Here is The Original Link, the website where i originally posted this review : http://forum.goscena...sp?TOPIC_ID=100
Here is the French Version of this test (for those who wanna practice their French) : http://forum.goscena...asp?TOPIC_ID=98
THis website is www.goscenario.com it is a kind of European version of the SPPL, i'm sure you heard bout this in Blast Radius Woodsball Podcast.
Then Enjoy, I'm sure you've never seen such test before.
PS. Sorry if you can find English mistakes, i try to do my best
Big Job for this time : I’ll try to convince undecided investors who haven’t got a clue which tactical vest they should spend their paintball fund in.
What we have here is the ideal gear to make it through one hour of GoScenario (or SPPL). Forget you fluorescent back packs that are only meant to carry your pods and possibly a tank, tactical vests are more appropriated for scenario game, furthermore, they are also the in detail that will transform you into a perfect commando or a veteran woodsballer.
Matter of fact, I propose you a comparative of three tactical vests which are distributed by three different brands. The first one is the 140 from PCS, the second one is the M4 from OPSGEAR, finally, the last one is the Dagger from Special Ops. These three vests are fitted with more or less pockets, accessories - useful or contingent - and may satisfy a lot any average woodsballer who would like not to fumble into his pocket for hours in order to find the smoke grenade that will cover his retreat.
At first sight, we quickly realize that, as far as the finish is concerned, the three items are three of a kind : that’s tough! It’s meant to hold the road, it’s especially made to resist to extreme conditions ( anyway, don’t think it could be used as a substitute for a parachute during a freejump…).
Concerning weight, without carrying anything, the M4 is the heaviest whereas the PCS is the lightest. The Dagger, is right between the two others.
Ventilation is to be noticed : the Dagger, for it doesn’t cover your whole body, let you breath tranquilly ; the PCS and the M4 are made of Mesh, a sort of wire mesh that presents a huge ventilation ( and can be used as a basis for ghillie : to do that, you just have to lay your leaf square on the mesh and zip-tie it.). I am to precise that the PCS is much more aerated than the M4 which more looks like a cast in one piece armor.
To open the vest, you may use a zipper on the PCS and the M4 and use interlock system on the Dagger. Major detail : if you are slim and skinny, don’t think of buying the M4 or the PCS that will hang loose around you bony body - in spite of the adjustable straps situated on the flanks of each vest, the vest-belt straps (on the M4 and the PCS.) as well as the adjustable shoulders that equip the M4 -, on the contrary, the Dagger vest will be especially nice for you because it will hold whatever your thickness is ( if you are aged of 10 or less, forget it, presto!) thanks to a kind of Velcro belt that looks like high quality backpack fastening.
Here is a piece of information you should remember of : all these vests do exist in different colors ; 5 or 6 types of camouflage can be chosen if you purchase the Dagger ( Acu Digi, Specops Digi, Olive Drab, Black, Desert or possibly Multicam.) whereas you can choose between 3 colors with the M4 ( Black, Desert and Olive Drab.) and only 2 with the PCS ( Black and Olive Drab.).
The major thing everyone consider on tactical vests : the number of pouches dedicated to pods is primordial when it deals with purchasing a vest as well as a simple back pack. The PCS 140 enables you to carry 4 pods, the M4, 6, and the Dagger, 7 ( 4 normal pouches with tongues and 3 elastics.).
You must be given some more precision. It’s essential to know that - depending on the vest - pods are to be carried in different ways, in addition, it happens that some sort of pods can’t be used with some of these tactical vests. Indeed, PCS and OPSGEAR vests enable you to carry them on the front side, that is to say at belly level, whereas the Dagger is equipped with backside pods.
Using the PCS or the Special Ops vest, you have to pull the pods down to take them out, like speedball backpacks, whilst they have to be pulled up if you use the OPSGEAR-branded vest.
As regards pods compatibility, I have tried with 3 different sorts of recipient ( 100 rounds, 140 rounds and Dye 160 rounds.) and it turns out that, on the Dagger, you can only place 140 and 160 in the normal pouches ( the ones with tongues.), nevertheless, any other type of pod can be used with the 3 elastics. The PCS vest allow you to carry any kind of pod. Nonetheless, the M4 is only meant to carry 50 or 100 round pods : 140 and 160 are too long in comparison with the tongues. At first sight, you can’t carry 140 and 160 round pods. But if you’re smart enough you must have seen that the tongues can be removed and refixed to let you place 140 and 160 paintball pods thanks to the Velcro System and that’s a good point for the M4!
Taking pods out is another thing. There is not any problem, except if you’ve gotten used to pulling pods up, for sure, when you have to pull pods down it can be a source of trouble, at least during the first tries.
On the M4, nothing simpler, one must pull the Velcro up and take the pod out.
The PCS is rather funny when you use 140 or 160, to place them in you vest, you have to push them up forcing on the elastics, then you use the Velcro to hold you pod in place ; but, mainly, when you unVelcro the pouch, the pod is kind of blown out ( it will not flunk your paintballs on the ground, fortunately.) down way as though it was meant to ease taking your pod out.
The Dagger is simple too, at least, regarding the tongue-equipped pouches ( it is possible that replacing these tongues during a game can be a hard stuff to do for the elastic can be bothering : consequently, you should try to replace your pods at home before being shot at on the field while trying to replace them.).
Given the elastic are too tough, pods are hard to put in and even hard to take out ( that’s the case of Dye Pods which are almost impossible to take out.) ; moreover, if you ever intend not to throw your pods on the ground for you don’t like the fact of losing them, you should know that replacing them in the elastics while playing is impossible and can make you lose your awareness as well as a few precious seconds. You’d rather take them back later on instead of trying to replace them empty.
As regards pod-carriers solidity, you can feel the M4 is unbreakable : that’s well made. That’s the same for the Dagger : tongues are ultra tough and the elastics seem to hold the road, in fact, you could break them providing you were named Hulk. Finally, the PCS looks a bit « light » compared to the other tactical vests, but it is sure that the elastics cannot be broken, even if you play hard and in an aggressive way [}] .
Another major thing is the radio pouch, that’s this little pouch which is perfectly fitted to your radio. It’s really useful and permit not to carry your radio in the pocket of your pants or even hung to your hip or belt ; consequently, the guy who wants PTT ( Push To Talk.) won’t have to fumble into his darned deep pocket to activate his radio, he will just have to find the button of the radio, whom is situated on his shoulder [:I].
The radio pouch can be found on each vests, indeed, all have a pouch located on the left shoulder ( when you wear the vest.). The sole detail that is not the same depending on the brand is if you use a button ( M4.) or Velcro ( PCS and Dagger.) to open it.
You can also notice an interesting element : contrary to the PCS and the M4, on which the radio pouch is sewn, the Dagger vest enables you to adjust and place your pouch wherever you want on the shoulder level straps. Indeed, the latter use the MOLLE System which allows the user to place any accessories wherever he wants, therefore, you can take the radio pouch off and attach it back either higher or lower or even on the right shoulder strap.
This post has been edited by Jigmé: 07 February 2008 - 03:38 AM