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    Post by belgium_one Fri Nov 03, 2023 4:44 pm

    Hello

    I finally found a e-shop in Belgium that sells jigsaw vests, in new condition (ammo pouches are not provided). I don't know the period because there is no label !

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    Post by CollectinSteve Sat Nov 04, 2023 2:20 am

    Nice find! These were easily available for a short period of time and then I stopped seeing them.

    These were issued from the very early 2000s (late 1990s?) through the early 2010s, from what I can tell. I have pictures from 2003 of soldiers in Kosovo wearing them and later pictures being worn at demonstration events in Belgium. I bought mine in 2004.

    This time period was when many nations experimented with this sort of LBV.

    Before this the Belgians had the common body armor with loops for securing pouches. Nobody really liked this because it was difficult to get in/out of vehicles as well as not being useful for operations that didn't require body armor (there was a time body armor was optional!). The fixed pouches was "a thing" that many militaries tried and abandoned. What I don't understand is that Belgium already had detachable pouches, so why not just make a vest that accepted them?

    Sometime around 2010? Belgium switched over to lighter body armor and a lighter vest (Bear II by NFM). I don't know what they use these days.

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    Post by HEB Sun Nov 05, 2023 9:04 am

    CollectinSteve wrote:  I don't know what they use these days.

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    Today they use a system from SIOEN.

    https://iacmc.forumotion.com/t12804-belgian-army-load-bearing-vest-sioen-atlas
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    Post by CollectinSteve Tue Nov 07, 2023 6:02 pm

    Thanks!  Yeah, I would have mistaken it for a Bear 2.

    The desert pouches are absolutely impossible to find and the temperate ones not much easier.  At least I've not found any to purchase.

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    Post by michelwijnand Sun Nov 19, 2023 11:35 am

    CollectinSteve wrote:Nice find!  These were easily available for a short period of time and then I stopped seeing them.  

    Maybe they're all in several crates I saw at Sietsma Army Goods here in Holland, all cut into pieces.
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    Post by CollectinSteve Sun Nov 19, 2023 3:51 pm

    michelwijnand wrote:
    CollectinSteve wrote:Nice find!  These were easily available for a short period of time and then I stopped seeing them.  

    Maybe they're all in several crates I saw at Sietsma Army Goods here in Holland, all cut into pieces.

    I forgot about the demilled examples! I saw a few for sale many years ago, probably on eBay.

    I was fortunate to get an unissued vest for my collection. Very well made, very impractical Wink

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    Post by HEB Mon Nov 20, 2023 6:52 pm

    I just found this one. It has different pouches. Do you know this version?


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    Post by belgium_one Fri Nov 24, 2023 10:22 am

    Hello
    I added the ammunition pockets and crossed the back straps as I saw in photos of Belgian soldiers

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    Post by belgium_one Sat Feb 10, 2024 4:30 pm

    Hello Very Happy
    I foun an used one "Seyntex 2001" , complete with the two ammo pouch and the belt

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