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Poobah Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months18 of 19 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Small 100 rnd belt pod packs
Marker Setup: Tippmann A-5
Palmer Stabilizer
Lapco Bigshot
Strengths: Comfortable
Well balanced
Durable
Well manufactured
Hydration bladder sleeve
Weaknesses: Probably not great for very small players
Review: I purchased my Sabre vest in Jan of 06. I've used it to play a few times a month since (I'm writing in Apr 06), so I've put in about 5-6 days of play with it. So far my experience has been very good. The Sabre vest is very rugged. I don't expect it to break on me at all. I've dived, rolled, ran, gotten wet, been hot and dry, and it has survived it all so far.

The unit is very comfortable even when fully loaded with 1100 rounds of paint and a full 20 oz CO2 bottle. Even though it may be a lot of weight, the velcro belt system and adjustable shoulder straps allows you to distribute the weight in a very comfortable manner making running,etc much easier than it would be otherwise. I especially like how the bottle is mounted in a horizontal fashion on top of the pod packs. It centers the weight well, while allowing you to pick your side for your remote (I'm a lefty so this is really nice).

The storage pockets are also very nice, and well situated in the front. There is a combination of zippered and velcro pockets that have enough capacity to hold tools, small towels, a short barrel, a granola bar, your keys, a wallet, etc. You get the picture, it has enough room to carry a bunch of stuff. Also the zippered pockets have a wide elastic band on the inside that you can stuff things behind and it holds them tight so you don't have your pocket contents bouncing around. When you combine the pockets with the 6+2 capacity, this vest is especially nice for your ability to play several games and not have to go back to the car to reload (well, unless you go through a lot of paint per game).

My favorite feature is the bladder system. It is so nice to have something to drink while on the field, and having it built-in to the vest is nice. I just throw in my 100 oz camelback bladder, and I have water for a few games. Or if I'm playing woodsball I have water for some really long games. Also, the open design of the vest is great for keeping you cooler than you'd be if you had a full vest covering you.

Finally, the unit is very adjustable. There are strap length adjustments on most everything, so this vest would be good for most anyone but the smallest players. I think if you were tall and thin, or a smaller younger player, then this wouldn't be the best vest. A specops Dagger vest would probably be the better bet.

Overall, I've been very happy with this product. After my mask, its my 2nd favorite piece of paintball gear
Conclusion: If you need a vest for woodsball, scenario, rogueball, then the Sabre would be a good choice. Its probably not high-speed, low-drag enough for speedball, but then again, if you were attracted to something like the Sabre, you're probably not playing speedball anyhow. Good function, good workmanship and good ideas make this a vest worth owning. I give it a 9.5 out of 10 with my .5 subtraction based only on the potential sizing problem for smaller players
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, July 13th, 2006 at 11:06 am PST
 

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