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N3wt Sunday, April 29th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
4+1 Podpack
Marker Setup: 98c 14" J&J Full Tilt Ceramic, ACI Subzero 6 stage expansion chamber, rocket cocker II, Qloader, SAW stock
Strengths: Pack free, baby!
Compatible with Qloader pods.
Weaknesses: Minor fit issues, buckles slip. Very different from a standard pod pack.
Review: I received this a few weeks ago along with Specops' air tank pack, essentially a sister product. Since pbreview has not added this to their product list, I'll be reviewing it here as well. Here's my thoughts, I hope they help.

Ideally, this is an excellent solution for someone looking to loose a podpack and perhaps lower their prone profile, and this was certainly my goal. I recieved my pod and air leg harnesses together, but the air harness was missing the belt buckle strap. Specops was extremely helpful when I contacted them about this issue, mad props to them for it.

I found that the upper leg strap was much too large as well on this item, but a couple snips and a few hours with Gorilla Glue solved the problem.

A major plus to this system is the total compatibility with Qloader pods. They fit snugly, yet are not difficult to insert or remove. The system is very sleek.

Actual field use was a different story. I found that the ends of all the ballistic nylon straps were not completely sealed, and began to fray. The air pod pac suffers from the issue of several loose hanging strap ends. A cigarette lighter and some electrical tape (roll hanging ends and tape) would fix this.

A major complaint with the air pack: There are two snap buckles which are intended to secure and tighten the large bag around anything less but a massive tank. When trying to tighten them down onto my 12oz, the sewing holding the straps ripped off!!!
Again, a little Gorrilla Glue and a couple hours in clamps will make a nice, professional, permanent fix to this. I don't feel I should have had to deal with this problem though. The sewing was clearly not strong enough to hold the straps under the stress it was designed for.

Another complaint with both components: For those not familiar with the system, it has three retention points. Top and bottom leg straps, and a vertical belt attachment. The vertical belt strap secures it to your belt, and keeps it from sliding down. The problem is that it does NOT keep this from happening. It is not a secure hold. Again, a little Gorrilla Glue will secure it, but It will loose any adjustability.

<EDIT>
Attaching velcro to either side of the protruding strap will help without sacrificing all adjustability.
<EDIT>

The pod pouch did not suffer from any of these problems except the belt attachment.

This system likes to ride fairly high on the upper leg, well above the knee joint. Any lower and it will be very uncomfortable when kneeling or running with full knee movement. Deal with the belt problem, or you're not going to enjoy this setup.

The system, unlike some other leg holsters I've used, is very secure when tight, but doesn't cut off circulation. Even with a lot of weight in it I can really move without it moving around too much.

Having spare paint and your air on your legs instead of your back takes some getting used to, but I think it's prettty liberating. This is almost an essential if you're ghillie'd out, and makes pod access much easier when prone.

Edit:
Just had an issue with the bottom ripping out in the middle of a game. Normally I'd send gear back at this point, but unfortunately it's more Gorilla Glue and dirt than it is nylon and plastic. Sorry Special Ops, but this costs you a few stars.
Conclusion: I'd reccommend this to mainly woodsball guys who spend time on the ground, but not to anyone who's squeamish about modifying their gear. You really have to include the price of Gorrilla Glue and electrical tape in, and it may be frustrating to use at first. The materials, design, and idea are top notch, but manufacturing may have cut a couple corners.

Overall a solid product.

EDIT:
The more I use it, the more this breaks. Sorry, but it's NOT as solid a product as it seemed. It may have been a solid design, but it's pretty poorly made.
Rating:
4 out of 10Last edited on Monday, June 4th, 2007 at 10:30 pm PST
 

Review Comments
Mr.K Friday, May 4th, 2007 | 10:39 pm PST
Maybe it's just me but as much as I like SO gear, if I had the same issues, I would have sent it back .

Did you consider taking it to a tailor to have them reinforce the seams? It might cost the same or less as it does to pay for shipping to return the item.
   

wmiles11@yahoo. Monday, June 18th, 2007 | 6:41 pm PST
so...how would u rate the pod pack?
what were the main issues from the pod pack?
   

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