Featuring an ideal combination of a cool, lightweight harness/pod belt design with the maximum payload functionality of a scenario paintball vest, the Dagger is a true woodsball innovation. Comfortable, efficient, and durable, this woodsball vest gives you the feel of "packing light", yet offers all the storage capacity that's typically offered by large, heavy vests. The latest addition to the SpecOps line of position-specific vests, the Dagger is designed for light riflemen (Dagger position) who need to be mobile, but require moderate to substantial amounts of ammo.
The Dagger vest offers the following storage features:
Four 140-round Pod Holders with Optional +3 Pods
Horizontal Tank Pouch that allows you to place the bottle so your remote line runs from the left or the right side. (Holds up to 91 ci. bottle.)
Perfectly Positioned Universal Radio Pouch
Large Front Utility Pocket for Tools, Anti-fog Treatment, Marker Oil, etc.
Pocket (with Plastic Snap Buckle) for one "F-Bomb" (Fat Boy) Paint Grenade
Flip down ID Window with Clear Panel (Ideal for scenario play)
Built-in Hydration Pouch
One Size Fits All
High strength 1000D Cordura® pockets with strong Velcro® Sealing
The bulk of the vest's storage capacity rests slightly above the waist, suspended by two adjustable crossing straps and secured in front with a convenient, locking plastic buckle. This design leaves the front chest area open to give you a comfortable, cool option to wearing a full vest.
Featuring rip-stop fabric and durable Cordura®, (in several different camo patterns and colors), the Dagger is every bit as rugged as our other full paintball vests; but the Dagger occupies substantially less "surface area" on your body, allowing you to keep cool without sacrificing your payload.
The adjustable straps allow players of all sizes and shapes to wear this vest, and it can be comfortably adjusted so it remains securely in place and doesn't shift when you play.
The Special Ops Paintball Dagger Vest is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
Great Digi Camo
I'm not used to vertical pods yet, but I've only used it twice
The Dagger vest normally retails at around $120. I was lucky and found mine on Ebay for only $100.
The Digi Camo pattern on this vest is great. It is crisp with great natural colors. If the vest is cleaned properly, it should not fade.
The tank pouch is HUGE and is said to hold up to a 91 cu in tank. It does fine with my 16 oz. It has two velcro straps that criss-cross to secure the tank. Then, it has two buckles that secure the tank even more. Needless to say, no floppy tanks.
The Dagger Vest has two waist belts. The first is an elastic strap that secures snuggly to the body. This strap absolutely knocks out the chance of this vest sliding around. Through walking, running, crawling, and jumping, this vest never shifted to one side, wobbled, or even bounced. Plus, the strap is very comfy, doesn't get hot, and it's made very well. The second belt simply buckles in front to keep the two vest halves together.
The vest holds 7 pods. It carries 4 pods in the pouches with flaps, and 3 pods in the elastic sleeves. All the pod holders, including the elastic ones, have plastic rims so that the pouches stay open. The elastic seems strong and I bet it'd be a long time, if ever, before they lost their tightness. I, being used to horizontal pods, have a little trouble with the vertical setup. It can be difficult to reach the pods in the middle, and it's hard to put the middle ones back in. I've only used the vest twice, so I'm sure I'll get used to it.
The hydration pouch is made of mesh and will hold a pretty big bladder. It fits my 70 oz with room to spare. The only setback is that there is no way to secure the bladder in the vest. I've yet to use it with the bladder, but I think the bladder would get bunched up at the bottom. I plan to sew a hook to the vest to hold my bladder.
The vest has several pouches. It has a pretty big grenade pocket and a nice utility pouch. On the suspenders, the vest has a radio pouch and an I.D. pouch. The radio pouch fits my Motorola perfectly. Both pouches on the suspenders can be removed or relocated. You can slide them to be worn on your back or near your waist.
This vest will accomodate small figures as well as larger bodies. I am 5'8" with a 30" waist and it fits me great. It would have plenty of room for adjustment for bigger people.
