Now that I have your attention… Man I’m pissed off about this.
I bought one and it arrived on April 1, 2008. So what’s up at the 4 month mark? I have used it almost daily since then. Oh sure, it works well, seems to be well designed and I do love it, but
- The stitching is coming apart all around the neck
- The weights are wearing their way through the pouches (I can even see them peeking out)
- The weights are rusting
At close to $300 for this, I am, to say the least, pissed. I give at max. life of around 6 month. FWIW I do lots of combat conditioning and a vest is a great training tool for me.
Now I have tried to get in contact with customer support. I even wrote the president of the company. Nada. zilch. zip. Seems they are not interested in talking to anyone. Their great sounding guarantee is pretty much a sham at this point. Sorry, but they could at least have the courtesy to write back to tell me they didn’t really mean it.
Here is what I think: The design for weight distribution is good. However, the materials are not designed to have it fully loaded for active use on a regular basis – the materials just can’t handle it. I wear it for everything in a workout while doing circuits, so I stress test it every day.
Anybody got a better suggestion for a vest than this? Oh, spread the word about the company. Maybe if some of their major customers start raising these issues something will get done.