NYC Airsoft


The definitive guide to airsoft for New York.
It is currently Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:05 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours





Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Guide: Tactical Vests, Chest Rigs, etc.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:22 am 
Offline
Site Admin
User avatar
 WWW  Profile

Joined: Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:24 pm
Posts: 4380
Location: New York
GUIDE: Tactical Vests and Chest Rigs
by Moondog

We all need a place to store spare magazines, BBs, batteries, canteens, etc. Tactical Vests are worn more for style than necessity in airsoft games but they can be practical as well as tactically-fashionable. Here we'd like to discuss the pro's and con's of various types and brands. The term Tactical Vest or Tac Vests is often used to describe three seperate types of tactical carrying systems: webbing, vests, chest-rigs.


WEBBING
A system of belts and harness/suspenders that are designed to carry pouches, holsters and bags.

Image

ALICE
ALL-PURPOSE LIGHTWEIGHT INDIVIDUAL CARRYING EQUIPMENT. This is the system developed by the US Army late in the Vietnam war. Other countries have their versions.
Pro: Light weight, low heat retention, modular, inexpensive
Con: Old fashioned style


VESTS
Covering most or all of the torso, some lightweight vests feature intigrated harness/suspenders in a vestlike configuration. They come in various types.

Image
LBV
LBV (Load Bearing Vests) were developed in the 1980's as an improved ALICE web harness with intigrated ammo pouches. They are being phased out by the US military and being replaced by MOLLE plate carriers.
PRO: Light weight, less-heat retaining than tactical vests, inexpensive
CON: Old fashioned style

Image
SAAV
Developed by the South African Army during their war with Rohedsia in the early 1980's, this varient on the LBV is a favorite with Special Forces and Contractors due to its lightweight design and many storage pockets (6 dual-mag pockets, 2 large dump-pouches, a map-pouch and large-first aid-pouch) and intigated hydration backpack. New reporductions come in various camo types.
PRO: Light weight, less-heat retaining than tactical vests, moderately priced
CON: Fixed pouch configuraiton. Not modular

Image
Tactical Vest
Designed for SWAT and special forces for CQB, these vest feature a mutitude of pockets. Because they were originally designed to be worn over bodyarmor, it can be a little bulky for smaller players. The UTG version offers a detachable cross-draw holster and an intigrated pistol belt with extra mag pouches.
PRO: Many pockets, many camo choices, UTG version moderately priced
CON: Bulky for smaller players


Image
SWAT Tactical Vest
A modular variant of the Tactical Vest, this design features modular pouches attched via gromets to the vest body.
PRO: Modular design
CON: With pouches, more expensive than std. Tac Vest. Only for use with SWAT style loadout.


Image
CIRAS, MOLLE Tactical Vests/Body Armor
MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment, pronounced "Molly", this is the newest modular vest system issued to US forces. There are wide variety of special pouches and bags that can be attched via straps to customize your loadoat. CIRAS body armor reproductions are a popular design.
PRO: Modular design. Modern design.
CON: With pouches, more expensive. Heat retaining.


CHEST RIGS
Designed to be used with backpacks, chest rigs have all their pouches and attachements points on the front and sides of the body. This open design allows for the maximum cooling due to the lack of rear torso coverage. The design is also the most comfortable for larger XXL+ sized players.

Image
Ranger Chest Rig
Developed for SAS and special forces in the 80's, this chest rig is the most affordable tactical carrying system at $18-$20
PRO: Many pockets. Very inexensive. Non-heat retaining
CON: Old styling. Not as Gucci as full vests. Can be bulky when laying prone.

Image

Infinity/Eagle Industries MOLLE Chest Rigs
A chest rig version of the modular vests, these lighter chest rigs offer many of the same bennifits, save for the back attachement points.
PRO: Modular. Light weight. Non-heat retaining
CON: Not quite as Gucci as a full-vest. Can be bulky when laying prone.

Image
Chicom/VN Chest Rig (above) and the '80's' Soviet chest rig.
The mother of all tactical vests, this Chinese design from the 60's is the probably most produced tactical carrying system in the world. A must for any NVA loadout.
PRO: Light weight. Non-heat retaining. Very inexpensive.
CON: Difficult closure system. Limited carrying capacity vs. modern designs.


A few things to consider before buying
1. OD or Coyote Brown solid colored vests match with the broadest range of camo types. Buying black or camo patterned vests limits your mix and match options. Though black is ideal for SWAT style loadouts.

