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PostSubject: Chest Rig or Vest   Sun Sep 14, 2008 2:39 pm

I will be getting an SRC Gen 3 G36K along with 5 star midcaps and I was wondering if I should get the chest rig or the vest. If anyone knows how many G36 mags each one can hold, that would be great.

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http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?cPath=28_96&products_id=994

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http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?cPath=28_96&products_id=1019

As of now, the only things I'd carry would be 5 G36 mags, couple speedloaders, possibly an extra battery, and in the future a walkie talkie. I might end up getting a side arm, but not for a while, so that feature on the vest is useless. (although the pistol mag pouches might hold speed loaders..)

Which do you think would suit me best? I plan on getting this hydration pack and since it is MOLLE it attaches to the back of the vest. http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?cPath=28_135&products_id=1030


I like the fact that the chest rig is cheap. My friend has one and it seems to be pretty good quality. If you suggest another vest please keep it no more than $50, I'm on a budget.

This also looks pretty interesting. http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?cPath=28_96&products_id=1107

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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:00 pm

There are two reasons I vote for the vest:

1. Maneuverability - If you ever plan on going prone, the chest rig seems like it will get in the way. Further, aside from comfort, and given that a large part of your weight will be bearing down on the magazines within, I suspect there is a greater risk of damage.

2. With your loadout, it seems like you won't have need of the extra storage capacity the chest rig would afford. If I'm not mistaken, you should be able to fit two mags to a pouch. If thats the case then your golden. If not, you should still be able to attach the magazinges to each other and mount at least two extra on the magazine loaded into the gun.

I have a vest and I love it! To me its one of the single most overlooked airsoft accessories you can buy!

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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:50 pm

My vote is vest as well. Offers sidearm storage and hydration attachment, but you can always take those off and use the molle panels to attach additional mag pouches, dump bags, whatever. The rig is cheap and has lots of space but no room for customization. I tried one on in an army depot place and i felt 7 months pregnant, not the best for mobility and comfort if you plan on filling the double pouches. Get the vest and some extra single molle mag pouches and if you have a sidearm get a hip/leg holster.
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:56 pm

Thanks guys

Do you think I should get the OE Tech Crossdraw Vest over the OE Tech Jungle Battle Vest?

Jungle
http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?cPath=28_96&products_id=1107


Crossdraw
http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?cPath=28_96&products_id=1019


I'm a noob when it comes to vests and such, so if I removed the holster off of the Crossdraw, could I replace that with a mag pouch?

Only problem with clamping G36 mags is the fact that once you are out........you would have to unclamp them all and put them back lol. Not the fastest reload time. lol


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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:11 pm

Honestly, I would get a compact MOLLE plate carrier, which offers maximum mobility but still offering plenty of MOLLE real estate.

You can then buy just the pouches you need and tailor your gear to work for YOU.

It can be done inexpensively if you shop at the right places.
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:21 pm

how much would it cost for such a set up? I don't really want to spend more than 60.

With all the stuff I plan to get with the gun, I really don't have a lot of cash for gear.

I plan to get a Gen 3 SRC G36K, promy barrel, promy bucking, box of star midcaps, 2 batteries from cheapbatterypacks.com, hydration pack, flakjaks, SRC long rail, grippod, and eventually a reflex.

That stuff alone will cost around 500.

I don't really need an amazing vest right now, just a basic one to hold my gear. I'm not going to any ops/fields right now, (AZ sucks Sad lol) just playing with my team. I really don't need anything very nice right now.

It's not that I'm lazy and won't get a job, it's the fact there really isn't much for me to do around where I live. My only income right now is chores ha ha.
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:17 pm

I second Booligans suggestion. I've used both the vest and the chest rigs and the chest rigs are just much more comfortable.
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:35 pm

Um......booligan suggested a MOLLE plate carrier.

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/MOLLE134-1.html

Is this a good place to order from? Are these types of plate carriers really worth the extra cash? A lot of reviews say these are better for taller people and I'm only like 5-6....so....

http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_reviews.php?products_id=2045

which one of the two would be better?
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:16 pm

I've used the second one without the bib. I've no personal experience with the first.

Edit - and just so you know, I'm only 5' 7" myself. Anther reason I've never been partial to vests, even at work.
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:19 pm

so you are suggesting I get the MOLLE?

I'm thinking about doing that.
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:25 pm

My light rig started as this:
http://pointact.com/prod_VEST-G_TAN__697_89.html

It includes a pouche that will hold 3 G36 mag, an admin pouch for maps, patches, etc, and a large pouch to hold some speedloaders, batteries, etc...

Add another double mag pouch and a radio pouch and you're done.

Or, get the condor compact plate carrier for $30, then track down the MOLLE pouches you need from www.cheaperthandirt.com.
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:19 am

100 minimum order.....darn

Hopefully, I can get my friend to order with me Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:43 am

Because you're on a budget, go with the vest.

I'm not sure what you were talking about with the reload time on the clamping mags.

You can have 2 (or 3) mags clamped together which should give you plenty of ammo capacity thats easily cycled. You just move one over.

As for the vest, the one I use appears to be identical except it is black. If it is identical then the pistol holster is easily removed, however, it is not a MOLLE set up (Not hook and snap). Thus, you'll basically just have empty space for a velcro attachment. You could attach some velcro strips to an extra mag pouch and attach it.

