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Cargo Vest by Marcusstratus Cargo Vest by Marcusstratus
In 2010 I was getting a lot of interest in this old design of mine: [link]

So I decided to redo it into my current style and I did this design: [link]

Then I did some mock-ups [link] and what you see now is the final result! Made to last, the outside and pockets are made of a durable 100% cotton denim and it's lined with 100% cotton flannel. The hardware is brass and contrasting with the denim are leather belt keepers.

In total there are 24 pockets, ranging from 2 1/2" x 4" (6.35x10cm) for the smallest and 9" x 8" (22.8x20.3cm) for the largest. They can hold everything from pencils, rullers, books, notepads, electronics, knives and tools to groceries, newspapers, phones, wallets, tissues, ferrets, etc. etc. etc. There are also numerous Dee rings around the vest for fastening chains, pouches and anything else to your person, all riveted on with a sturdy leather strap. The chunky center zipper came off a military surplus coat and has a long brass pull. The zipper stops at the waist and the vest is split in front and back to accommodate movement and sitting.

I'm 5'8" (172.75cm) tall and have a chest circumference of 35" (89cm), so anyone with similar measurements will fit the vest just like in the photo's. It will fit up to a 37" (94cm) chest comfortably and a taller or shorter height won't make a difference. The vest is 42" (106.5cm)long from shoulder to hem and the hood is actually full enough to keep the rain off your face.

This vest was also very tedious to make and thus I wont be making one like it again. So don't ask me! heh So many pockets :faint: I'll have to have ~Lastwear manufacture it or something for the future.
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On it's own the vest is of an intriguing design. I can clearly see it going with a range of other outfits. The pockets reminds me of the Square Enix aesthetic of adding numerous add-ons, which I don't find offputting.

With the extra bits included it does show off the capabilities of the vest, however I am a little jealous of the fact that they aren't included in the sale.

All in all I like it, though I don't like it all that much.

I would like to add, that if the hood was removable then I would give it a higher mark. Sorry, personal preference.
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Being that I have commissioned Mr. Stratus before I can at least from an objective viewpoint say that his work is top notch. What I love most about this garment ( and this goes for most of his work ) is that it is a functional garment that finds its place in some in between place of work and play. Which is the exact mindset you want when working.

I planned on buying this garment for my own little workshop, and would have used it for all of my own little artistic projects. But alas I was slightly outbid. All of the pockets would definitely been of help for me, being that I usually need multiple resources in arms length to accommodate my less than linear style.

Absolutely love the hood. I am a fan of hoods and cloaks in the first place. And it gives the garment just enough mystery to make it a imaginative creation.

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Some of you may be put off by the price of Mr. Stratus' work. But I found that what you pay for is what you get. And that in Mark's case you will get more than you paid for. And you can take it to the bank that his heart and soul was woven in along with the creation of garment.

You'll be hard pressed to find such quality anywhere.

Bravo! And I look forward to your future work.
Inspiring, indeed!
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gaijennightborn Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is awesome
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cheers :ahoy: 
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seth-ravenclaw Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can i get one? o uo with or without that many pockets, i don't mind ^^
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1matt210 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Where can I buy one?
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Andr3w137 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist
I wish I had one of those now. Lots of pockets to store stuff in. Really love it.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye, it made a pretty epic vest :)
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Spauldron Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
This is beautiful.  All of your work is excellent.  Great shapes, excellent use of drape and line, and loads of eye-catching details.  Nothing taken for granted.  I timeholed like crazy looking at your gallery.  Keep doing this!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye, thank you! I haven't actually heard the term timeholed before.
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iOKaii Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
really awesome! i would love to have something like this.
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:iconfreyalise:
freyalise Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
This looks so amazing I can't even.
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NathanStoddard Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it!
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Takashi-Jericho Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
that is awesome. like some sort of steampunk assassin's creed combo.  EPIC
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Indeed :D Cheers
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BrandonIOF Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I would rock this every day of my life.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye, Thank you!
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RestlessLynx Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Interface Designer
This is very inspirational.
I like your work, it seems very solid.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! That is one thing I try for when I do my crafts. I value solidity and refinement.
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LostIcePrincElegance Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
dear goodnes , i want that jacket...
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DukeWeerd Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
OH MY YES!! this is awesome.
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:iconmarcusstratus:
Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Same vest as the black one, just with pockets instead of MOLLE straps.
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Realmwright Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think I know whose gallery I'll be using for fantasy attire reference. You have such talent. Keep it up.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for looking! :ahoy:
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Burnoutkid89 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
how about one without the pockets?
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:iconmarcusstratus:
Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Like this? [link]
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c4rdninj4 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Looks absolutely amazing, I didn't know it before but now I want one. I see you aren't selling anymore, I would have loved to get one or at least a pattern for it. I guess I'll just have to keep an eye on your stuff for another one.
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sgainbrachta Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Awesome, as usual! One thing might be cool- add a largish pouch just above the belt line, not too tall- like old hunting jackets had. That can allow a better balance of weight, and a place for things that are flat-ish (I just made that up!) to go as well. Maybe even zip-on sleeves? Any idea what this would possibly cost, should you have it made? I love the look, so cool- retro, steamy, and also sorta post-apoc, all in one. Hard to beat that!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
do you mean on the back side? I was thinking of putting something back there, it's just that you would have to take off the vest to access it and so I didn't think it would be too practical.
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sgainbrachta Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Yes- on the back side- I had a "hunting coat" and it has a pocket, much like those on an pull-over hoodie, but without the angled part- just a rectangle. It's sewn on the bottom 2-3 inches, then has a vertical side opening about 4-6" tall. This on seals with hook and loop; the back pocket also has a top opening, about 8-9" wide, which has 3 buttons, and then the flap had hook and loop. Never used it for hunting or fishing, but it was awesome as a hiking coat. That back pocket had space for a little food, and the front pockets held water bottles, etc.

