This is a review for the Milwaukee 10-Pocket High Visibility Safety Vest, part number 48-73-5032.
These safety vests come in a peggable plastic bag that measures approximatey 7.5 x 11.5 inches. It's easy to open and is reusable due to the zip lock style zipper at the top of the bag. You can clearly see the bright orange color of the vest through the clear parts of the bag and it's very clearly marked with the size on the top left. Underneath the size information are the ANSI and Type Class, in this case "ANSI/ISEA 107-15" and "Type R class 2". Both the front and back of the package include the text in 3 languages.
The reverse side of the bag displays a picture of both the front and back side of the vest along with pointing out where on the vest all of the special features are. It also lists instructions for use.
Features of this vest are listed on the package as:
2 Mic tabs
1 Clear ID Holder
2 Chest pockets
4 Reinforced Pen Pockets
1 Internal Chest Pocket
In addition this vest has a slot on the back so fall protection can be used and two straps on the inside that can be used to adjust the size of the vest around the waist. It's also extremely bright, I used the vest while snow blowing and could be easily seen over a block away.
The mic tabs are located on both sides of the vest up near the collar and are made of heavier material than the vest. They're also reinforced on the back to give them extra strength. The clear ID pouch is great if you work where an ID must be displayed at all times, it's large and easy to open but holds the ID secure with velcro to keep the pocket closed and open. There's also an unsecured chest pocket above the pen pockets.
The pen pockets are perfect for holding pens or markers and are reinforced with heavier material at the bottom. This is good because pens or other pointy objects in the pockets will be less likely to poke through the material.
The zipper, in my opinion, is a bit fine for this type of vest and this is probably my only negative. I realize it's not a coat but the zipper could be a bit heavier. That said I did not have any problems with it when I used it over my thick winter coat. The 2 adjustable straps on the inside at the waist also allowed me to pull in some of the extra material. This vest is good in that it should fit a wide range of waist sizes with this adjustment available.
One thing to keep in mind is that the instructions indicate that it's only good for a limited number of wash cycles. I put it through 6 wash cycles though and it didn't seem to show any fading in color or affect the reflectivity of the reflective tape.
If you're looking for a bright vest with a lot of features this is it.