A tactical vest is essential gear for anyone who wants to be equipped for law enforcement, hunting, self defence, military tactical situations, survivalist scenarios, airsoft gaming and for any kind of usage of firearms. For the army, tactical vests are part of the standard gear, and it is from these vests that today’s modern day tactical vests emerged.
Choosing a tactical vest may not be rocket science, but there are certain things you should know before you buy one. For instance, having a MOLLE system on your tactical vest can be extremely useful if you want to customize it.
There are essentially two kinds of tactical vests available, the fixed layout ones and the customizable ones. The customizable tactical vets have MOLLE webbing or a similar system to enable you to put on packs, pockets and gear holders according to your specific needs. Some amount of adjustability even in fixed layout vets, is always useful.
If your tactical vest is for a self defence or law enforcement requirement, then you need to be extra careful about size and fit. If you are going to be using it while sitting in a vehicle, a bulky tactical vest can snag into anything, from handles to hooks to unforeseen objects. Also if your tactical vest is not a snug fit, you may not be able to reach your gear properly or fast enough, and you certainly don’t want your tactical gear to be flapping around while you are in a mission critical or dangerous scenario.
Since you will be wearing your tactical vest for a considerable period of time, its weight is also a consideration. Of course tactical vests that are also protective, with metal plates or Kevlar will be much heavier, but those are for a completely different purpose. We are not looking at armoured tactical vets here, as they are a specialized type. When it comes to the weight of the tactical vest, they usually range from 4 to 8 lbs without any gear or add-ons. You need to know how much you will be able to carry, and how much gear you plan to carry. If you are out hunting, then you will need your tactical gear for hunting on your vest, but you also don’t want to get bogged down by the weight.
The actual colors and design of the tactical vests are also aligned to different usage, as in a law enforcement tactical vest is usually black whereas a hunting or airsoft tactical vest will be in camo design.
A very important consideration in fixed layout tactical vests, is the pockets, packs and gear carrying pouches in it. They must fulfil all your needs for carrying tactical gear, whether it is for hunting, airsoft or for carrying fire arms.
Your tactical vest is essentially for carrying your tactical gear and giving you easy and quick access to it. However, since it is something you will wear it also needs to be comfortable. Usually tactical vests are worn by placing it over the head, but many are also worn by putting your arms through the arm holes and zipping up the front.
The material of today’s vests is mostly synthetic as it makes them very tough and durable. Synthetic material like nylon can withstand any kind of environment and rough use. With multiple stitching patterns and use of materials alike nylon, the vest are strong and tough, and it ensures that any of the gear that is on the vest and attached to your back and body, will not drop off or fall apart even under the toughest conditions. Nylon, polyethylene or polyester vests, pouches and add-ons are overall very sturdy and dependable.
Some frequent users also suggest that having quick release clips is an advantage. If you are a survivalist or will be out in the field for long, then ensure that your vest has hydration compatibility.
10 best and latest tactical vests
These top 10 best selling tactical vests are the very latest and also the top sellers. Take a good look at them, and make your choice after you read the reviews, and assess them against your carrying requirement, overall fit and other specific requirements.
- The GLORYFIRE tactical vest with Emergency drag handle; Removable anti-slip padded shoulder pads with hook and loop guides.
- Adjustable shoulder straps; Hook and loop webbing.Heavyweight webbing for modular attachments.
- Its' Front map pocket with snap, hook and loop closure; Side release buckles on shoulders and internal waist strap.
- It comes with Padded mesh interior lining; Adjustable cummerbund with pockets; Medium - X-Large adjustable sizing.
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- 【ITEM SIZE】Adjustable for adults, S-XXXXL: the maximum waist is 57 inches (145cm), the smallest waist is 35 inches (89CM); the longest length is 22.5 inches (57cm); the shortest length is 20.5 inches (52cm), it could be adjusted to fit the shoulder and waist size, please pay attention to the size of the information before ordering.
- 【ADJUSTABLE】Adjustable shoulder and side straps,belt design allows you to adjust it according to your needs, so you have full freedom of movement.
- 【HIGH QUALITY】 Made from durable, comfortable high-density 600D Polyester,With mesh design, more breathable and light.
- 【MULTIFUNCTION】Has plenty removable pouches and Hook-and-loop Closure, Drain Holes and Elastic excellent plug in systems, so it is reasonable and well organized when playing the CS game .
