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Broadsword Vest a review

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 08:19 PM

Special Ops Paintball Broadsword Vest

Review by: SHADOW_STALKER


Ok, I finally got it in the mail a few days ago, and this vest is beautiful! It even has a Broadsword position patch already sewn on. It is constructed of mainly mesh as we all know, but is as strong and durable as it gets. The front zipper is pretty heavy duty, similar to the ones I’ve seen on SCUBA gear The pockets are made of 1000D Cordura Canvas.
There are enough pockets on the vest to hold anything you need for even a long scenario game. The radio pocket, grenade pockets, and lower right accessory pocket are modular so you can move then around on the front of the vest. They wont come off during a game. The locations I use (upper, lower, right, left) are looking straight at the vest, not wearing it. The two Velcro attached grenade pockets are big enough to hold the largest of grenades and even 1 100 rd pod each, without closing the flap of course. The radio pocket will fit most standard radios us paintballers use, unless you have a really big one, and like I said before, it can be moves around in its area. You could probably even but a MOLLE or ALICE pocket and put it on instead. The large lower-right accessory pouch is also velcroed on there. It can hold big stuff, seeing that it is about 6 ½ inches by 6 inches by about 4 inches deep. The upper left accessory pouch has a flip down scenario id holder on the outside. It might be a little small for a map though. The inside is sealed by a zipper that goes ¾ the way around the pocket. It is divided on the inside by an elastic band thing, so you can separate whatever you put in there. The hydration pocket is on the inside of the vest. This allows it to be protected from anything that might puncture. The pocket breathes through when there is nothing.
Adjusting the vest is pretty easy, the two shoulder straps are Velcro that can be easily fit to your needs. Inside the vest is an elastic/Velcro band that can be as tight or loose as you want it. The sides of the vest are held together with 3 straps per side that canbe adjusted to your width. If properly adjusted, you can carry a lot of weight without feeling it. Mine has 6 full pods and a 72/3000 steel tank. When I pick up the vest with my hand, its pretty heavy. When I get it on, I cant even feel the weight.
The back of the vest is a 6+2+1 design, six pods in upside down (lid of pod faces down) Velcro holsters, two pods on either side held in by elastic bands, and one HUGE tank pouch. The tank can be put in either left or right for left or right hand shooters, which is great because not many things are made for us lefties. Above the tank pouch is a piece of Velcro that you can put a team name or player name, callsign, whatever on.
There is one "problem" with this vest:
1. Costs a lot of money. Solution: get a job
But thats what you get with quality

Overall Rating: 9.9 of 10
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If you would like pictures of anything on the vest, email me at jormar@cox.net

This post has been edited by SHADOW_STALKER: 29 November 2005 - 08:21 PM

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 08:43 PM

I am glad you like the vest, and thx for the review


I am curious if you have the tank Securely in the pouch, with the velcro straps and the (2) Buckle straps, those should hold it very secure


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Posted 19 September 2005 - 11:41 PM

SHADOW_STALKER, on Sep 19 2005, 11:19 PM, said:

The pockets are made of a really durable fabric, though I am not sure what it is, maybe a canvas type thing.

1000D Cordura. The same fabric used to make real bdu's and such. Robert at Cops911 uses only the best. That stuff is damn near impossible to rip or tear. THese vests can take a beating.
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Posted 20 September 2005 - 05:13 AM

yes, the tank wont fall out, put when i wear it the pouch sags just abit. i could probablty fix it if i got the buckles just a bit tighter. if i can i will change my review
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Posted 20 September 2005 - 07:11 AM

While i do not have the broadsword b/c i dont usually carry that much ammo I do have the SpecOPS Recon Vest and they are very similar and made with the same materials. I love mine. It is truly and investment if youre the serious woodsballer/scenario player.
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Posted 20 September 2005 - 06:03 PM

yes, i agree
im battle testing it this weekend. 5 hours of paintbal

cops911, the tank IS held securly, but the sheer weight of the tank pulls the pouch down just a BIT, like half and inch. its not a really bad problem. the top of the pod pocuhes act as kind of a shelf for the tank too.
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Posted 27 September 2005 - 06:50 PM

i was thinking about getting me one..but i will prolly get a custom vest from cops911
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Posted 27 September 2005 - 08:20 PM

robert over at Cops911 makes the broadsword vests
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Posted 28 September 2005 - 03:40 AM

I love mine although, upon receiving it, the male end of the plastic buckles were missing from the tank pouch!

