Hey friends!

Welcome back to the blog! Today we're starting our 2022 round-up posts and in this one, I'll be looking at my favourite bits of gear that I used in 2022. Let me clarify though - these are MY personal favourite pieces of gear (yours probably will be different) that I used in 2022 - meaning they may not be new or innovative but they are products that have elevated my kit this year.

First, up on my 2022 gear favourites list is the Spec-Ops Bravo mask from Lonestar Tactical. I started using this in the summer when I was looking for a lower profile face protection than the traditional mesh masks. Simply put this is an adjustable snood with a piece of mesh to protect your teeth - super simple but so effective. The Spec-Ops Bravo Mask is made from 160 GSM finely perforated, quick-drying polyester meaning that whilst it does help keep your face warm during cold weather, it also allows your skin to breathe during warm weather and the vapour-wicking properties of the fabric make it quick-drying. I wear this for all events now - from woodland to urban to CQB. It keeps my teeth protected whilst giving me a great cheek weld.

A favourite from 2021! In 2021, I sacked off my regular airsoft trousers for a pair of hiking trousers. When I visited Poland in September 2020 for the Gunfire calendar shoot I met Lisa (@skinnybitch._) who had a pair of hiking trousers that fit amazing so on her recommendation I decided to get some, and now I have 3 pairs and they're still going strong! 

The RVRC GP Trousers are a pair of hybrid trousers that have stretch fabric and reinforcements at the knees, seat and lower legs. They are wind and water-repellent, and the stretch panels ventilate and add comfort. They also have ventilation zippers along the thighs and the knees are fitted with pockets for knee pads. My favourite thing about these trousers is the fit - I’ve never had a pair of trousers fit better.

At number 3, we have the Rigger's Belt from Deadly Customs! This also appeared in my gear favourites for 2021 as well!  The Rigger’s Belt is a weight-bearing belt system with an added D-ring to attach things such as carabiners etc directly to the belt. It’s made from MILSPEC webbing and features a dual-layer construction for strength and durability. At the front of the belt, there is a genuine 45mm AustriaAlpin Cobra Buckle that has the built-in D-Ring previously mentioned which you can use to attach a load of items. The inside of the belt is lined with hook Velcro to attach it to the inner belt (which is included). 

Although ropes and carabiners etc aren’t needed for airsoft, I really do think that they add an extra something to the belt and they’re super useful for attaching gloves and face pro so they’re always on this.

Taking the number 2 spot for this year is the Glock Olight Signature Series Kydex Holster from Deadly Customs. It's made from genuine 2mm thick Kydex and works with both Olight torches and Olight clones and has 3 adjustable retention points to tailor the fit to your liking. It is RMR cut, meaning you can run an RMR sight on the holstered pistol. It uses your attached torch for retention so if you run the same torch on different pistols as I do, this holster is something to bear in mind. The staff at DC have tested the DC-4 with over 150 different pistols and to date, only 4 do not fit and these are the full-sized Desert Eagle, the ASG USW, the MK23 and the Hudson. It will fit the bigger frame handguns such as the FNX pistols and weapons with wide trigger guards, like the AAP and pistols with taller slides like 1911. The Glock Signature Series holster does come in other torch variants if you don’t have an Olight such as the Surefire X300 (and its clones) and the TLR (and its clones) 

I have mine mounted on a Safariland QLS (Quick Locking System) on a mid-ride so it’s just below my hip and I have a leg strap so it doesn’t go flapping about. DC do other options such as malice clips and combat loops but I think the QLS system works best for me, personally. You can read my full review here!

Taking the top spot for my favourite piece of gear of 2022 is the Phantom Gear "Wraith" T3 Plate Carrier from Evike.com! Whilst I was at Evike Outpost Houston at High Ground Airsoft in Texas last summer, I noticed a lot of the staff wearing this carrier and honestly, I liked it so much that I had to bring one home! 

The Phantom Gear “Wraith” T3 is made with 500D Cordura Nylon fabric making it a durable, water-resistant and lightweight carrier for airsoft. It has been designed to be low-profile and lightweight whilst also being able to integrate your existing MOLLE-compatible gear. Although it doesn’t come with a placard included, the removable front flap can be swapped out with a placard or a buckled chest rig that you choose and it has a detachable and adjustable elastic cummerbund that has built-in pouches for magazines and radios. You can read my full review here!

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