The innovative Sniper Vest Kit is completely modular, which allows paintball snipers to customize their vest as uniquely as their own style of play by placing the pouches and pockets anywhere on the vest. We understand snipers, and we know that these silent stalkers are constantly looking to gain an "edge" on the paintball field. In addition to mastering the art of field craft, an effective sniper must have the right gear and convenient access to it in combat situations. These things can make the difference between the thrill of victory and the agony of a paintball in the chops. The Sniper Vest Kit offers comfort, a low drag, low profile, and increased efficiency from minimizing “wasted movement” (fumbling for certain gear items). Now you can configure your vest so that it meets your exact demands on the field.
Also, because the sniper vest body is constructed entirely from super-strong webbed nylon mesh, you can "ghillie" the vest as you see fit. In addition to durability, the strong nylon mesh allows air to pass through (or "breathe") so you don't over heat during long, hot summer games. Even the hydration bladder sleeve is made of “breathable” mesh.
The pockets are lightweight, and made from super-durable Cordura®, so the vest will stand up to years and years of rough woodsball play. The locking Velcro® pouches seal tightly, so you can be assured that your gear, pods and accessories remain secure as you run and crawl through the woods.
The Sniper Vest Kit allows the user to place the pouches and pockets anywhere on the vest, so when you disappear into the bushes early in the game, you are carrying only what you want, exactly how you want. In terms of paintball vests, this is the ultimate solution for today’s paintball sniper.
Destined to change the way woodsball snipers approach the game, the Sniper Vest Kit is another step forward in the evolution of the paintball sniper. Additional mesh accessories will be available soon!
-Breathable tactical mesh body
-Olive drab color
-High strength 1000D Cordura® pockets
-Internal hydration bladder pouch (bladder not included) – all mesh
-Tactical gear / accessories pouch
-Two pod holders
-Adjustable side straps
-Zippered front for easy on-off
-Available in sizes: Medium (MD), Large (L), Extra Large (XL)
The Special Ops Paintball Sniper Vest Kit is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
I've never really used a modular ghillie vest before, nor am I aware of any others readily available on the market.
-Proto Matrix 6 (Olive)
-14" St!ffi Switch Barrel Kit
-Critical Raze Trigger
-Lucky Un1tech Board with Spitfire software chip
-Pure Energy 68ci/4500psi tank
Tough to see paint
Lack of paint capacity
This vest does all the things that Special Ops Paintball advertises. It's really amazing.
Concealment: It's ghille, what more needs to be said? This is wonderful for up here in the Pacific Northwest. I was a bit dubious as to its true ability to hide a person, but the first time I used it, everyone I was playing with was complaining how hard I was to see when I stayed still. Even when I moved, I was told I was hard to see; quite the accomplishment for someone who is 6'3" and 195lbs. Without purchasing the full ghillie suit, this vest provides concealment for your torso which really gives more advantage than I thought it would, even with my arms in regular Digi camoflage.
Modular: This is amazing how modular it is. It is shipped to you with nothing put together allowing you to customize it any way you want. You place the two pod holders, radio pouch, and utility pouch where you like. Then you add the ghillie in whatever fashion you desire to the mesh base of the vest using the zip ties that come with it. It's time consuming, but fun.
Lightweight: Most ghillie suits are made from burlap or some equivalent, and some weight over 20lbs! That makes them heavy, hot, and also a fire hazard. Most ghillie suit need multiple treatments of flame retardant chemicals. Not this one. The ghillie on this mesh vest is lightweight nylon. It's breathable and a lot lighter than even I expected. As a side note, the material is also a lot stronger than I would have thought. It even handles bunker slides fairly well. Not to say that the ghillie material never comes off, but less so than I would have thought. To their credit, however, Special Ops Paintball warns you of this and gives you loads of extra ghillie material.
Paint Bounces: This was a really unexpected and unadvertised, yet pleasant, bonus. Due to the heavy amount of ghillie that I put on this vest, a lot of the kinetic energy of paintball impact is absorbed. That translates to a lot of bounces, even at close range.
Note: All of these are more like caveats than complaints, of which I have none.
Cost: It's a wee bit pricey, but then again, what in this sport isn't? Even with that said, $164.95 is probably a bit much for most people to spend on camouflage. As stated above, though, I was angering my friends who said they couldn't see me.
Snags: Because of the inherent nature of ghillie, it's prone to snag on loose twigs and the like. It is lightweight material, but surprisingly strong, so one just needs to pull it loose, and if it rips . . . well, Special Ops Paintball gives you plenty of spare ghillie material to fix it, as mentioned above.
Tough to See Paint: This is only a problem if you're an uber honest player like me. I believe in fair sportsmanship and it's been embarrassing a few times when I did a self paint-check and thought I was clean, but due to the deceiving nature of ghillie material, I really was hit and found out later. It was hard to see the splatter. This was all just with my friends, but it's still embarrassing.
Lack of Paint Capacity: This is a no-brainer to me, but others I know have found it annoying. This was built as a sniper vest. Snipers travel light and don't shoot much paint, so they only give two pod holders with the vest. This is fine by me. I don't go through that much paint in one game usually, even with a Proto Matrix, but if you want extra pods, Special Ops Paintball does sell leg straps that hold pods. This is what I do if I know it's going to be a long game.
Absolutely! If you're willing to spend the money and you like woodsball, it's so worth it! It is everything that they advertise, and I have no suggestions of how to improve it. They even tell you of it's limitations, such as its occasional tearing. I eventually look forward to trying the full ghillie suit with it, but that's more money and another review.
I may switch guns, but I'm keeping this vest around.