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Posted 20 May 2007 - 02:24 PM

I just received my new Broadsword Six vest in ACU camo.
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
pods.

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.

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 07:21 PM

wow. long reveiw, but a good one. Pics of the broadsword? i'm curious as to what the dye looks like on it.

those utility pouches come in handy to put barrel covers and squeeges in
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Posted 27 May 2007 - 07:34 AM

Agreed, good review. Just wanted to know how you felt mobility was like wearing the vest during play - any difference from wearing the Hammer, or did you feel hindered in any way? Also, how do you think it goes temperature/breathability wise? I'm just dealing with the Dagger/Sabre harness vs Broadsword/Hammer vest conundrum at the moment. Basically if I could make sure that the Broadsword didn't fall too far behind the Dagger in regards to heat and mobility, I would go with the Broadsword, as I too want to take advantage of the fact that it is cheap. :)
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Posted 28 May 2007 - 10:42 AM

View PostOz-Albatross, on May 27 2007, 07:34 AM, said:

Agreed, good review. Just wanted to know how you felt mobility was like wearing the vest during play - any difference from wearing the Hammer, or did you feel hindered in any way? Also, how do you think it goes temperature/breathability wise? I'm just dealing with the Dagger/Sabre harness vs Broadsword/Hammer vest conundrum at the moment. Basically if I could make sure that the Broadsword didn't fall too far behind the Dagger in regards to heat and mobility, I would go with the Broadsword, as I too want to take advantage of the fact that it is cheap. ;)


The dye only affected the color of the mesh fabric and the trim around the pockets.
The ACU camo does not seem to have changed color in any way.
I suspect that the pockets and podholders have been treated with a waterproofing spray
that prevents the Cordura nylon ACU from taking any dye.
I intend sometime in the future to scrub the pockets using a scrub brush and laundry detergent ,
and I am hopeful that on my second attempt at dying the vest
that the vest pockets and podholders will be able to absorb the dye
and make the color of the vest similar to the olive colored shades
of the two drop leg units that I dyed. They turned out great.

The Broadsword vest is incredibly breathable compared to the Hammer vest.
The Hammer vest only has breathable mesh fabric in the pouch or sack which
is made to hold the hydration bladder. The entire Hammer vest is made of
heavy Cordura Nylon fabric.
The Broadsword vest is made entirely (except for the pockets and pouches)
of a heavy athletic mesh fabric which is much more breathable than Cordura.
The pouches and pockets are made of Cordura.

If you wear the mesh vest in combination with a lightweight breathable
shirt, it is really comfortable.
The Special Ops Marauder II shirt is a lightweight ripstop cotton shirt that is much
lighter than the BDU shirts that I have worn in the past. It is much more comfortable to wear
compared to a BDU shirt.
The Special Ops Fusion shirt is made of a lightweight nylon with breathable mesh
located in the underarms. It is also very comfortable to wear.
The Special Ops Fusion Ultralight shirt is made entirely of a lightweight nylon mesh
and is the most breathable shirt, but I hesitate to recommend it for outdoor use
because it is possible that ticks and mosquitoes can get thru the fabric.
I would want to douse myself in mosquito repellant before wearing that shirt
in the woods. However, it is a fine garment to wear when you need to protect
yourself from sun exposure on a beach, or to wear at an indoor paintball arena.

The "undercoverwear" shirts are expensive, but they do cool you by wicking away any
perspiration. They should not be worn as an outer garment as the fabric will pull
if snagged by thorns and twigs. They are actually designed to be worn under
heavy Kevlar armor vests and keep the wearer cool.


Special Ops is having a similar sale on the Recon Vest in ACU camo.
Normal price of the Recon vest is about $80.
Sale price of the Recon vest in ACU camo is about $55.



If you are playing on a really hot day, you can remove the Utility and grenade pockets
from the front of the Broadsword vest. That would lighten the vest.

