Let’s be honest, lasercut gear may look kind of ridiculous but it is effective and tacticool. You know, FULL TACTICAL SWAG! For some time there was large boom on that type of gear and for know it is stable and some of the companies have clarified on market that are specialized in that. Our domestic companies are Templars Gear, Stronghold Group i Specops and all of them offer at least plate carrier. There is also Direct Action but it is only form procommandodeltamogfokinSEAL and isn’t available for common airsoft player. They makes more marketing than releasing gear- still so little direct and even less action 😉 Specops is known for ther controversial ULPC, Stronghold has its prototype testing and Templars Gear is simply developing the plate carrier system and in our opinion is at the best place on the market. Fully operational and “order-ready”.
Let’s start with that TPC isn’t ultralight desing but classic plater carriermade of lasercut, laminated Cordura. True, molle webbing has been removed for zero-pals system but laminated cordura weights too and there isn’t so many cuts reducing weight as it at ULPC. TPC is slightly bigger JPC made by using laser cutting, with all of the advantages and disadvantages of the JPC design. Main objective was to remove molle webbing and achieve low profile construction, fully camouflaged (lack of the webbing which colors vary from the cordura).
As I mentioned above, TPC can be undestood as a whole system, not only a vest, which is constatly being developed with new attachments. So, what are parts of that system?
1. Main plate carrier with the Velcro panels to attach additional modules, with detachable front panel:
– standard front flap with inner pouch closed with Velcro or zipper which can be used as organizer/map panel or hold magazines inserts,
– flap with the integrated 3×1 shingle pouches or with 3×2 flap closed pouches,
2. Detachable cummerbund: standard lasercut (standard set) or made from elastic wide band with magazine pouches ,
3. Shoulderpads and inner comfortpads.
Primary version of TPC is vest, lasercut cummerbund and front flap with inner, velcro closed pouch. This set costs 144€ and additional 12€ for comfortpads and 12€ for shoulderpads. So we have 168€. It costs a bit but there are many camouflage/color versions, not like the opponents: Coyote Brown, Ranger Green, Black and PenCott GreenZone, MTP, MultiCam, MultiCam Tropic, Kryptek Mandrake, A-TACS FG and US Woodland.
We have tested 2 versions without comfortpads (MC Tropic and MTP) and 2 ith comfortpads (CB and PenCott GreenZone). They are made from 500/500 denier laminated cordura, only MTP is made of 1000D Cordura.
We got also PinCott Charmingzone version but it was a polyester used by Templar to make fun of us. How in the hell you can explain it when you are waiting for box full of MultiCam?
We are used to that everything from Templars Gear is superb quality. Don’t expect any defects and also there is no risk of delamination – technology is well-prepared but still not in 100%. Every further lamination could be a failure but every part of material is checked in Templars Gear. Everything is made of 500d Cordura but we had a 1000d Cordura in MTP which we have tested and nothing were ripped apart.
Serial production is made of laminated 500d Corduraand it is better not to make such tests. But the vest survived without any major damages after hanging 90kg of weight on two rows w cordura and on the part of the shoulder strap. Will we hang ourselves on vest made of 500D Cordura? Nope 😉 We have laready tested and our curiosity has been fulfilled.
Cut outs don’t fray to quickly when put into use and contrary to opinion of some people they don’t rip out. But you have seen it above – you can even hang on it. Of course as in TG-PT1 everything was strengthen with additional stitches. It is to prevent further delamination or mechanical damages – it will just stop on the stitches.
Upper and lower part have cut outs compatible with MOLLE system. On the upper part we have small part of Velcro which is size of standard nametag. Lower part is a loop side Velcro for cummerbund closure and right above it we have a Velcro (loop+hook side) to attach flap we just want (with inner pouch or pouches 3×1/3×2).
In gen.2, front flaps are detachable, also they have been equipped with little side grips which made easier to get it up and loops from elastic band. Perfect for comm cables or hydration. Upper part of front panel has also slanted single webbing which can be used as a platform for mounting PTT or end of the hydration tube.
From the inner side, vest has 2 strips of Velcro’s loop side (or in MTP is velour) to attach comfortpads made from foam nad 3d mesh.
And here whole space is covered with zero-pals system also. What is more, edges has trimming on the whole part when cummerbung goes through which lowers the risk of delamination. Cummerbund goes through the tunnel at lower part of the panel. On the upper part producer made also loops to attach coom’s wiring or hydration tube. Pesh with his prototype put the wiring inside the vest which photo below shows (MC Tropic).
