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UTG 547 Law Enforcement Tactical Vest
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UTG 547 Law Enforcement Tactical Vest
Fully adjustable in girth and length - one size fits most.
4 deluxe adjustable rifle mag pouches (1 right, 3 left) - universal design, each holding 1 - 2 most popular mags. Features hook-and-loop closure, drain holes and elastic to hold mags tight.
1 deluxe universal cross-draw holster - adjustable position, extra hook-and-loop attachable modular double-mag pouches to interchange with holster, both with belt loop ready for belt carry.
Heavy duty back loop system - to carry additional gear/tools, 2 large internal zippered map/document pouches.
Durable rescue handle with maximum strength for most dependable field operations.
Signature mesh ventilation system helps release moisture and heat.
High quality zippers.
Leapers, Inc. develops, manufactures, and distributes a wide range of innovative and technologically advanced hunting and shooting sport oriented products across a multitude of different platforms. We started out as a garage business, with a 4X28 compact scope as our first product. After more than 2 decades of hard work, Leapers is now located in a 3-building complex in Livonia, Michigan, with over 150,000 square feet in space for in-house product design, development, manufacturing, and advanced order fulfillment and distribution. Our UTG brand and its sister brand, the Made-in-USA UTG PRO, have gained wide market recognition and strong customer support across the globe. With manufacturing plants overseas as well as in Michigan, plus UTG Europe distribution center in Germany, we continue to dedicate our efforts to promoting the UTG quality lifestyle and providing customers complete and total solutions for all their hunting and shooting needs. Innovation, quality, value and service are the central themes of the UTG brand.
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Fully Adjustable in Girth and Length - One Size Fits Most. 4 Deluxe Adjustable Rifle Mag Pouches (1 Right, 3 Left) - Universal Design, Each Holding 1 - 2 Most Popular Mags. Features Velcro Closure, Drain Holes and Elastic to Hold Mags Tight. 1 Deluxe Universal Cross-draw Holster - Adjustable Position, Extra Velcro Attachable Modular Double-mag Pouches to Interchange with Holster, Both with Belt Loop Ready for Belt Carry. Heavy Duty Back Loop System - To Carry Additional Gear/Tools, 2 Large Internal Zippered Map/Document Pouches. Durable Rescue Handle with Maximum Strength for Most Dependable Field Operations. Signature Mesh Ventilation System Helps Release Moisture and Heat. High Quality Zippers
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So with that I got myself this vest because of its price and reviews compared to other similar products. Out the box at first I was very skeptical about this vest. I tried it on and I didn't like the feel of it. It was too stiff (it feels like a spine alignment brace), the Velcro always made noise when I simply moved (and I'm not fat either, I'm 5'8" with a waist of 32 at 155lbs), and the vest was also surprisingly heavy regardless of the mesh. This vest, without my treatment (read Recommendation(s)/Suggestion(s) section), will prevent you from leaning forward/bending forward. The belt and adjusting side straps are a pain to adjust (so have friend do it for you while you're wearing it and then give him/her a cookie).
Aside from that, my military friends actually loved this vest. They said that it feels better than the FLC (Fighting Load Carrier) over their IBAs (Inceptor Body Armor) that they use (although not very customizable). It's a fraction of the cost of other competition such as BLACKHAWK! gear and it is actually is very similar in quality. I don't think UTG's intention was really for military or law enforcement (more for airsofting), BUT it most certainly can be used for those purposes (also a great survival gear option)! Because I got this, my friends want to buy the same thing and take it with them on another tour (year) if needed. Anyhow, I gave this a (4/5) because you do have to put work into it before it can be a (5/5) due to minor quality issues.
Pro(s)/Con(s) *As you can see, I take product reviewing very seriously to help others like you in deciding whether to buy or not!*
- Surprisingly tough stuff! (Not flimsy mesh material, but heavy duty and thick)
- Lots of pockets (FOUR .223/5.56mm magazine pockets and THREE pistol magazine pockets with Velcro fastening)
- Gives two options of either using a pistol holster (fits Glock 17, M1911, and P220 just fine) or an TWO additional magazine pockets bringing you a total of SIX rifle magazine pockets
- Has a walkie-talkie pocket at the left collar bone
- Macho belt with 2 slim pockets
- Vest has THREE very very large internal pockets/pouches (2 on each side of the front and 1 at the back to hold a plate or a water pouch)
- Does come with a Velcro'ed-on 6-shotgun-shell-holder (mainly for switching to specialty shells such as breaching shells); you may also choose to take this off and put a name patch on instead (when using the shell holder, Velcro may not be strong enough to keep it fastened)
- Quality is definitely a (4/5), the vest is a tad bit uneven at certain areas (but you might get lucky and buy a perfect one)
- Very stiff (Please read my Recommendation(s)/Suggestion(s) section below)
- Aside from choosing the 2 mag attachment or pistol holster, this vest is not customizable like the real Fight Load Carriers
- Although this vest is adjustable, it really fits people best who are at least 5'10" (178cm) and have a waistline of at least 34" (86.36cm); so if you're bigger than that and under 7' tall then this will work for you
- Very sharp corners on certain areas (most notably the Velcro sections)
- Although this vest is heavy duty, it is also just heavy (over long trips, it will begin to slow you down); also this vest is not exactly the best quality, yet still strong
- Straps are very annoying and difficult to adjust (I doubt you can adjust it while wearing, but it's still faster than lacing it like BLACKHAWK's vests)
- If you're not tall like me, the shoulder Velcro adjustment is not a problem; however, when you adjust it, it'll leave a fold in the mesh and can feel annoying after a while (could potentially cause blisters around that area if it chafes)
- The vest smells terrible (go wash it because the camouflage won't help if people can smell you first!)
