REVIEW 1TG Spartan vest feedback

SturmFalke101

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Quality 3.9/5 Read review
Appearance 4/5 Sleek, minimalist look
Function 4.6/5 It functions well. It is rigid enough to hold what you need and can be donned and doffed quickly and quietly. Good for pick-up games.
Price 3.5/5 If this fits your niche, it might be what you are looking for - but for $80? It's an interesting choice of features. The durability has to stand out. Condor's Sentry can be bought for $45-65, if they are willing to risk quality.
That being said, the similarities between the DOOM and Griffin vest may explain the price. It's built using similar design parameters.





My primary focus for this gear test was on the drag handle and general durability, and although I was able to make some games and get opinions, I don't think I have enough time spent to fully judge certain aspects of the vest, but I'll definitely update this review when I feel I have enough hours with the vest. It really is a fun vest! If I missed anything, I'll update the thread.
I'll start by saying I really appreciate OneTigris's commitment to innovation, quality, and their followers.
This is my second major product from 1TG I'll be reviewing, juggling different product testing is new to me, and I hope to get better!
the 1TG Spartan looks to be a simplified, minimalist version of the Doom or Griffin vest. I do not have experience with either, however. For my comparison, I'll be using my 1000D Emerson Plate Carrier, which was not only purchased second hand, but continues the tradition of being ran hard. I know the Doom or Griffin would be a better comparison for my Emerson since they're both feature rich carriers with a cummerbund, but the core elements are there for comparison. I frequently referenced different images to help with my gear test.
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The plate carrier seemed from the description to be heavy duty, maybe even heavy duty enough to handle heavy plates, while maintaining a minimalist footprint. Do to supply and demand in the United States, weighted plates and ballistic plates have long lead times on average. I was unable to obtain weighted plates for testing. These carriers like a little weight in them, and since the Spartan use flex buckles instead of a cummerbund, I was curious to see how heavy of a plate I could go without running into issues with the vest staying in place. That's one design trait that most plate carriers with flex buckles share; an almost intrinsic lack of stability, when compared to their cummerbund variants. The design, construction and thickness lead me to believe weighted places will behave better in this vest than some other flex buckle vests.

The Spartan Vest comes with stiff foam material (10x12 in size) to get the user started with. After a little use, the foam material seemed to take form to the shape of my body a little bit, but it isn't going to be as contoured as a single or multi-curved plastic plate. (Foam plate as as seen in Picture 1 below, with my curved plastic plate in Picture 2 below.)
Additionally, the amount of Velcro used to secure plates might be a bit much. I doubt I'll ever have an issue with the velcro coming undone, breaking, or dropping a plate, but as a trade off I have to wrangle the vest open because the pull tab is overcome by the sheer amount of Velcro inside.

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I was also able to test my plastic plates in the Spartan vest, as seen in the edited photo below.
Notice how the plates stick out; I believe Emerson gear plates are slightly longer (half of an inch) so this may not be a fault of the plate carrier, as some 10x12s on the market vary a little bit in size.
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The carrier is easy to don and doff, and can be adjusted as required to best fit the user. (The top of the front plate should align with your sternal notch, where your collarbone meets your sternum). Flex buckles make less noise than velcro.
Additionally, I wore the vest for several workdays underneath a leather jacket to get an idea of what it would feel like to wear the vest for a while.
It does pretty well, especially considering there isn't anything special in terms of keeping cool. There's a hot spot in the center which can trap sweat. Most carriers struggle with this, however. The shoulder pads did well too, but the real test would'd been how the vest felt under load, since weight dispersion is very important when it comes to vests.
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A fellow gear enthusiast voiced concerns about the durability of the shoulder straps. The Velcro backing appeared to have popped free from the running (?) stitches close to where the shoulder straps connect with the carrier. I was able to make it worse by Velcroing and Un-Velcroing the component multiple times along the weakened stitches.
The other side also had a corner that was trying to come undone.

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Since the Velcro is secured to the Nylon strap using some form of label stitch, (That is, along the inner edges of the Nylon strap and also down the middle) I don't think this would lead to failure any time soon.
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Another possible issue - One that I was unable to test; the shoulder strap material that connects to the plate carrier cover.
I am not a gear designer, nor do I have much experience when it comes to stitching or manufacturing load-bearing equipment so I may be wrong, but this area may benefit from reinforcement.
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Something else that might be worth taking a look at are the last pieces of MOLLE webbing horizontally. Usually (As seen on numerous Vests and carriers, Including the DOOM and Griffin vest) the last piece of MOLLE webbing (Which sometimes ends up long) is bartacked to a shorter piece of MOLLE webbing, which is stitched to the edge of the plate carrier. This keeps the load-bearing capabilities of the individual MOLLE strong on the corner MOLLE
That being said, the long strips of MOLLE are double (Maybe tripple?) stitched into the plate carrier.
Are the long strips of MOLLE webbing on the last of each horizontal row intentional? Maybe to allow for different plate thickness?
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On to the Drag Handle
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I tested the drag handle by attaching a 10 foot tow rope to the Drag handle with a large Carabiner. I performed several tests.
Subject weighs 150-160lbs
Subject dragged up a flight of stairs (Painful)
Subject dragged across a flat surface (Easy)
Attach Subject to a parked truck with the emergency brake enabled and throw body weight away from the vehicle, 12 inches of travel
Subject was able to loosen or break some stitches with the last test after 10-15 attempts.
Afterwords, I towed a small vehicle (Pictured above) with the vest with no further signs of wear.

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The Drag handle itself is made out of thick material, but it isn't reinforced or stitched in any particular way. The Drag handle has several rows of thick stitches securing it to the vest, hidden behind the top row of MOLLE webbing (Not pictured) and going down half way into the second row, which is secured by at least one more row of stitching. The depth is pictured below.
Maybe a label stitch pattern or just more stitching would help? (Bartack? How would backstitches do for this kind of motion?)
Now I know this vest is being marketed as an airsoft vest, but here's some observations from other Plate carriers and backpacks:
I have seen two Condor plate carrier designs that have the drag handle reinforced all different ways and go all the way down to the bottom of the vest. Is this necessary? Probably not.
I have several backpacks and vests laying around, and as much as I'd love to take more photos, it's almost 4AM at the time of writing this initial review, so I'll kindly list them for reference.
Maxpedition Falcon II (The reinforced carry handle specifically)
LBT Modular Sentinel (Unique design)
Condor Sentry (This plate carrier is similar, but more flimsy)
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Some misc Freyed edges, unsure if this is normal wear or tear.
The vest has been dragged up stairs, thrown on gravel, and abraded by shrubbery.
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Inside, where a buckle is stitched into the vest
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Another very detailed review! Thank you! Regarding the webbing length at the ends, the designer says that has hard plates are fixed in size, it's standard practice for the webbing at the ends to vary in length (either longer than 2" or shorter).
 
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Another very detailed review! Thank you! Regarding the webbing length at the ends, the designer says that has hard plates are fixed in size, it's standard practice for the webbing at the ends to vary in length (either longer than 2" or shorter).
Any time! :)