I use the Exovest and love the thoughtful, ergonomic design with anatomy in mind (thanks Chris!). The weight distribution is on the pelvic bones and the shoulders, skipping over the bladder, stomach, and base of the spine, which are not meant to be load-bearing body parts. I never felt comfortable in traditional style vests because I always wanted the middle section tighter for a better fit, but also wanted it looser around my rib cage and lungs to feel like I could breathe more easily. It is also a more female-friendly design in that it does not draw undue attention to the chest area, which is a welcome change for working in a male-dominated industry.
Another feature I find particularly useful since I am on the shorter side is the fact that the socket block can be raised fairly high on the center rods for a little extra height (in addition to using a longer arm post). Similarly, you can also mount it very low on the rods by straddling the bottom rod mount point with the socket block. Personally, I like that position best since that point is closest to my own center of gravity and feels very natural when operating.
Edited by Lisa Sene, 30 November 2016 - 03:29 PM.