The Pantac 1195J is a copy of the LBT 1195J Rifleman/Grenadier H-Gear Vest with Flotation panels. Pantac brings us an affordable rendition of the famous LBT vest. The Original was specifically designed with the NSW Teams in mind. The design is superbly suited to Riverine warfare or anywhere water may be an obstacle.
Upon opening the package the vest was shipped I was confronted with a huge pile of OD 1000D Cordura nylon. The first thing I noticed was the high quality of workmanship that went into making this rig. The stitching is very tight and straight. The Bar tacks are very strong and will take allot of abuse. Pantac has used UTX snaps and ITW Buckles throughout as well as Milspec webbing and elastic.
The pouches on this Rig are non removable. In a day and age where Molle vests are the norm this might seem a bit crazy but it works. This is old school gear at its best. There will be no mixing and matching pouches of all sorts with this rig. I like that, simple and effective.
This rig is designed for medium to large frame individuals. I am a big guy so this thing fits me perfectly. People who wear anything smaller than a North American Medium might have issues getting this to fit them snugly.
You get 4 Triple mag pouches with this rig. You have the ability to carry 12 M4 style mags up front where you need them. Each mag pouch has an elastic tightener that cinches the mags in nice in tight in either configuration. The front two mag pouches flaps are secured solely with hook and loop while the side two mag pouches are secured with both hook and loop and ITW buckles.
2 mag configuration
3 mag configuration
Large Butt pack with flap secured by two ITW Buckles. There is also two(2) flare pouches, one on either side.
Poncho/Liner retention straps on the inside of the butt pack top flap
Rain/Dirt flap with cinch cord and cord lock.
This vest is purely awesome despite some of the missing details. The build quality is top notch and is something I have come to expect from Pantac. I am a self described gear whore and I always enjoy going over a new piece of gear with a fine tooth comb. I have Eagle, Lbt, SOE, TAG you name it hanging in the gear closet and I have no problem using this Rig. It may not be up there with Eagle or LBT but for what it was made for this thing will last many years of Plastic Death Ops and will probably change hands many years after I give it up. All in all it's well worth the money if you want a very versatile yet comfortable Rig. You have more than enough pouches to keep you in the fight with this. Pantac gets an A- on this one.
All the High Res Pics are HERE
I had to hit it with some Krylon.