I have narrowed my choices down to the CIRAS and the SOHPC for my armor/plate carrier. I do have some concerns about each that I was hoping to have answered by you.
On the CIRAS vest, it says a Large will only accept 10X12 plates. That didn't make sense to me since large SAPI plates are usually 10.25" X 13". Does everyone have to go with the XL CIRAS vest in order to accomodate SAPI plates? I am 6' and 175 pounds. That usually is a Large in most vests. But I would rather not have to use a smaller 10X12 plate. Is there a way to fit larger plates in the Large vest?
On the SOHPC, I have seen a couple of plate carriers where the internal elestic straps are pulling out of the carrier in the rear of the vest. I saw it in a video last night on youtube in which someone was reviewing their carrier and pointed that out as well. For those of you with this carrier, have you seen this issue as well? If so, did MSA fix it under warranty for you? MSA seems to only have an 18 month warranty on the carrier, so that is my concern is that the elastic will fail and I will have to keep fixing it on my own dime.
I know a lot of people have run both carriers for a long time. Can you help me decide on which to go with?