USGI M81 Woodland Enhanced Load Bearing Vest
USGI M81 Woodland Enhanced Load Bearing Vest
USGI M81 Woodland Enhanced Load Bearing Vest
USGI M81 Woodland Enhanced Load Bearing Vest
USGI M81 Woodland Enhanced Load Bearing Vest

USGI M81 Woodland Enhanced Load Bearing Vest

Regular price$49.99 USD
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Rated 4.9 out of 5
Based on 22 reviews

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Is M81 Cool yet? Oh yeah.

Worn in conjunction with the ALICE Standard Equipment belt, this was about as high speed as you could get from the US back in the 80s and 90s., This is the Enhanced Load Bearing Vest or just LBV for short. It was our first attempt at making proper chest-mounted equipment, taking a few notes from South Africa's successes with pattern 83: Velcro pouches for easy access to magazines, ITW fastex buckles, and light weight. We just made it a little more complicated because we're America.

What you might notice immediately is the angle of the mag pouches — It was believed that this was ergonomically better than vertical pouches for reloads, and even made an appearance on the early MOLLE platform known as the SPEAR ELCS made by Safariland. Whether or not it actually matters that they're angled is up to you, but it definitely gives off a retro aesthetic. Green berets and plenty of other spooks had angled mags on their kits well into Operation Enduring Freedom.

The vest is constructed with a breathable mesh, ITW Nexus Fastex buckles on the front, and a corset-style field repairable back (it literally uses paracord, which you could easily replace yourself). The shoulder harness is a padded slightly-angled H harness with loops for routing radio cords/antennas, but also comes in handy for routing hydration if you're using a more modern pack/carrier. Lastly, with an ALICE belt, you can loop it through the snapped loops on the bottom of the vest and even attach a M81 buttpack.

Antiquated? Yeah, a little bit. But that's the fun of M81 gear — It's in its golden years now which means its cheap, plentiful, and aesthetic as hell.

 

Specs

  • Made in the USA by Reyes Industries
  • 4 Piece construction: Shoulder harness, left & right mag panels, and back
  • Breathable nylon mesh construction
  • Corset-style paracord adjustment on back
  • Holds 6 USGI Aluminum magazines. Outer mag pouches hold 2, inner holds one. No guaranteed fit with other rifle platforms.
  • 2 grenade/compass pouches
  • ALICE belt compatible snap-closure loops around base of the rig
  • Padded shoulder harness with snap-closure loops for routing cables/hydration
  • Rear panel has 2 D-rings for attaching M81 Style Buttpack (will need ALICE belt)
  • Reinforced stitching on all load bearing points & wear areas

 

Condition

Load Bearing Vests are perfectly functional with either minor or no cosmetic blemishes, abrasions, or other signs of use. M81 Woodland pattern remains vibrant.

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Reviewed by Michael W., from United States
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Just what I needed!

Does exactly what I need it to do and it fits well. Shipped to me in excellent condition and couldn't be happier!

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Looks great

I'll be honest, I don't really have plans for wearing/using this in any serious capacity, I just wanted it to have and to put on every once in a while when I'm being buttfuck stupid alone in my apartment and it's exactly as the pictures showed it.

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We got a bird down in the city!

Vest is fantastic, combined with the Alice gear belt setup, you can live out all your milsurp fantasies. In all seriousness guys, while it’s older tech it’s still viable, functional, rugged, and well made. Say yes to the vest!

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Is pretty cooth and well worth the money

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Reviewed by Ryan W., from United States
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Looks sweet

Took advantage and got this for $11 total with the halloween sale. In fantastic shape despite use, though it does have a bit of an odd smell and I don’t know how to go about washing it. But it’s fine to stink innawoods. I’m not an AR owner, but I figured this would fit AK-74 mags. The top pouches fit them snug and fine, they will fit in the bottom pouches with the baseplate out but won’t shut all the way, yet are tight enough to keep the mags from falling out. If you’re buying this intending to carry 7.62 mags, this shouldn’t need to be said but they will not fit. This is super solid gear and great budget chest rig, super comfy and modular.

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