What chest rig are you currently issued and what is it about the issue gear that you don't like?
Currently just throwing my pouches directly on my IBA. I don't like the limited space I have (esp. around the sides) and limited carrying capacity the standard issue stuff has. Also I find myself having to switch out loadouts (bigger pouches / canteens etc.) to suit the situation, which is great except it takes years to weave and un-weave the pouches. Also, I love the bungee retention but the flaps and "covered" mag pouches would provide better protection against the elements.
Use what your issued. You may even need to use the pouch format and placement mandated by you Bn or Bg. 11B's do not get choices. Your hot-shot wired-up bud with the NVG doesn't see your IR tag in the right spot,, your bagged..
In fact even 18B's don't get a lot of choices. It is all mission dependent and is determined by the Team-Sargent.
If you are in eminent deployment mode, spend time on the ancillary items that will make your tour tolerable. Work with 2nd & 3rd touristas on setting up a re-supply plan with/from your mama. Give her lists, sizes, brands, and cu vol per ship.
Brake your needs into units..
Carry on - what you need for the 1st week
Ship with unit - heaver or secure items (laptop/lawn chair)
Mail re-supply package - monkey-butt-wipes, toys
Oh,, use the "search" function,, There are a couple threads that list the "nice" stuff..
Formerly known as Suigenesis before the great crash
Find the Team Leader in your company that has the coolest looking gear and ask him. Don't worry, he won't get mad. Any real gear queer loves to talk about his **** and take you to ADS/Lightfighter to get your own.
my advice, based on two trips to iraq: Keep it simple. Go to Afghan with what youre issued (the current RFI is a lot better than it used to be) and see what you really use/dont use. the IOTV is a lot better than the IBA when the time comes to upgrade, so dont go crazy wasting your money before you deploy. Whats the point of buying all sorts of cool guy **** when youre going to break it in training? I never wear my tactical tailor stuff in training.
Try finding a tactical gear store near you. Eagle, TT, quantico tactical, whichever, they all are great about letting soldiers bring in their gear on slow days and trying stuff on. Just prior to deploying for OIF 3 i went into TT in lewis during the week when no one was in there, and tried on a ton of their stuff. I ended up buying a couple 3 mag pouches for the initial trip over, and ordering a MAV, X harness, etc a bit later, once I had a clear picture of what I truly needed. This trip around I used the same rig until we got the IOTVs, at which point I put it all on that. Just think about it before you go spend half your months' pay on **** you dont use
Good advice in this thread. I can only repeat it - see what you think is deficient after training for a while and work on that. Don't buy a whole set of kit now, only to find out later "Gee, I could've just bought a few pouches and put them on my vest."
It would take weight off your already heavy armor vest.
I agree with this....I don't want any more stuff on my flak than I have issued. Sure it looks cool and all, but just go with a utility belt. You can take stuff off of your flak and put it on there ie. IFAK, drop pouch. Or if you want to get gear queer get thigh rigs.
If you're going for a MOLLE belt, then I recommend the ATS war belt and ATS suspenders. The belt is actually a slip on cover that fits over most belts e.g. rigger belt. The suspenders are thin enough to wear under your armor vest. I got the belt in one size smaller so it wouldnt go all the way around to the front. That way it was more comfortable to sit, bend down etc....