Just a little word to let you know I went to get my package two days ago and took some time to play with the vest a little.
First of all, thank you for everything, it was a real pleasure doing business with you, and I hope I am only the first in a long list of overseas customer (or domestic, for that matter).
First thing I noticed was that the vest felt like both a mix of industrial strength and for some reason also a "handmade", artisanal feel to it (which is a good thing for me). Maybe it is due to the relatively small-scale of your production to this day, and I am very proud to have such little numbers in the run/batch counts, a true collector item!
The colour is very nice, I like it. I expected it to look more tan at the beginning, but it has that little greenish tint to it that will make it look very good with whatever pouches I will add to it, whether CB, multicam, whatever, specially since the MOLLE webbing looks definitely more brown.
Second thing I noticed: all this nice, big, straight real-estate! Just like a maritime CIRAS, which for me was a reference so far. Having that big 8x7 panel of MOLLE webbing up front, including such a big velcro area, is definitely impressive. Also, the sheer elegance of your design really enhances all the MOLLE attachment capacity.
Once closed, it looks as if the vest is made of a single piece of cordura loaded with attachment points, with very little "breaking points" (I do not have a better word right now) even around the waist area unlike other plate carriers that I have in which the cumberbund just stands out in such a fashion that you can only fit small pouches to it...it's like it's tailored around you, then you have MOLLE webbing all over.
Speaking about the design, it is so simple and effective one wonders why no one thought about it before. Just like any great idea, anyway ;-) It is so simple to set, so intuitive, so comfortable. It serves both form and function. Of course, it might not be as quick as a CIRAS, but with sufficient habit I am sure you can undo it extremely fast, even full of MOLLE pouches if they are located correctly and in an uncomfortable situation . It blows conventional cummerbund plate carriers out of the water once again. This two-pieces design is just genius, and no need for the CIRAS hassle of setting up the cable once again after a release.
It is a breeze to store nice and flat or care for it when needed because of this. No fastex, no nothing, just two pieces that any child could figure how to connect.
The compartment for ballistic inserts is large and generous, once again unlike some PCs.
OK, just a little negative comment in this sea of positive ones (not to be mean, but to avoid sounding too fanboyish!), the stitching on the MOLLE webbing does not seem to encompass all the strip. But I have to caveat this by saying that I did not check on my other vests to see if it was the case. I was under the impression that no, but I could be very wrong. Anyway, it still looks (and is, yeah, I tried pulling heheheh) rock-solid.
And I really like the sling as well. Strong, intelligently fitted to the whole vest (once again, so simple!!), so convenient to use. The weapon you attach to it feels almost weightless (though I have to take care of not smashing my private parts, because it is so easy to forget you have it!)
Frankly, I am impressed by the elegance and simplicity of your design. With simpler solution and less hassle you do everything right when compared to a CIRAS for example. I haven't seen Paraclete's RBAV firsthand yet so I cannot comment. Once thing is sure: your build quality is as good, you're simpler, cheaper.
Yeah which reminds me another strength of your system: no need for shoulder pads. Nothing cuts through your deltods or collar bones. Everything is nice, wide and flat. The weight is distributed evenly, effortlessly. And not a single fastex buckle...I could not be more impressed of what you achieve with such an elegant conception...
OK, time for me to go. No need to say that I am both impressed and extremely pleased by what I received. It is truly a collector item in every sense, and a lot of afficionados like me will be downright jealous about what I will show them.
Keep on doing such great products and innovations (you hear this word so often, but here I do believe you can claim real innovations!).
My best wishes of success and gratitude for your continued support and kindness. P2Sys has rocketed in my list of favorites and the website will be in my bookmarks for sure!!
Take care and have a wonderful weekend,
An elated customer."
(note: the stitching problem he is referring to has been resolved)
"Here is what I have to say about this vest and I’ve used several:
Operationally, it’s everything I ever wanted and some.. I attribute this to Personal Protective Systems applying the input they get from real operators. It’s not often you find a company like this that is so proactive when it comes to making their product combat effective. It’s versatility and sturdy construction never ceases to amaze me. Because of that I had no problem mounting all my operational equipment on it with easy access to all of it. Not to mention it is extremely comfortable at the same time giving you maximum coverage for increased survivability in high threat environments. Recently I was injured in the Middle East and am totally convinced that had it not been for this vest the outcome of the injuries I incurred would have been significantly worse. When it came time to move me they were able to easily and completely remove my vest at one time without creating further injuries. I attribute this to PPS’s quick release systems. For this I will be forever thankful for the outstanding construction and functionality of this vest. I’m glad that my search for the best vest on the market has come full circle. I’m equally excited about PPS’s other combat ready equipment and accessories. Remember that these systems are an investment and the price you pay for them is minimal compared to what could happen with a lesser product. Thank you and God Speed."