

  • Full-Sized – best suited for all day hunting away from the truck; open country.
  • Carries a large amount of gear and water.
  • Designed with drier hotter climates in mind.
Buy Complete Vest Build Your Own

Q5 Rimfire Mobile Upland Bird Hunting Vest

  • Best suited for half day hunts or tight, brushy cover.
  • Trades cargo space for better mobility
  • Choose a mesh back for hotter or drier climates or cordura backs for cooler climates or tighter cover.
  • Also fits women, youths or smaller-framed hunters well.
  • Could be described as a “Minimal” Centerfire.
Buy Complete Vest Build Your Own
minimalist upland game bird hunting vest

Q5 Upland Bird Belt

  • Customizable bird hunting belt.
  • Includes hip belt and bird bag.
  • Option to include Q5 Shell Pockets (6″x8″) OR Quilomene Shell Pockets (8″x8″).
Build Your Own Buy Complete Belt

Quilomene Upland Bird Hunting Strap Vest

Customized – can include:

  • Tan or orange back
  • Quilomene Shell Pockets (8″x8″)
  • Two Hydration Hose Clips
  • Sternum Strap & Lashing Straps
  • Hip Belt & Shoulder Strap Assembly
  • Bird Bag
Buy Complete Vest Build Your Own
tan or orange bird hunting vest
bird hunting strap vest

Quilomene San Carlos Bird Hunting Strap Vest

The San Carlos vests are great for half day hunts, so comfortable you hardly know you’re wearing a vest. Both the H-Back and Y-Back are great for open or tight, brushy country.

The difference between the Y-Back and H-Back vest is the torso adjustment on the back of the vest:

Common Uses: Less cargo space, easy to throw on for a short round.

Buy Complete Vest Build Your Own

Q5 Primer Minimal Hunting Vest

Stripped-down version of the San Carlos H-back.

  • It is for those that just want the basics:  a bird bag and shell pockets!

This vest design is best described as simple and very functional!

Buy Complete Vest
minimal hunting vest

Though all of these vests can work fine in most all hunting situations, they each do have specific designs in mind. For example, the Centerfire is designed to work best in open country and to carry a day’s worth of gear, but that doesn’t mean it can’t work well for all upland bird habitat. Another example is the San Carlos – designed for tighter cover, but will work very well in open country as well. There will be a short description of each vest’s specific design features when you click on that particular vest.

Another great feature of Q5 Outdoor Products/Quilomene vests is their interchangeability! You can order a complete vest as it has been presented in the past, OR you can now Choose Your Options! Besides the great convenience and adaptability to various hunting situations that this adds to our vests, it also means that parts of a vest can be replaced when worn out without the cost of a whole vest. For example, one of the first areas to wear out on a bird pack are usually the shell pockets. With the weight and constant rubbing of the shells, the pocket eventually wears thin or gets holes in the bottom. Our tougher cordura material will help increase the life of a pocket, but since they are removable, you can just replace the pocket(s).

As you click on the particular vest you are interested in, you will see a short overview and common uses for that particular vest, and select a complete or base vest and options.

Enjoy shopping!

Q5 Centerfire

Q5 Centerfire Upland Bird Hunting Vest

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Complete Vest

upland game bird hunting vest with hydration
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What’s Included:

– The Q5 Daypack
– Q5 Shell Pockets
– Water Bottle Holders
– 4 in. Electronics Pocket
– One Hydration Hose Clip
– One D-Ring
– Sternum Strap
– Lashing Straps

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Base Vest

Choose Your Options

What’s Included:

– Hip Belt
– Shoulder Strap Assembly
– Bird Bag
– Sternum Strap

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Overview:

Best suited for all day hunting away from the truck; open country. Carries large amount of gear and water. Works especially well for drier and hotter climates.

Q5 Rimfire

Q5 Rimfire Upland Bird Hunting Vest

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Complete Vest

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What’s Included:

– Q5 Shell Pockets
– Sternum Strap

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Base Vest

minimalist upland game bird hunting vest
Choose Your Options

What’s Included:

– Hip Belt
– Shoulder Strap Assembly
– Bird Bag
– Sternum Strap

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Overview: Best suited for half day hunts; tight, brushy cover.

Common Uses: Less cargo space; now comes with mesh for more open, drier & hot climates, or cordura in place of the mesh for the tighter cover. Could be described as a “Minimal” Centerfire.

Advantages of this strap vest:

  • Ideal for shorter hunts with minimal equipment – it is ideal for open country, but the Solid Back with the Quilomene style shell pockets is also very workable in tight, thick country.
  • Convenient strap loop for hanging
  • Extra padding for comfort around neck and upper back
  • 2 adjustable raising/lowering straps to support many body types – tensil strength of the 1″ webbing is 1720 lbs with slow pull
  • Adjustable shoulder straps with extra padding for comfort around nek and upper back. No padding in gun mounting area
  • Removable and adjustable sternum strap
  • Heavy duty Velcro/snap reinforced mesh for back ventilation / Heavy duty duty Velcro/snap reinforced solid orange back
  • Padded hip belt system with lumbar support for effective weight distribution and puts load on hips, frees upper body for unrestricted movement
  • Easy access game bag – 15″ long X 6″ wide X 8″ deep
  • Small, angled zippered compartment at both ends of bird bag 5″L x 6″W
  • Removable shell pockets with Velcro close flap + large and small zippered compartment – 8″L X 6″W X 2″D; Small zippered compartment 4″L x 6″W
  • Large zippered compartment for extra storage on back of game bag – 6″L x 12″W x 2.25″D
  • There is not a hydration bladder pocket on the Rimfire.
  • Complete vest weight empty 2 lbs 8oz
  • Maximum recommended weight 20 lbs
  • The Q5 Rimfire Vest is made in the USA
Q5 Upland Bird Belt

