Infanteer said:Well, I didn't hear anyone say it was light. It is the single heaviest piece of equipment we carry. If you cut the 30+ pounds down by 10-15 with new technology, you are making significant weight gains.
I didn't find the body armour(minus attachments) to bad, but lighter is alwasy better, especially when conducting dismounted patrols. I never wore the body armour with the attachments so I can't comment on how it is with the neck and gauntlets added. Seems the order of the day over there(going by pictures) is add on all the protection you can and accept limiting your speed/mobility. IMO we shoudl go with what the US Army and Marines have with their scalable plate carriers. Plate Carriers for pers conducting dismounted ops and the body armour with attachments as needed for mounted pers, or at the very least not make the wearing of the neck and arm gaunlets manditory or leave it to commanders discretion.