SIG Sauer Academy

Tactical Assault Gear – Vanguard Armor Carrier And Integrated Hybrid Vest

We recently had the opportunity to check out two of Tactical Assault Gear’s armor carriers, the Vanguard and Integrated Hybrid Vest. Both are very well made and worth taking a look at if you’re in the market. We’re particularly impressed that TAG went the extra mile and licensed the skeletal cummerbund from Crye Precision.

IMG_4544

Vanguard Armor Carrier

TAG’s Vanguard is a lightweight plate carrier designed to work with any set of hard armor plates and soft armor backers. It is constructed of 500D Cordura nylon, and features spacer mesh on the inside for breathability and comfort. The shoulder straps are padded, and which have nylon and elastic webbing for mounting and routing tourniquets, hydration tubes, radio antennas, and more. The Vanguard’s front panel features a sewn-in triple magazine carrier which is sized to fit 5.56mm, 7.62×39, and 7.62×51 magazines, as well as integrated PALS webbing and Velcro loop panel. The rear of the carrier also features integrated PALS webbing and Velcro loop panel, and a drag handle which can be stowed when not in use.

IMG_4548

Additionally, the Vanguard comes with a standard Cummerbund system, although it can be exchanged for the Skeletal Cummerbund System which TAG licensed from Crye Precision; both cummerbund systems are attached to the carrier using the G Hook attachment system.

Key Features

  • Fits 5.56mm, 7.62 x 39, & 7.62 x 51 magazines
  • Interchangeable cummerbund system
  • Fully adjustable & padded shoulder straps
  • Spacer mesh for comfort & breathability
  • Large Velcro area for placards
  • All matching Velcro, webbing & hardware
  • The Vanguard is an armor carrier with quality materials and solid construction. The armor plates fit snug and secure within the plate pockets, and the spacer mesh adds some much appreciated comfort to the carrier. The kangaroo-style magazine front pouch is a nice addition, and the volume of PALS webbing throughout the carrier insures the wearer will be able to customize their carrier to virtually any necessary specification. If you’re looking for a solid carrier that does more than just carry plates, than the Vanguard is a great choice.

    www.tacticalassaultgearstore.com/vanguard-armor-carrier

    IMG_4535

    Integrated Hybrid Vest (IHV)

    Like the Vanguard, The Integrated Hybrid Vest is designed to work with any set of hard armor plates and soft armor backers. It is also made of 500D Cordura nylon with spacer mesh on the inside of the carrier for breathability and comfort. Unlike the Vanguard, however, the IHV’s front panel is removable, and TAG offers multiple mission-specific panel configurations which allow the user to change their loadout as required.

    IMG_4536

    The IHV comes standard with the Skeletal Cummerbund System, licensed from Crye Precision, which is adjustable using the G Hook attachment system. It also features padded and adjustable shoulder straps, which have nylon and elastic webbing for mounting and routing tourniquets, hydration tubes, radio antennas, and more. The front and back of the IHV has PALS webbing and Velcro loop panel, and the rear features a drag handle.

    IMG_4529

    The armor pockets on the IHV are closed with a zipper, and feature a Velcro retention strap.

    Key Features

  • Comes with the Skeletal cummerbund
  • Removable front panel system
  • Ultra configurable for different missions
  • Fits any type of hard armor plate
  • Matching Velcro, webbing and hardware
  • You can tell that a lot of thought and care went into the development of the Integrated Hybrid Vest. It utilizes high quality materials in its construction, and everything is solidly built. The G Hook adjustment system is quick and painless to use, and although we didn’t have a chance to try out the swappable panel system, in theory it’s a great idea for quickly altering the carrier for different mission profiles. Add in the additional PALS webbing, the padded shoulder straps, and the spacer mesh, and you have a great carrier that will serve well in almost any situation.

    www.tacticalassaultgearstore.com/integrated-hybrid-vest

    Tags:

    5 Responses to “Tactical Assault Gear – Vanguard Armor Carrier And Integrated Hybrid Vest”

    1. 101fa says:

      Are those orange training plates? Who makes them and are they cheaper than the team Wendys?

      • SSD says:

        They were a short term offer from TYR several years ago

        • Dellis says:

          Hey SSD, the other day you had running in the background an ad for a company, I am sorry but can’t remember the name now, but on the right side of screen there was a guy in kit holding an AR and I wanted to know if you or anyone else knew what pistol magazine holders he was carrying on his belt?

          Sorry for the vague description. Thanks for any help

        • 101fa says:

          Rog, thanks

    2. Dellis says:

      I’m very much interested in the Hybrid….I was going to pull the trigger on a PIG unit from SKD on Friday with 15% off but this TAG carrier seems really nice.

      Is there a coupon code for the TAG site for Black Friday that I missed?