Absolutely. I cannot agree more. There are several companies that do it right and n+1 companies that do it completely and totally wrong. Terrible ride height, insufficient/incorrect coverage, especially around the plate itself (for the ones with integral soft armor), no attention paid to internal abrasion resistance and on and on. The best carriers I've used have all been American made and designed around specific plate sizes and cuts.gun toting monkeyboy wrote: I also got to help him develop some of the plate carriers and vests to hold the panels and plates. Let me tell you, that is more work to get right than getting the armor to fit it.
I've always like higher quality gear for purposes of fit and durability, but it wasn't until spending time at some of the factories did I truly gain insight as to why it was more expensive aside from material and labor cost.
If I have to source web gear outside of the western world, Vietnam is a far better bet than China, and then only from some companies (invariably ones that have their own people over there for QA/QC).