View Full Version : Tactical Chest Rigs HELP

October 23, 2012, 08:14 AM
Hey guys I need a little advise. I am currently looking for a high quality user friendly chest rig. I will be using it for some 3 gun competitions and I also am a hunting guide so it has to be some what multi purpose. I have looked at High Speed, 5.11, Voodoo, Eagle, Shellback, Tactical Tailor. The only problem being is that I have no way to physically inspect this stuff. Up here in Canada there are not a lot of suppliers that carry this stuff. Not to mention I live in the hills a long way from town. LOL. So any help would be great. Thanks alot.

p loader
October 23, 2012, 09:32 AM
For casual use no need to overdo it. I'm guessing you'll just want space for a few mags and maybe storage for a few odds and ends? Something around $100 or so should do you right.

As far as quality goes I've bought quite a few items from TT and all of their stuff has been top notch, customer service is good too.

October 23, 2012, 09:40 AM
What gun/mags are you going to use with this setup?

For ARs, there's lots of choices out there.

October 23, 2012, 09:58 AM
check out nutnfancys youtube videos he reviews allot of chest rigs

October 23, 2012, 11:44 AM
I will be running a DD carbine MK18 with 30 rnd mags. They will be a steel mags of course. Kimber covert in .45. When I am guiding I have my gps tracking system and my radio tracking system for my dogs that I carry as well as a 2 way radio. As well as a shotgun or my 375 ruger for a back up weapon.

October 23, 2012, 01:53 PM
Are you concerned with quality issues or functionality? In terms of quality, you can't go wrong with Eagle, High Speed Gear, or Tactical Tailor. For three gun I would check this out: http://www.skdtac.com/Blue-Force-Gear-Ten-Speed-Chest-Rig-p/bfg.510.htm

Look around these sites as well:

October 23, 2012, 08:09 PM
I have never been a fan of chest rigs or vests myself. Personal preference.

I have this system, and it rocks!
Viking tactics Brokos Battle Belt:

I have added three of these: Fast Mags

And a Blade-Tech double mag pouch with molle loks. Also, I have a spare ammo pouch, and a drop pouch. These are totally configurable to your preferences. I actually run it with a 2 belt system. My standard belt for my pants, and a condor rigger belt dedicated to the battle belt. So esentially, I just wrap the belt around and tighten it down.

My only real complaint was that it rides up your back when you bend down, but this was easily solved with a couple key rings and a caribiner.

Watch the video on VTac's website. Gives you a good idea of the options.

October 23, 2012, 08:31 PM
check out nutnfancys youtube videos he reviews allot of chest rigs

He probably doesn't have that kinda time.

p loader
October 23, 2012, 09:23 PM
He probably doesn't have that kinda time.

Hilarious! Off topic I started to watch one of his vids once, 3 mins in I decided the dude was a tool (narcissistic much?) and never went back.

Back on topic, the good thing about modular gear is you can buy a plain rig and then purchase the components to go on there which suit your needs. I've never tried a battle belt but I know guys who like them. Personally I don't like any of my gear to ride down on my hips, hence the use of a rig (up high). All comes down to personal preference.

Oh yea, and I concur with the Vtac vids, I like those.

Bart Noir
October 26, 2012, 02:40 PM
I guess I'm showing my age, but I fondly remember a belt and suspenders setup from Uncle Sam. Load Bearing Equipment, LBE, dusty stuff at the back of the surplus store these days :p

Really, a good belt and a good set of suspenders can be had from a number of sources. Much better than the GI setups from my youth. But there are some advantages to them, compared to a vest or chest rig.

The belt can be worn a little high, above the hips. This is by changing the length of the suspenders.

The belt can be worn a little low, to allow for a rucksack on your back without having to remove anything from the back of the belt.

The belt can be adjusted quite a bit in length. Notice that the OP is Canadian, probably from Alberta. Trust me, it can get cold there (I'm from Sask.) and he may want to wear this gear over some nicely warm (bulky) clothing. There are limits to how much some vests or chest rigs adjust, compared to what the military types now call "warbelts".

Here is just one choice of good suspender design:

Here is another:

You can always count on Tactical Tailor. I am able to shot at the store near Fort Lewis (never mind this Joint Base This-n-That baloney) and know they make well designed and well made products.

For a serious look at what works in carrying a load in today's infantry world, go register at Lightfighter.net and check out the subforum call "The Stud Board". But post at your peril!

Bart Noir