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Old February 2nd, 2013, 14:53   #1
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Vests and Zippers

So I found a really neat police vest online and I was wondering if it is a good idea to buy a vest with a zipper? Some people tell me not to buy one with a zipper because the BBs might break it.

What do you think?
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 02:12   #2
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Unless its a cheap zipper I guess it might but it would have to be a lucky shot ..But if it were to happen it be pretty annoying if your OCD about it .. I bet you'll break it before a bb does
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 02:48   #3
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Are you concerned about the teeth of the zipper breaking, the tab on the zipper breaking or the slider breaking?
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 03:03   #4
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It all depends on the quality of the vest.
Do you have a link to said product?
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 11:22   #5
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i have a condor tac vest with a zipper, and i managed to pull a tooth out of the zipper. it has nylon/plastic teeth and one just came out of the fabric it was attached to. i managed to super glue it back in. as much as i like the quickness of putting a zippered vest on, my next one wont have one unless it's a metal one.

mine is like the below ones [random google image search pic]



i don't think a bb would damage it though.. i did get shot hot enough to imbed a bb into the vinyl panel above the molle.. there is a little padding it went into
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 12:30   #6
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My camelbak delta5 had YKK zippers and it still broke when it got shot.
Either sew on a protector or deal with the fact it may get shot lol
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 13:30   #7
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I have a genuine Arktis vest I bought in 2004 that has a zipper it's pretty worn, to the point of needing replacing, but still works fine.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 13:30   #8
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i have a condor tac vest with a zipper, and i managed to pull a tooth out of the zipper. it has nylon/plastic teeth and one just came out of the fabric it was attached to. i managed to super glue it back in. as much as i like the quickness of putting a zippered vest on, my next one wont have one unless it's a metal one.

mine is like the below ones [random google image search pic]



i don't think a bb would damage it though.. i did get shot hot enough to imbed a bb into the vinyl panel above the molle.. there is a little padding it went into

I have this same vest in MC with a few modifications, Never had a zipper issue after two years. Although I'm super cool 3l337 so I don't get shot much lmao
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 23:28   #9
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It all depends on the quality of the vest.
Do you have a link to said product?
http://airsoftdepot.ca/catalog/produ...oducts_id=1505

The vest is pretty cheap, might buy a different one that is more expensive.
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 23:32   #10
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http://airsoftdepot.ca/catalog/produ...oducts_id=1505

The vest is pretty cheap, might buy a different one that is more expensive.
Que the why would you get that vest questions now.

and let me start.
honestly you are better getting a molled vest to begin with so you can buy a vast assortment of pouches and have more options on placement/weight distribution. I'd suggest something like what cetane posted.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 00:21   #11
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I've been getting a lot of gear for airsoft over the past 10ish years and it took me way too long to realize that you very often get what you pay for. I would be pretty skeptical of a 35$ vest unless I had a chance to inspect it. If you wanted something in that price range, I think Condor makes some low-profile load bearing vests and MOLLE vests for around 40-45$ + shipping.

Just taking a quick look, but judging by your interest in the police vest, maybe you'd be inclined to something like this:

http://www.badlandspaintball.com/con...chest-rig.html
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Old February 4th, 2013, 16:27   #12
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Old February 4th, 2013, 16:47   #13
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Zipper or no zipper...I would get a MOLLE vest. The vest you are looking at is locked into one mag pouch type and one layout. I started with one like that...and when I got my Condor, I never took the other one out of the closet again. MOLLE all the way.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 22:24   #14
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I got this in od green you can even fold the top piece down for a different style , two inside velcro pockets, you dont get all the room in the world but it great so far

No zipper no problem
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