Assault Vests

#1
I have read a lot about the virtues of using webbing and assault vests on this site. Being in the TA and for the type of work we do I love my webbing set up but am wanting to try an assault vest.

Looking round i have seen two, both by Viper and in DPM. They are:

1: Heavy Duty Military Viper Combat Assault Vest
2: South African Assault Vest (I saw this displayed on my last patrols weekend by a CSM of the Staffords who was training us)

So .... your views as to which vest, if there is another vest that comes recommended or just continue with my webbing.

Appreciate your views.

John
 
#2
Fella, there are so many threads on here extoling the virtues of a variety of numerous manufacturers, except Webtex and the pro/cons of belt order versus vest. Have a trawl through them. If belt order works for you then stick with it.
 
#5
I'm with k613 on this. I used an assult vest for a few days and have gone back to the belt rig. The vest stops you getting into your pockets and is an arrse to get your mags out of, especially when in the prone post. Don't waste money finding out foryourself. Either take the advice of someone elses experience, of borrow a set and try it first.

Baggy.
 

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#6
Fishsoxs said:
I have read a lot about the virtues of using webbing and assault vests on this site. Being in the TA and for the type of work we do I love my webbing set up but am wanting to try an assault vest.

Looking round i have seen two, both by Viper and in DPM. They are:

1: Heavy Duty Military Viper Combat Assault Vest
2: South African Assault Vest (I saw this displayed on my last patrols weekend by a CSM of the Staffords who was training us)

So .... your views as to which vest, if there is another vest that comes recommended or just continue with my webbing.

Appreciate your views.

John
1. Pants.
2. Good design (SADF) - pants material & construction.

Viper = Webtex = Thatchreed.
All made in the Far East with shoddy materials.
If you want a cheap vest for posing then get one of theirs - if you want the remotest form of quality don't go near them.


As Dml87 says, go to britkitdirect.co.uk - click here for a full milspec vest at £79.95.

 
#7
if ur infy, den stik wiv the webbing, but if not a vest is advisable. Vests are no good if u go down on your belt buckles, nt always easy to access mags.

Oh, and in my experience, the best make is Viper and some brilliant prices from www.sofmilitary.co.uk - just click on the Military Catalogue
 

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#8
barnezy349 said:
if ur infy, den stik wiv the webbing, but if not a vest is advisable. Vests are no good if u go down on your belt buckles, nt always easy to access mags.

Oh, and in my experience, the best make is Viper and some brilliant prices from www.sofmilitary.co.uk - just click on the Military Catalogue
Cheers for that Barnezy... :roll:

Can you tell me why you have found the Viper vests to be the best, considering they're not remotely milspec ?
Just out of interest, what is this 'experience' of which you speak, and where was it gained ?
 
#10
Yes i am a cadet. What does it matter, i've experienced them in fieldwork?

A few of my mates have them and i've borrowed/tried them whilst doing field weekends or giving fieldcraft lessons. Some are better than others obviously and i have found that the better ones have been made by viper. For example, one cadet bought a £60 vest but all the pouch fasteners were strap and slide (a la rucksack shoulder strap) and although quiet were a complete bastard to close up (i found the best way to do it was take it off or get someone else to do it 4 ya).
 
#11
barnezy349 said:
Yes i am a cadet. What does it matter, i've experienced them in fieldwork?
I think the point being made is that whilst you do have 'experience' of using this kit, your experience has been gained from a couple of weekends at STANTA, etc, carrying one smoke and two spare mags for your cadet rifle, which this kit is probably fine for.

However, the original question is aimed at getting feedback regarding current British military use - ie places much more 'rugged' than Norfolk and involving trogging about with battle loads for hours at a time, for weeks/months on end.

Either stick to the ACF forum or think before you press 'send' mate :wink:
 
#13
barnezy349 said:
Yes i am a cadet. What does it matter, i've experienced them in fieldwork?

A few of my mates have them and i've borrowed/tried them whilst doing field weekends or giving fieldcraft lessons. Some are better than others obviously and i have found that the better ones have been made by viper. For example, one cadet bought a £60 vest but all the pouch fasteners were strap and slide (a la rucksack shoulder strap) and although quiet were a complete fatherless to close up (i found the best way to do it was take it off or get someone else to do it 4 ya).
i am an ex-cadet, and i did have a viper vest for a while. i binned it when i moved onto OTC, {cue groan from regs/TA} because it was not upto the job. i am almost certainly sure that on ops, it would take a greater battering than on exercise. one of my mates used his brand new 25 squid viper assault vest a la ebay down at scraesdon fort, and it broke! for cadets, viper, webtex, and other cheap imports are fine. but for TA, regs, and from what i have seen, OTC as well, it is just not upto the job.

ps this britkitdirect, looks excellent, and quite reasonably priced.

S5
 
#14
Like a previous post said, read the numerous threads
Borrowa vest and see first then
GO speak nicely to your friendly 'Q' staff who can,if you are entitled , order one for you through the system
8)
 
#15
Even as a Cadet don't get a Viper, get the best vest you can afford, and it will then last you past Cadets, into the Regs / TA / OTC or if you want to stay a civvie, you can use it in Airsoft!
 
#16
Thanks for all the advice concerning my question of assault vests.

In answer to someone's question ... I am Infantry.

Have purchased said viper vest with a lot of trepidation, but at least I can throw it away and pull out the good ol' plce from the bergan when it fall to bits after my first contact on the forthcoming advance to contact weekend. If using an assault vest becomes benficial then i shall purchase a much better piece of kit - Artkis have come highly recommended. Should it not be beneficial or falls to bits then I am going straight back to belt kit as you cant really go wrong with it.

At least i can say i have tried.

Thanks for all your help :D
 
#17
I'm a cadet. Just borrowed a web-tex assault vest, I think it lasted about 3 section attack drills before I got fed up of it and got my belt kit out of my bergan. They are a pig to go on belt buckles in, pig to get stuff out of and the magazine pouches are the most annoying thing in the world.
 
#18
All

Received said viper vest - got it when went home for lunch .....

And ......

Its CR*P!! Especially as there is no left ammo pouch - compartment on back for hydration - fit?? No chance. The build looks flimsy and :evil: so its going straight back!!

Time to give Artkis a ring!
 
#19
i have an arktis jungle battle vest. excellent bit of kit (i'm reg). spend a lot of time in vehicles so it works for me. vests are not everyones cup of tea but its what works for you. i do conceed that on the belt buckles the mags can be a bit awkward to access but no more than trying to close a normal ammo pouch with one hand. they also do squaddie discount, got mine for about 85 quid :)
 
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