Viper V Cam Elite Trousers Review!

Hey everyone! After wearing my Viper V Cam Elite trousers for a fair few woodland and CQB skirmishes, I've finally managed to get round to writing a quick review on them for you all! Now unfortunately I've had some technical difficulties with my camera this week so I've illustrated this post with a product image from Viper and Military 1st and also in game photographs!
I purchased my Viper Elite Trousers from Military 1st, for £38.65 with free P&P which was quotes as 3-5 working days (http://www.military1st.co.uk/bvtrsel-viper-tactical-elite-trousers-v-cam.html). They arrived quickly, within 2 working days ready for my skirmish that weekend - very pleased with that!

When I chose the Viper trousers I was looking for a pair of adjustable trousers in Multicam with built in knee pads that were under £60 and at just under £40 these fit the bill perfectly. They are made in sizes 28" up to a 42" inch waist and are made from a mix of Polyester ripstop and cotton which is not only comfortable but feels strong and durable. The material also dries easily as proven at The All Wales Event in the soggy hills of Llandrindod Wells in the Welsh countryside!

The most important factor is of course fit. I was pleasantly surprised when I first tried them on as they fitted me really well - they have some great features that make them completely adjustable including a Velcro/zipped fly, elasticated waist adjustment, internal kneepad adjusters, a velcro knee retention strap and an adjustable velcro ankle fastener. I was easily and quickly able to adjust them to exactly what I needed - which is a much welcome change. I'm sick of having to just 'make do' or altering unisex combats to fit me properly.

My favourite feature of the Viper V Cam Elite trousers is definitely the built in neoprene lined ABS removable knee pads. I had only used Velcro knee pads once before and loved being able to kneel without getting beebs stuck in all the nooks and crannies of my knees and of course, being able to power slide but I find the issue with Velcro knee pads is they have a tendency to work themselves loose and the next thing you know, they're around your ankles! The built in knee pads on the Viper Elite trousers are easy to take out and pop back in and even have Velcro to keep them in place. The only issue I have found with the knee pads is because of my height - I'm only 5"4, even with the retention strap as lack as possible to have the knee pads low enough, they don't completely sit on my knee so when I am sliding about the fabric just below the knee pad has become a little scuffed - someone a little taller wouldn't have this issue. I am a CQB player and I like to play hard and have really put these through hell in every skirmish I have played so far, and despite a few little scuffs the cotton/polyester rip stop mix has held up well.

 In regards to aesthetics the Viper V Camouflage is very crisp and saturated with colour. I wear them with a MTP UBAC and my Warrior Assault Systems Crye Multicam Plate Carrier and it doesn't look a miss, it blends nicely into the sea of multicam pattern variants. The trousers also have a plethora of pockets for storage, ranging from the two front hand pockets that house the internal knee pad adjusters, two back pockets, two expandable thigh pockets, two expandable cargo pockets and lastly the two ankle utility pockets making them a practical and useful piece of kit to wear on the field.
Overall, I'm really happy with my Viper V Cam Elite trousers. They are made in a vast array of waist sizes and are completely adjustable to fit a variety of different body shapes and sizes - something very important for women in our sport. At just under £40 they are excellent value for money, as a mid price range product they will suitable for most load out budgets without compromising on quality of the fabric or build. The knee pads are my personal favourite feature, and along with the great storage capabilities it makes them a useful piece of kit.

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Interview with No Nonsense Airsoft, News and Reviews!

