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#1 User is offline   Sinkhole 

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Post icon  Posted 15 May 2008 - 04:43 PM

Hello all. I'm just wondering if any one else has had durability issues with their Blackcell Operative vest? I've had mine just over a year, and have played 15 scenarios with it, since getting it. Its all but shot. The pod holders are all fraying on the top at the seems. The edging on the mesh in arm pit area has recently come free, the threads have all pulled out. I would have expected to get more than 15 games out of it, after spending $200 on this set up. I wouldn't be so upset if it was just the pods holders. I could have just ordered new ones. Oh yeah but wait I can't, they are Multi-cam and are no longer made. But now the edging is coming off the mesh. I guess it time to break out the needle and thread and limp this vest through the summer. Hopefully I can find something a lot more durable next time.
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Posted 15 May 2008 - 10:50 PM

thats kinda disheartening to hear, I just bought a 2nd generation operative vest with the thought that it would last me a very long time.
I guess ill have to just see or I could return it since im still within my 30 days. might have to think on that.
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Posted 16 May 2008 - 06:49 AM

This is certainly the first we've heard of any such issues.

Out of curiosity, how have you cared for and cleaned your vest?
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Posted 16 May 2008 - 11:26 AM

View PostMOATI, on May 16 2008, 07:49 AM, said:

This is certainly the first we've heard of any such issues.

Out of curiosity, how have you cared for and cleaned your vest?


I was thinking the same thing last night after I posted that, sounds like it might be from a washing machine?, I can only hope.
The quality on my vest looks extremely good, the stitching and everything.. I was trying to figure out what I would do to make it fray or come apart under normal play conditions and really couldnt think of anything other than having it beat up by a washing machine
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Posted 18 May 2008 - 09:36 PM

I hate to sat it but i don't think it's a care & washing issue. I just got my operative vest and it was covered in frayed thread and missed stitches.
I'd have sent it back but its a refurb and i would be surprised if they would take it.

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Posted 27 May 2008 - 10:38 AM

I got the refurbished woodland vest and so far it's held it's own. Really with I could buy more things for it in woodland now. The only issue I have with it so far is the way the belt attaching goes and maybe a bit with the PALS webbing in that some pieces of gear shouldn't be attached to the vest...such as a butt pack. But other wise this vest has served me very well thus far and I hope this will be the only vest I'll need permanintly
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Posted 23 June 2008 - 09:23 PM

I also felt that my vest was not of the best quality there was frayed threads when I got it and missed/sloppy stitching, and it looked like a lot of the trip and such was made form left over scraps. I was kinda displeased, for the amount of money I spent on it, but now I have a custom vest and am much happier with it.

My molle pouches all had the crappiest pals in the world some pouches didn't even have enough pals to keep them fully secure I had broken snap buttons and all that. I took them into an nice old lady who knew a little something about sewing and stitching quality and she repaired all my soft goods for a very cheap price.
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 03:51 PM

my captain bought one of their vests and its still holding up after over a year. but he's not a very aggressive player so i guess it wouldn't take much damage.
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Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:53 AM

I'd like to see the OP post some pictures of his vest so that we can actually see the damage..

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 02:48 PM

I am guessing it is how you have cleaned it, washing machines/dryers ruin the vests faster. Any type of vest really. Hand washing with cold water and air drying is the best way to go. Last so much longer if done correctly.
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Posted 31 July 2008 - 05:19 PM

View PostHOTCH, on Jul 30 2008, 04:51 PM, said:

my captain bought one of their vests and its still holding up after over a year. but he's not a very aggressive player so i guess it wouldn't take much damage.


Just because somebody doesn't push the equipment, doesn't mean the equipment can't take it. I am very hard on my Operative V2, and it's still doing just fine. I have some fraying on the rear mesh shell where the interlock surfaces of the pod pouches have been snagging it, I've resolved that by putting on some 2x2 loop patches to cover the hook areas on the pouches.
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Posted 06 August 2008 - 05:57 PM

yea, my operative vest is doing fine, i've put it through about what you have and the only difference is that it smells bad now.
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