I have already removed them from my vest and installed a couple of extra dual podholders
on each side. I have two interlock dual podholders in olive green made by Under the Gun,
for 100 round pods and also two interlock dual podholders for vests in digi-woodland camo
made by Special Ops. The Special Ops dual podholders are bigger, big enough for the
larger 140 round pods and for Q-loader pods. I have two markers equipped with
Q-loaders and one that is not.

I cannot compare the Broadsword vest to the Dagger vest, because I have never played using a Dagger vest,
but I can compare it to the Recon Vest. as a good friend of mine has a Recon vest.

I have a military web belt outfitted with Alice suspenders and podholders
which is similar to a Dagger vest. The belt gets tangled in the suspenders
when I store it in a box between games. I would recommend a Recon vest or
a Broadsword vest instead of the Dagger vest.
Both are made with the mesh fabric and are easy to put on and take off.
The Recon vest that my friend has does not have any beltholders that I can recall.
The Hammer and Broadsword vests do have beltholders so you can attach a
webbelt or another belt at the bottom of the vest.


The Broadsword vest carries twice as many pods as an unmodified Recon vest.
The Broadsword vest has six podholders on the back (which open downward so the pods are
more easily accessible) plus two elastic pod loops, so you can carry 8 pods total on
the back of the Broadsword vest.

The Recon vest as sold has only four podholders on the back and no pod loops.
However, there is a velcro area between the podholders where you can mount a
special order dual podholder (at extra cost) to give you the ability to carry six pods.
Or you have a choice instead to forego the dual podholder and mount instead
an airtank holder (again an extra cost option).

I can see that I will have to take some photos of my vests to really answer your
questions in full.

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 10:43 AM

wow someone likes to type lol

edit: in his ten posts he probably has written mor than in my 423 ;)

edit edit: Oz-Albatross: I use a dagger and it gives me great mobility and is quite light, without sacrifices hardly any load bearing capabiltiy. it holds 7 pods, horizontal tank, 1 utility pocket, 1 grenade pocket, 1 radio pouch (removable), 1 ID pouch (useless and removable)

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 01:15 PM

Okay, I have some photos of my own to attach to this string of posts.
One picture is supposed to equal one thousand words.

First photo is of the mesh interior of the Broadsword vest.

There is ACU camo showing on the elastic girdle which holds the vest tight to
your body.

There is a belt positioned across the center of the vest (by me, not part of the vest)
to compare how the dye colored the ACU belt.

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The next photo compares two drop leg rigs from Special Ops
that were originally ACU camo but dyed by me to
hand grenade pockets from the Broadsword vest that
did not accept dye except on the trim of the pocket.

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The next photo shows the Broadsword vest spread open
with SO digicamo dual pods attached in place of the grenade pockets and utility pocket
and also a large nametape in SO Digicamo and Olive attached to the velcro above the airtank holder

Note that the original color of the mesh and trim were similar to the color of the plastic buckles
that you can see in the photos. They were originally a light sage green and are now olive green.

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The next photo compares the dyed Special Ops dropleg rigs
to the utility pocket from the ACU Broadsword vest

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The next photo shows the front of the Special Ops Hammer vest,
which is made of very strong Cordura nylon.
Mine is in SO digicamo with my nametape attached below the
radio pocket.
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The next photo shows the backside of the Hammer vest.
Note that it comes with two airtank holders.
My Hammer vest did not come with Velcro
above the airtank holders to attach a large nametape
and I will be sewing some Velcro on this vest soon.
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Here is an image of the front of the Broadsword vest in ACU camo
from the Special Ops catalog store.
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The last photo is just the back of the Broadsword vest in ACU camo.
Again, the nametape is in SO digicamo and olive and is attached
to a large velcro above the airtank holder.

