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Ethrealwolf Monday, November 5th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month6 of 8 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
US military MOLLE II LBV
NXE TH61-s type Vest
Raven OBG 4+3
Marker Setup: X7
polished internals
E trigger
X36 stock
J&J 16" W/ APEX tip
Crossfire 88/4500 Fixed high
Pure energy remote
Strengths: Comfort
Payload
Customizability
Cost
Weaknesses: Small Hydration bladder
Proprietary MOLLE system
Storage space
Review: I bought this vest to replace my aging LBV which no longer really suited my needs. after shopping around, I decided that the Tac ten vest not only fit all my needs, but was a steal at 131$, with a Single point semi-integrated sling and a hydration bladder.

First and foremost, this vest is surprisingly comfortable. it fits fairly tightly, which is a departure from all other vests I've used. It distributes its weight very well, and even with 1400 paintballs, 2liters of water, an 88/45, and a few items stuffed into it, I've forgotten I was wearing it. In addition, while it's not a significant difference, because of how tight it is, it doesn't increase a person's profile quite as much as other vests. not a big difference, but there all the same.
The vest is made of a mesh material, which helps with heat management. although it's still fairly insulating, due to the large velcro swatches where the pouches attach, the main shell construction is a mesh material, which helps keep it light and cooler than a cordura vest.

The tac ten vest, although made for a limited paint format, carries a surprisingly large payload. ten pods in base configuration, and up to 400 more through the addition of MOD pouches, which, with a 200 round hopper, is a full case of paint (1400+400+200). It's tank carrier is well-attached, and large enough to hold an 88ci tank with little trouble- larger 114 tanks may be something of a tight fit, but still possible. it is a semi-modular setup, and the air tank can be oriented either right or left facing.
The payload consideration is most impressive when one stacks it up against other vests- nothing else has a similar payload right out of the box. Spec Ops. Broadsword vests can carry either six or eight pods, Saber vests up to eight, daggers up to seven, only hammer vests top out it's carrying capacity. and even then, hammer vests are no longer widely available, so the only vests that will carry more out of the box are Spec ops custom vests, which can run between 80$ and 200$ more expensive than this.

Although I feel one of it's greatest strengths is it's monstrous payload, the vest is capable of being set up for a player's specific needs- within certain limits. this is a strength as well as a weakness- While it is a modular system, It's only modular within the confines of RAP's Velcro-and button snap MOLLE system, as opposed to PALS. This limits choices to what they have available, but they do have a decent arrangement of pouches available, which does sort of make up for it. additionally, it can accept PALS attachments on the sides (the MOD loops), although the MOD loops aren't sized the same as traditional PALS webbing.

Cost wise, the vest is simply unbeatable. In paintball, normally you get what you pay for, but in this case, I believe you're getting better than that. While RAP isn't known for their quality as a whole, this vest certainly breaks that tradition. The stitching and materials used are of good quality, although, for you US members, it is made offshore. But again, it can't be stressed how much of an improvement over similar cost vests this is. Other vests that have the closest capabilities are easily 30-70$ more expensive. on a related note, it's also available in several different camouflage patterns- including mossy oak, tiger stripe, and Multicam, among others.

Now, the vest isn't perfect. It only has provisions for a 2liter hydration bladder, which is pretty small, weighing in at about 2/3rds the size of most standard hydration carriers. Without access to constant refills, it's too small to be a player's only hydration source, although it is a nice addition, and is carried well, being sited in an internal mesh pocket against the player's back. the bladder pouch is wide enough, however, for a larger carrier, however, it isn't that tall.

And the vest lacks in the storage space department. it comes with a name tag pouch and a shotgun shell pouch, both of which are fairly small. The name tag pouch, for example, is good for a rag, or perhaps small flat objects, possibly an energy bar or something of that nature. The shotgun shell pouch is good for 12g CO2 powerlets, but for those of us that don't use anything requiring a 12gram, it's a little small for use as a utility pouch. The vest shell also has built in mesh pockets, which are sited inside the vest. these open to the front with zippers, and while good for maps, are not useful at all for anything a player may need to get at frequently, or while engaged. This storage space dilemma can be somewhat alleviated by use of utility pouches attached to the MOD webbing, but again, the position of that webbing is off for anything that would need to be accessed frequently. IMO, the best option here is to wear a drop-leg rig, which would increase storage space and allow for more frequent access of things stored there.

Conclusion: All in all, I'm extremely pleased with this vest. I know i sound like a broken record, but for the price, I'd seriously argue that there's anything better on the market. Between the payload, comfort factor, and features, I'm giving the vest a ten, for the fact that it's easily as good as 150-175$ vests, without the cost.
Rating:
10 out of 10
 

Review Comments
X7 Assassin Friday, November 9th, 2007 | 9:23 am PST
Very nice review. I have been in the market for about 2 weeks now, and RAP4 Tactical Ten was on the top of my list. After reading you review, I think I am sold.
Bummer on the small 2 liter bladder space, I ust bought a new 2.5l, I hope i can squeeze it in there. Everything else looks like a winner.

Keep up the good reviews.
   

Ethrealwolf Saturday, November 10th, 2007 | 12:46 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by X7 Assassin
Very nice review. I have been in the market for about 2 weeks now, and RAP4 Tactical Ten was on the top of my list. After reading you review, I think I am sold.
Bummer on the small 2 liter bladder space, I ust bought a new 2.5l, I hope i can squeeze it in there. Everything else looks like a winner.

Keep up the good reviews.


thanks for the comment.

as for the bladder, I don't know for sure. I do know that the bladder pocket is awfully big for that 2L, but that's width, not depth. A benefit of where it's at i forgot to mention is when it's full of nice cool water, it helps regulate your temperature just because it puts all that water right up against your body.
   

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