South Africa Assault Vest

#1
I just got a south africa assault vest and I was wondering what these straps I circled are for, any help would be appreciated.
 

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#2
A picture would help Troepie.
 

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#5
fahya said:
I just got a south africa assault vest and I was wondering what these straps I circled are for, any help would be appreciated.
Is yours a Nutria battlejacket or in some camouflage material ?

The straps are for various items of kit, but those at the sides of the upper sack were often used for a couple of mortar rds.

Regardless, as a cadet I don't think you'll be carrying battle loads for a little while.
 
#8
fahya said:
it is a highlander vest in British DPM
and thanks for the help
I hope to God you're a Cadet and not a soldier expecting to wear this on Ops!

They are not IRR and through Image Intensifying sights (CWS) etc they glow like an IR cylume and they aren't the most robust of vests and will fall apart in no time. If you are going to get one find an SAF surplus one.
 
#14
fahya said:
What would you say makes an assault vest good?
1. IRR

2. Enough pouches of right type and size

3. Durable construction

4. Not waltish

5. Will not interfere with anything else (so it won't have a big plastic buckle on the right shoulder just where the rifle butt wants to go, like the webtex ones do)

6. Compatible with daysack, bergen, Osprey etc

Probably others; those seem to be the obvious essentials. Funnily enough, PLCE seems to fulfil almost all of those; why don't you try that instead?
 
#15
It meets almost all of those as well
IRR Treated
6 Ammo Pouches
2 bits and bobs eg. paracord and extra a few extra ones
One large fist aid pouch
Two large utility pouches that have flaps that can be opened and used a dump pouches
Pouch on the back for watter bladder and one smaller pouch under it.
All the pouches are under mid chest height so its not going too get in the way of the rifle,
The one thing wrong with it is that you can't clip a began side pouch on as a daysack, and the whole thing Weighs in at 1300g
 
#16
We had them out on Telic many moons ago

Original SA versions are great but the UK made stuff was shite and lasted about 3 months

Good for carrying A2 magazines but the side pouches were too small for minimi boxes

Personally, I binned mine and went for a normal chest rig and belt kit combo...


(ps: too many little ******* straps to get snared on things)
 
#17
fahya said:
It meets almost all of those as well
IRR Treated
6 Ammo Pouches
2 bits and bobs eg. paracord and extra a few extra ones
One large fist aid pouch
Two large utility pouches that have flaps that can be opened and used a dump pouches
Pouch on the back for watter bladder and one smaller pouch under it.
All the pouches are under mid chest height so its not going too get in the way of the rifle,
The one thing wrong with it is that you can't clip a began side pouch on as a daysack, and the whole thing Weighs in at 1300g
Is that however, the same as being totally IRR?

Might I also point out, if you wear anything in the wee back pouch, wearing a bergen or daysack with it is as uncomfortable as hell. I know a few cnuts that have them..
 
#18
fahya said:
It meets almost all of those as well
IRR Treated
6 Ammo Pouches
2 bits and bobs eg. paracord and extra a few extra ones
One large fist aid pouch
Two large utility pouches that have flaps that can be opened and used a dump pouches
Pouch on the back for watter bladder and one smaller pouch under it.
All the pouches are under mid chest height so its not going too get in the way of the rifle,
The one thing wrong with it is that you can't clip a began side pouch on as a daysack, and the whole thing Weighs in at 1300g

Youre a cadet. Why would you want such a thing with these requirements? Surely a canvas napsack would suffice for your bimbles across a country park?
 
#19
You first went wrong when you believed highlander. It may be IRR treated but will almost definately not be to a standard the military need.

The second time you went wrong is when you started argueing it was good.

The third time you went wrong was posting this in the training wing instead of QM and Logistics.

And before i'm told off, I had one early on when I started cadets and new instantly it was a piece of shee-at, although I didn't believe all the crap the manufacturer says. For future reference actually research what the manufacturer is claiming, ask a few questions around here and we might be able to help you buy something thats gonna last and something that won't dump your mess tins on a tab because the build quality is crap............Damn you Highlander
 
#20
fahya said:
It meets almost all of those as well
IRR Treated
6 Ammo Pouches
2 bits and bobs eg. paracord and extra a few extra ones
One large fist aid pouch
Two large utility pouches that have flaps that can be opened and used a dump pouches
Pouch on the back for watter bladder and one smaller pouch under it.
All the pouches are under mid chest height so its not going too get in the way of the rifle,
The one thing wrong with it is that you can't clip a began side pouch on as a daysack, and the whole thing Weighs in at 1300g
Er.... I'll get my coat now.
 

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