Tactical Vest Selection

There is a lot of talk about bug out bags in the prepper community, and for good reason. If you’re leaving one place, probably in a hurry and never to return, it’s a good idea to have a pre-packed bag full of items that will help get you out of Dodge as efficiently as possible. Bug out bags make sense when you’re on the run. But if you’re likely to end up in a security situation or gun fight while you’re bugging out, adding a tactical vest to your bug out gear makes a lot of sense as well. Tactical vests are light, convenient and multi-functional. And they offer the advantage of quick access to weapons and supplies so you don’t have to waste time digging through your bug out bag when response time is critical. Alice Combat Webbing

When I was in the Army I was issued what they called Alice Combat Webbing, which was basically a heavy belt, suspenders, and two magazine holders. It was not at all convenient and not at all stealthy. If you had to put it on in the dark, you often had to struggle to get them untangled first. Adding a canteen to the belt meant putting it on the back of the belt so that it didn’t become unbalanced, which meant that it was difficult to get to. Often one of your buddies had to pull the canteen out of the holder and hand it to you. I really hated using it. But there just wasn’t anything else available.

But soon after 911 the United States military and the British military switched to a new military tactical vest system for their troops in Afghanistan and Iran.

Molle Tactical Vest The modern soldier uses a newer system called MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment). Pronounced like the name Molly. The new system’s modularity is derived from the use of PALS (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) webbing as rows of heavy-duty nylon stitched onto the vest that allows a variety of MOLLE compatible pouches and accessories.

Accessories include magazine pouches, bladder packs, pistol holsters, radio holsters and much more. It’s comfortable, versatile and quiet. Additionally since the PALS webbing covers everything, you can set up the vest different for each type of mission. The whole vest is held on with easy-to-clip straps or Velcro making it easy to put on (even in the dark) and less likely to be unbalanced.

Before you decide on what is the best tactical vest for you, think about your options.

Basic MOLLE Tactical Vest

These are typically nothing more than a standard vest with MOLLE on front and back. Simple and allow you to customize them how you want.

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SOG Mesh Utility Vest, Medium/Large

SOG Mesh Utility Vest, Medium/Large

$54.99Price: $47.98
The SOG Mesh Utility Vest provides the necessary structure for all your gear, yet allows air in for ventilation and breathability. It has multiple size adjustment points for a custom fit. A grab handle is located on the interior of the vest as are two interior document pockets with Velcro closure. The vest is MOLLE […]

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5.11 LBE Vest Black, Regular

5.11 LBE Vest Black, Regular

$99.75Price: $98.78
If you are looking for a load-bearing vest designed for special operations and tactical situations, look no farther.  In partnership with Kyle Lamb, 5.11 Tactical Series has produced the ultimate load-bearing platform.  The LBE Vest is made from a stiffened mesh that provides the necessary structure for all your gear, yet allows air in for […]

Minimal Tactical Vest – Better Known as a Chest Rig

These are similar to my old Alice Combat Webbing, just more modern. A chest rig is half of a standard vest. The front (chest) is the same as the above basic vest. The back of a chest rig is just adjustable straps to hold it in place. It makes it light and easy to wear a backpack with one.

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5.11 TacTec Chest Rig

5.11 TacTec Chest Rig

$73.61Price: $63.99
Body side quick reference guide pocket Can be worn H-frame or Rhodesian (x-back) Web platform on interior for backup or other items Available in Black (019)

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Condor Rapid Assault Chest Rig – OD Green MCR6-001

Condor Rapid Assault Chest Rig – OD Green MCR6-001

$39.95Price: $32.95
Color: OD Green, Color: Black, Padded cross-back shoulder strap with webbing and D-rings Swivi-Lockster – Swivel push release buckles Heavyweight webbing for modular attachments Six open-top mag pouches Four elastic loops (two each side) Front pocket pouch with hook and loop panel inside Additional mesh pocket on interior.

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Condor Recon Chest Rig (Tan)

Condor Recon Chest Rig (Tan)

$35.95Price: $34.95
-chest rig comes with three BUILT IN stackerKangaroo type mag pouch, will hold six M4 mag and six pistol mag. -Swivel Lockster – Swivel Push-Button release buckle. -Padded cross-back shoulder strap with webbing and D-ring. -Additional mesh pocket on the back. -Two open-top mag pouch. (one on each side)

Condor Modular Chest Panel – Black

Condor Modular Chest Panel – Black

Price: $25.94
Compact low profile panel with heavy weight webbing for modular attachment. Swivi Lockster – Swivel Push – Button Release Buckle. 9 ” x 12″ Map pocket with internal hook & loop panel. Cross – back shoulder and waist strap. Can be assembled and used as a shoulder – carry modular panel.

