In preparation for Issue 126 that’ll go live on 15th May we’ve been looking long and hard at Plate Carriers, and addressing to a degree the question of whether you actually NEED “real deal” kit where in fact something designed, built and priced with airsoft in mind is actually what will do the job nicely. Sure enough, “real” kit will have you covered, but these days the quality of “for airsoft” gear has moved up to offer equipment that is more than fit for our purposes!

What do we mean by “designed for airsoft”? Well, a great example is the Viper Tactical Buckle Up Plate Carrier Gen2! A few of us on the team have been using this great rig from Viper for a while now on range days, and it’s available in multiple colours so it will work with most loadouts out there!

The Viper VX Buckle Up Carrier Gen2 is a modular design that will host a variety of VX System and MOLLE compatible accessories. With quick release buckles throughout as well as multiple hook and loop panels, you can create a unique set up that fits your needs.

Fully adjustable mesh vented sides with quick release clips and removable shoulder pads make this vest comfortable and easy to adjust. The shoulder pads also feature bladder / comms retention. On the inside they have added padded front and back panels to extend the comfort of the vest. The front of the Gen2 features a zipped admin pouch and hook and loop ID panel. Additionally you can customise the front using removable lazer cut MOLLE panel included with the product. On the back you will find a MOLLE panel allowing you to attach any MOLLE compatible hydration pack or the Viper VX Charger Pack. The carrier comes with two removable EVA dummy plates, and is fully VX buckle up system compatible.

Viper have been quietly busy during the “lockdown” period and have a few new items worthy of note that have crept into their range with little fanfare; they’re currently updating their website where you’ll be able to find out exactly what they’ve been up to in the last year, and of course we’ll let you know just as soon as this goes live!