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SPEC OPS FUSION GEAR (REVIEW) want to know about the fusion gear?

#1 User is offline   ZAPCOnj 

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Post icon  Posted 11 December 2004 - 11:05 PM

This is a review of the Spec. Ops FUSION Gear Battle Wear

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Out of the package: The First thing you notice about the fusion gear is the BOLD IN YOUR FACE Spec Ops. Digital Pattern. The pattern seems to be a cross between the USMC MARPAT and the CADPAT that many of us are use to seeing on the fields. The Colors of the Fusion Gear are also a cross between the MARPAT and CADPAT, unlike the MARPAT, there isn't as much tan/Browns in the Fusion but not as much dark green that many see in the CADPAT. At a first look you may think that the gear may be a bit small for your size. After dawning the gear you will find that each piece is generously cut and fits great. simply put, they are a great fit with some room to move. Users should follow the directions for care on the labels to help preserve the Micro fiber moisture wicking material of the jersey.

The Jersey: The Jersey is of great construction. My first impression is that it felt similar to the A5OG Jersey and Dye Gear that I've had in the past. The Shell of the jersey is made of a moisture wicking micro fiber that helps aide in keeping you cool on the hot days. Spec Ops has incorporated a padded elastic "Neck Protector" feature in to the design of the jersey. At a quick glance this gives the jersey the look of a mock turtle neck. The Neck Protector comes up past my adams apple and looks to provide some protection. Some users will still want to use a conventional neck guard. Spec ops has also included padded shoulder sections in to their design. the padding is not overly thick but enough to provide some comfort for those who wear vests. Another noticeable feature is the Microfiber MESH vents that go across the front shoulders to the arm pits. these vents allow for the users body to breath and spill off some heat on the hot days. This mesh is similar to that of Football Jerseys. The Jersey also has incorporated padded Elbow pads. These pads are similar to the padding on the shoulders. It does provide some protection to your elbow and forearm area when crawling around. these elbow pads will not protect your arms if you trip and fall on to a rock or hard surface. The Jersey fits loose enough for you to still wear the conventional Elbow/forearm pads under it. the cuffs on the jersey are a wide band Elastic that seems to have great rebound properties. They don't look like they will stretch out if you roll your sleeves up for long periods of time. In the digital pattern the Spec Ops. logo is blended in to match the digital pattern, there is also a small Spec Ops sewn on patch on the front left of the jersey.

The Pants: At a quick glance many will think that you're wearing a quality Tournament pant. They will be right. The pants are of Great quality. I was very impressed with them. The pants are made of a 600d Codura nylon with Micro fiber inserts and mesh venting along the insides of the legs. The pants have the same Great Digital pattern as the Jersey and the colors are a very very close match. when moving from a MICROFIBER to a Codura there will be some color shifts no matter what. The shift here is barely noticeable. Starting at the waist you will notice the Velcro waist adjusters. these are similar to the ones on the famous DYE GEAR pants. They allow you to wear these pants without using a sperate belt. If you still want to use a belt there are conveniently placed belt loops along the waist of the pant. A great feature for the male user is the Padded Zipper/Fly area. there is generous padding similar again to the dye gear pants the padded zipper flap attaches to the shell of the pant using a button and Velcro closures. This flap conceals the zipper and is quite secure when fastened. Right off the bat you will notice the two angled black stripes on the pants. these "stripes" are a microfiber/neopeen feel material. These were designed to allow a little "GIVE" for the user when you may be crouching or kneeling. The front pant pockets are well stitched and are made of the same mesh that you will find on football Jerseys. the pockets are a bit small but do allow for some cargo. sharp objects like Keys will get caught up in there. the legs of the pant mirror one another. and are quite functional. on the thigh of each leg there is a cargo pocket. this pocket closes with dual Velcro patches and look to provide great storage for towels, squeegees and other accessories that you may need quick access to. The FUSION pants come standard with built in knee pads. These pads are Similar to the ones you will find in the Dye Gear pants and are stitch molded to give it some style and comfort. The padding is not quite as Thick as the dye pants but are still very functional and offer great comfort/protection when kneeling or crawling in the brush. If you were to dig your knee on a rock or other hard surface the padding will not help you (neither will the dye gear pants padding), for extreme protection additional knee pads are recommended. Also found on both legs are integrated Stick Squeegie/Battle swab sheaths. as you can see in the photo a reds battle swab fits in there great! No more fumbling to get the battleswab out of your vest or thigh pocket anymore! the Back of each leg has a zipper that extends to about the upper calf section of your leg. for those of you who would like to wear your knee pads under your pants but don't want to have to go though the hassle of taking off your boots and rolling up your pant legs (or taking them off in some cases) at the field you will find that this feature is Key. it allows you to unzip the leg and fold the pant leg up over your knees with ease and rezip the legs just as fast! the legs of the pants are tapered a little to provide some style and protection to your legs. Inside of the pants you will find a comfortable mesh material again similar to that of Football Jerseys, this mesh is similar if not the same as the ones found on the DYE gear pants. the materials is though the seat and down each leg and stops around the same spot as the zipper on each leg. the mesh liner is attached to the pants at that location by two groupings of thread. while this feature is great and provides a great feel, when you take the pants off you must be careful when pulling your legs out of the mesh. the mesh tends to cling to your skin and you could run the risk of detaching the mesh from the attachment points on the calf area. After speaking to the spec ops guys about it they were going to look in to an adjustment of the design. while this proves to be a small setback in the design. If you are conscious of the mesh when you take it off you will be fine. this does not effect the overall performance of the pant and should not effect your decision to buy this product.

