Finding a comfortable and durable chest rig can be quite a challenge. With so many makes and models on the market, you’d be hard pressed to pick out a single best chest rig for the money.
Luckily for you, the editors here at Outdoors Magazine practically live for the outdoors and know a thing or two about what you should look for in a good chest rig.
Short on time? The Condor MCR5 is our number one choice for you.
The Condor MCR5 has a Kangaroo style pouch system which enables you to carry multiple magazines at a time (6 M4 mags and 6 pistol mags).
There is the option to add 2-4 additional pouches to the side of the chest rig with the extra molle webbing the runs across the entire width of the chest rig. In addition, the large central pocket will take an ordinance map.
Pay close attention to the zippers, buckles and other materials used on your rig. With the MCR5 you get large swivel push button buckles with allowing for an easy take on/off of the rig.
The stitching and webbing are also important on a chest rig. The Condor, as with all of their products, comes with the standard sizes molle webbing loops to allow you to attach additional gear and also the native style D-rings for clipping things to such as pouches or items you need to hand quickly.
This is by far the most important aspect of buying a chest rig. It doesn’t matter if your vest has all of the bells and whistles, 50 pouches and webbing galore…if it’s not comfortable to wear, you won’t last long with it.
So make sure you buy for comfort as your number one priority. In particular look at the padding provided around the shoulders and across the chest plate.
The material should be durable and allow air to circulate and moisture to wick away easily to prevent excessive sweating where the rig touches the body.
What Customers Are Saying
This is a slight niggle, however, you do have the ability to add additional pouches to the sides so if you have a specific pouch in mind, the MCR5 will likely support those requirements.
We love the Condor brand and have tried a wide range of their chest rigs. The MCR5 is undoubtedly one of the more popular amongst its users, which makes us highly confident in this being the best chest rig for the money.
Who Should Buy This Product?
Those looking for a rig that it’s highly customizable and can carry a decent amount of gear whilst maintaining comfort. With the provided pouches and the option to add 2-4 more, the options are pretty much unlimited.
Who Shouldn’t Buy This Product?
if you have a slight frame you may find this rig a little big for you, however, having said that it does depend on what you will be wearing underneath the chest rig. Be sure to check the support chest sizes to ensure it is suitable for you.
Commonly Asked Questions
Will this rig fit a larger person?
Yes, the size of this rig is suitable for larger people, if you are 6’+ you’ll be fine also.
Can you remove all of the pouches?
No, the 3 supplied pouches are sewed into the rig but you can add 2-4 additional pouches and also remove the lids of the attached pouches.
Can you fit AK mags in the pouches?
You can certainly fit a single mag er pouch and can even squeeze in two per pouch if you stretch over the shock cord.
Will this rig fit over the top of a plate carrier vest?
Yes, it will fit since the straps are adjustable to the size of an XXL male for example.
With Condor you know that you are buying quality with each product. This company stakes their reputation on providing military and civilians with the very best money can buy.
Which is why we’ve chosen the Condor MCR5 as the best chest rig for the money across the entire market.