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Valken Sports - V-Tac Echo Paintball Vest Information
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Valken Sports
597 Mantua Boulevard
Sewell, NJ 08080

Email: info@valkensports.com
Website: http://www.valkenpaintball.com
2010 Valken V-Tac Echo Paintball Vest •Padded contoured shoulder straps with molle webbing for extra attachments •Integrated POD holders carry up to 9 PODS •Internal hydration pouch •Velcro adjustable waist belt for maximum support •Molle panel on back holds our horizontal TANK POUCH •Heavy duty drag handle
 Manual: Submit a manual
 Release Date: Unknown
 MSRP: $50.00
 Average Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 stars.
 Reviews: 9
 Rating Summary:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
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  • Currently 4/5 stars.
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  • Currently 3/5 stars.
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  • Currently 2/5 stars.
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  • Currently 1/5 stars.
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Valken Sports - V-Tac Echo Paintball Vest Reviews
Valken Sports V-Tac Echo Paintball Vest Can't go wrong with 9 pods, but it can be a little annoying if a horizontal tank pouch is used. The MOLLE straps on the back are attached directly to the mesh panel that makes up the back of the vest...
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8WhiteBoy8
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Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: SE MO
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $50.00
Pros: Going into battle with 1,400 rounds...
Cons: MOLLE straps need reinforcement
Can't go wrong with 9 pods, but it can be a little annoying if a horizontal tank pouch is used. The MOLLE straps on the back are attached directly to the mesh panel that makes up the back of the vest instead of the shoulder straps that should be bearing the load. The mesh isn't strong enough to support the weight of a tank, so the tank rests on top of the pods, bouncing on them when you run. A little sewing ingenuity can fix this, though.

Overall, the vest is tough and well-made. It will keep you in the fight and certainly turn some heads.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Valken Sports V-Tac Echo Paintball Vest Bought my echo vest 2 months ago great for senerio has some minor flaws. needs 2 chest straps and better suport for the molle on the back when i put my tank on it sags and sits on my pods. Other than...
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Join Date: Jul 2011
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $55.00
Pros: comfortable,well made,many pods and extras
Cons: really needs 2 chest straps better molle suport
Bought my echo vest 2 months ago great for senerio has some minor flaws.
needs 2 chest straps and better suport for the molle on the back when i put my tank on it sags and sits on my pods. Other than that I am very happy with my vest
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Valken Sports V-Tac Echo Paintball Vest I knocked the vest for performance, primarily, because it doesn't do a good job holding DYE lock lids, which I use exclusively. They kinda fit, but just a tiny amount of Velcro touches, so the...
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CrazyHarry
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Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: OKC
CrazyHarry is playing at Living Legends VII
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CrazyHarry supports Empire
Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $25.00
Pros: Good color, comfortable
Cons: doesn't hold DYE lock lids well.
I knocked the vest for performance, primarily, because it doesn't do a good job holding DYE lock lids, which I use exclusively. They kinda fit, but just a tiny amount of Velcro touches, so the connection isn't very strong. Why they did this, I'm not sure. I haven't had much trouble with their molle pod pouches... their fit isn't great, but it certainly is a lot better then the pouches on my echo vest.

Some of the echo vests don't have a very big pouch for a hydration system, so look at the vest you are buying and make sure it isn't one of the earlier versions with either no pouch, or a tiny one.

I really wish this vest just came with no pod pouches on the back at all, and gave the user the option of being able to add molle attachments.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Valken Sports V-Tac Echo Paintball Vest I love this vest, and i get a lot of looks when I have all 9 pods attached. It has helped me win some fire fights, simply because the other people ran out of paint. It is very comfortable and...
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Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: NE Ohio
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Length of use: More than 1 year
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $50.00
Pros: Hold a lot of pods.
Cons: Stitching kind of weak.
I love this vest, and i get a lot of looks when I have all 9 pods attached. It has helped me win some fire fights, simply because the other people ran out of paint. It is very comfortable and lightweight.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Valken Sports V-Tac Echo Paintball Vest I received this as a gift for xmas. I am new to Valken so I requested an L/XL as this is what I wear in everything else. Once received I was unabe to oull the waist straps together. I am a 36 waist. ...
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guinnessfc
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Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: La Porte, Indiana
guinnessfc is playing at Living Legends VI
guinnessfc owns a Planet Eclipse Ego
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $60.00
Pros: Nice extra features
Cons: Size, Neck area
I received this as a gift for xmas. I am new to Valken so I requested an L/XL as this is what I wear in everything else. Once received I was unabe to oull the waist straps together. I am a 36 waist. Exhanges for 2xl/3xl which is next size up. I alter was informed they offer waist extenders for an addiotnal fee. i like the pack the harness the sizing just seem off. It has alot of features. Durable.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Valken Sports V-Tac Echo Paintball Vest Good scenario pack for those extra pod days. Chest buckle is too low and sits across the upper belly rather than the chest. Has held up well to 6+ mos of neglect (i mean use)
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jcmd
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Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: LI
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $50.00
Pros: good support, comes with pods
Cons: chest buckle sits too low
Good scenario pack for those extra pod days. Chest buckle is too low and sits across the upper belly rather than the chest. Has held up well to 6+ mos of neglect (i mean use)
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Valken Sports V-Tac Echo Paintball Vest I own both the Valken Echo and the Valken Bravo tactical harness. I bought the Bravo after using the Echo for 1 season and thought...there must be something better because I could never reach the...
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pgrant533
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Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: DeWinton, AB
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Length of use: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 4/5 stars.
Price paid: $85.00
Pros: very comfortable
Cons: tough to get at middle pods
I own both the Valken Echo and the Valken Bravo tactical harness. I bought the Bravo after using the Echo for 1 season and thought...there must be something better because I could never reach the middle two pods...so I bought the bravo.

