"I just received this vest, and overall I'd say I'm satisfied. However, this vest has some pretty glaring issues to go with the many good things.
I'll start with the pros. I bought the color listed as tan, in the hopes that it would blend in well with Coyote gear. I was surprised to discover that the plate carrier is, in fact, 100% coyote brown. This may be seen as a bad thing for some, but I was surely happy I could use some of my existing coyote gear without looking weird. The pouches this comes with are also a good plus, for the money you get a great deal, and the pistol pouches, admin pouch, and GP pouch are definitely things I will consider keeping. The carrier also fits pretty well once fully adjusted, but more on that later. As for appearance, I love the design. It looks great. It comes with some cheap, half-inch thick plate-shaped foam inserts that I replaced immediately with proper Foam SAPIs, but the fact that they took the time to include that for the newer players is awesome. And, of course, for what it is this vest is a steal for only 70$ or so. Now the cons. Firstly, the magazine pouches are extremely tight-fitting. I can fit two STANAGs, but just barely, and not easily. I have to jam in the second one and put some real force into it. I will likely be replacing these at some point. Second, the admin pouch tends to slide down the front segment a couple inches, exposing the rather eyesore front carry handle assembly, which just looks like a mess of velcro. This is because the top layer of MOLLE threading is simply not there. The carrier doesnt even accommodate a pouch that comes with the vest... This is probably easily fixable by adding Velcro fasteners to the back of admin pouch to secure it to the front handle assembly, which is likely something I will do. Another thing, this vest comes with zero instructions, and normally that wouldnt be a problem with plate carriers, but this one could certainly have benefitted from one. The weird stiff white pipecleaner-looking thing that goes from the back of vest into the Front Carry handle? DONT REMOVE THAT. It's essential for the badly designed size adjustment system, which I will get into. I removed it thinking it was useless, and had to work some redneck enginuity into it with Duct Tape to keep it in place. To adjust size, you need to open up the velcro enclosure and thread a looped piece of coupe-like thing through holes in some straps, and use the pipe-cleaner thing to secure everything. While this works, it's extremely tedious to do, and isn't exactly the most reliable. You then attach the cummerbund to the front panel using velcro, which isn't much better of a system than the actual adjustment. Donning and doffing is extremely tedious, pretty much forcing you to take it on and off like a shirt over your head unless you want to risk your size adjustments getting messed up. A simple strap/buckle system would have solved this problem. But, once you have your size adjusted, it seems to hold up well. I haven't fielded this yet, so take everything I say with a bit of a grain of salt. I'll be fielding it tomorrow at Operation Pirate Exploder, so fingers crossed it does well. I'm so far satisfied with my purchase, 70$ certainly well-spent. Great value.
Coyote Brown, not tan (could be a con)
Great value, especially considering the included pouches
Comes with cheap plates to keep it's shape, which not a lot of plate carriers include.
Perfect for beginner players to start with, or for intermediate players to have a good start on for a full setup
Adjustment is pretty tedious
Donning and doffing is extremely inconvenient
Included magazine pouches get extremely tight when you store two M4 magazines
Included Admin Pouch slides down due to lack of MOLLE on top layer
"This is a 4 year review of the item. I have two. One in woodland and one in coyote.
- stood strong after years of use. Running through sagebrush, rolling down hill, and just over all use in socal.
- the stitching has held up on it's own after years of use
- will serve you right if taken care of
- plenty of molle space. You can even secure a battle belt to it for even more space if needed.
-the pouches that are included will last just as long.
- easy to adjust.
- can fit a variety of plates. Real, foam, or hard.
- the m4 pouches do need to be stretched to fit two gi mags.
- some vest may have frayed stitching, if so send it back for another or sew it right with kevlar thread.
Overall this best has served me through hundreds of games and has not failed me yet. To be honest almost as good as my real vest.