US LBV, Woodland, surplus
A light, durable and warproof combat vest for a low price! US Army surplus.
The IIFS (Individual Integrated Fighting System) was adopted in 1988 to replace and complement the ALICE system and is in limited use even today. All-new items in the IIFS were the combat vest, rucksack and day pack. This combat vest has been designed to be used together with an LC-3 belt, which is to be equipped with water canteens and pouches for additional magazines.
Two models: The LBV-E is an improved version of the LBV-88, with slanted magazine pouches and breathable mesh in place of nylon fabric. Pick whichever tickles your fancy, they're very much alike.
Features four magazine pouches for six M16 magazines, two grenade pouches, good adjustments in every direction, and ten belt loops for LC2/3 pistol belts. Basically, this vest acts rather like a set of suspenders (but with a realtively huge carrying capacity), with the main load carried on the belt. An excellent design, yet quickly superceded by the MOLLE-system.
For those not too keen on MOLLE, this "vest" is lightweight, has easily accessible pouches, and as it does not cover the entire upper body, it doesn't boil you in your own sweat.
US army surplus
Used but in perfectly serviceable condition.
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Greg W. 12.12.2017
Military equipment is traditionally excellent stuff; it combines durability with very affordable prices. Army surplus finds its way to the civilian market in the following way: the armed forces of one country or other decides to get rid of big batches of perfectly serviceable gear due to cuts in military budgets, said gear becoming obsolete or redundant or some other similar reason. Some of this stuff then finds its way to our storehouse, sometimes directly, sometimes through a third party. Every once in a while we even get random batches of collectibles and rarities from obscure corners of the world.