Top Chest Rigs For Your Next Mission

Pros

  • Distributes weight higher up on your body. On level ground, this allows you to carry your load more efficiently. This advantage fades the more uneven the terrain becomes.
  • Keeps gear close at hand, so you don’t have to struggle to reach anything.
  • More comfortable to sit in vehicles because you don’t have a ton of gear on your belt. Multiple people can ride more comfortably while wearing more gear.
  • Gear doesn’t get in your way when performing actions such as kneeling.

Cons

  • Chest rigs can make you hotter. Wearing gear on your chest decreases your body’s ability to cool itself. This is more of a problem in the summer or in warmer climates.
  • Increases the odds you'll overload yourself with gear. The more you carry, the slower you'll be and the faster you'll tire out.
  • Chest rigs make it harder to hit the deck and take cover. They increase the height of your body when lying on your stomach so it takes more cover to conceal you.
  • Adding bulk to your front and sides can make it awkward to move a weapon. This can have a major impact on your shooting accuracy and response time.

Voodoo Tactical Chest Rig
Tactical Gear

$68

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Faq

Do I actually need a chest rig? Are they comfortable for women?

Chest rigs are nice for carrying extra ammo and gear but not everyone likes them. They can be less comfortable and more cumbersome on women because of their body shape. Tactical belts are a good alternative for carrying extra gear on your torso for easy access.

Can plate carriers be a chest rig?

Many plate carriers have places to attach MOLLE pouches. Plate carriers offer a lot of coverage compared with a chest rig, but they are harder to put on and take off. A chest rig is nice because it can be worn alone or layered with body armor and plate carriers if the situation requires it. At the same time, if you'll be wearing body armor most of the time you're using other tactical gear, a separate chest rig may not make sense. Many people have plate carriers with storage and ammo pouches as well as a separate chest rig so they can carry gear on their chest whether they wear body armor or not. Chest rigs are not a huge expense, so it may be worth it to have one just for the sake of versatility.

How much weight is okay to carry on your chest?

While there's no magic number, there are some things to consider when planning how to distribute gear on your body. The key to not overloading yourself is to not carry more than 20% of your body weight. That being said, it's always a good idea to balance your load. This means spreading weight out over your body. Some chest rigs weigh 4–5 lbs. before you add a single item. Adding too much weight to your front without anything on your back can affect your balance and strain your torso muscles. Of course, some people carry a lot more than 20% of their body weight, especially in the military, but for the average person, it's not a good idea unless you're in good shape or gradually increase the loads you carry. Rucking is a popular sport and a great way to increase what you can carry safely.

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