Max Talk 44: British Infantry Belt Kit: Review JayJays Gen 4 Web Gear

This is the forty-fourth installment of ‘Max Talk Monday’ which shares select episodes from a series of instructional videos. Max Velocity Tactical (MVT) has established a reputation on the leading edge of tactical live fire and force on force training. MVT is dedicated to developing and training tactical excellence at the individual and team level.

This is an instructional session on the applicability and use of the British Army belt kit (webbing), focusing specifically on a review of the JayJays Gen 4 web gear, in this case the commanders version.

Gen IV Commanders Description:

The Gen IV Commanders is a totally flexible belt kit system where the pouches are permanently fixed to the pad.

For 20 years JayJays has been the UK market leader in permanently fixed belt kit systems and since the first concept was designed our belt kit has been constantly developed. Subtle design changes and features over the years have made this the preferred belt kit of the British Soldier.
Fixed pouches allow us to cater for users with a small waist size. Due to clever design we are able to keep the same number of pouches required and sew them to different length pads, making the belt kit a perfect fit for the user.

The design of the Gen IV reduces bounce of the belt kit. When all the pouches are full they stabilise against each other making a solid form that does not bounce or rock. This combined with the spacer pad ensures an ergonomic comfortable fit.
The latest version of the Gen IV comprises of all polymer hardware making it rust resistant in jungle environments. The addition of the polymer hardware also reduces overall weight without compromising strength.
Spacetec spacer fabric is used for padding to allow it to be as breathable as possible but still very flexible so it hugs the body.

Max is a tactical trainer and author, a lifelong professional soldier with extensive military experience. He served with British Special Operations Forces, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer; a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Max served on numerous operational deployments, and also served as a recruit instructor. Max spent five years serving as a paramilitary contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan; the latter two years working for the British Government in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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5 Responses to “Max Talk 44: British Infantry Belt Kit: Review JayJays Gen 4 Web Gear”

  1. Richard Schagen says:

    Ahh.. Wrong video Sir

  2. TominVA says:

    Yeah, that link is wrong. You can find it on his website though:

    He runs around and crawls with it on. That six point system looks pretty darn stable and about as comfortable as you can get hanging ammo, water, etc on yourself. Really glad I don’t need this stuff anymore, but glad someone is paying attention to LBE. Wonder how our current stuff stacks up.

    I think he makes a good point about “festooned” body armor. I would think slick body armor would be the way to go. Chest rig for vehicle ops and a war belt and yoke set up like this one for on foot. Keep your armor close to the skin and then adjust your layers accordingly.

    Anyway, I’d heard of JayJays before. Enjoyed the vid, Max.

  3. Buster b says:

    Jay jays have been making money off guys (especially young soldiers with not a lot of money) for years. His equipment is well over priced and falls apart in the jungle quite easily. Would not recommend

  4. Capt M says:

    I have the same set of Gen 4 Commander’s Webbing, a well made bit of kit with some great features.
    We’re seeing some interesting gear combinations now that Virtus has hit main issue – armour vest with a few magazine pouches combined with a pared down belt kit seems to be the prevailing choice, however I have seen bare Virtus vests and full webbing out in the field as well. Zulu Coy, 45 Cdo are in Belize currently doing jungle training with the latter setup.
    I tend to fall into the former group (admin pouch and three mags on the front; ammo, grenades, med and misc on the belt), especially because that setup is more conducive to carrying a sidearm, but I will say the issues three-point yoke on the Virtus belt is absolutely crap. Come to mention it the holster is too.
    I might have to look into a set of JayJays Chameleon webbing with the PALS sides…

  5. Keld says:

    Jayjays built a handful of combat vests for me, back in early 2000s.
    Excellent build quality then.