I guess I'll pobably see if I can buy a couple on my own. It's an enormous pain in the tuckus to try to get a customer service response out of SpecOps without calling them in Utah.
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Posted 28 September 2005 - 03:50 AM

Just go to your local REI, or even online. They sell buckles and straps there. Thats where i got a slew of them for my cops911 vest. So if i lose some i have extra. And i got some sliders to put on the side adjustment straps so they dont move at all now.
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Posted 30 September 2005 - 01:49 PM

I ordered my Broadsword vest and took it out for a trial by fire if you will, during a weekend scenario event about two weeks ago. I was incredibly impressed by it so I thought I'd chip in my 2 cents here for the rest of us to benefit from if making a purchasing decision; even though I'm going to echo some of what Shadow Stalker already mentioned.

Like I said, I was incredibly impressed. When I got it in the mail and took it out my first thought was that it appeared to be very well made. I could tell a lot of thought went into the design of the vest, such as the placement of the pod holders, the reinforced openings around the inside of the pod holders, the double locking velcro closures for the tank holder, the inclusion of the hydration bladder and a host of other features. The one thing that I did doubt was how well a mesh vest would hold the weight of a full tank and 6 to 8 pods full of paint. Having never used or worn a tac vest to play paintball before I had no point of reference. And in that sense I was glad to not have any prior experience with paintball tac vests. I was going into this with a fairly unbiased opinion.

So the day came and I loaded everything up. I hadn't picked it up yet but one of my teammates did and his first comment was "that is heavy, you sure its gonna stay on?" All I could say was that I'd have to find out the hard way. So I put it on, and at first I was thinking that this is way too heavy, I could not see myself running around with this thing on. Then I wrapped and secured the internal web belt around my midsection and I instantly noticed that the weight became evenly distributed and unbelieveably it felt like I had next to nothing on my back.

I zipped up and went out to play. Like I said, it felt like I had next to nothing on my back. And if not for the knowledge that I did have something on my back I moved around as if I was playing without a vest at all. Running, jumping, ducking, sliding, I did it all and everything stayed secured. I have to mention that I did also wear a pistol belt, securing it thorugh the hanging web belts, which I believe helped the vest stay close to my body. But my point is that through all that action, the vest was extremely comfortable, secure, and could take a beating.

I would have to say that the Broadsword vest is among my best investments as far as paintball gear goes. So if anyone is doubting whether or not to buy, hesitate no more. It's well worth its weight in paint. Of course if you play a position that doesn't require a lot of paint then it isn't for you. But if you are a Broadsword or Sabre, then you're going to love this vest.

My only point of contention is the lack of available pouches to add on to the vest. I play with a pistol as a backup and found no place to securely place my 12 grams and tubes. I had to stash them in the pouches that came with the vest and found it a bit awkward trying to get access to them in the heat of a fire fight. I'm pretty sure COPS911 can make custom pouches, I just haven't yet inquired with them to find out how I can get my hands on them.

All in all I give the Broadsword vest a 9.8 out of 10 only because of the pouch issue I already mentioned.

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 07:51 PM

i am torn between the specops broadsword and the flurry ultraback emmisary vest. i want a vest that is comfortable, can carry my 72/3000 heavy steel tank comfortably, hold an average number of pods (6ish) and the usual pockets (nades, radio, accessories). I know people that have the flurry but havent seen them with the tank pouch, but the broadsword is a bit pricey ($150ish compared to $90)

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 07:58 PM

You get what you pay for I'm in love with my two Broadsword vests.
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Posted 09 October 2005 - 11:23 PM

Vector Control, on Sep 30 2005, 04:49 PM, said:

My only point of contention is the lack of available pouches to add on to the vest. I play with a pistol as a backup and found no place to securely place my 12 grams and tubes.

You could always call robert or moati and ask them to add some things to the vest. When i had my mountaineer vest made for me, i had them sew 12 gram/10 round loops into the front pockets. So i can fit 8 of them in each pocket. Its great. Now i can carry 6 x 160 pods of paint, over 100 rounds for a pistol plus air, and a ton of grenades. Give them a call, it would only be a small mod to put 12 gram loops in. And it will save you from sounding like santa on the prowl.

Grunt, go with the spec ops/cops911 vest. It is worth its weight in gold. I wouldnt dare play without mine. It is a bit more in price, but you get some stuff for that extra. Like an acutal quality of the build. These things wont rip or tear and they are made to last. And if something is to happen, they have a lifetime warranty. Call up spec ops/cops911 and they will fix it for you. You cant go wrong. My mountaineer vest is the best piece of gear i own.
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Posted 10 October 2005 - 08:38 AM

sleight42, on Sep 28 2005, 02:40 AM, said:

I love mine although, upon receiving it, the male end of the plastic buckles were missing from the tank pouch!

I guess I'll pobably see if I can buy a couple on my own. It's an enormous pain in the tuckus to try to get a customer service response out of SpecOps without calling them in Utah.

PM me your address, and I will send out the buckles today

sorry about that

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