- Speaking of camouflage, the right side rifle stock grip with the plastic tube is black (defeats the purpose of the whole camouflage)
- Round the sharp corners of the Velcro by cutting it (it will take time, but it's worth it)
- Give your vest a heavy wash in the washing machine (this eliminates the stiffness, now I can bend, lean forwards, etc.; also, I feel that my movement is not restricted!)
- As for the Velcro noise, it's going to be there until you break into it more often
- Take out that darn plastic tube from the right shoulder, believe me, that plastic tube does not help and it also adds weight! (make a small incision at the bottom of the black rubbery area, pull out the tube, have your wifey or a really good friend (if you don't know how yourself) sew that up good)
- Adjust your pistol holster and make sure when you have a holstered loaded pistol not point in a direction that will cause you harm or death!
- Cut any extra threads (don't pull them off, you might undo a sewing)
- Take off the little belt pockets if you're not going to use them to decrease weight (I took them off to attach bigger better pouches)
Bottom line is, whether you're in the military or not, this vest is great as quick secondary choice tactical/emergency response jacket in real life situations. As for airsofters/paintballers, this vest is definitely the best choice to play with.
Thanks for reading this review. Enjoy!
I am a security guard and I absolutely love this vest. It is not cheaply made of flimsy material. It is strong and sturdy, but not overweight. I use my old duty belt with this vest because I didn't like the thinner one that came included. I want my firearm a little more secure. However, for about sixty dollars after tax and shipping, how can you go wrong? The local law enforcement stores want closer to two hundred dollars for something equivalent. Can't go wrong with this vest.
-Holster stays on real tight with Velcro and 2 straps.
-Mag pouches have strong flaps and Velcro.
-Side pouches fit my radio, and mike runs up the back to my shoulder.
-My body is the perfect length for this vest. If you have a really long or short body, I can't really say how it would work.
-The width is adjustable to someone heavier and lighter than me. Out of the box it fit me perfectly.
Note: I am 6'0", 170 lbs. I have a small frame. I had to bring the shoulders in a bit, but they are easily adjustable.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
When it arrived, I was immediately impressed by the material quality... the zipper is rugged, the velcro is super heavy duty, and even the mesh was extremely strong. There are numerous adjustments to get it to fit like a glove, including velcro on the shoulders and multiple straps on the back. The back straps are adjusted when the the vest is worn, making perfect fitment very easy. I'm 6'1", 210 lbs... the fit on me was perfect, however there's enough material in the belt and straps to accommodate a much wider person.
The vest includes an extra double rifle magazine pouch which can either be used with the velcro backing as a replacement for the chest-mounted pistol holster, or with the two loops on the back as a belt-mounted pouch.
I loaded the vest with a Beretta 92FS with 15-round magazines and AR-15 30-round magazines.
The holster has a nice, soft interior, but isn't very adjustable, unlike other manufacturers I've found. That said, I tried a variety of pistols, from full sized to compact, and they all fit just fine. The pistol is held in place by an adjustable strap that has both a plastic clip as well as two buttons for fastening. You can release the strap by either the plastic clip, or by pulling and releasing the two buttons. The system retains the pistol well, but it's anything but a 'quick-draw' holster.
The velcro works well to allow you to adjust the cant of the holster to your preference, however it does allow for quite a bit of movement. My Beretta, with it's metal frame, causes the holster to hang a bit outward more then I would like. Even with a loaded Glock, with the weight mostly in the grip, the pistol hung out a bit more then I would like it to have. In addition to the velcro, there are two straps that secure the holster to the vest, however these straps would have been much better placed on the outside of the holster in order to better hold the pistol and holster to your body.
There is an additional magazine pouch on the holster, but it uses elastic which makes the magazine feel more snug in the pouch.
Rifle Magazine Pouches:
There are four rifle magazine pouches, each hold two Magpul AR-15/M-16 30-round magazines very comfortably. I've heard people claim this vest will hold four AR-15 magazines with the holster in place, yet I had no trouble fitting eight magazines... twelve if you make use of the included extra magazine pouch. The pouches have elastic on them and doubling them up is perfectly fine... I can remove and replace magazines one-handed very easily. The flaps can be tucked into the pouch for an open quick-access pouch. My only complaint here is that even with long arms, I have trouble reaching the right-most pouch with my left (off) hand.
