I chose the RAV carrier because I like heavy weight carriers. And this allows me to stay out in the game for hours. Fully loaded I am bringing out about 3k rounds.
The cool thing I like about what I did is that I bought a blank vest and bought everything separate rather than buying a complete set or cheap replica RAV/CIRAS. I chose this route because it allowed me to make it my own and customize it the way I want to. Over all this vest cost me $350 and fully loaded with bb's, mags, water and misc accessories weighs roughly 25lbs.
The RAV resembles the CIRAS that a lot of people seem to love, with a few differences. If anybody could tell me those differences I would be greatly appreciated!
FRONTBoth the CIRAS and RAV are MOLLE platforms.
RAV has velcro in the front, at the top near the neck and along the belly. They are there for nametape/ID usage and for attaching the wrap-around cumberbund respectively. There is also velcro on the back for attaching the zip-up back panel.
CIRAS also has copious amounts of velcro, the Maritime has velcro at the sides to secure the side panels, and the Land has velcro at the front to secure the cumberbund.
Both CIRAS and RAV are excellent rigs. Because they are MOLLE platforms, they can be endlessly configured to your particular preference. With appropriate MOLLE pouches, you could build rigs suited for a particular game, a particular setting, or a particular season, all based on one platform, rather than getting several for different applications.
A) 2 Condor Single Mag Pouches: I have 1 speedloader in each pouch, being that I run mid-caps. I also may use one for a 40mm Grenade.
B) 4 Condor Double M14 Pouches: The only things I can fit my SR25 mags in. I did have to stretch the pouches out a bit to conform to my mags though. Carring 8 G&P brand 170 Mids.
C) Hyrdration Tube
D) Condor 1 pt Bungie Sling: One of the best slings I have ever used. I know theres better out there but this one is amazing and does the job.
E) PTT Radio Communicator
F(1)) Condor MAX Admin Pouch: I have a LED map light strung through it and a compass for this years Op: Military Games. (look below for contents)
F(2) Holds a Beam Light and 2 nice pens for on the field/off the field duties.
A) Condor Hydration Carrier mk1: Self explanatory
B) Condor Utilities Pouch: Font pouch holds a set of allen keys. Main pouch holds bug spray, electrical tape, permanent marker, flat-head screw driver and Cat Piss defog spray.
C) Condor Radio Pouch: Hold my T5200 Motorola.
D) Limited Edition silver K-BAR (discontinued)
E) Condor Dump Pouch: holds 10-12 m4 mags
INSIDE: Kind Arms replica IIIA Sapi Plates