This vest is very comfortable. It has 17 pockets. The outside ones zip. The inside pockets either zip or velcro. I am wearing my ipod (the earbuds have little channels to keep them handy), my kindle, phone, metal case with swipe cards, and some other stuff I like to have handy. The weight is distributed across my shoulders so my hands are free without the annoyance of a backpack or purse. I still have pockets that are available. My camera pocket is empty because the camera is being used:)
There is a pocket for glasses with an attached cloth for cleaning the glasses.
There is a pocket for water that I haven't filled although if I were wandering about I would have food and water stashed.
I could have gotten a larger size but I'm keeping this one. I think maybe my next one will be larger (if I were layering for colder weather I might want more space) and red.
The material is lightweight with mesh inside. I am pleased with the construction.