In this review we are going to take a look at the Chest Rig 4 magazine pouches from combatkit. We recieved this rig from Combatkit.net, many thanks for that! We will give you some detailed information of the chestrig. In this review u will learn more about the functionality and quality etc.
The creed of combatkit is “Aiming for top quality equipment” and they sure do that. The manager is an ex-soldier from the Norwegian army (Normal trainings are extremely heavy there), were he served for 8 years. All his good experiences with tactical gear can be found in his own products. A new design is always tested by himself and soldiers of course, and the feedback he gets is directly added to compliment the design, so that u will have a truly durable piece of equipment.
The company is active on two places, the company top in Norwegian and the production process takes place in Croatia. His products are used by numerous armed forces, for example; Norwegian and Sweden.
The service is very quick, mostly u will get a reply on your e-mails in a day or so, they will provide you with all the information u ask for. The delivery of the items is very quick aswell, we ordered this rig on a Wednesday and we received it on the next Friday, if that isn’t quick!
The product range goes from a wide selection of accessories, like pouches, holsters, chestrigs and even complete battle vests. Almost everything is available in a wide variation of camouflage colors; Norwegian forest, Norwegian Desert, DPM, DPM desert, Flecktarn, Australian, Swedish M90, Danish M80, Central Europe, US woodland, US 3d desert, Black, Tan, White and Olive green. Since a short time they also got their own line of leather products, holsters and magpouches, Even rucksacks are available on his site, at a very nice price.
The first impression
The first time when I glimpsed at this rig I was a little bit disappointed, the chestrig didn’t look that impressive, and I had such high expectations of it! But luck ally that was only the first impression, when I fully loaded the thing with all kinds of stuff, it proved itself worthy and wearing it was comfortable. At your first look at this product u can see that it is made with excellent craftsmanship and that they have do their utterly best to provide you with a top notch product.
When I was packing the rig I noticed how well it was finished, all seams were secured tightly with triple stitches, and the MOLLE (= Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment) fasteners are also very tightly fitted to the rig. In the process of testing, I’ve pulled a single molle fastener a few times (not to gently) and it didn’t gave way at all. More about the MOLLE functions later in this review. The magpouches are fully lined with pvc for durability, except the rear of the pouches (against your chest), but that isn’t really necessary. There are 2 ways of closing the magpouches, with velcro or fastex clips. U can enable or disable the use of velcro with a small piece of velcro so that u can use fastex clips only for a ’silent operation’. The fastex clips are nice to handle and very solid, closing a clip is very easy, but as always it makes a little ‘click’. Overall the fabric doesn’t feel rugged and seems vulnerable, but it still is 1000 d corduroy, so it’ll withstand the harshest conditions, and I noticed that during the testing. As u all know, after a good skirm everything is dirty, but the dirt comes of easily. The big an broad shoulder pads feel very nice and comfortable, they are specially designed for use with a rucksack, so they won’t get in the way or cut into your shoulders. The padding in the straps is 1,5 cm thick (when it is processed, afterwards it is pressed firmly in the strap) and the strap itself is 8cm broad. Here is a line-up of all the pouches on this chestrig:
* 4 magpouches, each can take; 2 x G3 mags, 3 x M4 mags, 3 x AK 47 mags (Tested and they fitted very well), 2 x G36 mags or 4 x MP5 mags.
* 2 large stuffing pouches under your armpits (for your water bottle or as a storage pouch) the left pouch has a built-in section for a weapon cleaning kit. This looks very professional. This pouch is also provided with 2 firm elastic bands where u can store a gas can for your GBB.
* MOLLE webbing on the side of both stuffing pouches, and on the side of the 2 outer magpouches.
* 4 D rings at the bottom of the rig to attach extra gear.
* Fastex clips on all straps, for dumping in difficult situations.
* 2 small medic pouches on both sides of the stuffing, pouches for storage of an FFD or a grenade.
* MOLLE webbing on the shoulder straps, double!
* A map pouch, placed behind the magpouches, closes with velcro.
* The back strap has the possibility to take a few pouches, attached with Alice clips.
As mentioned before the rig is available in many colors and camouflage patterns. The available patterns are as following; Norwegian forest, Norwegian Desert, DPM, DPM desert, Flecktarn, Australian, Swedish M90, Danish M80, Central Europe, US woodland, US 3d desert, Black, Tan, White and Olive green. As u can see on the pictures we have received the olive green version. It’s a standard Nato olive color and it is easy to combine that color with a load of different camouflage patterns.
The rig is made of 1000 D corduroy, sadly not IRR coated, but for airsofters that’s not really relevant isn’t it. Foam padding of 1,5 cm in the shoulder area, the harness goes over the shoulders and then there are 2 fastex clips added (for dumping the rig in difficult situations like a med-evac) and then the harness goes on without padding. The map pouch is well protected behind the pvc coated mag pouches and is also very easy accessible, but it makes a lot of noise do to the Velcro! The mag pouches are coated and fitted nicely with a layer of pvc on the inside, and will take AK magazines without any problem, the pouches are secured by a strip of Velcro or by fastex clips (his own design, large and very good to use) The big pouches under your armpits are easily accessible and they will take a lot of gear in them, on these pouches there is a small pouch for a grenade or a field dressing. The MOLLE straps are sewn solid to the rig and pouches and will not fail at all, they dint gave way after pulling hard on them a few times.
The rig has withstood the test excellent; you really notice that u bought a top notch item when u are wearing it. From my own experience with other rigs, I can tell that this one feels better than the Webtex rigs and even those of Arktis! Fully loaded with gear and mags it’s an easy to wear item and isn’t constraining your movement at all. Only when I was prone and started to crawl the hard coated pvc pouches where showing some minor resistance and make it a little bit harder to crawl silently.
This retailer has a load of quality stuff and his chest rig is perfectly suited for airsofters. The only problem is the price it’s quite expensive… for no less than € 162,95 the rig is yours, and with that kind of prices you get awfully close to the price of a complete battle vest. I must say that you will have a dandy rig for all your airsoft adventures! Just take a look at this retailer’s site, as mentioned before he sells a lot of accessories for MOLLE vests. Quality products, service and a fast delivery are on the top of the list at this dealer.