It is actually an OGIO flight vest.. although I have a camelbak bladder in it because the stock ogio bladder sucks.
I like it because of all the pockets in the front.. lets me balance my carry load back to front (and easy camera access
Here you can see the upper front pockets
..and here the lower
The downside to it (especially with you being in texas) is the heat it can hold in (although the sides and the shoulder straps are mesh).
In all of these photos I have a full Leatt armor suit on under my jacket/jersey.