This is the most comfortable vest I have ever worn. The six pockets for your magazines can carry a whole lot go gear. I'm 6' tall, and I have the shoulder straps as tight as they go; yet the vest still has a little more length than I want. However, I don't have any belly. so keep that in mind. The sides have three adjustment belts on each side. The straps are very long, and I still haven't decided how to take care of the excess length. I like the idea of the recoil pad built into the vest, but I wish it wasn't on both sides. It steals some nice real estate for another pouch. The back is molle which is great for carrying things you may not need immediately. I'm surprised no one mentioned that this vest is darn nice looking. It's a very smart looking piece of tactical gear. On the inside there are two large zippered mesh pockets, to carry light weight objects, or maps. Even a cell phone could be placed with no problem. The mesh lining keeps you cool as possible. I should mention that the vest does not come with a belt, but it has all the loops you need to use your own. The trend in armor is to go with smaller plates. The large plates weigh you down, and you lose agility and speed on your feet. That being said, this vest will easily accommodate an armor carrying vest for front, rear, and side body armor. You simply readjust the straps so you can wear it over your armor vest. I looked at every vest I could possibly find. This vest, for my purposes, is the best value anywhere. It is very well made, and it should give you many years of service. It doesn't appear bulky or frightening. I merely mention it because I have no problem going to the range wearing this. Get yourself a tactical holster, and whatever you need for your other leg, and you are ready to go. You don't have to look any further. Believe me, I did extensive research. You will not find a better vest than the Black Hawk Elite Tactical Vest!
Pros: Sizability, comfort, flexibility, recoil pads
Cons: Straps are very long on sides, Double recoil pads
This review was written in the old system and had content requirements that are different than reviews written today.