Overall, this vest is very well made and seems to be durable. It is extremely comfortable and lightweight. It makes carrying alot of ammo seem very light. The open design of the vest keeps the air flowing and keeping you cool. If you want to carry a reasonable ammount of ammo and other stuff and still be comfy, the Special Ops Dagger Vest is for you. With it being made by Cops911 and distributed by Special Ops, you know it's gonna be top notch. Get one today.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006 at 2:06 pm PST
Unique 6+1 harness. Unique were the best packs for their time. 3 horizontal pods packs on each side, tank in middle on back between pod pouches, and came with suspenders. I loved mine but being 10 years old it has seen better days.
The Dagger has 7 pod packs on back, all vertical, and the tank pouch is more centered on the back, above the pod pouches. Dagger has suspenders, more adjustable straps for better fit, 2 front pockets (1 grenade and 1 general), ID card holder, universal water bladder pouch on back, and radio holder.
'95 Automag, bone stock, '03 Autococker, bone stock
Great stitching, great camo, great adjustable fit, built in compression kidney belt.
Grenade pocket is sewn on standard.
I got this product today after my much anticipated wait. WOW, first impression excellent. Material seems durable and well stitched. I love the camo pattern, very crisp and will be effective.
I like how the pods pouches have a lip sewn onto them that keeps them open while you reload.
I like the adjust-ability of the radio pouch and ID holder.
I loaded this vest up with 7 full paint pods, full Camelback bladder, HPA tank and Motorola and it fits great. I love the compression style kidney belt which keeps the pack in place. I just speed hiked the trails at my field I work at (jumping logs, boulder hopping, running uneven terrain) with my full pack on and was impressed with how it felt. I was skeptical about the pods in a vertical, upside down position but they stayed put just fine.
I do NOT like the fact that the grenade pouch is a permanent sewn on fixture, I don't waste time with grenades. I know I could have Special Ops custom make the vest with another pocket other than the grenade pouch, but I didn't want to wait for a custom order nor pay extra.
I am playing this Sunday, so I will update my review after I get down and dirty with the action in this thing, crawling, reloading.
EDIT (EDIT MARCH 13th: So I played yesterday with my pack. It was raining, cold, water creeping in barrel and hopper if I wasn't careful, so the last thing I wanted to worry about was anything else. Well my pack was great. No worries! Fully loaded pods stayed put and were easy to access on field reloading. Tank on my back felt great and stayed put. I used the ID card holder pouch for my timer which worked well. Everyone at the field kept asking me where I got it, what kind of cool camo it was, lots of positive comments on looks and functionality. Have I mentioned I love the kidney compression belt? Vest performed excellent see updated rating below. END OF EDIT) EDIT
For now I rate this an 8 based on first impressions, but will update my review after playing this Sunday and probably increase the rating if the vest lives up to its expectations.
EDIT (EDIT MARCH 13th: Product rating changed to a 9.5 END OF EDIT) EDIT
Thus far I recommend this vest based on fit and my initial tests but will update after I play a day in it.
EDIT (EDIT MARCH 13th: Get this vest! Works well, looks cool, very durable and fuctional. END OF EDIT) EDIT
8 out of 10
Last edited on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 at 11:08 am PST
Various Harnesses and vests - depends on your role I think the dagger vest is the best vest by far!
Nothing is Stock but the Body A-5, 5.5 Hammerhead, Folding stock, 68/4500 Crossfire, palmers stab
Doesn't Move, Extra Paint, Pouches not on belly
Its a vest, bulky for normal games
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Alright so since you guys haven't really been on the field with me too often yet let me explain a few things about my playing style. I hate anything that I feel like I don't need, pistols, excessive ammo, remote lines, helmets, scopes, bipods, mag kits, ect. I understand you might like them but for my playing style I cant stand them!
So keeping this in mind I always felts that while paintball vests were cool they were not for light players / daggers at all. All a vest could do was slow me down, give me more space to get hit on, and stop me from crawling fast. So in early fall of 2006 I was only carrying 200 rounds onto the field and never using them. Well as I became more and more agressive I started getting close to using up all my paint, I had to start borrowing paint from other players on the field to keep shooting. One day this all changed...
At the 2006 fall PVM gorilla game I was the general for the yellow team and decided to set up fort in the tower. I held the fort through waves and waves of attackers yet I was using tons of ammo in the process. Eventually I ran out of paint and was surrounded... angry I walked back to the spawn realizing that I needed to carry more paint.
