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    Question CMU-33 vest

    The issued pouches for this vest aren't much - HSGI and other aftermarket mfgs. surely make better - but I just stumbled across the vest itself, and find it intriguing. Mainly because, it offers a LOT more acreage for accoutrements, than a typical chestrig.



    Is this a piece of kit WORTH investigating, or an invitation to trouble, given the temptation to fill UP all those molle slots!
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    What all are you wanting to mount to your torso that one of the many chest rigs on the market can't handle?

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    CMU-33 vest

    I had a similar LBV and it didnít take me long to sell it and build a Tactical Tailor chest rig with a 2 piece MAV. The MAV or 2 piece MAV give your more than enough room without having my upper torso covered in PALs webbing. I found my TT a little more cool AKA comfortable to wear than my old ACU LBV. If you want something you can open the 2 piece MAV gives you that. My chest rigs are also easier to put on and take off over my plate carrier than the LBV was.
    I think I ended up using mine as a fishing vest for a while before I ended up selling it.

    Iíd ask the same question LSHD asked - why are chest rigs (Tactical Tailor, Velocity, Beez etc.) not doing for you what this LBV supposedly does? And Iíll make one additional comment:

    Like a rail on an AR, just because you have room doesnít mean you need to hang ďaccoutrementsĒ off of it.
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    Thereís a reason chest rigs have evolved from LBVís into lightweight kit like BFGís Ten Speed rig and rigs from the manufacturers Iíve mentioned. (And thereís more.)

    LBV for a Fishing vest? Sure. Fighting rig? Pass.

    Not sure where you are with your gear and whatnot, but hereís a damn good read specific to chest rigs by one of our SMEís. Itís where I started and definitely led me down the right path.

    https://www.m4carbine.net/showthread...-the-Chest-Rig


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    CMU-33 vest

    Iím active duty Army and have never once wished that I had that much MOLLE real-estate. Those things are typically used by airsofters and preppers who donít understand that you have to be able to prioritize in order to be effective. If you need that much space, youíre probably doing something wrong. The thread posted above is a good one. Chest rigs are a very good answer. If I need more than that on my immediate person then I add a dangler. If I were to need more combat equipment (mags, pistol, medical) then I grab my belt. If I canít fit everything in one of those places, itís on a bag on my back. Nowadays, there are several chest rigs that can be seamlessly incorporated into a plate carrier or a pack/rear bag.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LowSpeed_HighDrag View Post
    What all are you wanting to mount to your torso that one of the many chest rigs on the market can't handle?
    I don't. My old Eagle Industries M4 LE CCA suits me just fine. I just came across this, while actually looking for 1911 grips (I know... the strangeness that pops up in internet searches!) last night, and was intrigued by it.

    The airsofter observation seems apt. I was thinking, IS IT something I'd WANT to recommend to somebody building a rig, or not? Consensus seems to be running towards, "not."
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