The Warlord V-4 New Version, the Haji DVD is for size comparison and because Tropic Thunder is the best movie ever made
I picked up an HSGI Warlord V-4 New Version a few years ago to try out carrying my gear on a chest harness after years of connecting all of my gear to an armor carrier. I had never actually used a Chest Harness in the field before.
But because of my new job I was only armed with a rifle outside of the wire and I didn’t want to walk around with a bunch of unused pouches on my kit.
So I thought the best thing to do was have a clean armor carrier to wear when I was on-base and a chest harness with my rifle mag pouches and other “more than 100 feet form the PX” gear on it. And I wanted the option of being able to throw on a full kit and run within 10 seconds if I had to.
After asking around and checking out the different gear venders online I decided on the Warlord V-4 New Version for a few reasons. HSGI Gear has a great rep from several of my buddies in the field and it had several features that other Chest Harnesses don’t have, like a built in Admin Pouch and huge interior pouches - basically allot of extra storage space for miscellaneous stuff.
I tend to be a bit of a pack-rat and randomly grab or buy stuff (power bars, newspapers, ect) and take it with me, so the extra storage space was perfect. The large built in Admin Pouch was also great because I always had to carry a bunch of paperwork whenever I was off-base.
Warlord V-4 New Version, Back View
Field Use: I wore the Warlord V-4 New Version 1 to 2 times a week for 45 minutes to 30 hours at a time over a period of 18 months in Iraq, usually wile traveling by land or chopper and wile actively working on foot and occasionally just standing around.
I did not have any failures or difficulty wearing it, the 1000 Denier Cordura nylon looked like new even after 18 months of regular use and diving in the sand a few times (and a few times when I tripped and fell cuz I am clumsy).
It was comfortable to wear over a body armor carrier and dispersed the weight evenly especially considering the amount of weight in ammo and gear it had to support.
Warlord V-4 New Version with the Admin Pouch Open
Pros: Lots of storage space, comfortable over body armor, easy on and off, high quality construction (stitching, thread, Side Squeeze clips, zippers, overall construction), useful built in admin pouch, wears well (mine still looks brand new), practical non-tactical uses (I hear some guys use this for day hikes and SAR) and it was in-stock when I ordered it. Also it is almost in the custom made gear quality category, but with a retail price.
Cons: It is a bit heavier than other Chest Harnesses (not sure the exact weight), if you carry a really heavy load on the front (I carry 12 mags) it tends to sag and give a little because you are basically mounting stuff on an admin pouch (but it never effected my combat effectiveness or bothered me enough to buy a different Chest harness).
Warlord V-4 New Version unzipped side access view to the internal pouch
Warlord V-4 New Version Specs:
Front: -4 rows x 4 columns of PALS webbing to the left and right side of the admin pouch -5 rows x 8 columns on the admin pouch
Back: -9 rows x 6 columns of PALS webbing on the main body and 3 x 6 columns of PALS webbing on the sides.
Admin Pouch: -6 pen holder -2 elastic loops for things like chem-lights or a small flare -1 radio/sat phone pouch with a very stiff bunji cord retainer -Single large pocket -Clear map pocket -The interior admin panel is secured by Velcro and can be completely removed (you have to untie the 550 cord knots on both sides of the pouch first) -Secures shut with Zipper and a single Side Squeeze equipped strap -About a 9 x 2" Velcro strip on the front for patches
Warlord V-4 New Version Admin pouch Removed, again the Haji DVD is for size comparison and because Tropic Thunder still is the best movie ever made
Shoulder Straps: -National Holdings Side Squeeze side release buckles to connect the shoulder straps -Unpadded Straps (see optional Padded straps below) -Side release buckles on the shoulder pads so you can attach other HSGI products (like the HSGI Hydration Bladder Carrier)
Miscellaneous Features: -2 Zippered compartments on each side of the admin pouch that accesses the inside storage compartment that runs the full length of the body (basically the entire rig is a pouch). -Is compatible with HSGI’s plate carrier -4 1" LoopLoc rings on the bottom for attaching other gear
Construction Materials: -1000 Denier Cordura nylon -Sewn with 135/138 bonded nylon thread -Heavy Duty lenzip Zippers (not sure what model #)
High Speed Gear (HSGI) Warlord V-4 New Version Price: 196.00 USD + S&H http://www.hsgi.us/proddetail.asp?prod=HSG%2FN-WARV4&cat=12
Optional Padded Shoulder Straps: HSGI used to offer optional Padded Shoulder Straps for the Warlord V-4 but I don’t see them on their website anymore.
They were extremely uncomfortable to wear if you were wearing the Warlord V-4 over body armor because they would slide together and crush your neck from both sides, so that’s probably why they don’t sell them anymore.
I only used my padded shoulder straps once during a horribly uncomfortable 2 hour chopper ride that made me feel like I just had a fight with the Boston Strangler.
The “Boston Strangler” Warlord V-4 New Version Padded Shoulder Straps
Padded Shoulder Strap Specs: -18” x 3” (approximately) padded straps with adjustable 1” unpadded straps on each end -Side Squeeze side release buckles -1000 Denier Cordura nylon -Sewn with 135/138 bonded nylon thread
High Speed Gear (HSGI) Warlord V-4 New Version Padded Shoulder Straps Price: No Longer Available (I think) but you can buy mine and give them to someone you hate
Buying gear from HSGI: Everything I ordered was in stock (Warlord V-4 New Version + Padded Shoulder Straps) when I ordered. I received the package in about 16 days (in Iraq via an APO) but the postmark said it was send two days after I ordered it. My overall experience ordering from HSGI was positive with no negatives.
~James GJames is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in his homes in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns and writing poorly written articles.