Yes, an Air-soft vest is considered tactical clothing – because it protects you from the pellets that are being fired as these can injure you significantly without the vests. You don’t have to be employed in the tactical forces to get the adrenaline rush of the call to duty, you can create your own tactical world by playing Air-soft. When buying an Air-soft vest there are many aspects that you should consider. Here are just a few things to consider before purchasing this type of vest.
- Make sure that the vest is tightly sewn and of course that its color and other design elements are well suited for you – just for personal preference reasons. You want to ensure that you get the best fit so that you will be very comfortable as you play. If you plan to be playing in the heat you should look for a lightweight one that has breathable features so that you won’t be smothered and end up with heat stroke. Stay away from vests that have a glazed appearance on the interior if you will be playing in warm weather.
- You will likely be carrying a number of devices on you while you play the game, thus you want to ensure that your vest has enough pockets to accommodate all your items. You don’t just want to have pockets everywhere but in places that can be easily and conveniently accessed. Newer vests feature MOLLE attachment points so that you can customize where your pockets are but if you have older vests then you will be dealing with fixed pockets. Before you buy, find out about all the gear that you will need to have stowed on you so you can ensure you can have all your items in the right place.
- Choose a vest that is made with high quality resilient material this not only ensures your protection during game play but also ensures that your vest will last for many years providing you with value for money. The material is not the only thing you have to worry about as you also have to think about the durability of the zippers and any Velcro closures or attachment points that may be present on the vest. Purchasing a high quality vest that is more expensive now means less maintenance costs in the future so over time you will be saving money if you make a good initial investment.
- If purchasing your vest in a physical store you are encouraged to try it on and move around in the store to see how comfortable it is. Never mind the people, chances are if you are buying this in a store, anybody in there will not think you strange for doing what you are doing. It’s not like they sell tactical clothing at the grocery store so people there will be “your kind”. Try a range of motions that you would do while playing the game to ensure its compatibility. If you won’t be purchasing in a store but online then you will have to rely on some reviews. A good brand to choose form is 5.11 Tactical as they are known for providing high quality, durable and strong gear.