I am not a vest guy, at all. I carry a backpack (so many different backpacks! I am a freak for gear) I like to carry water, extra gloves, hunks of bison, a pepperoni, maybe some bagels, screwdriver, gummy stone, skins, extra goggle (ever break a goggle in the middle of the day? It sucks!) and who knows what else winds up in my backpack and pockets. I gave up the backpack for a month this year, tried carrying pepperoni and bottle of water in my bibs. Awkward as hell I tell you. Then I saw this crazy vest and gave it a shot. I have several days with it now and am converted! It does not swing around like a backpack can (even with a full 100oz camelback) it holds everything tight on your body. Which can be weird when you have too much stuff in the pockets, so I learned to separate out the bison from the sausage, then goggles from the keys and so forth. Now they all have a home, and travel nicely on me. Plus is looks kind of cool. Get lots of heads turned when I whip out a hose from the shoulder, to wash down my random sandwich and swap out gloves. It just works. I have not tried carrying shovel, probe and bc gear (still have a dedicated BD Avalung pack for that) but for resort days when you need to keep liquid and some back up crap with you, it does very well. It was restrictive at first (not used to having such a tight fitting, loaded vest on) but after one run in the trees I was sold on this. No straps flailing in the wind or grabbing branches and lot of organization potentials. Its a really great idea and I love it. I have the L/XL and am 6'1" 200lb.