2. Make sure your vest has pockets that can fit your magazines. ie. MP5, AK and G36 mags will not fit in LBV pockets.

_________________
Goggles fogging? Get Moondog D-Fog :: See the RULES forum :: Please complete your new account activation. :: Read the guide on face photo avatars


Top
 

 Post subject: Re: Guide: Tactical Vests, Chest Rigs, etc.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:58 am 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:54 pm
Posts: 106
Location: NY
Does any one know anything about this? http://www.evike.com/product_info.php?products_id=38088
Is it good?

_________________
If you are getting shot at shoot back.


Top
 

 Post subject: Re: Guide: Tactical Vests, Chest Rigs, etc.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:30 pm 
Offline
Site Admin
User avatar
 WWW  Profile

Joined: Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:24 pm
Posts: 4380
Location: New York
youngbuck wrote:
Does any one know anything about this? http://www.evike.com/product_info.php?products_id=38088
Is it good?


Looks like a concealable rig for VIP security but for that price, I'd want something with some D-Ring or attachment points hanging radio pouches on things on the shoulder straps. If your looking for a high speed rig for CQB then this is good. Not enough options for adding more pouches if you're planning on a long outdoor game when you have to carry more mags and gear.

_________________
Goggles fogging? Get Moondog D-Fog :: See the RULES forum :: Please complete your new account activation. :: Read the guide on face photo avatars


Top
 

 Post subject: Re: Guide: Tactical Vests, Chest Rigs, etc.
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:10 pm 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:54 pm
Posts: 106
Location: NY
I just got a voodoo tactical 6 mag bandolier. Mostly because of the price and the size. At first it looked good and looks very durable. But, the strap that goes around the waist is too big. Any suggestions on how to shorten it or a replacement for it? http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0050OZB1 ... -1&pi=SL75
-thanks

_________________
If you are getting shot at shoot back.


Top
 

 Post subject: Re: Guide: Tactical Vests, Chest Rigs, etc.
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 5:13 pm 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:33 pm
Posts: 30
Location: Bronx,NY
quick question. Im looking for a vest that would fit me comfortably. I was actually wondering which vest you guys like best:

MOLLE

Chest rigs

Tactical vests

Im thinking of getting a Condor MOLLE OE TECH

_________________
Abdou


Top
 

 Post subject: Re: Guide: Tactical Vests, Chest Rigs, etc.
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 5:27 pm 
Offline
Site Admin
User avatar
 WWW  Profile

Joined: Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:24 pm
Posts: 4380
Location: New York
The chest rig is probably best fitting for smaller torso's. There's no way to know for sure about other vests without trying a vest out in person.

_________________
Goggles fogging? Get Moondog D-Fog :: See the RULES forum :: Please complete your new account activation. :: Read the guide on face photo avatars


Top
 

 Post subject: Re: Guide: Tactical Vests, Chest Rigs, etc.
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:09 pm 
Offline
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:16 pm
Posts: 2
Abdou I personally run a condor mopc. I find that modular vests allow for variety and the ability to modify to different scenarios or environments. The vest I have allows for the cummerbund to be removed to alleviate lateral bulk. But it is all how you feel comfortable which is the most important factor.


Top
 

 Post subject: Re: Guide: Tactical Vests, Chest Rigs, etc.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:37 pm 
Offline
 Profile

Joined: Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:33 pm
Posts: 30
Location: Bronx,NY
Thanks Ginzo, I got it all figured out now I am getting a Pantac 6094. Thanks for your time! :D

_________________
Abdou


Top
 

 Post subject: Re: Guide: Tactical Vests, Chest Rigs, etc.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:52 am 
Offline
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:26 pm
Posts: 44
Location: Redding, CA
I just got an avengers plate carrier. tell me what you guys think.http://www.evike.com/products/45166/ also, if I wear arid stats, what holster should I get?

_________________
New callsign: Eagle-1
Commander of ATAC
Op Fallout 6 west:Central
Op Airsoft Nation: Alpha team
Op Bad blood west 2015:TF Kongo


Top
 

 Post subject: Re: Guide: Tactical Vests, Chest Rigs, etc.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:57 am 
Offline
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:26 pm
Posts: 44
Location: Redding, CA
ginzo wrote:
Abdou I personally run a condor mopc. I find that modular vests allow for variety and the ability to modify to different scenarios or environments. The vest I have allows for the cummerbund to be removed to alleviate lateral bulk. But it is all how you feel comfortable which is the most important factor.

I upgraded from an avenger plate carrier to an mopc. I love it. I got mine in atacs though. It distributes the weight very well.

_________________
New callsign: Eagle-1
Commander of ATAC
Op Fallout 6 west:Central
Op Airsoft Nation: Alpha team
Op Bad blood west 2015:TF Kongo


Top
 

Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group   | Design By Californium Design      | Updated By phpBBservice.nl