I really like the versatility of this vest. If you want to keep it simple, it will hold basic avy gear, and a few odds and ends without feeling like you have anything more than your jacket on. If you want to really load it up you can fit an entire guide packs worth of gear in the multiple pockets and storage areas. While it gets heavier with more stuff, the weight is distributed so well that keep your center of gravity balanced so you can handle any type of terrain or riding. super comfortable and adds a extra layer of warmth too.