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CQB.Wardog Monday, September 17th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
2 years0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Flurry vest, more modular than this model
ICS Vests, much more restraining than this
Various pod belts in my lifetime
Marker Setup: Tippman A-5, Special Ops air thru stock setup with remote
Strengths: Secure, tight tolerances, durable materials, long lasting product
Weaknesses: The main front pockets are too small to hold much of anything
Review: I've been using this as my main pack for a year and change now, and I'm very happy with how well it's held up. Played everything from urban to speedball with it, and it works very well in all terrain.

My model is digital camouflage, which matches the SO Digi very well. Over the few years, the camo has not faded, even if the material has taken more than a few scrapes.

I like the placement of the pods on the back, and I often don't fill all the way for shorter games. I've never used the +1 straps, never needed to carry more than 4 pods at a time. I use the horizontal tank all the time, which balances a lot nicer than a vertical tank. The only problem is you have to secure the tank straps, then the velcro. Otherwise, the horizontal tank straps come loose and the tank can get loose.

The grenade pocket and the front main pocket are the weak points, as they're almost completely useless. The pockets are either too open to secure anything, or too small to hold anything of value. I've taken to keeping cash in the ID pocket, as it won't get lost in there. However, the hydration pocket is a life saver in hot day games, and I've abused that feature many times in the past.

It's also not a full vest, so you can't carry all the things you'd need for long periods of play. I like to carry some emergency energy bars on the field when I can, and you simply can't in this vest. But it makes up for that by being ergonomic. Unlike a vest, you have a lot of range of motion in this, and that makes it easier to maneuver. It's not unlike wearing a normal pod pack, but with a few bonus features.

I also like how the dagger vest folds down nice for storage. A lot easier to transport than my vests, even with pods in them.
Conclusion: This product isn't for everyone. If you don't need the tank holder or the grenade pockets, don't bother with this one. But for scenarios, this vest does hold all the essentials. Unfortunately, it's not a true vest so it won't hold all the things you really want. But as a hybrid, it's a good way to have your pack and some extra stuff. If you're a gear hound, skip this one and go for a full vest. If you're more a speedball guy looking for that scenario pack, this is the better product for you.
Rating:
7 out of 10
 

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