Pistol Magazine Pouches:
There are three chest-mounted pistol magazine pouches, each will hold one double-stack magazine very comfortably. I can almost double up each of the pouches, but it's extremely tight. Each pouch will hold two single-stack magazines just fine. I also tested various other magazines, such as Glock and Sig Sauer... they all fit just fine.
The larger pouch mounted midway up on the right side fits my gloves, or just about anything else similar sized. It has a removable shot shell holder with six loops. It's held in place by velcro and can be removed for placement of a velcro patch.
The small pouch mounted high on the left shoulder is a bit awkward to get to, but holds a Cammenga compass, small radio/GPS unit, etc.
The upper right chest/shoulder area consists of a pad to absorb rifle recoil. The pad is quite thick and is made of a non-slip material that works extremely well. There's also a 'rib' that's probably just a rubber tube sewn vertically under the padding. This helps immensely when the rifle is heavily angled against your shoulder. A really great idea...
The belt is heavy duty with velcro adjustability. It comes with two extra pouches horizontally mounted with plastic snap closures which are adjustable. I've seen most people use these to store one pistol magazine in each. Double stack magazines are a bit tight, but fit fine. I found them better suited for a flashlight and small monocular.
There are three internal mesh pockets... one on either side and a third at the back. The side two have a zippered closure, while the back pocket has velcro.
The back has three strips of nylon running horizontally. I've heard people claim this is a Molle system, however Molle is 1" strips with 1" spacing. These strips are 2" with 2-1/2" (or more) spacing. Although Molle equipment can be attached, this is not a true Molle system. It's more for equipment meant for tactical belts. Alice clips work great.
Lastly, there's a D-ring at the top of each shoulder and a pull handle on the back that is the most sturdy and secure handle I've seen on any tactical vest yet.
Overall, the material is very durable at it fits me perfectly. Even with a full sized Beretta pistol, eight loaded AR15 magazines and four loaded pistol magazines, it's very comfortable to wear. The weight doesn't feel like it's all in front (although it mostly is!) and it feels well distributed due to the precise fitment of the vest.
Yes, through this vest has a lot of nice features, there are a number of problems I've found with it.
First, I had trouble finding out where this vest was manufactured. I ended up purchasing it before I found out, but upon opening, I found the 'made in China' tag on the side. Although the materials this vest is made out of are quite good and rugged, the quality of the assembly is incredibly poor. Stitchings are noticeably crooked and edges are horribly cut. Flipping the extra magazine pouch over, one belt loop is 3/8" higher then the other, and the velcro patch is so poorly cut out that I ended up squaring it up myself. Can't they teach a 9-year old sweat shop kid how to cut straight in China? This placement of the pouches aren't very symmetrical and the straps on the back are crooked, ranging from 2-1/4" spacing to 2-1/2". I'm not sure how this will effect overall longevity, however it's clear to me that this vest is no where near as good as it could be... another piece of equipment ruined by Chinese 'quality'.
Second, in addition to my complaints about the holster, above, the plastic clip that is adjustable and snaps the pistol in does not hold it's adjustment. Every time I unclip the strap and remove the pistol from the holster, the plastic clip moves out and needs to be readjusted when putting the pistol back. As-is, there's no way around this, however I ended up putting a small safety pin in it to keep it in place.
Third, there are four belt keepers included on the belt. Although I usually don't use the keepers with a belt already attached to a vest, it's nice to include them if the user wants to have them. The problem is, the keepers are WORTHLESS. First, the 'buttons' the on keepers are FAKE... they're plastic caps riveted into the material and actually serve no purpose at all. To add insult to injury, the caps aren't even centered, but rather sloppily placed off to the side. Is this a piece of tactical gear or a child's Halloween costume? The keepers actually are sewn shut and there's no way to open them up. So, if you decide to attach the vest's belt to your pants belt, you need to loop the belt though your pants and the keepers at the same time. So your vest is no longer easily removable, unless you like to remove your pants at the range... which is another issue entirely...
Fourth, the included shot shell holder is way too tight. I've got a dozen different shell holders like this and I've never had one this tight before. It's suppose to hold six shells, but the middle four loops are very tight and take a bit of work to get 12-gauge shells into them. The outer two loops are stitched SMALLER, and I STILL can't get a shell into them. I've seen others use all the loops, so maybe it's just mine. Maybe my vest was just made by a Chinese child worker at the tail end of his 18-hour shift...
Fifth, a minor gripe... I purchased 'Army Digital Camo', yet there's a lot of black in it... all the plastic clips are black, as are all the elastic strips and the entire recoil pad on the shoulder.
Overall, I'm happy with the vest. It makes good use of its space and fits very well. Although there are quality issues concerning the construction, I didn't buy this vest as a fashion piece. For the price, the shortcomings are easily dismissible.