It was on sale for about $105, significantly cheaper than the same vest
in other camo patterns. I had been thinking about getting a second vest,
a lighter mesh vest for playing during the hotter summer months,
and the sale price overpowered my resistance,
so I went ahead and ordered the vest.
My other vest, which I have worn on three full days of play,
is the Hammer vest in SpecialOps Digicamo,
which allows me to carry more pods than any
other player on the field where I play.
I was surprised that the darker parts of the ACU pattern camo
were so close to Sage Green, but overall ACU is a lighter pattern
with tan or yellow predominant and would be better for playing on
a prairie with yellowed or browned grass. It might also play
well in the winter snow.
ACU camo might not work well in the dark Pine woods
where I play, so I mixed up four boxes of RIT golden yellow dye
and two boxes of RIT dark green dye with hot water
and got a brown soup that I dipped the vest
and a couple of ACU drop leg pouches into.
The Cordura nylon on the pockets of the vest will not accept
dye very well, but the mesh and the trim will.
It darkened the darker parts of the ACU a tiny bit.
The trim around the edges of the pockets and the mesh
darkened to a nice olive green.
The lighter tan colored parts of the pockets hardly darkened at all.
This seems strange to me because the dropleg rigs that
I dyed along with the vest were also made by Special Ops
and were in ACU camo and they dyed real well, to three shades
of olive green.
But the vest looks great and will probably be fine to play in
as it is.
I do not know how well the dye will stay if I have to wash the
vest and pouches. I usually just hang the stuff on a clothesline
and use a garden hose with cold water to spray away the
paint on my vests and pouches.
Dying stuff using the RIT dye can be pretty messy and I would not
try this without the permission of the lady of the house.
Sage green is a light gray with a slight tinge of green.
I figure that it would not be hard to modify the camo
using a magic marker to make it look more like digi woodland.
But overall, I am pleased with the results of dying the ACU
camo so that the vest and podholders are now a mixture of
olive and sage green.
The description of the Broadsword Vest in Special Ops' on-line
catalog store does not fully describe some of the features
that I am very happy to find are included in this vest.
Of course, there are six bottom opening podholders on the back of
the Broadsword Six vest and the two elastic pod loops so you can carry
a total of eight 140 round pods or Q-loader pods.
Plus there is the airtank holder on the back.
If you prefer to carry your air on your marker, you can easily store
a camouflage rain poncho rolled up in the airtank holder.
There are three straps on each side of the vest that can be tightened
or loosened to fit around your body. Combined with the mesh,
the open sides of the vest help to keep you cooler while you play.
The radio pocket is mounted on the front left shoulder,
and has straps on the back and can be moved a couple
of inches left or right. There are three positions that you could move
the radio pocket to, and if you needed to, you could mount two radio
pockets on the vest, maybe three.
The radio pocket on my Hammer vest is not movable.
There is an ID and map pocket on the right front shoulder.
But I especially like the pouches on the lower right and left front
of the vest. The ones on the lower left side are sized for
paintball grenades, the one on the right is a larger utility pouch.
What I like is that these pouches mount like interlock pouches,
and you can swap them from side to side, or take them off entirely
and mount a couple of interlock pod pouches on each side.
This would give the Broadsword vest the pod carrying capability of
my Hammer vest!
I have a few 100 round pod pouches in olive green that I could
attach to this vest, but already have ordered a couple of
interlock pouches from Special Ops that will fit the larger 140 round
The inside of the vest has a hydration bladder sack,
and a wide elastic stabilizer girdle.
There are also a total of six belt keepers to attach to your
favorite webbelt or interlock belt.
Only four belt keepers are on my Hammer vest, and I think
six is much better.
I showed this vest off to a friend of mine who has a Flurry vest and
he thinks this is a much better vest overall than his Flurry.
I love my Hammer vest, but I really adore this Broadsword Six vest.
I think this is the best vest that I have seen.
I am very impressed with this vest and can hardly wait to play
with it at my favorite field.
This post has been edited by coywolf: 20 May 2007 - 05:07 PM