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american defens Saturday, November 1st, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month
Less than a month
Products Used:
none for paint ball
Marker Setup: tippmann a5/rt, 88ci. 4500psi. / with 32 degree coil remote
flatline barrell, flurry knee pads and flurry ultraback tactical vest
Strengths: quality construction, versatility and useability
Weaknesses: not good for players who like to roll arond on the ground
Review: from the moment i opened the box i have felt my money was well spent. indeed it was.
. the front and rear panels are separate components and secure together via Velcro fasteners. this is why the vest will fit any and all sizes. the front panel is made of heavy duty cordura which seems almost indestructible. there are three pockets one large pocket in the upper chest area and two smaller pockets running verticle in the abdomen region. the two lower pockets are sealed with flaps and Velcro while the upper pocket has a nice quality zipper( in fact two zippers, there is a small zipper on the side of the pocket which i use to tuck my remote connector into when not in use, keeping it from dragging on the ground) the upper pocket has a pretty cool flurry logo embroidered into it. it is black and green very subtle in appearance yet just one more sign of quality that flurry has included. there is a sort of hand warmer style opening on the front down by the waist. it was not designed to really be useful as it is there to protect the elastic on the flaps that hold the front and rear halves together. but i have used it during long and scenario games to hold a spare 20oz co2 tank in case my 88 runs out while in the field.
the rear half is pretty basic as 2/3 of it is covered in Velcro so that the included pod holders and tank holder can secure to the vest. the pod holders each hold two pods and since two are included the vest in stock configuration can handle four pods. there is an elastic strap between each pod holder this is to hold a third pod on each side. when i tried to use it though it proved to be totally useless as it was impossible to get the elastic around the pod without ten minutes of fighting. and once i did manage to get the pods in i was unable to remove them for use. so i do not use them and stick to only carrying 760 rounds with me each time i go out ( 4 pods 140 each and a full 200 round hopper). the tank holder is really well thought out. it is one of the few on the market that will fit a 114ci.. i have the stubby 88 which is the size of the 114 and it fits perfect. the tank holder is held in place with Velcro plus there is a quick release strap at the top i assume this is a just in case strap., like if you were running and the Velcro gave out this way the tank will not hit the ground and become a missile if the valve is broken. there are also two thin straps that surround the neck of the tank to further secure the tank from movement. at first i thought all this might be over kill. but after setup and trial i found it to be a beautiful design. i like to secure the two thin straps first and then tighten the web belt around the tank. this covers the end of the thin straps and prevents possible release from a tree or any other foreign object. the quick release web is a little too long but it doesn't really matter i can not see ever relying on it to catch my tank because with flurry's quality the tank will never fall. running with the vest on is as comfortable as it could possibly be. considering what it is you are carrying. there is no movement from the tank and if you pack your pods right there will not be any rattle from them. i have used tactical vest like the black hawks before in real life ops and they are great for their intended purpose. but those vests have to be altered for paintball use and therefore have no place on the field. as i would never wear my flurry vest when issuing a high risk warrant it is not intended for that purpose. at half the cost of black hawk flurry has introduced a product that rivals the best in the world and it is intended for paintball with no alterations. buy this vest you will be the envy of all players on the field. in looks and function.
Conclusion: there is no better product out there even at three times the price. you will not regret it from the day you open the box .
10 out of 10

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