At first I tried using harnesses but they just moved around to much and got in the way of my diving and sliding. When I would run they would bounce up and down. anyways angred I keep looking for solutions at this time refusing to buy a vest. Yet eventually my uncle was ordering one for my little cousin and I told him I would trade him a very nice camel back (he needed one) if he would order me a dagger vest for at least when I was a general in a big game I would be able to carry more paint and a walkee at ease. Yet when I put the vest on for the first time I was amazed....
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The vest looks a little intimidating out of the box but its honestly just a whole bunch of back pack straps. When I first went to put on the vest I realized that a huge elastic velcro wasitband was the first step in putting on the vest. This waist fits me (32-34) with eaise and still has room to grow It might have trouble fitting anyone under a 26 waist but I bet it can get pretty big. Another snap web belt goes over and into the velcro waist to allow for belt accesories and a snug fit. I just strapped on the other buckles and I was ready to go. Two things really impressed me with this compared to the other vests I've seen / tried on...
1. With the elastic wasit band the vest does not move or bounce at all. Its locked into place and when I run I forget it's on. Travis has seen me move in it (in the snow) and I think I can still move fast...
2. But more impressively the "front" utilities (grenade, pouch) rest more on my hips than on my stomache which allows me still to crawl, run, dive and slide. I honestly Cant even tell I have the vest on!!
So far so good, so I decided to throw in some pods. It took me awhile to get used to having upside down pods... but after doing it like 10 times I can take the pods out, and put them back in with ease. The only thing I noticed about the pods is that while it can carry 7 I never carry more than 6, why? Well the middle elastic pod is a _____ to put in and take out. Also when you put this pod in it makes all the other pods hard to take out too. I don't think I can shoot 7 pods without a re-fill anyways.
Looking a little higher than the pods one will notice a tank pouch... worthless to a dagger? For a short game I think so but keep in mind... You don't have to be a dagger to buy this vest, and for big games it can come in handy. So since I don't use remote for big games I actually put a second air tank into the pouch, when you put the air tank in the vest does start to feel like its there. I don't know how large of a tank it is supposed to hold but I have trouble getting my 68/4500 in with the bottle glove on.
Also the shoulder devices are removable and molle so you could put on whatever you want (that has one molle strap) So the dagger vest sounds pretty good right? Well if I had to comment on some things I would have changed....
1. I've thought about cutting off the elastic rings on the back... all the times I have been hit in the vest they have broken on those rings, I don't understand why they are so ridged... maybe I just need to break them in more.
2. The Utilitiy pouch should have a zipper on it and the velcro.
3. Some of the adjustment straps adjust akwardly...
4. The thing stinks to clean...
So all in all the dagger vest is the only vest I would recomend because it gives you the features of a vest without having the restraints. So if your thinking about getting one... I know I like mine!
O yeah... plenty of color options too!
If you want to play light, but want to carry more paint... check this vest out.
I gave it a 10/10 because compared to other vests it blows them out of the water... this vest is the best by a longshot.
NOTE TO READERS: I refer to the product as a vest for ease of writing, but in fact is is a harness system.
Durable: The material this vest is made out of is very strong and tough. I beleive its 1000D cordura, but i am not too sure about it. either way, i can crawl around in the mud, over rocks and in the water and this will still be in one piece when i get up.
Camo: I have the Special Ops Digi camo pattern of my vest. It is very good quality, with no fading spots and really helps to my to blend in to my environment.
Ergonomic: The vest is really well designed. It is light and open, perfect for snipers and light riflemen who need the freedom of movement, yet still need to carry some ammo. I personally use this vest to snipe with, but at the same time, i can hold my own should i ever be drawn into a firefight. The elastic waistband is probably the most innovative feature in that it effectively displaces the weight of your equipment on the small of your back and abdominals instead of on your shoulders. I could run around and hit the ground and my stuff didn't move an inch. I was loving it!
NOTE: some people complain about the pods and the fact that they are located on the back in a verticle fashion. I for one dont find that there is anything wrong with that setup and IMO, it is really easy to take pods out and put then back in. The only issue i can forsee is that other than the 4 pods that the vest can take, there are 3 elastsic loops that allow someone to carry an additional 3 pods. i dont like to travel that heavy, but taking the pods out and putting them back in to these loops will be difficult to do so.
