I want to cover the different aspects of choosing a Tactical Vest for Paintball, provide a quick buyers guide, review some best options and then provide a comparison table. Let's start with a Tactical Vest Buyers Guide.
I remember the first time my friends and I went paintballing, we thought we looked extremely professional given that we were all geared up in overalls, protective vests, and helmets. All that changed when the real professionals came in.
What stood out and made them look like they knew what they were doing was their tactical vests. They had on extra ammo tubes, squeegees, and a couple of other tools we did not even know. I remember feeling intimidated because I thought we did not stand a chance and that we would lose against people geared up that good. Well, I was right, we did lose!
However, the tactical vests they had on upgraded their gameplay and made them seem invincible because it looked like they never ran out of ammo while my friends and I on the other hand had to conserve the little we had.
Tactical vests are important for any paintball enthusiast to have as it enhances your overall experience. Tactical paintball vests are important majorly because they allow players to carry extra ammo which could help determine the outcome of the game. Tactical vests also help give players an extra layer of protection keeping them safe from paintball hits and while maneuvering on the field.
Tactical vests can be used to carry various items such as ammo, squeegees, CO2 gas tanks, side arms (pistols), tools for quick on-field repair such as an Allen screw, and communication devices. Any quality tactical vest needs to have a quick-release strap to make the process easy and seamless for the shooter.
The extra ammo tube allows players to carry over 100 rounds of ammo comfortably and this helps keep up the momentum of the game. This feature is particularly advantageous to woodsball players who can go hours without taking a break.
While playing paintball, a lot of things could happen to your rifle which could require you to disassemble it to fix the problem. The tactical vest allows players to carry a repair kit with tools like squeegees, Allen screws, lubricant, and so on.
Players who participate in woodsball or scenario paintballing may also require communication devices like walkie talkies. This can be easily stored on the tactical vest.
In this article, we will be looking at various categories of tactical paintball vests with the hope that it can serve as a guide for you when choosing a vest for yourself.
Let’s get into it!
The overall best tactical vest is the Glory Fire Tactical Vest Modular Assault Vest Law Enforcement Vest whose costs range between $50-$59 depending on the selected fabric.
This is a lightweight and extremely breathable combat training vest that can be used to handle real firearms, paintballing, and airsoft equipment. There are two variants to this vest; one made from a 1000D Cordura fabric and the other from a 600D Oxford fabric.
The 1000 Denier Cordura fabric is a versatile nylon fabric that is extremely strong yet lightweight. The material is resistant to tear and abrasion and is water repellent. The 600D Oxford fabric on the other hand is made from polyester and it is extremely sturdy and not as lightweight as the 1000D fabric but is cheaper.
The Glory Fire vest is extremely adjustable with shoulder and side straps you can adjust easily to ensure proper fit and easy movement. The vest also comes with a detachable and adjustable belt which makes it easy for anyone of any size to use.
The vest also features a detachable pistol holster which can be attached to the belt or MOLLE system. This detachable holster makes it easy for right-handed or left-handed players to adjust the holster to a position that best suits them.
The vest also features three different inner mesh compartments for storing documents and maps. Right below the rubber grip shoulder pad is a shotgun shell compartment designed to hold five shells. The vest is equipped with a multifunctional pouch, several magazine pouches, a radiophone pouch, and a flashlight pouch.
At the back of the pouch, we can locate a reinforced rescue pull handle and a MOLLE system (which stands for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment). The adjustable shoulder pads are also located on the back of the vest.
The best budget tactical vest is the Himal Sports-Vest. It comes in three different colors with price changing based on color. The price ranges between $30-$35.
This vest has a similar design to the Glory Fire vest. It also is equipped with a shotgun shell holder right under its skidproof shoulder pad. In front, the vest is equipped with a utility pouch, 6 magazine pouches (3 on each side), an accessory pouch, 3 equipment pouches, and a radiophone pouch. Needless to say, this vest has enough room to equip yourself with lots of ammo and equipment to always keep up with the tempo of the game.
At the back, the vest is equipped with a MOLLE system, adjustable shoulder panels, reinforced rescue handle, a detachable cross-draw pistol holder, and a modular webbing Velcro material which is used to attach camouflage equipment and mailbags.
The vest also comes with an adjustable and detachable belt which ensures a perfect fit for users of different sizes. The cross-draw pistol holder is also detachable. The vest is made from a 600D polyester fabric which is tear/abrasion resistant. This material makes the vest extremely durable, lightweight, and comfortable.
The best alternate tactical vest is the YAKEDA Tactical Vest Outdoor Ultra-Light Breathable Combat Training Vest which costs about $43. This vest comes in about 9 different colors giving players the chance to choose from a large variety.
Just like the other tactical vests discussed in this article, this vest has an adjustable shoulder and a detachable/adjustable belt which helps ensure a perfect fit regardless of the player’s size. The shoulders have D-rings which can be used for the attachment of carabiners.
The vest is equipped with 3 rifle magazine pouches, 3 pistol magazine pouches (which can be adjusted to fit regular magazines), a pistol holster, a utility pouch, a shotgun shell pouch, and a radiophone pouch.
At the back, the double-ply mesh design allows for the attachment of a hydration bladder. It also has a rescue pull handle at the back, as well as a MOLLE system and strips to which camouflage equipment can be attached to.
The interior of the vest is equipped with two zipped mesh pockets which can be used for the storage of documents or maps. The downside to this vest is that it has a right-hand draw designed system which could be inconvenient for left-handed players.
The best tactical vest under $200 is the BARSKA Loaded Gear VX-200 Right Hand Tactical Vest. This vest was designed to a military specification which makes it very durable and of high quality.
This vest has an extremely sturdy mesh design which ensures proper ventilation while providing maximum protection. This vest comes equipped with 4 rifle magazine pouches (which can be adjusted to contain two each), 3 pistol magazine pouches, a detachable pistol holder, a shotgun shell holder, a utility pouch, and a detachable/adjustable belt (which helps ensure a perfect fit for all)
The vest also features D-rings on both shoulders, front and back Velcro materials that could be used to attach ID patches, 2 internal zipped pockets which could be used to keep documents or maps, 1 internal mesh pocket with a touch-fastener closure, a flashlight pouch, a MOLLE system, and a rescue pull handle on the back.
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Tactical vests offer so much at very little cost. Asides from the fact that they offer more protection than your basic paintball vest, they also bring a lot of versatility to a player’s gameplay. Tactical vests fully optimize the gameplay by allowing players to play for a longer time.
Tactical vests usually have a reinforced rescue pull handle at the back of the vest which is a safety feature that normal paintball vests do not have. The vests can be used for real firearms as well.
For woodsball and scenario paintball players, the tactical vest is a must-have as this allows you to carry extra ammo, sidearms, maps, radiophones, repair equipment, and much more. All of which are vital when playing this kind of game.
Some things to consider when choosing a tactical vest are:
If you are serious about paintballing and genuinely want to improve your gameplay and overall experience, a tactical paintball vest will do just that.