29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2013
This was recommended by my essential mentor, "maineprepper" on YouTube . View his video on this product and see if it works for you too. He is a professional soldier with vast experience and unimpeachable credibility and he has been there done that. He explains in depth and detail why he uses this one and the add-ons he recommends.
I have several load bearing vests and this is the best and most cost effective so far.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2013
First understand you can ONLY use plate (hard) armor, on the FRONT only. No rear/side armor, no soft armor. i suppose you could jerry rig this for soft armor but Condor makes a much better full wrap around rig that does everything this vest does, and will accept soft or plate armor front, rear - and sides. I couldn't find it here on Amazon but the model is MOLLE-265 and it's only a little more expensive than this one. I can't imagine wearing only frontal armor if you're rly serious about protection, especially when good IIIa soft armor can be had used for pretty cheap (for those of us who can't afford new). combine that with a ballistic heart plate and you're doin pretty good all around.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2014
Well at first glance I was not impressed but after all the gear was attached the vest ended up being legit. It carries an AR500 plate perfectly and holds about 20 lbs worth of gear without a problem. FYI this is not a cummerbund style vest and can not handle serious loads. Mags, IFAK, Misc pouch, Admin and Radio is the limit.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2014
This is just a preliminary review, A "first-look" review if you will. I will add to this in a few months when I have had time to test it.
- Material - The fabric is all very good quality, very durable. It is a Cordura knockoff, but a very good one. The mesh on the shoulder straps is fairly standard, decent quality. The MOLLE webbing and other straps are all very good. In short, the material will not fail, any failure will come from stitching, not the material itself.
speaking of which...
- Stitching - Overall the stitching is very good, all double stitched, with the edges of the body layered over for stability. There was only one from-factory failure, one of the MOLLE loops on the shoulder came loose on one side and needs to be restitched. The rest of the MOLLE loops are all solid so far.
- Sizing- This is a one-size-fits-most vest. I am 6'1" and 150 lbs, so I'm pretty skinny. The shoulder straps fit great, but the waist belt tightened almost all the way is loose without a jacket. It should be fine for most people, and there is plenty of extra strap for adjustment. (Large people should have no problem, only small people may have a problem).
- Applicability- This is a very lightweight vest, and the open back is excellent for warmer climates because (quite obviously), it breathes very well. This vest handles weight very well, and, because it is so light, this vest would be good for extended wear. That said, the MOLLE space is very limited for an extended multi-day op, but fairly generous for a chest rig. As a plate carrier, it is somewhat useless, because it can only carry a front plate. The plate retention should accomodate a standard shooters-cut plate, but there is no space for side plates, and obviously no way to mount a back plate.
-- Final Thoughts-- Overall this is a very good "grab-and-go" backup rig for shooters, or an excellent rig for airsoft/paintball. As I said before, this is all from having the rig for a few days, I will give a followup review in a few months.
In the meantime, there are some excellent video reviews already out for this rig, by both nutnfancy and maineprepper:
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2014
Condor gets a bad rep, but this makes a decent RRV. Straps are meant to be worn criss-cross, if you find that they are sliding off your shoulders, that is why.
Just be sure to use "coyote tan" Condor pouches or the colors will be off. It's probably the closest color I've seen for a cheap substitute to Eagle Industries MJK RRV.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2014
First off, I just got this rig yesterday so this review won't include any hardcore testing or zombie battle stories....yet. I also have yet to equip the rig with a plate. I've really only had time to add some ammo pouches, a med bag, and of course a knife. I'll just be attesting to the first impression build quality, ease of setup, and comfort.
I've seen a few reviewers comment that the shoulder straps are much too far apart, and as a result are hard to keep in place. I must admit, when I first put it on, I was bamboozled by the same impression. I'm a pretty average size dude (5'10" 185LBS) and was blown away by how easily the shoulder straps would slide off my shoulders. Then I realized that this rig is clearly designed for the shoulder straps to cross in the back. In order to wear this rig any other way, one would need to have freakishly wide shoulders. After figuring out the need to cross the shoulder straps in the back, it fits great!
I can't imagine this rig not fitting someone much smaller or larger than myself. It has quite a bit of adjust-ability.
The rig isn't a speed machine to put on, but after getting all the straps adjusted, then secured in place I can throw it on in under 10 seconds. I've worn rigs that took much longer, and sometimes two people.
As far as comfort goes, it's pretty decent. Once everything is snugged down, I can't imagine much discomfort even with all day wear. I only plan to keep around 12 lbs worth of gear on for most cases, but it distributes the weight quite well. On a side note, the chest bib is a tad floppy (maybe a plate would help), but as I have no immediate plans on getting a plate, the floppiness can easily be fixed by taking the two straps that hold it to the shoulder straps and just double looping them through the retention rings. Worked like a charm.
Let's see, other than that, it's a nylon chest rig that holds mag pouches and stuff. It seems to be very good quality for great price. Not trying to go on about it, but I feel reasonably sure it will hold up under at least moderately harsh conditions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2014
I got this because I wanted something to strap shogun shells to and the price is right. I don't really do run and gun stuff but this would serve well enough. It's not something I'd buy for the sole purpose of going to war but if it's what you had when you needed it you could do worse. Some small issues on a couple of the Molle sectoins but not so bad they can't be used. I'm 6' 185lb and wide shouldered but this is almost too big even when fully taken in. You can get creative and sinch it up though (yay para cord) and if I'm shooting I probably have a sweater or jacket on which takes up some slack. All in all, great for the money. Oh yeah, probably goes without saying, but the back straps are meant to be crossed. Otherwise there's noting keeping them on your shoulders as you move.
on May 2, 2015
I am short 5'5" and adjusts easily to suit my frame. my desing is to wear this over a tactical long sleeve t shirt. Good construction. My only advise,if you want a true plate carrier, this is not it. Yes it does have a pouch to hold a 10x12 plate, but it would be held against your body. I anticipated a pouch that would conceal the plate both front and back.
My original plan was to use a 8x10 plate since I am a smaller guy, but a smaller plate would have too much play in the pouch, not being properly secured. This is a good lets get started chest rig. Arrived in two days as per amazon prime!
on April 16, 2014
I love this thing. Its got great quality for what you pay. Its pretty rugged and has lots of room to add pouches. I will be buying another.
on March 19, 2014
Love this rig! Quick on and off. Lots of Molle for all your needs. Great quality! Very user friendly and adjustable.