- Starched polyester mesh main material for strength and breathability
- 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective material, removable strips on front, back and shoulders
- Versatile 2in (5cm) PALS webbing ladder system for securing pouches to various sections of the vest
- Side, front and shoulder adjustments for a universal size and fit
- Reflective accents on binding and side adjustments for increased visibility
- Available in black and hi visibility lime colors
- Interior pocket for storage and sleeve for hydration bladder
- Surface & underground mining
- confined space
- oil & gas
Customer Ratings and Reviews
We got two of these vests in today for our Hospital Decontamination Team. I was able to quickly adapt a our Powered Air purifier Respirator (PAPR) and our radio system to it with ease. I was able to wear it at 6'2" 220 lbs, same unit adjusted fit a female team member 5'3" 110 lbs. Everything looks very well made and should give us years of service. Very impressed, and have recommended it to my fellow EM managers to look at for thier team mebers as well.
Brilliant idea! I have been in search a way to get the weight of my mining belt off of my hips since the first time I put it on. Suspenders only help when the entry height is enough for you to stand upright, but most areas of our mine require some degree of stooping – especially while walking. The broad shoulder straps have definitely relieved the strain on my hips and lower back. Like other users, I was disappointed to find the molle inspired PALS webbing was not molle compliant. Additionally, I have found that the weight of the popular CSE-SRLD self-rescuer is too heavy for the polyester mesh to which the PALS nylon webbing is stitched. Also, unless the load weight is evenly distributed around the vest it tends to twist around its wearer, even with a 2” nylon belt. I would absolutely purchase an updated version of the vest if it were redesigned to be molle compliant to allow for greater pouch versatility as I’ve found the ability to “weave” true molle pouches into one another reduces the point loading and tearing of other vests – the “strap and snap” method of affixing pouches to the vest is not robust enough for the tough mining environment.
Thanks for the thorough review John. We’d love to see what PALS pouches you are using that do not work with the vest. We are constantly looking to improve our designs and deliver you the best overall product. Regarding the self-rescuer you are using try attaching heavier devices to our 5550 or 5555 belt. Otherwise you can try a PALS pouch that has more straps on it. This will disperse the weight across more area on the vest. Keep the feedback coming!
Pros - it's built like the proverbial brick s**thouse. Solidly constructed with two big document pockets on the inside. Every possible point seems to have Scotchlite reflective material on it - even when you pull off the big patches the trim on the straps , edging and even the carry strap light up at night when hit by headlights.
Its widely adjustable - I can't imagine who this wouldn't fit.
The Cons - its ""Molle Inspired"" but not Molle Compatible. The webbing straps are 2 inches wide (Molle are 1"") and spaced anywhere from 1 to 2 1/4 inches apart (Molle has a 1"" spacing) and stitched to the vest at intervals of anywhere from 1 to 1.5"" (Molle is spaced 1.5"") . So it has far fewer attachment points than you expect. I was disappointed by the number of pouches I could get on the vest.
I use it for my Bug-Out Kit for emergencies to hold 24 hrs worth of food and various radio bits and bobs (roll-up antennas, spare batteries etc).
It was obvious designed with the Ergodyne supplied pouches in mind and not to have a bunch of real molle pouches all over it.
Hopefully this is V.1 of a vest that has enormous potential for emergency workers and these comments get worked into the next iteration.
Thanks Jim! Yes, you are correct it was designed for Ergodyne specific pouches. The majority of webbing slots are spaced 1” apart but at times need to be adjusted for certain areas of the vest. Other versions of the pouches and vest are constantly being worked on and considered and feedback like yours helps us tremendously!