||This vest is rugged, reliable, and aggressive-looking. The whole platform is incredibly lightweight, has excellent padding where it counts and is well-constructed. However, it's very difficult for a person with a larger frame to secure the velcro attachments on the sides; I've solved this problem. I have sewn on large loop velcro panels to the sides of the vest, filling in the open spaces where velcro was not originally placed, allowing the vest to be secured in place on a larger, taller individual. The fasteners on the upper arm pads were more like lanyard clips than buckle snaps, this was a little disappointing but still very workable. I removed the clips and looped the webbing through the vest's shoulder D-rings, eliminating potential damage to the clips (which are currently being recycled into light-load lanyards).
A word on functionality... I paired this vest off with a Condor H-harness with rigger's belt and MOLLE platform, it sits comfortably above the whole affair and the rigs do not interfere with one another, however, the groin panel cannot be deployed in this configuration. Since the vest's front pouches only hold a total of three magazines, the Condor rig with its increased storage is the perfect complement to it. The entire vest rig is quite intimidating when first encountered; some players will be awestruck, others will be startled. Used correctly, it is a very streamlined system, providing storage and hydration, and a fair shake of badass factor thrown in.
4/5 awarded, only because it's a liiiittle on the small side.
Lightweight, breathable, full range of motion
Velcro panels for ID and morale patches
Built-in admin panel, built-in hydration carrier
Built-in groin protection panel
Intimidation factor: Resembles heavy level-III armor
Requires modification for larger builds
Arm pad clips seem quite fragile
Tactical spork sold separately (dejected facial expression)
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]