Super solid and sturdy
Excellent Pod Access
A little bit wide (negligable)
I got the camo version of this pack, so first off, it looks awesome. The camouflage pattern on the pod sleeves is far from cheesy. I love the way the camo contrasts to the black straps.
That being said, I will explain the sturdiness of the pack. THIS IS THE KEY FEATURE of the NXe 4+1 pack. When I looked at the strap system, I was amazed at the quality and advanced setup of the straps. Touching your abdomen are two tough, solid base straps that are covered in Velcro for maximum versatility between users. On top of the basse straps are the secondary, or supporting straps. They are made of elastic. The elastic is not the usual thin, poor material. The NXe elastic is very thick and strong. It doesn't stretch too easily or too hard. One supporting strap connects to the base straps (which fasten together) directly. The other supporting strap connects over the other supporting strap AND the base strap system. If this sounds confusing, then good because the straps layer together so solidly that it is amazing.
Next, is the way the pods are set in the pack. This pack, as with all other NXe packs, is configured in the up-side-down way. The pod lids are pointing down. The pods don't merely slip in. They take some force to fasten inside the durable sleeves. The sleeves hold the pods so that the strength needed to pull them out is just enough that they won't fall out on their own. The velcro pod sleeve straps only keep the pods from falling out just in case they start to slip. I am convinced that a pod won't fall out when you are running even if the straps aren't fastened.
The extra ( +1 ) section of the pack is ultimately designed for an extra compressed air or Co2 for either a spare or a remote configuration. I believe that the sleeve holds anywhere from 9 oz. to24 oz. Co2 OR up to 68 ci compressed air. My 20 oz fit in like a charm. The top of the sleeve is tough elastic, and there are two heavy Velcro straps that diagonalize on the supporting Velro section on the sleeve. These straps go around the tank and hold it in so well, that I can't pull it out.
Lastly, the versatility of this harness is prime. It is good for speedball and woodsball because of its solid construction. The camo design is cool for woodsball, while the alternate black color is adequate for the speedball "look." The extra sleeve can hold an extra tank (woodsball) or a pod (speedball). Ultimately, it is an extremely versatile pack for all kinds of paintballers.
Overall, for the great price of $25 or less, it has excellent quality, versatility, performance, and looks. The best overall pack with the best price.
Good job NXe.