This differs greatly from other manufacturers' vests and the previous generation of SpecOps vests. The first generation of lighter weight SpecOps vests, the Dagger and Sabre vests, were strap-based. These straps tended to dig into your shoulders under a full load of paint, air, and water pouch, and generally were uncomfortable and problematic. The Broadsword vest was more comfortable all around, but was too bulky to suit the tastes of many players. There were a few specialized mesh vests, as well, but none of them truly took on the roles of a light to medium-weight general use vest.
Enter the Forge. The Forge lets you set up your vest however you want, adjusted perfectly for your needs, wants, and size. It is very comfortable and customizable, allowing you to mix and match your favorite features. The real gem is the price, however. You can set up a Forge vest exactly to your liking for $20 to $40 less than most of the previous models. All Forge vests have fully adjustable mesh shoulders, giving excellent comfort regardless of loading.
I used my Forge vest for the first time last weekend at a 24-hour scenario. I had previously used a Broadsword vest, but its added bulk and weight, even when not fully loaded, was a hindrance to me. Before that, I had used a Sabre vest and found uncomfortable to wear for long periods of itme. Throughout the scenario, I was absolutely comfortable with my Forge vest. I used the zipper front and light back, and had it loaded with 4 pods, a 68/45 tank, and a water pouch. I never felt overloaded. I had it adjusted perfectly to my body. I'm positive I could have used the heavy back and been fine as well. No matter what options you choose, the Forge can handle the load. Bottom line: if you're wanting to get a new vest, the Forge is the way to go.
This post has been edited by WardenWolf: 31 March 2009 - 10:37 PM