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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Aero (SOFBAV) - What I Think
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:17 pm 
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essal - definitely more limited. I can bend over to a degree (at least as much as the belt allows), but it's not so easy to twist side to side. Not something I'd install unless I was toting a heavy pack. Speaking of packs, I need to go over the pack adapter system. More pictures coming...

knife - as best I can see, they're tiedown points for the radio. Who knows, it may be for something else entirely, but that's what makes the most sense to me. I agree about the pricing. I'm waiting to hear back if the EntryGear listing is for the entire kit or just a the carrier. If it's the entire kit, that makes much, MUCH more sense.


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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Aero (SOFBAV) - What I Think
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:16 am 
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FYI, on another website they are having the same exact conversation here about the price and options on the Entry Gear site. Someone called them and it's just for the basic vest configuration, but they're in negotiations to get the price back down to around $600.


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 Post subject: Re: Eagle Aero (SOFBAV) - What I Think
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:22 am 
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$600 is still a lot, unless it includes the Chief assembly. That being said, it's much more reasonable and more competitive to the Crye AVS.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:25 pm 
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Added my thoughts on the pack adapters. Pending any further questions, that's all that I've got on the vest right now. I don't have (or need, really) the additional parts that Eagle manufactures for it.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:49 pm 
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The belt looks very similar to that on our issue KDH vest. In a vacuum the system works great and is a decent warbelt. In the real world where dudes need more than an assault pack its utility fades quickly.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:41 am 
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Curious as to why Eagle wouldn't provide male buckles for the pack integration.
Is it so standarized that all attachment kits from pack manufacturers are compatible?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:36 pm 
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I'm not sure. As I recall most packs use female adapters on the pack itself, and male adapters on the shoulder straps.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:27 am 
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How would you compare the Aero's comfort to a plate carrier that has 3D mesh or more substantial padding?

Also does the AVS harness provide more stability and comfort when compared to the Aero?

Great view, thanks


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:29 pm 
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About the same? I don't feel any discomfort at all, but I'm also using soft armor backers.

This is definitely a more stable solution than the AVS harness. I wanted to like the AVS harness but it just sucks under load and while moving, at least in my opinion.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:19 pm 
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Update - managed to score the actual side armor carriers. While the cummerbund CAN fit armor on its own, Eagle made two dedicated side armor carriers for 6x11" panels (not coincidentally, the same size as their plate carrier cummerbund armor panels). Material is multicam, same construction type. They weave onto the vertical columns on the inside of the regular cummerbund. I've got two 6x11.5" Crye soft armor panels from another vest that I've put inside them, they fit perfectly.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:44 pm 
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That's sweet! Does it make the setup look noticeably different?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:11 pm 
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Nope, the pouches go on the inside of the cummerbund and you can't see them with the armor on your body. I'll see about getting some pictures this afternoon.


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Very cool. You must be stoked!


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Yeah, I pretty much am. Next task is to see what size zipper is on the back and modify a Crye zip-on panel to fit. I'll get pictures tomorrow, I left my camera at work. :?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:44 pm 
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I got the Eagle manual for the Aero from Eagle Industries and uploaded it to Scribd. The link is HERE, and I added it to the first page.

Several things I learned:
-The front of the vest is contoured as such to seamlessly hide a quick-release pull (pillow style).
-The cummerbund has a tucked-in quick release flap.
-I have a cummerbund model not on catalog, but it's closest to the JTAC model.
-The load lifter has an optional Quick-Release for use with the vest's Quick Release feature. I don't have this, but I'm not concerned about that.
-The load lifter is universally sized - the 'shoulder' brace (outer layer) comes off and has two different cutout sizes to swap between based on vest sizing.
-The vest is offered in Multicam, Coyote, AOR1, AOR2, and black.

I already have some 1/4" quick release cable sitting around and the dimensions for the parts of the quick release system that I'm lacking. After Thanksgiving holiday I'm going to make my own quick release cable and tri-glide extenders and implement the quick release feature.

I'm waiting for a price quote on some of the optional accessories. I hope this is informative, since Eagle has yet to upload it to their website.


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