I bought this harness to allow myself to run a remote. I chose this one in particular because it was cheap and carried 4 pods plus a tank.
The first couple of times that I played with this pack I went out with it fully loaded (20 oz tank and 4 full pods). I found that it was pretty heavy and due to the weight, the strap allowed the whole harness to bounce quite a bit when running which was nothing short of annoying (suspender loops might have helped this). I tried further clamping the strap down only to have the buckle that you loop the velcro strap through turn which allows the strap to loosen up. Also, the strap isn't very wide which I feels adds to why the pack bounces in addition to it being uncomfortable (a wider strap might have cut down on how much it digs into you). After a while I found myself taking the pack fully loaded into the woods and leaving 2-3 pods at my base.
Another thing that I really don't like about this pack is how wide it makes you when you have 4 pods in it. My friends and I play woodsball and I often found my pods catching on brush, trees, etc... this is a result of the pods being held horizontally. Aside from it catching on pretty much anything, it also makes you a wider target to shoot at. As I said above, I eventually started games carrying just a tank and 1 or 2 pods. When I was doing this, I actually turned the whole harness to one side so that the pods were almost centered on my back with the empty pod slots on my left side. It seemed to help cut down how much I got caught on things. It also seemed to help keep the bounce down slightly due to the reduced weight of leaving 2-3 pods out.
I recently was looking at the buckle (see the buckle turning issue above) and saw that it was able to turn because there was a lot of room for the buckle to move around. I had my mom stitch through the excess material to take the play out of this area. I haven't played with it like this yet and I kind of doubt that I will, because the strap is still extremely uncomfortable and I'll probably just buy a different pack.
The one thing that I actually did like about this harness was the rubberized ends on the straps that held the pods in place. They seemed easy to get a hold of when I needed an extra pod of paint. If there was anything else that I liked about this harness, it would be that the flaws in this pack have showed me what to look for in buying my next one.
For the money you would spend on this harness you could find another one that is comparable in price that does a much better job. I would suggest looking for a harness with a wider strap that keeps the bouncing of the pack to a minumum and has the pods mounted vertically.
3 out of 10
Last edited on Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 9:53 pm PST