Posted 21 January 2010 - 03:05 PM
As others have said, MOLLE really is the best way to go. Yes, you have to buy modular pouches and all. I own 5 SO Operative vests, and have only gone through one (other 4 are for future use, if my first one ever wears out). The nice thing is, if you ever change your style of play, you can always use the same base vest. I went from an electronic marker to a pistol, and used the same vest. Yeah, I ended up not using the pod pouches I got, but hey, at least all my gear felt the same.
Plus, it lets you refine your loadout. Say you're back is sore on one side; you can move stuff closer to your bad side so you don't have to reach as far. Or...say you wanted to play pistol with your off-hand; you can just swap all your stuff to the opposite side, and enjoy the challenge.
I think everyone has said as much as can be said. But seriously, $20 for a MOLLE vest from SO is a steal. Just check out the law enforcement stuff....it's anywhere between $60-200+ for MOLLE base vests.