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 07:04 AM

Thanks for that detailed response, Coywolf. Don't worry, I don't have ADD so I can stand to read more than 3 lines of text :comp: - in fact it was probably one of the most direct answers to a question I've posted on a forum ever. With those pics I can see now how giving it a green wash makes it seem duller than just straight up ACU - unless you play in really arid/urban environments, this will probably help you. In the beginning I was looking at putting a set up together for the stinking hot periods here in the land down under, which basically was going to involve some ACU fusion ultralites (also going very cheap) and the Broadsword, as long as it didn't negate the breathability of the ultralites. I already have an underarmour shirt, which as previously mentioned is a nice addition to your gear, and I personally swear by them.And even though making these choices were hard enough already, I then saw in the online store that they are selling Sabre vests in olive drab for dirt cheap, and even though it's a little lacking in the camouflage stakes, it could be used acceptably with various other camo patterns (don't even get me started on the whole ACU vs Multicam thing :unsure: ) rather than just having the one set of cams for a specific vest.

Sure, in the end I'm still going to be shot up a lot, but I guess any steps to reduce the chances of it are worth it. Cheers.
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 12:37 PM

Wow!! you really like to type, but nice review. I love mine as well, it seems as if it can do everything!
hi i love paintball. do you?
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Posted 18 June 2007 - 10:15 AM

Very nice review....Since i will be ordering a Broadsword myself pretty soon would you be so kind as to let me know about the possibility of adjusting your vest to your frame?
I am on the margin between the medium size and the large one related to the shoulder to waist level...As for the chest measurement i am well inside the medium range,but what perplexes me is whether a large vest would prove to be too bulky or a medium one too tight...
Thanks in advance for any info!!!
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Posted 23 June 2007 - 07:55 AM

View PostAchaian, on Jun 18 2007, 10:15 AM, said:

Very nice review....Since i will be ordering a Broadsword myself pretty soon would you be so kind as to let me know about the possibility of adjusting your vest to your frame?
I am on the margin between the medium size and the large one related to the shoulder to waist level...As for the chest measurement i am well inside the medium range,but what perplexes me is whether a large vest would prove to be too bulky or a medium one too tight...
Thanks in advance for any info!!!

I have the extra large size and have it cinched down to fit my body tightly.
The sizes are supposed to be based on the length of the vest from the shoulders to the waist,
but I do not know what the specific length of waist that a person would want based on
their height or their t-shirt size.
I normally wear a XXL t-shirt and XXL or XLT jacket, but the XL vest is plenty
big for me, I have the sides cinched in almost to the max.

Here is a photo of how the vest looks after I added a little olive green spray paint to
dim down some of the brighter areas (not all, just the biggest ones) on the vest
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Posted 24 June 2007 - 01:17 AM

View Postcoywolf, on Jun 23 2007, 05:55 PM, said:

View PostAchaian, on Jun 18 2007, 10:15 AM, said:

Very nice review....Since i will be ordering a Broadsword myself pretty soon would you be so kind as to let me know about the possibility of adjusting your vest to your frame?
I am on the margin between the medium size and the large one related to the shoulder to waist level...As for the chest measurement i am well inside the medium range,but what perplexes me is whether a large vest would prove to be too bulky or a medium one too tight...
Thanks in advance for any info!!!

I have the extra large size and have it cinched down to fit my body tightly.
The sizes are supposed to be based on the length of the vest from the shoulders to the waist,
but I do not know what the specific length of waist that a person would want based on
their height or their t-shirt size.
I normally wear a XXL t-shirt and XXL or XLT jacket, but the XL vest is plenty
big for me, I have the sides cinched in almost to the max.

Here is a photo of how the vest looks after I added a little olive green spray paint to
dim down some of the brighter areas (not all, just the biggest ones) on the vest
Attachment mini0360.jpg


Thanks Coywolf for the info...I think i will be going for the medium size!The only thing is that i am from halfway around the world and due to customs issues it is very difficult to find people with SO vests here,in order to have the opportunity to try one on!!!

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