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Posted: 10/27/2013 5:06:51 AM EDT
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The rise in body armor among the civilian population has been trending upward the last several years due to a variety of factors--economic fears, lower cost of armor (especially soft panels and steel plates), and a better understanding of the capabilities of these systems have all helped in the proliferation of civilian owned/used body armor.

Most plate carriers or body armor systems on the market are marketed toward the military/LE community however; the features and prices reflect it as well.    One offering out now on the lower end of the cost spectrum is the Condor XPC.   It comes to market around $60-90 and claims to offer some of the features of the top notch offerings out there so I snatched one up to see if it's true.

Pros:
-Cost.  It's probably going to be the driving factor for most folks looking at this rig.
-It can be used with just soft armor, plates, or a combination of the two.
-Available in black, tan, OD green, and multicam.
-Hook and loop sections on the front and back for nametapes, patches, ect...  These sections can still be used with MOLLE compatible accessories.
-Fully adjustable cumberbun.
-Did much better in my drag test that I expected honestly.
-Adjustable shoulder straps.
-Shoulder strap padding is better than some of Condor's previous offerings that I've seen.
-Comes in S/M (takes 10x12.5'' plates) and L/XL (takes 10.5x14.5'' plates)

Cons:
-I'm not a fan of the mesh interior lining.  They say it's for cooling but I'd prefer some normal cordura for increased durability.
-The hydration tube loops seem like they don't integrate well into the design.  I'd like to see them redesigned.
-There is a map pouch in the front.  It doesn't fold down like many other carriers though.  That's probably just a personal preference thing however.
-I have a bunch of plate carriers; the stitching on this isn't as heavy as some of my high end carriers--no doubt about it.  But, for most non-military folks it'll likely hold up just fine.   Time will tell I suppose.


Here's a review/overview video with some shooting, a drag test, a discussion of the features of the carrier, and just my thoughts on it overall:

Link Posted: 10/27/2013 5:34:44 AM EDT
Nice review, thanks for sharing!
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 8:00:05 AM EDT
Thanks for the review. I'm closing in on purchasing a carrier or chest rig. This will get thrown in the consideration pile.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 9:50:01 AM EDT
I have no idea what your're talking about with the hydro routes b/c the pictures cut it off. Can we get another photo?
Why the $30 price difference? Paying for multicam or just different vendors?
In picture #1, it appears rows 2,3, & 4 need an extra bartack on the outsides.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 5:13:27 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By bradpierson26:
I have no idea what your're talking about with the hydro routes b/c the pictures cut it off. Can we get another photo?
Why the $30 price difference? Paying for multicam or just different vendors?
In picture #1, it appears rows 2,3, & 4 need an extra bartack on the outsides.
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The hydro routes are those little tabs sticking up on the shoulder pads that can be seen in the video---as I stated above, I'm not a fan of them either.     That's probably why you didn't recognize them; they just look out of place.


Agreed on the need for another bartack.
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 3:51:22 AM EDT
Do you have a picture of the shoulders?  Curious to see the hydro loops that you are talking about.
CHRIS
Link Posted: 10/28/2013 2:48:46 PM EDT
Good video.

Great Youtube channel. Keep it up Brother we need the intel.
Link Posted: 10/29/2013 3:06:59 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Cixelsyd:
Do you have a picture of the shoulders?  Curious to see the hydro loops that you are talking about.



CHRIS
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I don't have any uploaded to a sharing site, sorry.   But if you go to around the 3:20 mark in the video they are the tabs sticking off the shoulder pad that I remove.
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