Further, as I stated earlier, you SHOULD be able to place two mags per ammo pouch.

When you've got mo money go for the custom rig.

Whatever you do GET a vest/harness etc! It really is invaluable on the field and lets you carry the necessary extras without fear of loss. Flashlight, radio, allen wrench, hydration, not to mention the extra ammo (In mags and in bags).

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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:55 am

I decided to get the rig booligan showed me. A friend and I will be ordering together. I will be getting the vest, knee/elbow pads, and 5 speedloaders. (they are a dollar a piece lol) He will be doing the same except thing, plus a smart charger. That puts us at the $100 limit.

I then plan to buy a pouch or two. (I need to get a mag dump pouch)

As far as the clamping thing, I mean if you happen to empty the three mags (420 rounds) you would have to unclamp them to put them back. (or atleast one)

thanks for the help/suggestions, it's greatly appreciated. When I get my new gun and gear, I'll probably write another review.

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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:08 pm

Hey Stealth or Booligan, I was thinking about getting that same PC. I just have two questions does it come with the pouches or not? And what do you think it would look better with DCU or Desert MARPAT? Thanks guys.
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:34 pm

If you are referring to the rig on pointact, then yes it comes with pouches. (all the ones shown according to booligan) I think DCU looks ugly, so I think the PC would look better with Desert MARPAT

I haven't gotten the rig btw. I changed my mind and I am considering getting this

http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?cPath=28_96&products_id=1107

Or if ASGI gets a OD version in, this

http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?cPath=28_96&products_id=3831
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Sun Oct 05, 2008 10:37 pm

Ew, don't get either. The first one in uncomfortable and heavy. The second feels funny to me. It just doesn't fit right. I don't like the way it sets on my shoulders and the way it wraps around me. Even at it's tightest it still is big and I'm 5'6'' at least. It can also be hard to run in this one.

I'd get a cheap PC and put custom pouches. If you want to hold a lot of ammo get a triple AK pouch then you can hold 9 M4 magazines.

I love my PC it's nice and snug so I can run very easily. It's just a simple Condor Plate Carrier with 8 shingles and a hydration back pack.
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Sun Oct 05, 2008 10:55 pm

How do you have experience with them?

http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?cPath=28_172&products_id=994

think I should get this instead? (I would be wearing a hydration pack also)

The PC booli suggested doesn't have sides, so attaching a dump pouch isn't possible unless it's on the back. (and I need that for a hydration pack)
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:35 am

Stealthmasterairsofter14 wrote:
How do you have experience with them?

http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?cPath=28_172&products_id=994

think I should get this instead? (I would be wearing a hydration pack also)

The PC booli suggested doesn't have sides, so attaching a dump pouch isn't possible unless it's on the back. (and I need that for a hydration pack)

Yes get the chest rig. They are so nice, I am going to pick up the same one soon but with an M81 pattern on it. They are very light and have a massive capacity for just about anything you need. My teammate has the vest in Woodland MARPAT, and I love using it.
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:40 am

Carries a lot and it's cheap, where do I sign?!! ha ha

So do you think it would be awkward having a hydration pack on the back?

http://www.airsoftgi.com/product_info.php?cPath=28_135&products_id=1030

this is what I plan on getting
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:43 am

Could be a little bulky, I don't know for sure because I do not use hydration packs. If I am using a chest rig I carry a bottle of water in the utility pouch. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:48 am

Well, do you really need a hydration pack. Thats what matters.
Do you play in the desert or in a cool forest area? It also depends on how much running you are doing? Are you going to be playing for a long period of time?

If your match is only going to last for maybe 3 hours I would recommend just useing a good cantien for water.

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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:50 am

^I don't personally use one because the skirmishes in which I play are normally about 40 minutes long each. I just bring a cooler full of drinks and get some drinks between rounds.
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:54 am

Well, I live in AZ, so we play in the desert and in the forest. I need to carry several water bottles because it gets so hot here and a hydration pack is much easier to carry around.

I really don't need one, but I would like one. I can use it for other things too so I might as well get it.
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PostSubject: Re: Chest Rig or Vest   Mon Oct 06, 2008 1:03 am

Hydration is critical.

How you achieve that hydration is up to you.

I think OMD has a point with the duration of game issue. I frankly do as he does. In that I bring a supply of water, gatorade etc... and hydrate between skrimishes.

Each skirmish usually lasts 20-30 min and I have yet to encounter issues.

Now, if you start playing big games on large fields OR you are wearing a ghillie or a lot of thick and heavy gear, I would consider taking on the extra weight of the water pack.

In the ghillie, the hydration is almost a must for any game lasting more than 45 min in anything but winter. IMHO.

I have played large scenario games (Paintball) and the hydration pack was almost literally a lifesaver.

I think sometimes we can "Over gear" when we really don't need to.

I have found that my most carefully compiled rig will get trimmed down fast, when I find what works and what doesn't in the heat of the game.

On the other hand,
with the low prices of most hydration packs now on the market, I would think that making the purchase just in case would be a good idea.

Worst case scenario is that you take it off during the breaks.

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