Nick at Rohan Woodbridge Remembers the Wild Vest

Nick Rohan Woodbridge in 1985/6 Rohan Wild Vest

We receive some super stories and photos about early Rohan clothing on Rohantime The Rohan Heritage category on Rohantime call Flashback is very popular.

This is a lovely photo from Nick at Rohan Woodbridge.

An original Wild Vest June 1986, Killarney, Ireland.

The Wild Vest, a sleeveless gillet, was a wonderful addition to a comprehensive clothing layer system. Designed to go under Sohao but most of us did the opposite. Most preferred option was over the Olfio, before the Olfio got a full pocket front.  It was lightweight,  low bulk, cut quite long and contained all the pocket and pen slots, a hallmark of early Rohan.

Wild Vest was included in Chris Townsend kit list for:

Chris Townsend – Rohan on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT)

1985 – 3,100 miles down the Rocky Mountains from the Canadian border to Mexico

Early Wild Vest also had the distinctive poppers in gold and other colours. I remember a few that boasted a mixture of colours. The poppers became know as ‘smarties’.

1987 Rohan Wild Vest


In 1987 the Wild Vest changed, it was longer and designed to go under Rohan Jackets (Pampas and Savannah).  It lost some of its unique personality at that point.

Full text from 1987 catalogue



A great garment. Big thank you Nick for sharing this with us all.

If you had an original Wild Vest please let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Nicky Fillmore says:

    I had the last pair of the folding sunglasses.
    They were Paul’s but he let me have them. They had a couple of scratches but I didn’t care. He even gave me a couple of spare arms and spare screws to go with them. Both arms were for the same side.
    They really should be put into production again; the case is as tough as old boots. Imagine being able to carry quality sunglasses, Bollé lenses no less, in such a strong and small case!

    I had an original Wild Vest too. It had to be a Men’s one (women didn’t walk, climb or travel in those days. It went nicely over my Olfio (AM).
    But I never did want the women’s Bags; the fit was awful. All 11 of my pairs are men’s!

    Sarah, I still have some samples (in the green) that you and Paul made for children.
    As well as one or two items from the Mille Miglia range. Most of those were passed on and are probably still going strong.
    I’ll try to find some old photographs to send you, of them in use.
    The samples were worn to death and the black trim/reinforcement patches eventually decomposed.

  2. Graham Mulholland says:

    A Wild Vest (in blue) was the second Rohan thing I bought after a pair of Bags. That’s long gone (and wouldn’t have a hope of getting round me now) but having a quick skim through the 1987 catalogue, I do still have the folding sunglasses from that era.

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