This week I had an interview with the guys from No Nonsense Airsoft, News and Reviews! You can check them out here - https://www.facebook.com/NoNonsenseAirsoftNewsAndReviews for some great content! Thanks for chatting with me guys! Had a blast! :)
"Recently we spoke to Kelly from Femme Fatale Airsoft and we had the opportunity to ask her a few questions. Here is what she said!" 
NNA: When did you start Airsoft?
Kelly: My very first Airsoft game was in February of 2011 for one of my female best friend’s birthday at a woodland site near Nottingham, which I enjoyed but I was just a newb borrowing my boyfriend’s kit which put me off a little. I didn’t play again until August of 2014 (so a year ago now), when a couple of my friends held a private Airsoft skirmish for their birthday at a local site, this time I had my own gun - the G&G FF26 and my own kit, which made the day a more comfortable experience. I fell in love with the sport. I started playing once a month at our local site and even started a team. I left my team earlier this year but I now play every weekend up and down the country at different sites with groups of amazing people that I have met through the sport. 
NNA: What made you want to start Airsoft?
Kelly
: In my spare time, I’m quite a big gamer and over the years I have played a lot of Call of Duty and other first person shooters so when Airsoft was explained to me I thought ‘That sounds awesome!’ so I gave it a go and absolutely loved it. I also loved the idea of building a load out that was completely unique to me. 
NNA: Gender split in Airsoft is obviously male-heavy. Do you think that the sport is as accessible to ladies as it should be?
Kelly
: I think Airsoft is accessible to everyone regardless of gender etc. however it could be more accessible and I think that this will come when player attitudes start changing towards females in the sport – we’re players in our own right, we can keep up and we play just as hard as the guys. I have experienced a few different reactions on the field, from catcalling, sexist jokes and even ‘jokes’ referring to sexual violence but these have been very few and far between thankfully. At most sites however, I am treated like any other player, which is exactly what I want. Female Airsofters don’t need or want special treatment, we want to be treated as equals. 
NNA: Are there ways in which you think we could get more female players involved in Airsoft?
Kelly
: Absolutely! I’ve known some sites to operate game days where wives/girlfriends/female friends play for free, which is pretty cool because it gives them a chance to play with nothing to lose. I don’t think the female community is big enough for sites to offer women only game days but that is something I would love to see. I think the best advice for anyone wanting to get more females involved in the sport is to talk passionately about it with them. 
NNA: What are your favourite and least favourite aspects of Airsoft in the UK as it currently?
Kelly
: My favourite and least favourite aspects of the Airsoft community in the UK as it currently stands are the players. They are my favourite aspect because through travelling the UK and playing different sites I have made what I hope to be lifelong friends with loads of awesome people who I run alongside regularly and have the best Airsoft weekends with. One of my favourite things is meeting and chatting to new people. But the players are also my least favourite aspect because there is a lot of drama and a general lack of respect amongst players – many will disagree with me on that but we are a very small community that gets attacked on a regular basis because of the sport we play, we really need to look out for each other and stick together. 
NNA: Skirmish or MilSim and why?
Kelly
: At this very moment in time, I would say Skirmish as I haven’t had chance to play a MilSim yet. I do however have 2 MilSim’s planned for the near future – Spartan CQC Zero One Thirty 31 hour MilSim at the end of August and Warzone’s 35 hour Op Sledgehammer in October, which I’m really looking forward to as they will be a completely different style of play than I am used to and will test me mentally, physically and my abilities as a player. I’m always looking for ways to improve as a player and experiencing MilSim gameplay will definitely help.  
NNA: You have mentioned in the past wanting to create a brand of airsoft-suitable tactical clothing for ladies who pew. Can you give us any information about how that idea has progressed?
Kelly
: Throughout the time I have been Airsofting I have found it difficult to find kit – UBACs and combat trousers that fit me well because of my small stature, so I decided to design a line of tactical clothing for women in women’s sizes. I drew up the designs and made the patterns ready for the clothing to be made – I got really good feedback from women in the Airsoft community regarding the designs but with the growth of FFA, my two jobs and becoming a carer to my Grandfather, the idea was put on hold until I have more time to dedicate to it. 
NNA: What's your dream Airsoft gun and why?
Kelly
: My dream Airsoft gun would probably be a Mini Gun cerakoted in glittery hot pink because nothing says ultimate annihilation like a pink glittery Mini Gun haha 
NNA: What is your current Loadout? Why do you wear the kit you do?
Kelly
: My current load out is from top to toe is: Nuprol Black FAST Helmet with my GoPro set up, black mesh goggles and half mesh face mask and a pink shemagh – I wear mesh goggles as I find lenses steam up quite a bit and I wear full face because I only had my braces taken off in April – I definitely don’t want to lose any teeth! On my top half I wear a MTP UBAC and my Warrior Assault Systems Recon Plate Carrier in the shooters cut (complete with a tactical Hello Kitty) – I will admit I was very reluctant to spend so much on a Plate Carrier but I have found it difficult to find one to fit, the Warrior Assault Systems Recon Plate Carrier though fits me perfectly because it’s quite small, completely adjustable and the shooters cut makes it a lot easier to shoulder my rifle – It’s definitely been a worthwhile purchase! On my lower body I run a pair of Viper Vcam Elite Combat Trousers with built in knee pads (great for those power slides in CQB which I’m quite fond of!), a Nuprol Retention Holster and drop leg set up for my WE Gen 4 Glock 18C and also a Fobus holster for my WE M&P – I run two pistols simply because I couldn’t choose which one to run because I like them both so much so I thought ‘two pistols? Why not!’ and my Viper Vcam Recon boots. 
NNA: Do you prefer playing in a team of being a lone wolf?
Kelly
: I prefer playing in a team, for definite. As I’ve said, I left my team at the beginning of May this year, and initially I was a little worried about going to sites on my own but I’ve made some great friends at the different sites I’ve played at. Now I squad up with players on the day at sites and I’ve been lucky to run with some great players and teams. 
NNA: In the future of airsoft as a whole, what part do you think that you and your blog will play?
Kelly
: My vision for Femme Fatale Airsoft has always been to encourage and support female players, to get more women into the game by making Airsoft more accessible through information available to them! Whether it be on kit or sites to visit, which FFA will continue to be.
As for me, I have been working hard on getting women on par with the guys in the Airsoft scene in the UK. I became the first female admin to the UKAC earlier this year, which is the biggest community of UK Airsofters on Facebook and I have recently become a writer for Airsoft Action, which I absolutely love – I am currently the only female contributor to a UK Airsoft publication. These are massive steps for women in our sport, as it means the industry is moving forward with us. Women are the fastest growing demographic in shooting sports and it’s important that we are represented too. I have received emails from male players saying because of my blog, the ladies in their lives have given Airsoft a try and they’ve loved it – this makes me feel really humble but also fills me with pride. I want to keep driving the industry forward and see other women follow in my footsteps, and I want to continue to be an advocate for gender equality in sport.
NNA :And finally, what is your favourite flavour of cookie?
Kelly
: It’s a hard choice between double chocolate or oat and raisin. But I think if push came to shove and I could only eat one for the rest of my life it would be oat and raisin.
Many thanks to Kelly for stopping by and having a chat with us! Head over to her blog and numerous social media pages and show her some support!
http://www.femmefataleairsoft.co.uk
NNA Team.

 
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New England Airsoft Podcast Interview with John Bond.

Hey everyone! So this week I was interviewed by John Bond from the New England Airsoft Podcast from over the pond in the US. We talk about why I started FFA, it's future, the differences between Airsoft in the UK and the US and much more! I had an absolute blast and will be speaking with John after I've completed my upcoming MilSims :)

If you want to check out the podcast, here's the link:
http://neapodcast.wix.com/neapodcast

Kelly xo
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