I got it in their Digi-Camo pattern. The pictures on the site don't do this vest justice. The site showed this camo as having too much brown and tan, when in actuality, this is the perfect blend of colors for a woodland area like the one I live in. It is a little on the glossy side, but I'm sure that will change after a day in the mud.
Everything on this vest is very easily accessible. I have taken out every pod numerous times to try out the reach and ease of putting them back, and it was incredibly easy. This may sound stange to some, but for me, I have never had a pack/vest that the pods slide down vertically. The front pockets are equally as easy to use. I have packed everything I think I will need into this vest and there is still room for more. I can't believe the size of the pockets, and the front upper set of pockets is really cool.
There are three pockets in this portion of the vest. There is a flip-down map/ID card pocket that will come in handy in the future. Right behind it is a normal pocket for some various small things, possibly a small pull-through squeegee or something. The biggest pocket in the back of the set has a zipper almost all the way around, allowing it to flip down as well if needed. This can fit a lot of diiferent things, such as a wallet, keys, etc. There are 2 large pockets on the lower part of the vest on the front as well. These are large enough to fit a couple grenades each, or really whatever might be needed. There are 4 pod holders, as well as 2 additional loops for pods on the back, which can be moved around to go horizontally or vertically. The Hydration bladder pouch is a nice feature, as my old vest didn't have one. The radio pouch is movable, so it makes having a radio a little more convenient. this vest has a loop with a clip to hang a mask on when not in use. This is nice because I ended up buying a carabiner for the same purpose for my old vest. There are Velcro strips on the front above the top pockets and on the back on the front of the Hydration pouch. I know these will come in handy once my team gets nametags, but for now, the front one holds my subdued Commander patch.
From what I have tried while in it, I was able to do anything I would normally do in a game. I was able to crawl crouch, twist, etc. without anything restricting my movement.
This isn't a big issue for me, but this vest adds a great deal of protection from a hit. It has a good deal of padding, which will absorb most of the sting from a hit, which might be a problem, because I may not know if I get hit. It seems like it will also increase the chance of a bounce. I thought the padding was a little thicker than I expected a vest to be, but not so much that it takes away from mobility or anything.
Update: I just got to try it out today. It was just a practice to check out our big field we are going to use for a scenario. This vest is great. It holds sooo much stuff. It got a little heavy after a while, but it was raining and the vest/padding was soaking up a lot of water. Still a great vest though. I will get to try it out in an actual game in a week or two, so I will probably have another update as of then.
Update #2: I got to use this in a normal game finally. Wow. I ran with it for a fair distance (asthmatic, so I can't run far) and it felt like there was nothing there. The vest didn't move around or drag me down at all. everything stayed in place securely, nothing lost. Held up to the abuse I put it through, crawling through brush, diving on the ground, etc. Still a great vest.
All in all, a rather good vest from what I have seen on it. It looks and feels like it will take a lot of abuse. I give it a 10/10.
This post has been edited by Warriortothecore882: 09 February 2006 - 02:58 PM