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#1 cpxballer9

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:09 AM

So I played the Windy City classic in the fall and realized that I love scenerio but I really need a vest to get the most out of it and be able to carry everything. I often found that with my pod pack that my pods would open when I run ( because I have a really bad pod pack) so I won't one with straps. I have looked into a few vest but I really can't tell which would be the best for the money? Any sujestions will help.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:31 PM

The dye tactical vest is expensive but is of good quality along with their vest accessories.And the GXG vest is also pretty good.But lately I have just been putting a swab,a map,and my ID into a pod and sticking it into one of the elastic loops on a pod pack.And you can use a pod pack for rec play as well as a scenario,while a vest is pretty much limited to a scenario.So,I suggest you take the money you have or will have for a vest and invest it into a good(NXE)pod pack.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:14 PM

The Flurry Industries Vest, or the valken echo vest!
I used them both at that event and had a blast!

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:29 PM

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This is the vest that I used at the Windy City Classic. Well built, MOLLE on the front, hydration pouch and 6+2 pod configuration. $99.99 from Tippmann.

Or you could do what I did for a scenario at Paintball Explosion where it was hotter than Living Legends. I wore my empire 4+5 pod pack and wore a camelback, and threaded my radio into the webbing. A lot cooler than wearing a vest

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:35 PM

I got the bt static vest. $30 for the base, about $15 for 2+3 pod packs
Holds a hydration bladder and works quite well

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:01 PM

I used a Camelbak Delta set up with Dye molle pod holders at Legends last year on Saturday. Was heavier than just using a pod pack but was nice having the water. With the vest I ran my radio with mic on the webbing. When I ran just my pod pack on Sunday I just put the radio in my goggle strap. You can hear the radio and they can hear you if you just hit the button and talk at a normal level.

Should mention that I could run 17 pods with the vest set up .... 7 with the pack.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:19 PM

I second the Camelback delta, I used one for a lotta years up until I got a Full Clip vest last year. Full Clip is my first choice but if you're looking for something more economical the camelback is a great choice. You can fit a lot of stuff on it, and a 2l bladder fits great in it.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:46 PM

Best vest I've ever used. Modified Special Ops Forge vest. Heavy back and full molle front with Special Ops pouches.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:31 AM

i use a valken echo vest

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:29 AM

Basically the best vest is the one that fits

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:33 PM

Basically the best vest is the one that fits



And carries everything you need it to. If I weren't running mag-fed this year, I would just wear my Empire Pod Pack, and a military issue LBV that I would clip/MOLLE-weave the gear I needed on to it.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:06 PM

Anyone know what size hydration pack fits in something like the the Tippman Vest TooTallNiCo has?

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:06 AM

I believe it held a 3L camelbak pouch if I'm not mistaken.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:46 AM

Sweet, Im thinking about picking one of those up before the event. Wal-Mart has 2L bladder for $10.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:39 PM

Anyone know what size hydration pack fits in something like the the Tippman Vest TooTallNiCo has?

Mine can fits a 2L one nicely in there.

And what I'd recommend for legends is to leave the full bladder in the fridge overnight, and in a cooler up until you're heading out to the spawn point. Then slip it in the back and you get a nice little cool off

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:07 PM

LL6 will be my first scenario, so I have been doing a lot of planning. Not sure about you, but I probably won't do a scenario more than once a year, twice at the most. I was thinking of just using a backpack and throwing water bottles, pods, squeegees, etc. in there. You could even throw a hydration bladder in there. Please someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm thinking that the action isn't going to be as crazy as x-ball and we won't be pouring pod after pod. I can see it being a pain if you're mag fed since they don't have the same capacity, but going into the backpack every 150 or so shots doesn't seem too bad. Is a vest going to help that much? I understand it's personal preference, I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to do as well.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:18 PM

backpack wont distribute the weight as well and you could hurt yourself. and yes, at times you will be dumping pod after pod in

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:04 PM

I have used a few types of vests over the years (flurry, spec ops, and now the v-tac echo vest. In the end, it is a matter of choice. I found out I don't like all the weight all day long and say the spec ops was so very shoulder heavy and just never felt right. The echo is more of a speedball rig with better suspenders and more my style. What again, everyone has their own and there is no right or wrong. I would suggest even playing seldom to consider a vest compared to a backpack. Water bottles don't work on the field like a camel back does plus living legends with 1500 to 2000 players on the field means alot of stand up fights compared to some scenarios.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:21 PM

And I can guarantee that there will be moments as intense, if not more intense, than xball. But then again, me and my guys love putting ourselves in situations where we are outnumbered 5-1 at a minimum

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:28 PM

Thanks for the feedback. My new plan is to do hydration bladder of some sort + pod pack. The Camelbak Rogue looks like it has plenty of storage. Can/should everyone carry radios, or only XOs? Trying to decide if I really need a vest with MOLLE. I know it has other uses, but I have pockets for most things.

etekgirl, do you know what the max size hydration bladder your bt static will hold?

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:06 PM

Thanks for the feedback. My new plan is to do hydration bladder of some sort + pod pack. The Camelbak Rogue looks like it has plenty of storage. Can/should everyone carry radios, or only XOs? Trying to decide if I really need a vest with MOLLE. I know it has other uses, but I have pockets for most things.

etekgirl, do you know what the max size hydration bladder your bt static will hold?


Feel free to carry a radio. Just stay off of the ref channel. Don't gotta worry about interfering with the squad leaders/XO/CO radios; they use programmable ones and can lock the frequency

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:56 AM

i was able to stuff my 2L camelback into the vest but I havent filled it. I'll be home from college in a week and can check it if you pm me to remind me

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:33 PM

I used to use a rap 4 vest and held 10 pods. it loved that vest since it never hurt my shoulders. Now i have an empire pod pack and ill be using that with my camel pack back pack, ill throw in a few pods in that so once my pack is out ill find cover and switch out the pods.
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:47 PM

And I can guarantee that there will be moments as intense, if not more intense, than xball. But then again, me and my guys love putting ourselves in situations where we are outnumbered 5-1 at a minimum


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:27 PM

Hit us up Crash, look for the guys rocking MILSIGS and wearing BCBS shirts all weekend. We'll be staged near the SAS Boys.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:29 AM

Or you can do what I do and spend $300 on a vest and pouches... lol
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This was me last year. I usually carried 10-12 pods during LL5, lol. There were 6+ pods on the back
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