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Looking for a Molle vest

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by bigmoney890, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. bigmoney890

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    Looking for a Molle vest, but one that isn't a plate carrier. I neither need plates, nor want the extra price associated with them. Below is a picture of the type of thing i'm looking for, but it's a plate carrier. I want to set it up the way I want and I don't know exactly what that is yet, so that's why I want a molle vest so I can rearrange things as I see fit. Any help is appreciated. Since the Palm defenders are around $200, if I spend anymore than $100 I might as well but the plate carrier and just have the extra protection, just in case I ever "need" plates :rofl: So i'd like to stat under the hundred mark.

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    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. WoodenPlank

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    Tactical Tailor MAV. I have one with 2x triple mag pouches and a double pistol mag pouch.

    However, I'd suggest a belt setup before getting a chest setup. While I have mags on my chest rig, literally everything else goes on my HSGI padded belt - 2x primary and handgun mags, IFAK, knife, dump pouch, water bottle pouch, and handgun.
     


  3. mjkeat

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    What you're looking for is a Chest Harness not a plate carrier. Most plate carriers are similar to the ones you have pictured. Chest harnesses are going to be like the ones WP and I linked. Two different beasts.
     
  4. bigmoney890

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    I might could get into that, very similar to what I had in mind.

    Does anyone make something that looks like the plate carrier I pictured, but without being an actual plate carrier. I want a vest, if I can help it.
     
  5. WoodenPlank

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    By the time you make something with MOLLE that looks like a plate carrier, it might as well BE a plate carrier.
     
  6. Bren

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    Personally, if I didn't have issued ones, I'd get an Army surplus one on Ebay. I'm assuming you aren't looking for a fashion statement and you can probably get a new one for $40-50. Maybe a whole package for not too much.

    I may be assuming too much.
     
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  7. bigmoney890

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    I don't care if it looks like one or not, I just want an actual vest so I can attach as much as or as little as I want. I don't want one just because it looks like a plate carrier, I want one so I can set it up however I want.


    I think my OP might have been misleading in that sense.
     
  8. bigmoney890

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    If I can get one for that cheap, then i'll just get a plate carrier. It's not like i have to put plates in it.
     
  9. mjkeat

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    The thing w/ the ones issued through the Army is they are quite large not allowing for good ventalation.

    WP is correct as far as I am aware.
     
  10. bigmoney890

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    Alright, thanks guys. Looking into some belt rigs now
     
  11. Bren

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    The Army issued vest is not a plate carrier or any sort of armor - it's just a mesh vest with molle attachments, adjustrable quick release belt and zipper up the front.

    There are plenty of them available in good shape, because soldiers don't really use them that much, since they actually just put the pouches on their OTV/IBA.

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  12. WoodenPlank

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    Condor is basically airsoft-grade stuff. Cheap knock-offs of other companies designs, and not as well made.
     
  13. MarkCO

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    Cheap, and made in China, but it is very durable, and better made than a lot of US stuff. I prefer Blackhawk, but same stuff is 3 to 4 times as much.
     
  14. bigmoney890

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    damnit. :crying:
     
  15. mjkeat

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    OP, what are you wanting to use this for? Range fun, classes, or just to have around?

    MarkCO, the stitching and materials on that stuff aren't up to par.
     
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  16. Bren

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    I just looked on Ebay - real military surplus MOLLE vests got for under $20 - guess the price has gone down since the market has been flooded. I saw them with "Buy It Now" prices under $10. Still under $20 shipped.
     
  17. MarkCO

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    How many do you own?

    We have several that have seen very hard use that are still kicking. Have two SWAT entry guys and a SORT team guy using them on a regular basis. One is 3 years old and nothing has failed.

    Say what you want, but if you think they are crap, then you are not using them.
     
  18. WoodenPlank

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    Not a fan of Blackhawk, either. I'll stick to HSGI, Tactical Tailor, and G-Code.