Q5 Upland Bird Hunting Belt

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Complete Belt

hunting belt with bird pouch
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What’s Included:

– Q5 Shell Pockets (6″x8″) OR Quilomene Shell Pockets (8″x8″)
– Hip Belt
– Bird Bag

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Base Belt

Choose Your Options

What’s Included:

– Hip Belt
– Bird Bag

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Overview: Short hunts; designed for those that don’t like straps!

Common Uses: Less cargo space, great for warm/hot weather

Belt is designed for light loads. Two large birds maximum. An example of large birds would be pheasant or grouse. 2 pheasant, or two Grouse maximum.
Extra D rings on the hip belt for those just like to use With the Magnum pocket, or Pockets attached this belt is excellent for bird dog training.
For those that want to go even lighter the bird belt can be removed, and the utility pouch attached in place of the bird bag. Looped bird carriers could be used in place of the bird bag.
Quilomene Upland

Quilomene Upland Bird Vest

Complete Vest

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What’s Included:

– Quilomene Shell Pockets (8″x8″)
– Two Hydration Hose Clips
– Sternum Strap
– Lashing Straps

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Base Vest

Choose Your Options

What’s Included:

– Hip Belt
– Shoulder Strap Assembly
– Bird Bag
– Sternum Strap

Click Here for Full Description/Options

Overview: Another vest that is best suited for all day hunting away from the truck; great for open or tighter cover

Common Uses: Carries large amount of gear and water, built specifically for water reservoir at top of back/shoulders; can also carry larger birds such as pheasant and larger Grouse species.

Quilomene has built a reputation on the functional simplicity of its Upland design and the quality of its materials and construction.

The Quilomene Upland works well in both open and tight, thicker country, especially with the Quilomene style pockets. It also has enough cargo space for a day-long hunt.

The main features are: 

  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Padded hipbelt system with lumbar support for effective weight distribution and puts load on hips, frees upper body for unrestricted movement
  • Large hydration pocket -­‐ fits 50-70-100 oz. systems. Your hydration system slides into its own pocket which is 7.5″ width x 15″ length, and rests vertically between the shoulder blades. There are openings at the bottom of both sides of the pocket for the hose to exit. 
  • Cargo Capacity — There are nine pockets to carry all that you need for even your longest hunt:
    • Large capacity game bag (19W x 12″L),
    • Two cargo pockets on the back –
      • Upper 11″L x 7″W x 3.5″D with 2 ‘wallet sized’ pockets inside
      • Lower 7″L x 11″W x 4″D
    • One huge clothing pocket that encompasses the entire back of the vest and yet is not in the game bag,
    • Two shell pockets on the front (8″ width x 8″ length), and two 6.5″ width x 7.5″ length all-purpose pockets inside the birdbag.
  • Loops on shoulder straps for sternum strap (included) or to clip other gear
  • Lashing straps
  • Complete vest weight empty 2 lbs 10 oz
  • The Quilomene Upland Vest is made in the USA

This vest design is best described as simple and very functional!


The vests are hydration bladder ready (50 – 70 – or 100 oz.)

Quilomene San Carlos

The difference between the Y-Back and H-Back vest is the torso adjustment on the back of the vest:

  • – Y-Back is by velcro
    – H-Back is by buckle and the straps come straight over shoulder

Overview: The San Carlos vests are great for half day hunts, so comfortable you hardly know you’re wearing a vest. Both the H-Back and Y-Back are great for open or tight, brushy country.

Common Uses: Less cargo space, easy to throw on for a short round.

Complete Vest

Buy the Complete Vest

What’s Included:

– Quilomene Shell Pockets (8″x8″)
– Two Hydration Hose Clips
– One D-Ring Clip (H-Back only)
– Sternum Strap
– Lashing Straps

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Base Vest

Choose Your Options

What’s Included:

– Hip Belt
– Shoulder Strap Assembly
– Bird Bag
– Sternum Strap

Click Here for Full Description/Options

San Carlos Pro-Staff

Fritz Heller
Grouse Commander
Founder www.grousecommander.com
Visit GC on: Enjoy this great grouse hunting video by Fritz Heller of Grouse Commander and utilizing the San Carlos upland vest: Grouse Brother’s 2015
Tim Kisieleski

Real life – manages a commercial glazing company outside of Boston.

After hours, Licensed New Hampshire guide.

Avid coverdog trailer; Honorary kennel boy at Wildapple Kennels and Guide service; Gear aficionado and a Quill user since 93!

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Grouse Commander
New England Birddog Club
Woodcock Limited of New England
Tim Kisieleski