Egrip (w/ APE Rampage board when it comes out!)
UMP 45 Shroud
UMP 45 Magazine
G36 Folding Stock
30mm Red dot sight
Tippmann 3 point tactical sling
Remote w/ slide check
48/3000 HPA tank
Value for the money
None that come to mind
I've recently gotten into paintball. Since I joined a team I didn't actually have much choice about what vest to buy, since the team all has to have matching gear.
Fortunately, whoever chose this for our team did their homework. I see other vests on the internet costing $80+, many are over $100! But I don't really see what they have to offer over this one.
It comes with 8 pod capacity, and an adjustable tank pouch that can hold just about any normal tank in a vertical position on your back. Its mostly lightweight, but very strong mesh that is very breathable and doesn't trap heat next to your body.
There's a radio pouch on the left shoulder, and two general purpose pouches on the front. Also included are two bullet-belt style holders for 12 gram CO2 cartidges. Each holder holds 5 cartridges and are velcro so they can be attached in any of several places on the vest.
One of the great features of the vest is that it is supremely adjustable, so you can fit it just right for a snug, comfortable fit. . . even on a big guy like myself. . . that doesn't jostle around
On the back are some additional hooks, loops, and straps so you can attach even more stuff if you want. I'm going to see about rigging a second air tank pouch. Should be very-doable.
The only drawback I can see is two of the pod pouches on the back don't have bottom straps, but instead have some little loops. I haven't figured out what the loops are for yet, but the pouches should still hold pods very securely. It would just make me nervous! LOL!
You can buy this vest on ebay for about $50, including shipping. It comes in a variety of colors and camo schemes (we just went with black because it looks so bada@@.
You really can't go wrong with this vest. Its a great price, well organized, and very sturdy. Spending any more, you're really just paying for the name tag. I'd recommend this vest to anyone.
I have this vest as well and agree with your review. I've played a few scenarios with it and it has never let me down. You forgot to mention the integrated pouch inside the vest that can hold a camelbak hydration bladder. This is really useful when you're out in the field on hot days (I live in South Florida, so we get plenty of those). I fill the bladder up with ice water, drop it in the pouch, and route the bite tip through the D-rings on the shoulder of this vest. Works perfectly.
In comparison to other vests that cost 4 or 5 times what this vest costs (spec ops paintball comes to mind), I don't think there are any compelling features those vests have over the UTG vest that warrants the extra spend.