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Tim Westover

Vest for Shorter Person

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Hey all, I have a friend whom is a girl and is on the smaller side - around 5'2". She is looking to buy a vest to use to practice/use with my pro rig. She's trying to keep this affordable, so I wanted to know if anyone has used the compact flyer vest (http://www.tiffen.com/displayproduct.html?tablename=steadicam&itemnum=803-7800-01) with a larger rig like a pro cinelive OR has a smaller vest they are looking to sell. Thanks.

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Cool thanks for the fast response Chris, do you think there will be any problem with the weight of a bigger rig on the zephyr vest? I use to have one when I took the workshop but I can't remember if the piece holding the socket block is metal or plastic. Figure we'll have to get a pro socket block to put on the vest. I'm actually not sure if I can find a zephyr vest anymore either do you know if Tiffen is still selling them / are the Aero 30 vest the same ones?

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While not inexpensive... She should invest in a proper vest. I have a Pro vest that I bought used, but it fits me so well. So probably, Pro is still able to custom make one? And I also have a Walter Klassen vest who custom makes all his vests. He is located in Toronto, but he might still have my measurements. I'm about the same height.

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Id lobby that the Zephyr is an excellent vest. It is actually Garrett Browns favourite vest after the Exovest. He carries any load with it. The over-the-shoulder adjustment makes it fit a wide variety of people.

 

Chris

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I suggest she try either a used Compact Master Series or Compact Ultra vest, or a new Zephyr vest as Chris suggests. All these choices will fit well and easily handle the weight.

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Whichever vest she buys, it would be great if she has the opportunity to test it out before she makes the purchase! That way she can make sure she has the proper fit, and it's the correct style of vest for her.

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