Originally posted by 184SFS:
My concern is the quality, how would it hold up being used the the brush where it gets snagged etc. If you don't mind me asking what do you use the helmet for & how often etc...My Ops-Core is used for Law Enforcement & Training. Cover will be used for operations working with the local game warden....so it will be in the bush.
I'm only using mine for personal training-time (~2 outings a month) and one-weekend-a-month when in uniform (Armed Forces Reserve). So far I've got no issues with it, but it is still too early to form an accurate assessment.
If there was an identical US-made helmet-cover commercially available, I'd be using it.
In my eyes; a lot of the durability is attributed to the materials used in construction. I don't know the source of the mesh, but upon handling it myself it seems fairly robust (well... as robust as mesh can be). I was told the reinforced-cordura around the shroud is genuine Crye material and from comparing the cover to some genuine Crye Multicam articles I've got; this does appear to be the case.
As I mentioned previously, the tan-velcro that was originally attached (and subsequently removed by me) didn't hold worth a shit. The stitching looks good but looks alone are not an accurate assessment of durability. One of the most important components are the straps that attach the cover to the helmet. The manufacturer used black-velcro that holds much better than the aforementioned tan-velcro, and I did my own informal "stress test" on these straps (yanking on them with a substantial amount of force) with nary a busted-stitch.
They did cut some corners on some of the minute details (the excess material in the foilage-keepers were simply tucked away and stitched over, ends were not melted), but this is easily overlooked as it should have no effect on durability.
Originally posted by paladyn:
That being said I do share the same concerns. If it priced fairly reasonably then in terms durability its not going to be as big of a concern, especially when the life expectancy of a helmet cover is generally a year or less.
I've always had good luck with my issued helmet-covers. Aside from some sordid-looking stains; all the helmet-covers I've used have shown few signs of wear. My noggin has rubbed up against many a mud-brick walls, bumped against some painfully sharp-edges inside an armored vehicle, and waded through what I would consider thick foilage. Even through all that... if you've got the cover on tight with no excess-material flopping about; I don't imagine the cover should get torn up very much at all.
Originally posted by 184SFS:
I am also wondering how well the cover would fit around the Ops-Core NVG mount.
The shroud sits underneath the reinforced Multicam Cordura, and is sized accordingly to allow the interface-square to be completely exposed. I've got a Norotos shroud on my helmet and the interfacing square is the same size as the VAS. If you're running a FAST helmet; you'll probably need to place some holes into the cover to attach the bungees to your shroud.
A friend of mine is getting one of these covers for a TC2002 and is going to try attaching the cover to his FAST. He plans on removing the ARC rails, pulling the cover taut, strategically melting holes into the cover, and re-attaching the ARC rails through the mesh. I'm sure he'll chime in here with his findings.