I was just reading the latest issue of IDPA's Tactical Journal, and am passing along a recommendation from an article by Ken Hackathorn, an IDPA founder and board member.
He speaks of how IDPA shooters seem to "wear a uniform" that includes 5.11 pants and 5.11 concealment vest. He states that even though that vest is wildly popular, it is less suited to IDPA use than a design he regularly recommends, the Cabela's Safari Vest, which sells for $49.95.
Hackathorn rapped the 5.11 vest because "...the design has never been right in that access to the pockets for easy drop in function of tactical magazine changes is compromised by the design. Something as simple as putting your car keys in the side pocket is a hassle."
It turns out that I have a trip to Cabela's planned for tomorrow, and being in the market for a vest means I'll likely pick up one of their Safari Vests for IDPA use, and even for occasional concealment use when hiking, walking, etc. Here's a look at the product at Cabela's site: http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/t...mode+matchall&Nty=1&Ntt=safari+vest&noImage=0
Thought I'd throw this out--so please share your thoughts/recommendations regarding vests for concealment, and which you may prefer.