Cool/Open: The vest is designed purposely so that the wearer will remain cool all day and not get overly hot. This was a good feature, and will come in handy during the summer months. AS i said before, the fact that the vest is open lets you crawl around on your stomach and otherwise be un-hindered.
Straps: As i said, this is a harness system. I for one found it difficult to adjust the straps, but once it did, the vest fit me perfectly. It is not so much as difficulty in terms of adjusting the straps, it just takes a bit long IMO. Still, i like this feature because it is one size fits all and can be adjusted to whatever the wearer desires.
Overall this is a great vest. Perfect for those who want to travel light and fast, but still have enough ammo to finish the job. Perfect for snipers/sharpshooters and light riflemen.
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion on the comments page.
Period of Product Use:
Less than a month
4 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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I liked the idea of this vest, open and cool.
Getting pods in and out, Horizontal tank holder.
I started off using the vest and not running a remote, because the tank holder is horizontal, using CO2 tanks would just let liquid fill the hose. So that sort of made my remote useless. I had lots of problems after getting all strapped into the thing to actually reach my pods. Having to have somebody along with you to help get the pods in and out, sort of kills any hope of having any real stealth. Running the pods vertical, is a bad idea in my opinion. After using it for several hours in the real heat, I found the front to be open and cool, but the back did become hot. Because I spent to much money and liked the idea of this vest, I got a regular 6-1 and took the vertical pod holders off the vest, and the horizontal tank holder, and tried to attache the standard 6-1 to the vest. I still did not get the comfort, feel, or use I was going for. I ended up just going with a cheap regular 6-1 and added military suspenders to it ( they are called LB for load bearing). That seems to work the best. Its cool, and I can use a remote, and I can easily get my pods in and out. It doesn't look as cool, but I will take function over looks any day.
The vest is well made. Maybe just too rigid. I think its a good idea, but needs to have horizontal pods and vertical tank like most other harnesses. I will not spend that much money on any vest ever again. I think I learned my lesson, and found what works for me at a third of the price. If you are using HPA and your flexable enough to get to the pods, it may work well for you.
12" Lapco Bigshot Barrel
88 ci 4500 psi Pure Enegy Nitro tank
Great tank holders
Light, but durable
The 3 elastic pod holders are hard to get to.
Nowhere to store a squeegee
I got the dagger vest for Christmas, and the second i pulled it out, I knew i was going to love it. It is sturdy, fits to the body well, is easily adjusted, holds as much paint as you could need (up to 7 pods), and has accomodations for tools, a radio, an F-Bomb grenade, and an ID tag. The tank holder is large and fits my 88ci tank, and holds it well with 4 velcro straps and an additional 2 adjustable buckles. I've only used it one, but I loved it when I used it (yesterday).
Definitely get it. If you are a hardcore woodsballer like me who likes to get down and dirty, and run at the enemy like crazy, then this is the vest for you. It is light, yet holds what you need. A definite 10
Rufus Dawg Bolt
OPSGEAR folding stock
Raised sight rail
Red Dot scope
Empire 7-piece barrel kit
Hugs your body
Maximum carrying capacity with minimum resistance
Rugged and smartly built
Takes a while to get it on and everything adjusted.
Wow. The folks over at Special Ops really know how to build products for paintballers. Other vests I considered all looked like they were slightly modified military vests. The problem with that is that military vests weren't designed to carry big clunky pods. The Dagger vest (as is with all the Spec Ops vests) is built for paintball only. It puts all the storage compartments in all the right places.
I can't believe that you can load this vest up with 7 pods, a big tank, water bladder, and some extras and feel so completely unhindered. It keeps everything out of your way so you can comfortably belly crawl or if you have to drop to avoid fire.
This vest has a really smart elastic strap that hugs your body. I was really skeptical of this big Velcro strap. But when you put it on, you have almost zero shifting and bounce. It's actually very comfortable.
When I first pulled it out of the box, I was a bit intimidated with all the straps. It is not the easiest to adjust. It took me quite a long time to get it to where I felt comfortable, but once I was finished, it was very simple and comfortable.