- 【USES】CS Game,Army fan, mountaineering, fashion, business,outdoors activity,Target Shooting,Law Enforcement,Air Soft&Paint ball,Cosplay of Counter Strike game.
- TACTICAL GEAR, HOLSTERS, MAGAZINE POUCHES
- 1)Left Hand: 1 Radio Pouch;3 Detachable Pistol Mag/Flashlight Pouches;1 Detachable Right Hand Draw Holster for Subcompact/Compact/Standard Pistol with a Mag Pouch;1 Flashlight Pouch; 1 Internal Zippered Document Pouch for Phone/Pad; 2)Right Hand: 1 Rubber Grip Shoulder Shooting Pad;1 Shotgun Shell Holder and Utility Pouch;3 Rifle Mag Pouches;1 Internal Zippered Document Pouch for Phone/Pad
- Detachable Heavy Duty Adjustable Belt with Mag/Flashlight Pouches,the maximum waist is 53 inches (135cm),the length of 22.5 inches (57cm); the smallest waist is 33 inches (85CM), the length is 20.5 inches (52cm)
- Adjustable Vest Shoulers with Long Velcro Strips and 2 mental D-rings for Attachment of Carabiners or Other Equipments
- Strong Durable Sturdy Air Ventilation High Density 600D Polyester Mesh Construction
- Caution: 1) Holster for Subcompact/Compact/Standard Handgun; 2) Tactical Vest only Fit to XL, Max S-XXL; 3) 22.83*15.74*4.33inch(58*40*11cm) Adjustable for adults;22.5 inch Height & 18.5 inch Width
- Heavy weight webbing for modular attachment
- Swivi Lockster - Swivel Push - Button Release Buckle
- Padded H-Harness with hook & loop, D-rings, and webbing
- Two mesh map pockets (one on each side)
- Adjustable shoulder and girth
- Quality tested and ensured for maximum durability
- Designed with only the toughest, roughest users in mind
- Comfort and performance come hand in hand with rothco
- Fits AR-15 and AK Magazine Sizes up to 30 Rounds
- Adjustable to Most Adult Body Sizes (S - XXL)
- Two Pistol Magazine Pouches, fully Adjustable Belt
- Detachable Drop Leg Holster and Dump Pouch
- Emergency Drag Handle
- Heavyweight webbing for modular attachments
- Padded rubberized shoulders with built in shock stop
- Hanging guides for pistol or duty belt
- Mesh back for ventilation with webbing for MOLLE attachments
- Adjustable shoulder and girth
- Zippered front with two quick-release buckles
- Size: Medium/Large - Up to 44" (chest size)
- SIZE: 57*44cm/22.5 *17.5inch, adjustable for adults, S-XXL: the maximum length waist is 53 inches (135cm), the smallest waist is 33 inches (85CM), it is adjusted to the maximum can be adjusted to fit the shoulder and waist size, please pay attention to the size of the information before ordering
- MATERIAL: 600D high-density Oxford fabric, features with a soft touch, waterproof etc. Veil breathable compartment gives you well-ventilated
- ACCESSORY: Numerous pockets give you more storage capacity. Left with detachable shotgun shell holder, utility pouch, 3 magazine pouches; Right with 3 Gadget pouch, Detachable gun pouch, Flashlight tactical pouch. Suitable for Special Mission, Combat Training, Field Operations and Cycling, Shooting, Hiking, Camping, Extreme Challenges, especially for the Military Fans
- SPECIAL DESIGN: Reinforced rescue pull handle is convenient for your carry; internal compartment allows you to put some more important item; equipped with a zipper, easy for your using and wearing; detachable velcro for personalized label
- Exclusive service: All REEHUT products are backed by a 30-day replacement or refund, a two-year warranty and lifetime customer support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and enjoy your exclusive service.
- High Quality and Durable: made by high quality 600D oxford fabric. Military Grade materials and stitching.
- Adjustable size: one size fit all. 14 X 44 inch (H x W). The height 14 inch is excluding the shoulder strap length since it's adjustable. The adjustable waist is up to 44" waist. Fully adjustable in girth and length to a customized size through adjusting Velcro on sides.
- Multi-options bag: 3 Deluxe Adjustable ammo Mag Pouches plus 1 big accessory bag and 1 intercom pouch(Intercom Not Included). A great modular tactical vest for airsoft and paintball battles.
- Color and Pattern: Solid Tan Color. Cool wild design to hide yourself in outdoor battles.
- Light weight and Comfortable: Only weight 1.6 KG. Light and comfortable to wear.
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