OVERVIEW: Over all I must say I am very impressed with the Spec Ops FUSION gear. The color scheme of the pattern is great for the greener areas and blends well with some fall/winter colors (I'll take some PICS when it's not pouring rain outside) . if you live in the desert you might want to reconsider getting these if there is minimal greenery in your region or playing field. Don't fret though.. from what I've heard, a Desert pattern may be in the works! The Fusion gear is tough, stylish, and a comes with a great digital scheme! I would call it Tournament gear for woodsball without the tournament gear price tag. at roughly $150 per set (pants and jersey) it's quite affordable and functional. More info on the SPEC OPS FUSION WEAR can be found by clicking this link: WANT TO FIND MORE INFO ON SPEC OPS FUSION GEAR CLICK HERE!!!!

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the Jersey (click on the images for a larger view):
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The Pants (click on the images for a larger view):

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I give the Spec Ops Fusion Gear 4 :rolleyes: out of 5 :D
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Post icon  Posted 19 December 2004 - 04:49 PM

they look sweet. i just wished the price dropped a little
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Posted 19 December 2004 - 05:20 PM

Actually, the fusion is at a very nice price. Compared to other jersey/pants combos, which some run close, if not over, to $200, the Fusion is at just the right amount.
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Posted 20 December 2004 - 06:30 AM

Christmas is right around the corner if anyone wants to send me a set (I wear a large) :D
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Posted 21 December 2004 - 06:18 AM

how the sixe work? ... a large stand for what in inch the thing like that I don't want to buy it tonight if im not sure that it will fit and I can't go direct to the shop ...
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Posted 21 December 2004 - 08:28 AM

If you fit an XL tshirt then order the XL Jersey, I have a 34" waist and the Large Pants fit me just right with some room to spare!
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Posted 21 December 2004 - 02:43 PM

very nice...but pricy dye/empire jerseys and pants can be bought for around 100 at a local shop


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Posted 21 December 2004 - 03:16 PM

Maybe if the price drops a bit, i mean, i could get some discount BDU's for a buck at a military outlet store.
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Posted 07 January 2005 - 06:33 PM

What ir wrong wiht them for you to give them a 4 out of 5
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Posted 08 January 2005 - 06:02 PM

ghostinthewood, on Dec 21 2004, 03:16 PM, said:

Maybe if the price drops a bit, i mean, i could get some discount BDU's for a buck at a military outlet store.

True, but they aren't as cool as this.
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Posted 09 January 2005 - 11:27 AM

at $150 for the complete set the price is not high at all.. the online price for Dye C5 pants is $135 and the jerseys are $65 the c4 gear online is about $99 for the pants and $45 for the jersey.. based on that they are pretty affordable and comparable(sp) to the c4 gear in pricing. (online prices are from actionvillage and do not include shipping if there is any), if you play tourny ball and woodsball this gear is great for both. the style, look, and performance of tournament gear with the camo that is needed for woodsball.


Jmoney --> I hardely ever give things a 5 of 5. it would have to completely blow me away and do things for me :D ... hap hazardly tossing out perfect scores is not right in my eyes.....
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Posted 09 January 2005 - 12:51 PM

Zapco: Tossing out perfect scores left and right *is* bad. But does a product have to do everything it's supposed to do, make you a million dollars and walk your dog to get that score?

I'd like to know what's missing from the Fusion Gear to earn it a 4/5 instead of a 5/5. If there's nothing wrong with it and nothing more you can think of that you wished it could do but doesn't, and it's priced in the right price range, maybe it's one of the few products that deserves a 5 out of 5.

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Posted 10 January 2005 - 12:37 AM

Is there a "Size chart" online somewhere? I'm a bigger guy (read "too damnded tall"), so I like to know if I can get away with the "XL" or if I gotta break down for the 2XL.

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Posted 10 January 2005 - 04:19 PM

the pants look like they could use some more pockets, like cargo pants.
but besides that they look awesome!
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Posted 10 January 2005 - 06:32 PM

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=ShadoAngel,Jan 9 2005, 12:51 PM] Zapco:  Tossing out perfect scores left and right *is* bad.  But does a product have to do everything it's supposed to do, make you a million dollars and walk your dog to get that score?

I'd like to know what's missing from the Fusion Gear to earn it a 4/5 instead of a 5/5.  If there's nothing wrong with it and nothing more you can think of that you wished it could do but doesn't, and it's priced in the right price range, maybe it's one of the few products that deserves a 5 out of 5.

Just a thought.  :)


Shadowangel this plays a part in why it does not get it a 5/5, It's clearly posted in my review.

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zapconj (as quoted in the FIRST POST)this mesh is similar if not the same as the ones found on the DYE gear pants. the materials is though the seat and down each leg and stops around the same spot as the zipper on each leg. the mesh liner is attached to the pants at that location by two groupings of thread. while this feature is great and provides a great feel, when you take the pants off you must be careful when pulling your legs out of the mesh. the mesh tends to cling to your skin and you could run the risk of detaching the mesh from the attachment points on the calf area. After speaking to the spec ops guys about it they were going to look in to an adjustment of the design. while this proves to be a small setback in the design. If you are conscious of the mesh when you take it off you will be fine. this does not effect the overall performance of the pant and should not effect your decision to buy this product.


This makes the gear not perfect so it does not get a 5/5... Just a thought. :)

Tyger---> i have a 34" waist and the Large pants fit me with a little room to spare. if that helps some..

Shadow_stalker --> there are the same amount of pockets as BDU's 2 regular pant pockets, 2 leg pockets, as well as 2 battle swab slots on the legs....
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