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

Overview: Best suited for all day hunting away from the truck; open country.

Common Uses: Carries large amount of gear and water, especially for drier, hotter climates.

Complete Vest

Buy the Complete Vest

What’s Included:

– Q5 Daypack
– Q5 Shell Pockets
– Q5 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

Click Here for Full Description/Options

Q5 Centerfire Pro-Staff

Jonathan O’Dell
Small Game Biologist – Game Branch
Arizona Game and Fish Department
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Jared Nelson
Upland Bird Guide
Fly Fishing Guide
(602) 291-1420

Visit Jared’s website: www.troutandquail.com

Video Footage by Jared:
Mearns’ Quail – Lots of birds, lots of shooting
A Walk in Quail Country 2017 – Arizona Quail Hunt

Q5 Rimfire

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.

Complete Vest

Buy the Complete Vest

What’s Included:

– Q5 Shell Pockets
– Sternum Strap

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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

Q5 Rimfire Pro-Staff

Jason Wright
Thundering Aspens

Jason has been a professional upland bird hunting guide and dog trainer for 15 years, and is the second generation Owner of Thundering Aspens Sportsman Club in Mesick, Michigan.

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Q5 Upland Bird Belt

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

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

Complete Belt

Buy the Complete Belt

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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Quilomene Upland

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.

Complete Vest

Buy the Complete Vest

What’s Included:

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

Click Here for Full Description

Base Vest

Choose Your Options

What’s Included:

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

Click Here for Full Description/Options

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

Click Here for Full Description

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!

Contact through :
Quilomene/Q5
Grouse Commander
New England Birddog Club
Woodcock Limited of New England
Tim Kisieleski