Eagle/SKD Universal Chest Rig Review
I purchased this product in June 2009. I started the police academy in July 2009 and figured it would serve for an active shooter rig in my patrol car. Unfortunately I suffered a gunshot wound outside of class and I havenít completed the academy yet, but it will still serve in that capacity when the time comes until I can save up for a plate carrier with rifle plates and appropriate pouches/gear.
I only have two complaints with this chest rig; one is that the MOLLE webbing on both sides is only two columns wide. This limits the ability to add blow-out kits (my main concern, especially now that Iíve experienced a GSW first hand) or other pouches to the left and right of the rifle magazine pouches. The second is that the middle two magazine pouches donít have elastic cord with pull tabs or some other method to secure the magazine when youíre down to one mag in each pouch. I plan on doing a little DIY mod and adding elastic to each of the two middle pouches for this reason. Otherwise, this chest rig is a great piece of gear that will serve me well for many years to come. The straps that go over the two end pouches are adjustable for different height magazines. If you have one USGI 30rd aluminum AR mag, it will of course be smaller than a FAL or Saiga mag. This way the UCR is truly a one-size-fits-all rig, with some limits. A G17 mag is the max that will fit under the Velcro on the pistol mag pouches.
The stitching and construction on the UCR is top-notch; I was very impressed with it when I took it out of the box and still am, over a year later. All of the Velcro is still nice and tight. The admin pouch in the middle runs the full length of the rig and is a great spot for extra nitrile gloves, a tourniquet, pressure bandages, Quick Clot, maps, an emergency poncho, whatever you want to put in there. The pull tabs on the admin pouch are easy to grab in a hurry. There is some mesh on the back of the admin pouch for a place to hastily shove empty mags or a map or whatever else youíd like to stick in there.
The padded shoulder straps are very padded and help with the weight of eight fully-loaded M4 magazines. The buckles throughout the UCR are high-quality FASTEX buckles. So far they have been very durable and still have a nice audible click when they securely fasten.
Every individual pouch on this rig has a drain hole at the bottom; all four pistol mag pouches, each M4 mag pouch, and the admin pouch has two, one on each side. I donít foresee myself swimming with this rig on, but itís nice to know that if I ever end up in the drink, it will be able to drain itself out a little.