Originally Posted by Shocker_Monkey
But overall what do you think of the Merc vest? From just messing with it and wearing it around the house it seems like its pretty solidly built.
So far I've been happy with it. I've used it about 6 times, including a weekend long scenario, and functionally it works just like when it was new. Like I mentioned I think the color lightened up a little bit but it could be I just got used to it lol.
Don't see any fraying and nothing is falling apart yet even though I crawl around on my stomach and run through brush when I play. The buttons do like to rust so just a heads up if you get them wet and they don't air dry fully. The hydration pouch is a nice touch and I've used it 3 times with a camel bak bladder. The loop that the camelbak hooks into is kind of "meh" and the bladder will unhook sometimes during play and slide down the pouch but it's just more of an inconvenience than a problem.
The elastic waist band is nice especially if you don't have a duty belt attached to the bottom of the vest. Keeps things nice and snug against your lower back.
Hope it works for you!