For this type of desing and its size there is no emergency grip for evacuation. What is interesting the laminated cordura is strong enough to attach a lanyard’s piton to it and evacuat wounded user – but this affect in damaging the vest.
It is integral part of the front and rear panel – they are being hold together by Velcro, the same like in the JPC. When adding shoulderpads you just mount them on the earlier regulated straps.
In fact, it is made out of 2 parts connected with the shockcord which provides some flexibility so it all “works” when user is breathing. It is strenghten vertically so it doesn’t collapse and encroach like it was with the JPC cummerbund and still it is very light and breathable.
USAGE (PERSONAL OPINION)
As I mentioned at the beginning, TPC has advantages and disadvantages similar to those from JPC. Advantages are of course low profile, good cooperation with backapacks and disadvantages are shoulder straps regulation (which cause that front and rear panel tends to place awkward). Cummerbund has been greatly improved which is now inner, not outer.
As in JPC, vest gives us great mobility and it is more comfortable than in design from Crye – cummerbund bands don’t encroach and due to more inflexible shoulder stability it is more stable. Of course we can load tons of stuff on it but if more than we should use shoulderpads. Thank to this solution, TPC is quite universal because it can be set as DA loadout or heavy loadout (CIRAS style) and only add shoulderpads – just a moment. If I would have to choose between JPC and TPC i would choose TPC due to its greater universality and modularity.
Unless we didn’t choose a proper size (S, M, L) and we don’t have any comfortpads the problem may appear – loose ends of the shoulder straps stick out. They can be put throught the holes but it isn’t a perfect solution.
With or without comfortpads – PC is very low profile. Although it is bigger than JPC it isn’t worse at any point. It can be easily hidden under a jacket or shirt and cooperate well with smaller (tested with 25-35L) or bigger bacpack (80L).
Vest doesn’t bother even while driving a car. Of course it is most comfortable without comfortpads.
But when we want to pust dozens of magazines, IFAK, pistol and backpack/hydration we just simply attach all 6 comfortpads which will greatly increase comfort of usage. After walking for few hours it can’t be noticed just try walk like that for 6-8 and mount more than 3 hi-cap magazines. You will change your opinion 😉
Modularity – iwas talking about it again and again. TPC is a gear that provides great flexibility in action. It can be configured for DA or for long time fights with lot of ammo on it. In first case we tend to have a low profile and in the second we just add comfortpads and have more comfortabe usage losing only (slightly) low profile and comfort when using backpack.
Comfortpads are one point, front flap and cummerbund is another. Cummerbund can be choose standard lasercut or elastic with inner magazine pouches which provides greater movability (we just assume because we didn;t get it for testing). Changeable flaps allows user to quickly change the configuration in cae of changin the weapon or place of action: in cQB we mount flap with pouches for MP-5 for example and when we go back oustide, into the woods we can easily change it to a flap with pouches for 5,56mm or 7,62mm carbine (or replica 😉 ) Or even connect it – insert with 5,56mm magazines and on the flap 9mm pouches 😛
Our only attention to the flap is that sometimes it just detached itself when we were opening it with one hand and have it loaded. Templars Gear changed it and made Velcro bigger.. and it turned out that some of the people like the earlier version. Personal preferences and it can’t be anything done with it. Panel itself can be easily “opened”.
Lasercut gear has one great advantage – there is no webbing that may vary in color and the producer doesn’t need to buy them with proper color/ camouflage and then sew them properly.
To be honest, MC/MTP works quite well with PenCott Badlands.
TPC is for now the best lasercut plate carrier in Poland and taking selling it worldwide into consideration – very popular abroad. Most of all, it is made with high qulity materials and very neat and it is sold for reasonable price. Of course after some time delamination may occur, but later than earlier 😉 And i doesn’t rip after hangin on it 😉 Templars Gear offers wide amount of camouflages – PenCott, MultiCam, Kryptek as well as traditional and classic M81 Woodland which is nearly impossible to get despite G.I gear. Plate carrier from Templars gear is a very good design but with disadvantages that mostly come of its patterning on JPC. But it is better than JPC.
It is a modular vest, great for DA and for longer actions. It gives the user very low profile, quick change of configuration thank to detachable flap and cummerbund. There aren’t many vests like that one. So if you decide for TPC, you won’t regret it and you will be able to constantly make it different, because Templars Gear is making further modules.