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Howlin' Mad Saturday, May 13th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 months6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
None
Marker Setup: Marker 1:
Tippmann 98 Custom
BT Designs APEX
Spec Ops Paintball Air-Through Commando Stock
Response Trigger
Shocktech Bolt
Black Dye Sticky Grips
BT Sealed Bolt System
Custom Paint job
Polished Internals
12 Volt Revy
Tippmann Double Trigger
92ci 4500psi Crossfire

Marker 2:
JT Acclerator W/E-Grip 3.5
14in. Smartparts Progressive
12 Volt Revy
48c.i. Pure Energy Nitro

Marker 3:
Black Smartparts Ion
Pure Energy 48 C.I. Tank
Red New Designs Saw Trigger
12 Volt Revy
Red Shocktech Clamping Feedneck
Halo B
Smoke Suicide Shells
Max-Flow Micro
68ci 4500psi Air America Tank
Strengths: Comfortable
Camouflage
Good Cut
High Capacity
Take DLLP's
Adjustable
Tough
Pockets
Internal Suspension
Weaknesses: See Review
Review: This vest rocks. It's got good looks, quality, and performance in one package. However it does have its flaws......

+Comfortable: This vest is very lightweight, comfortable, and secure. It has one sternum strap across the chest, a buckle closure at the bottom, 2 shoulder straps, and a large elastic internal suspension(More about that later). I play in Eastern Nort Carolina so it can get hot, but this vest is so light it's not a problem at all.

+Camouflage: The Spec Ops digital camouflage looks awesome. It works great in the woods, and looks good too.

+Good Cut: This vest isn't in the style of a traditional vest. Its got a very open cut and dosen't cover all the chest like a traditional vest. This makes it seem not to be so constricting and makes it cooler for those who play in hotter areas.

+High Capacity: This thing can lug a TON of paint. With DLLP's it can carry 1,280 paintballs. Over half a case! And combined with the 92 c.i. tank it can carry you can go for hours. Perfect for a scenario game.

+Adjustable: You can adjust this all over to fit people of most sizes(But not all). It can be adjusted on the sides for girth and winter clothing, the shoulder straps, the bottom buckle closure, and the sternum strap. It's very easy to adjust for winter gear.

+Tough: This vest is very tough and heavy duty. Its made of tough Cordura and takes hits, dirt, rain, and regular wear and tear all in stride. Just hose it off after a game and its fine.

+Pockets: This has a ton of pockets. It's got a map pocket, ID Pocket, radio pocket, small exterior Velcro pocket, hydration bladder pouch, and two large, pockets with elastic inside to keep stuff very secure. The bladder pouch is just great. It's so convenient for long games. This vest can carry so much.

-Tank pouch security
I once had my tank fly out of my tank pouch after a snake dive. It just flew out. Yes I did have it in as securely as possible. Just be sure to have the Velcro and buckles down as tight as possible.

-Too big: It says 1 size fits all. This may not be entirely true. Im not a small guy to begin with. 6'3, 175lbs. I am skinny, but this vest is still very big on me. I've adjusted everything to be as small as it can be, but even still the bottom buckle flaps around, as does the sternum strap. If it wasn't for the internal suspension belt, it would be so loose as to be useless. So if your are a 300+ pound whale of a human being your in luck. If you are skinny or aren't too fat, beware. You have been warned.

-Lack of way to secure hydration bladder hose: The vest lacks a way to secure the hydration bladder hose. There are small loops on the shoulder straps, but the valve won't fit through. You can tuck it in the sternum strap, but the hose still flops around and can be annoying.


Conclusion: This vest is good looking, and gives high preformance. Id reccommend it, but take my advice with a grain of salt for the excessive size.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Sunday, August 20th, 2006 at 7:36 am PST
 

Review Comments
bobaboy007 Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007 | 10:09 am PST
about the hydration bladder, you can do what me and my crew does- simply put it through some of the MOLLE loops around the radio or ID pouches.
   

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