Originally Posted by Rabbit
Quality doesn't mean shit unless you're actually running your gear HARD - but lets take a minute and really think about what HARD in airsoft means - rolling around in the dirt? getting caught on a branch?
I have NEVER been to a game in the years ive been playing where I have witnessed somebody actually abusing their gear wether it was intentional or not - but what I have seen is people licking their thumbs to rub the small dirty spots off their vest.
I've been through a good number of brands myself - Pantac, Condor, London Bridge Trading, TMC and basic no name shit. Its all the same WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING AIRSOFT. Sure some lower end brands have some strings fraying off but who cares - burn them with a lighter and move on. Small colour differentials, but really guys - this is airsoft.
Sure its wise to consider temperature and other factors but really - you're the only one whos going to be able to find out what works for you and what doesn't.
The most important factor IMO with gear is your functionality - How can you access what you need quicker under pressure. Consider this when purchasing your gear - with this comes magazine capacity and anything else you may need while your on the field.
Lets be honest - You're going to make a purchase of a vest, and a month or two later you're going to find something "cooler" and your first purchase will be irrelevant because you're going to replace it.
Not really. I don't replace gear on a whim, I'd actually have to be looking for a change. There is always going to be something better or different on the market, but a true airsofter buys what's functional as you say. Effect over look always; nobody cares if you looked good getting your ass handed to you. Cheap BDUs where the crotch ripped first game, that's where quality is very much a factor. Off color camo "can" be easy to see, or easier ...equals disadvantage. Better quality means more useful, more modular, more comfortable, etc. Airsoft is a sport, you'll want the best gear possible.