You didn't have to take it off at all; just reach back and grab through the side opening- or rather- put the fish, duck, whatever in. Then when you needed to empty it or clean the pocket- open the top opening. IIRC- inside had a nylon filmed inner layer, for fish goo and the like to not soak through. Probably not relevant to this, really.

Also- one further thought. I would probably keep my shoulder clear- for a rifle but, at least on the right. Maybe even add a layer of padded soft leather there. Of course I am gun guy- so maybe not for most folks, but, well... a .308 kicks pretty well, so having a handful of pocket stuff hammered into my shoulder each shot would hurt!!
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iampan69 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
this has loads of potential, i would suggest looking into alice packs and how the strap connectors work for all the pack attachments, if this vest was alice pack compatible you could just attach the pieces from pack directly to the vest. lots of survivalist/preppers willwant one. this needs marketing quick before someone else manufactures them.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh yes! that was the idea behind the vest in this one [link]
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judoFlipp Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student General Artist
UnggggggggggggI need.
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BWS2K Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
And finally - someone who makes clothes on DA that I would actually wear. Well done, sir!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye, cheers! :ahoy:
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jamesvontorch Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Are open for selling any of your stuff, like this cool cargo hoodie for example? You know, many of us here really want have one of your works. ^_^
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well this one I did sell, one of the only pieces I put up on ebay because of the amount of interest in it. Typically though, I do one-off, individual commissions. Right now I'm quite busy however and won't be available for a few more months at least.
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
If you ever make a digital pattern for this, or would be willing to make copies of your physical pattern and mail them, I would pay you real money for it. I SO want to make something like this...
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Thowell3 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There is no level of want that I can place this in.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aye, :ahoy:
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VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aha you made it! Sorry, I know you made it forever ago, but I've been ignoring my ever-growing deviations watch-list. :XD:

This is awesome, and if I'm honest you should make at least one more of these...for women. :D Then you get ~Lastwear to manufacture them both, and then I can have one! :happybounce:
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Or you could have *aelthwyn make you one :D ;)
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VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm...there's an idea. ;)
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AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty. Hmm... I think it'd have been nice with two pockets on the back, perhaps. Seems a bit plain compared to the front.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Indeed... when designing it, I just couldn't imagine having anything on the back being very comfortable when sitting or reclining.
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AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I did wonder about that, though pants have back pockets, so I figured it couldn't be too bad. Or maybe fake pockets, just for design (though I usually find fake things slightly annoying, like the fake belts on a lot of my trenchcoats).

What about a jacket that has pockets above the waist in the back, and nowhere else? It would be funny watching people try to put things into and take things out of the pockets on their own.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, and you hit on another point, it's also awkward to get things out of the pockets behind you.
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Matthias-Iscariot Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Do you have a pattern of this? Because one, it looks awesome. Two, with something like this, you could translate this to be used for multiple purposes.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Only the one I drafted. I'd love to have digitizing software/pattern making software :D
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enehsalome Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student General Artist
I can't tell you how much I would love to buy this, no matter what the cost. The style and craftsmanship is just, amazing. Please, please, please, let me know if I can ever buy this or something like it in the future. It is really beautiful.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Send me a note and lets discuss it!
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Aredxmas Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
awesome and what clothes do you have underneath?
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