"A very unique design that was just what I was looking for. It can hold plates in front or back or both. But the design is modular to allow the rear pocket for hydration pouch and the front can fold away if necessary. There is plenty of room for adjustment, both in the shoulders and in the waist. I am pretty thin and like my gear to ride high. This vest still has enough adjustment to make it comfy. The material is tough and I definitely recommend this 1000D version over the 600D version for durability. Do not know why the left most mag pocket doesn't have securing strap like the others. The stretch cord purpose confuses me. Other than that, I am super happy with this rig. They didn't offer anything this adaptable or configurable in my 10 years in the Army. Lost one star for the mag pouch thing, and also no camo availability."