I grabbed these items from DS Tactical on Saturday: UA Speed Freeks, BFG Ten-Speed Triple M4 Mag Pouch, shock cord. A couple of detailed photos and my thoughts in brief on these items (thus far – only used these for one day total now) after the break.
Under Armour Speed Freek Boots (Multicam)
My initial impressions are very good thus far – worn twice now, once in DS where they seemed to live up to the positive things I’ve been hearing about them from “Optix” (Julian) and “Kampfer” (Jasper), and once on the field on Sunday. Comfortable. Light weight. Didn’t get a chance to test the full capabilities of the tread pattern, though I’ve been told its excellent. More to come on these at a later date – these are worth a write-up.
Blue Force Gear Ten-Speed Triple M4 Mag Pouch (Multicam)
A versatile, light weight, open top pouch that I’m using to carry a variety of different shapes and sizes of magazines/other stuff in, yet it will shrink to a neat flat surface when there’s nothing stuffed inside.
Back material is different than your typical Cordura pouch – this is one of the major features of the BFG Ten-Speed stuff on the market now. I’m slightly skeptical on the longevity of this material used in conjunction with the elastic on the front of the pouch. The guys at DS previously told me not to buy Ten-Speed pouches as they figured it wouldn’t hold up to my Airsoft usage – but it was affordable enough and I wanted to try it out as a slick pouch that will stay out of the way when I’m not using it. Time will tell, I guess.
No snaps on the webbing closures – just a bit of weaving around and attaching velcro to velcro. Simple, low profile and held up to one day of use thus far.
Amoung many other planned and unplanned uses alike, I first put this little bundle of shock cord to use to rig up a new head band for my Smith Optics Boogie Regulators.
Yes, the elastic strap that I disliked so much finally failed… well, the strap did not actually fail, rather the injection-moulded plastic tri-glide-esque hardware bit broke.
Two equal parts shock cord, four knots total, one DIY strap (nearly) complete.
I have yet to actually test this to any more extent than wearing it over my helmet in my living room… but the concept is there. Two knots pull against each other by elastic tension of the shock cord itself – it took a bit to actually get the distances between the goggles and knots worked out, but I think I’ve got it right now.
The second pair of knots is spaced a little tighter together – this will allow me to wear my Boogie Regulators when I’m not wearing a helmet. Honestly, I’m not convinced that this is the most secure of methods for wearing eye pro as of yet – but I’m still working on getting a low profile, custom-sized, elastic head strap worked out for utilizing my Boogie Regulators on my face, no matter what I’m wearing on my head.
Shock cord is something I like to keep a small amount of in my gear repair kit at all times. I rarely actually use it, but it does come in handy when I’m trying to rig something custom (involving knots) up that can’t be done with paracord.