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Special Ops Paintball Blackcell Alias Vest Shell Reviews
Special Ops Paintball introduces the Blackcell line of Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment (M.O.L.L.E.) vests, symbolizing a giant leap forward in the design and functionality of paintball vests. The Blackcell vest family features a comprehensive MOLLE (modular) design that allows you to "create" the ideal vest that suits your style of play. Configure your vest for optimum payload capacity with your choice of rugged CorduraÂ® pouches and pod holders or setup your vest to "run light" when you need to maximize your mobility - the choice is yours. Experiment with different configurations to find the ideal setup for you. The choices are limited only by your imagination.
Featuring a design similar to that of the popular Dagger paintball vest, the Blackcell Alias MOLLE paintball vest also accommodates interlock pouches on the front and has a second-generation inner harness system to efficiently keep your load secure, so it wonâ€™t slosh as you run. The vest covers minimal body surface so you can keep your cool, yet offers a substantial payload capacity. The vest also has a bladder sleeve, padded shoulders, integrated sling mounts, ID pocket, and radio pocket.
Elevate your game by customizing your vest to suit your style of play with the Blackcell Alias paintball vest.
MOLLE & Interlock Front
Two Strips of Interlock on Back
Can fit up to four pods on back and a horizontal tank
Second Generation (improved) Harness System
3x9 Name Tape
Hydration Sleeve(up to 100 ounces)
Second generation (improved) Harness System
Integrated Sling Mounts
The Special Ops Paintball Blackcell Alias Vest Shell is older, so while it may be available used and in a few cases new, it is not commonly available anymore.
Lightweight open design
Holds up to 15 pods
Customizable with the interlock and Molle
None really yet
I purchased this vest when my team switched to a Multicam set-up. I purchased it because it is just like my old Dagger, but improved in many ways.
One improvement is the shoulder straps. On the Alias they are padded very nicely. On my Dagger, the unpadded nylon webbing straps would often dig into my shoulders and cause hot spots from rubbing.
The Alias also has the shoulder straps latched together in the back with a rubber cross brace, which helps keep them more secure for a better fit and less shifting than the Dagger.
I purchased the Special Ops vertical Interlock pod holders for the back, and they work just fine. Hold 3 pods each for a total of 6 in the back. The Interlock is stronger than I expected, and the pod holders don't shift like I thought they might. It is possible to put another 9 pods on this vest, 3 on each of the 2 front Molle areas and another 3 on the horizontal bottle holder on your back.
For the front Molle attachment areas I turned to Ebay and bought a few small pouches that would fit nicely on the front pocket areas. Sorry Special Ops, but the Ebay stuff was cheaper, constructed just as good as your stuff, and had more options to choose from. I recommend this to anyone, just be sure to buy stuff made from genuine Crye Multicam, not cheap fake stuff.
The hydration bladder pocket is very strong and holds my 100 ounce Camelback with no problems.
The internal kidney compression belt keeps the bulk of the load from resting entirely on your shoulders and keeps the vest from shifting and bouncing side to side.
The radio pouch fits either my Motorola, Highland, or Cobra radios very securely. The ID pouch is nice for scenario player ID cards, paint tickets... I've kept a truck key in there as well as my insulin pump dosage info card.
Although I don't use a gun sling, there are sling attachments built into the vest one the shoulders.
My teamate liked mine so much that he bought one too, and it happened to be the last Multicam one they had. They will no longer make this vest in Multicam anymore. If you want it in Multicam, you must purchase the material and ship it to them. (I truely believe this is because they are trying to market their Special Ops Omnipat pattern and Multicam is the biggest competition to that) They have it in several other patters though such as woodland, olive drab, black, Special Ops Omnipat, ACU, and Special Ops Digi.
This is my favorite vest I have owned to date.
I love the ability to use only the pouches I need and the flexibility to change them out with the Molle.
This vest is very comfortable to wear. I've played most weekends with this vest for 6 months now, including some scenarios lasting 15 hours. I've had no problems to date.
9 out of 10
Last edited on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 at 7:46 am PST