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Ethrealwolf Monday, May 7th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
US Military MOLLE II vest with several Opsgear and blackhawk pouches
RAVEN OBG 4+3 pack
Marker Setup: SP-8 (with buttstock and sniper shroud)
pure energy 88/3000 HPA tank
VL egg

Strengths: See review
Weaknesses: See review
Review: bought this vest for myself from Action village- there was a sale going on at the time. I'd heard alot of great things about it, and decided to give it a try. I kinda regret sepnding the money now, though, but that's me.

To start off, the vest is well made, as is to be expected from an NXe product. It's fit is a little loose for me, even with the straps cinched down all the way, but then again, i'm not that big a guy, so no big deal. the internal elastic belt is a defanite plus, helps distribute weight nicley, although the shoulders aren't padded.

This thing has storage out the wazoo. A pair of pouches at the bottom, with velcro closure, then a zipper pouch behind them. There's another two pockets above them on the right side of the vest, both with zippers. on the back, there's a hydration bladder pouch, a tank pouch, and another, larger pouch with velcro closure, for rations, or pods, or something. IDK, it opens at the top, which sits right about at my mid back, so i don't think i'd store anything there, but again, that's me.

it also comes with a 'radio' pouck which is semi-modular- it can be attached to any of the webbing straps on the vest, but there's not alot of them. some down the left-front, and some in back, that's about it. the pouch is pretty small too, it wouldn't fit my Handheld radio, so IDK about how useful it is. looks kinda cool though, IMO.

The vest carries 6 pods 'stock', and can carry up to three more, using the NX-SP2 or -SP3 packs. those attach to the back via tha cinching straps for the air tank pouch. Personally, i haven't tried that, but it seems like it'd bounce around alot.

the vest is of solid material construction, except along the upper back and shoulders, where it's mesh. seems like it could get hot, but not too badly, and the built-in hydration bladder is a plus, for sure.

I was able to get the vest for 100$ even, although, now, in retrospect, i kinda wish i hadn't.
Conclusion: All told, it's not a bad vest. alot of storage, well-made, and with a good name behind it. However, with that said, There is alot of what seems like wasted space- some of the front pouches don't seem to readily suggest a use, and the big extra pouch in the back again, seems like wasted space. the radio pouch could have been bigger, in fact, it would have been nice if it was.

All told, i figure about a 8 out of 10. It's definatley not a bad vest, outstanding if you have alot of other stuff you need to carry on the field, but if you're just carrying paint and air, it's a little overkill.

Rating:
8 out of 10
 

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