The difference in them is that the echo is in the speedball format of 6 pods across the back and the bravo is three pods per side that ride vertically stacked on the hips.

Pros of the Echo - very easily worn, comfy does not move at all, and hardly feel like you are wearing any weight at all since it is distributed along the pod pack and shoulder harness pretty equally. Pods are held in by velcro pod traps that do not come undone
Cons of the Echo-- just cant seem to get at the 2 middle pods very easily and no amount of training or practice has helped.

Pro's of the Bravo Harness- easier to get at the pods that are at your side or hip area. Still feels like you are not even carrying 6 pods and a tank, very comfy, highly adjustable, good quality.
Cons of the Bravo harness -- pods on the side makes you wider and not quite as manuverable. Pods are held in by elastic bads type loops that clip over the pods catch...often come undone or get caught. Ive lost several pods of paint to the ground because of this.

SO! like most things...it depends... on how you like to carry your paint
on how secure you are with elastic loops holding your pods closed, on how good you are with reaching the middle pods...
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  • Currently 0/5 stars.
Valken Sports V-Tac Echo Paintball Vest I have been playing paintball for a long time. I typically play rec ball, but occasionally play scenario games and big games. When I play big games, I like to use a vest because it is WAY more...
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RaymiusII
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Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: PDX
Length of use: More than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 1.8/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 3/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 2/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 1/5 stars.
Price paid: $55.00
Pros: Works great for a while
Cons: Falls apart
I have been playing paintball for a long time. I typically play rec ball, but occasionally play scenario games and big games. When I play big games, I like to use a vest because it is WAY more comfortable and eliminates the pack sliding down my back as I walk long distances (Normal in big games). I have had my old Vest (NXE light infantry vest) for at least 2 years. It is finally getting to the point where things are coming apart, but it is still usable. I have heard good things about Valken and the Echo vest looked like a good fit for me. I do not use a remote, but like to carry 6 pods at one time. So it seemed to be ideal, so I picked one up.


The vest worked well and was very comfortable. I used it at a big game in May and like how it performed. As you can imagine, this does not get a whole bunch of use, but I used it about 4 times between May and December. After the December event I was hosing it off (I like to keep my gear clean) and noticed that it was essentially falling apart where the pod straps attach to the vest. This was not just one strap but at least four of them. The way this is constructed, the pod straps are attached by the flap being tucked under the edging and then the U shaped edging is sown together. The issue is that the edging on my vest was coming undone which allowed the straps to start coming off the vest (see pictures). Therefore if I keep using the vest, I have about one month until the straps start falling off and make the vest unusable because my pods would fall out.


So I figured, Valken would take care of me since this was a clear issue of bad stitching. I could show the vest was only 6 months old (had the receipt), in good condition (took pictures), and was obviously not due to excessive wear. Got a hold of Valken and sent everything in. They then inform me that the warranty on the product is 60 days. I am sorry but a 60 day warranty on this type of product makes no sense. I do not know anyone who uses a vest more than once a month, so this would mean you could use it twice before the warranty was up. To me this warranty was useless, but they did offer to sell me a new one at 50% of what I paid. They also wanted to me to send in my old vest before they would send me the new one. I calculated the cost and figured out that I would be paying 150% of the cost for the vest and potentially end up with the same issue again. My other option was to take that 50% (plus return shipping) and put it towards a competitor's product and see if I could have better luck with theirs.


Long story short, I decided to move to a different product, with a more reputable quality / customer service reputation (Empire). I have a few friends I asked about Valken products and one of them said "“if you have someone that can sew really well, they are great"”. This only validated that I made the correct decision on going with an alternate product.

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Valken Sports V-Tac Echo Paintball Vest I have two of these vests in two different patterns. They fit really well on my back and I don't really feel them while in the field. I have access to all my gear and it keeps my profile very small....
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thpike
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Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Brighton, Michigan
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thpike supports Empire
Length of use: More than 6 months
Overall Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Appearance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Performance:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Reliability:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Value:
  • Currently 5/5 stars.
Price paid: $29.98
Pros: support, durability, capacity, comfort
Cons: None as of now
I have two of these vests in two different patterns. They fit really well on my back and I don't really feel them while in the field. I have access to all my gear and it keeps my profile very small. I have great customization with this vest. It has a camelbak compartment in the back. Great vest would recommend it to anyone playing woods/scenario games.
  This review has been rated:
  • Currently 0/5 stars.
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