Tippmann 98 Pro
14" Tippmann Werks Barrell
48/4500 Pure Energy Compressed Air Tank
Comfort, form fitting, modular, not to much - not to little
None at this point
I ordered this product straight from http://www.rap4.com, although they sell through other retailers; they had the best price and I usually like to buy from the source.
This vest was exactly what I was looking for:
- I wanted a vest that was light weight
- A vest that was form fitting, but could be adjusted
- A vest that didnt hang low, but put the weight on my upper body (vs waist harnesses)
One major concern I had was the tube holders on the front (although you can swap one to the back since the entire rig is modular via velcro) but it did not bother me at all, nor should it bother you if this is a concern. Once I started playing I realized that the concern was actually a benefit; If you run your air tank on your weapon then the top of the pods make for a PERFECT resting position for your air tank = the gun is already is a perfect firing position. I literally walked around the entire day with the air tank resting on top of the pod loader, always having the gun at the ready. This also takes the weight of the gun off of your arms making it very easy to move and an overall more comfortable playing situation.
The top left (when wearing) pocket is perfect for a grenade (small) or for a motorola talk-about. The right pocket is smaller, so is only good for small flat objects, but great for me cuz I like to chew gum = perfect spot! Cigarettes and a lighter can also fit in there for you smokers :-)
The inside pockets are very large, but I would not recommend putting anything bulkin in them, as they will be pusing on your ribs all day; excellent for paper, or other flat objects.
The back pocket (inside the vest) is made specifically for a camel pack or the water pouch sold with the jacket. Excellent investment in my opinion and doesnt add a lot of weight (just put a little in, enough for a game or two, and refill during the day).
If you do buy this vest, do not bother buying the quick release for the gun. It is an excellent product, dont get me wrong, but you would be much better going to a walmart and getting a 2 dollar quick release lanyard for keys. Does exaclty the same thing and is 8 dollars cheaper than the branded "Quick Release" strap.
If you are looking for a vest that is light-weight, modular, and form fitting then this is the vest for you. Most people like their pods on the back but that has always bothered me so I wanted them up front. If your looking to carry your entire arsenal with you then you might want something with more pockets, but if you are smart then you know you always want to travel light = this is the perfect vest for yourself, or team.
I give it a 9 only because no product is a 10 in my opinion, improvements can always be made.