I really like the fact that the bottle holder is horizontal. This was the primary reason I bought this vest. It puts the bottle higher on your back and you don't get the bottom of the bottle digging into the low of your back like you do with other vests. You also get more remote length because the bottle is higher.
One last thing, the weight of your gear is really displaced on both your shoulders and waist. You can adjust it for more weight in either location.
This is a lot of money to pay for a vest, but I have to say it is really worth it in this case. If you are an aggressive player like me who likes to have plenty of ammo handy without sacrificing mobility and agility, this it the vest to get.
I'm giving it a 9 out of 10 only because nothing is perfect and this is pricey. But I do love this vest.
-Flatine w/ holed machine gun shroud
-ASR-1 sight rail
-inturder gas foregrip
-red JCS bolt and powerhouse
-88/4500 pure energy HPA
-pure energy HP remote
-extremely snugg and comfortable
-fits 88ci tank to perfection
-digi camos are excellent
-Vertical downward pods are gonna take a lot of getting used to
Well i just recently bought the dagger and when i recieved it, i was very happy with the stlye i got, since the ones i liked were on backorder, i thought the all terrain digi was the way to go. it actually provides more blending in with enviornments, for woodsballers and people who move through the battlefield stealthy. once i tried this on, it felt so comfortable...i said....."goodbye harnesses, hello dagger!!!". the pouches can hold numbers of things, since one of the feilds i play at reqiures a regestered ID, i just have it hanging right in my ID slot for easy access. on the back of the vest, right above the tank pouch (which i love the best out of all the junk ive tryed) was a black felt padded area so you could stick optional things on with velcro im guessing. the tank pouch, well its the best ive ever had, it holds my 88ci HP sweetnessnessly (lol). if your like me, i like to have no black (on the belt buckles, straps, just not the ) or any other colors showing, just camo. to fix that, i just taped it over any black with camo tape wich you can get at any Walmart or store. i didnt go crazy with the tape job, just enough so its not too visible.
Over all i love it. its always reliable and well, its the best light weighted, non bulk vest out there and pretty much the only. for $120, forget the price!!! you know when you get quality when you pay that much no dout!!!!
i give the dagger a 10, no questions asked.
10 out of 10
Last edited on Friday, January 6th, 2006 at 1:00 pm PST
Tippmann A-5 w/ E-Grip
Ops Gear MP5 sliding stock
Ops Gear MP5 gas thru mag
Trinity coiled remote
Pure Energy 88/4500 tank
Carries any size tank
Radio pouch is key
Middle pods hard to reach
I've only used my Dagger Vest once at the Battle of Stalingrad at Skirmish USA and I have to say that I was impressed. I thought from the looks of it that it was going to bounce around a lot but I was wrong. The extra body strap on the inside keeps it from moving. The fact that the tank pouch lies horizontally is also a plus.The only gripe I had was that I wasn't able to really get to the pods in the middle of the pack. The included radio pouch fits a hand held Motorola perfectly and keeps it in the perfect position. The pouches on the vest will hold basically anything you need to carry w/ you on the field. I carried goggle spray, squeegy, allen wrenches, a grenade and a few Powerbars. Mine is woodland camo and it looks great. Shorter people will definitely need to adjust the straps a lot to get the right fit.
I would recommend this vest for anyone who wants to carry what they need but still be light enough to move quickly. With the warm weather on the way I think this vest will be a lot cooler, temp wise, than a standard vest.
A-5 w/ flatline and a stiffi 20" barrells , BSA red dot 42mm . collapsiable stock . and a ricochet hopper . 98 Custom Pro E w/ 16" stiffi barrell and Ricochet hopper . Ion w/ Smart Parts 14"Progressive barrell , Halo TSA Backman hopper .
Built tough , fits easy , exspecially for us big guys , Holds up to 7 pods ,
Im not sure on that , Im still getting ues to vertical pods .
This product is overall in my eyes is fantastic . Even the digi- camo design on it is great . I have tried on several tac vest and this one fits the best . The hydration pouch has room enough to fit a gallon of water in it . And it is not that cumbersome to wear .
I say if your looking for a awesome tactical vest to buy . Then pick up the phone and call Special Ops Paintball and order the Dagger vest . They go for about $119.00 , but its well worth it .