VISM by NcStar AK Chest Rig (CVAKCR2921T), Tan

VISM by NcStar AK Chest Rig (CVAKCR2921T), Tan

Price: $20.43
Features: • Includes three double AK Magazine pouches, with hook and loop fasteners and bungee cord retention straps, to carry up to six 30 round Magazines. • Two large Utility Pouches on each side of the chest rig with quick connect buckle flaps for storing additional ammo and gear. • One central Chest compartment with […]

Preconfigured Tactical Vest

If you don’t want to buy a vest and all of the accessories, you can buy a vest that is set up with a standard tactical vest setup. They are typically less expensive in the long run. But they’re not customizable. They are not clip on accessories. These are permanently attached.

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UTG 547 Law Enforcement Tactical Vest, Black

UTG 547 Law Enforcement Tactical Vest, Black

$59.97Price: $49.31
Deluxe Tactical Vest w/Quick Draw Holster, Multiple Mag/Accessory Pouches & Pistol Belt w/Dual Horizontal Mag Pouches – New Gen Incl Velcro Attachable Modular Double-Mag Pouch and Attachable Elastic Shot Shell Cartridge Holder – Black

Tactical Vest, Weize Elite Molle Law Enforcement Vest Modular Assault Vest

Tactical Vest, Weize Elite Molle Law Enforcement Vest Modular Assault Vest

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Elite Enforcement Tactical Vest The Deluxe Tactical Vest has a Velcro panel on the left front for attaching a double rifle mag pouch (included) or holster (included). The right three MAG pouches feature Velcro closures, drain holes and elastic retention straps, with adjustable flaps for tall or short magazines. Additional pouches include: two internal zippered […]

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Yakeda Army Fans Tactical Vest Cs Swat Tactical Vest Army Fans Outdoor Vest Cs Game Vest,cs Field Vest Cosplay of Counter Strike Game–vt-1063(black)

Yakeda Army Fans Tactical Vest Cs Swat Tactical Vest Army Fans Outdoor Vest Cs Game Vest,cs Field Vest Cosplay of Counter Strike Game–vt-1063(black)

$95.69Price: $39.69
Order number: VT-1063  Adjustable side straps design allows you to adjust it according to your needs. With mesh design, more ventilative.  Equipped with a zipper, easy to use and wear.  Straps and buckle around waist for easy wearing.  Made of high quality material, strong and durable enough for long time use.  4.Package Weight: Approx.1408g / […]

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Barska Optics BI12332 VX-200 Tactical Vest, Green

Barska Optics BI12332 VX-200 Tactical Vest, Green

$53.99Price: $53.33
“”Barska Optics VX-200 Tactical Vest (Green) BI12332Durable tactical vest 4 piece keeps ammo and tactical essentials organized and close at hand. Fully adjustable to fit most adult body types, adjustable shoulder panels and side straps for a custom fit. One size fits all. Ladder buckles on each side of the vest allow for quicker adjustment […]

UTG 547 Law Enforcement Tactical Vest, Army Digital

UTG 547 Law Enforcement Tactical Vest, Army Digital

Price: $51.88
Deluxe Tactical Vest w/Quick Draw Holster, Multiple Mag/Accessory Pouches & Pistol Belt w/Dual Horizontal Mag Pouches, Incl Velcro Attachable Modular Double-Mag Pouch & Attachable Elastic Shot Shell Cartridge Holder – Army Universal Digital Pattern

Plate Carrier Tactical Vest

If you are interested in ballistic body armor, you might want to go with a plate carrier. These have special pockets under the MOLLE system that hold a shooter cut plate. These 10″ x 12″ inserts vary in protection level. You can get Kevlar soft plates that are light and at Level IIIA are rated to stop heavy pistol rounds like .44 magnum and 10mm Auto. Or go for the heavier plates made of ceramic and at Level III can stop up to a .308 / NATO 7.62 X 51mm round. You buy these separately and you need one for the front and back for best protection.

The Banshee plate carrier is a very popular product. But Amazon doesn’t carry them yet. Listed below are two Condor plate carrier vests that are really high quality too.

Condor Outdoor MOPC Gear Vest LBE Tactical Molle (OD Green )

Condor Outdoor MOPC Gear Vest LBE Tactical Molle (OD Green )

Price: $85.99
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 Front map pocket with snap, hook and loop closure Side release buckles on shoulders and internal waist strap Padded mesh interior lining

Condor Sentry Vest | Tactical Vest | multiple color options (Black)

Condor Sentry Vest | Tactical Vest | multiple color options (Black)

Price: $43.55
Emergency Drag Handle – Quick Adjust Shoulder Straps – Hook and Loop Webbing Panels & Adjusted Guides – Padded Mesh Interior Lining – Quick Release Buckles – Easy Access Inner Pockets Waist Size: 30″ – 46″ Adjustable

Unexpected Tactical Vests

When I first did a search on Amazon for Tactical vests, I was surprised how many Nerf tactical vest products popped up. Apparently more people buy these for their kids than buy serious ones for adults.

Also in my search results page was a dog tactical vest. Which I had never thought of. But I guess you could attach a few lighter weight accessories on your k9.

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