After much debate, i ordered a CIRA vest from Ebay Banned. I say debate because i had only ordered small AEG parts to date and was worried as to what me experience would be. Also, i like to try gear on before i buy. I got it in the mail yesterday and here's what i found. the link for the vest i got is here. I paid around $140CAD
I ordered the black vest because it is rare and i use different camo so black would go with all the pasterns i use. Ask anyone that owns a CIRAS, and they will tell you its useful, comfortable and durable. and from what I'm told, once you own one, you're hooked.
The shipping and box it came in:
Shipping was great and like most of EB stuff, shipping was free. I ordered it on a weekend (Easter weekend to be exact), ad it arrived yesterday. Just over a week in the mail. not bad for over seas. The box was big and a bit heavy and well sealed. When i opened it, the vest was inside and covered in plastic like it would be in a store.
Wow this has some weight to it. Normally you want light gear but not in all cases, weight can mean durable and well constructed. Also, this item was just as pictured.
Having mostly nylon combat gear, i instantly noticed the quality of the nylon. stitching was tight and durable. All parts that were expected were there. Velcro wasn't that cheep stuff that doesn't stay together. The hydration pack was included (no bladder). Over all, great looking and not cheap looking
Pros and extras:
The rifle sling - cool. I knew it was included, but what a great feature.
Now i will explain this as best i can...
There are 2 rows of M4 mag pouches. Meaning there are six double stack M4 pouches (will fit larger mags like G36 mags) on the outside.
Under the "cummerbund" that these are mounted on are 4 more double stack pouches. sorta hidden from the outside. all attached by MOLLE system. Im thinking of mounting my holster in there for extra protection.
Pistol mag pouches and admin pouch is very well done.
If you're not familiar with CIRAS system, figuring out the quick release system is a pain. once you get it its a cool feature to have
Also, no med pouch or drop pouch. Not a big deal, would just be nice to have them.
All in all. I'm very happy with it. for the price, it cant be beat. I am actually thinking of getting the OD green one too!. If you're a family guy on a budget like me, this is a great quality vest for a great price.
PM me if you want any more info and thanks for reading