||I received this vest in early September and was very excited to get it. Iíve wanted one of these for a while now since Iím trying to make a load out for the Global Defense Initiative from Command & Conquer 3 and 4 and this looked like it would do just that. After I unpacked it I was amazed at the amount of MOLLE loops on this vest. Theyíre every where, even on the back of the neck guard. I also liked the idea of having a groin pad since there have been a couple of shooting incidents at some of our matches that I didnít want to add my name to. After admiring the vest, I tired it on and it fit wonderfully. It was very flexible even though it didnít look like it and it was lightweight at about 3.4 pounds. The shoulder pads are tricky to get on by yourself but thatís what brothers and teammates are for. I then decided to test the built on rescue handle to see how sturdy it was so I asked my brother to drag me across the floor. Iím not a lightweight myself but that handle didnít feel like it was just gonna give out. After that I then decided to take a look at the built in back pocket for the water carrier. I have a civilian Camel Back which is colored blue so itís not really the ideal thing to have when youíre sneaking trough the woods but the back pocket combined with the neck guard allowed me to hide almost the entire set up and I could store the mouth piece in the neck guard for easy access. When I was done messing around I couldnít wait to try it on the field.
That chance came a couple of weeks later on Sept. 19 when my local airsoft group managed to get a match together after about a month after some of the admins and most of the seasoned members had to take temporary leave for various reasons (college & jobs). Even with 80+ degree heat that day, the combination of full ACUs and the vest still wasnít the miserable sweating hell I had suspected it to be. It was warm enough to make me sweat but it was no big deal. As a matter of fact since my camel back was filled with ice water, itís location in the back pocket helped keep the vest cool and even after I ran out of water, the heat was still tolerable. The vests flexibility also still made hits noticeable even though I couldnít feel the full impact of the bbs and even if you donít feel the vest flex from hits, the bbs still make a nice loud pop when they hit. This vest performed beautifully that day but there were a couple of issues with the vest.
The first problem I have with the vest is that the hooks used to clip the shoulder pads to the torso are made of plastic. Although they do not appear to be in any immediate danger of breaking, my family has a history of discovering ways of breaking things, especially plastic ones. I just wouldíve preferred some type of metal personally. The second issue is more pressing and should be known to any possible buyers and it concerns the groin pad. There is a patch of Velcro on the inside pad and on the inside of the vest for easy storage but the stiff hook half is located on the pad and it started to eat away at my pants during the match. I would recommend either that you should remove this patch entirely or, you could go to the store and buy some spare Velcro to cover the spot on the pad and keep your pants from ripping apart.
In short I love this vest and canít wait to get more pouches and patches for it to complete my load out. Itís very good in action and the cons are negligible. This vest is worth the $75 and what ever else you pay for more pouches.
-Back pocket for water bladder
-Insane amount of MOLLE loops
-Plenty of Velcro for patches
-Looks cool and stays cool
-Plastic hooks on the shoulder pads
-Velcro on groin pad can wreak your pants
-You will want to wear this more than you have to.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]