Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

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    Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by Mercenary25 on Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:46 pm

    Hey gentlemen,

    The question is the topic.

    I'm wondering because I may buy one but I want to know if it was ever used.

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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by JKin on Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:12 pm

    Do you have any pics?

    Ive seen a pic of some guy(not sure if SF or CCT) in a pickup with a tan ABA LBV in A-stan in 2001.

    Its possible that some were used, but its not really the norm for the time period.

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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by nkomo on Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:46 pm


    Most of the vests I see from that time are either woodland, OD green, black, tan or ones that have been hand camo'd. I would think the 3-Color ones would be for later dates. However, I could be wrong.

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    Post by JKin on Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:50 pm

    DCU would fit in that time. As time progresses, you tend to see less woodland and DCU gear.

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    Post by nkomo on Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:56 pm

    JKin wrote:DCU would fit in that time. As time progresses, you tend to see less woodland and DCU gear.

    I remember seeing pics of SPEAR items in DCU color, but really don't remember seeing DCU Eagle vests. However.....there are a shitload of pictures we will never see due to the clandestine nature of SF operations.

    Maybe some of our members can find pictures of them in use. There are several members who can find pictures of just about damn near anything. Very Happy

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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by nkomo on Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:32 pm

    As I was going through the book "Special Forces War on Terrorism in Afghanistan" by Eric Micheletti. On page 102, there is a picture of a USAF Pararescue from the 66th Rescue Squadron and he is wearing some sort of DCU vest and it is not SPEAR. I have seen these vests on Ebay and I THINK they are made by Eagle Industries. Looks like Eagle did have DCU type vests as early as 2002 (maybe earlier). However, I'm not sure how widespread the use was.

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    Post by Misanthropic_Gods on Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:40 pm

    Here is a picture of an EI LBV in 3 color desert....but I dont know how old the picture is


    This looks like the same guy standing in front of the helicopter.

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    Post by nkomo on Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:42 pm

    Misanthropic_Gods wrote:Here is a picture of an EI LBV in 3 color desert....but I dont know how old the picture is


    This looks like the same guy standing in front of the helicopter.

    See.....my quote earlier about some members being able to find pics. Case and point!

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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by Mercenary25 on Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:51 pm

    Arch, can you scan this picture, please? I would be interested to see it.

    Shane, thanks for a picture! The guy on right does appeared to be wearing ELBV in DCU color. It got to be eagles, note the slanted pouches. Are they SF or Delta? What is very interesting, the guy on left is wearing M67 grenadier vest and SPEAR ELCS.

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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by Misanthropic_Gods on Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:56 pm

    Mercenary25 wrote:Arch, can you scan this picture, please? I would be interested to see it.

    Shane, thanks for a picture! The guy on right does appeared to be wearing ELBV in DCU color. It got to be eagles, note the slanted pouches. Are they SF or Delta? What is very interesting, the guy on left is wearing M67 grenadier vest and SPEAR ELCS.


    Yep, the slanted pockets and the shoulder pads are what caught my eye!

    i really dont have any idea..could be CIA, SFOD-A, SF....who knows. I wish I could narrow it down more

    OOH! here is another good one I think...it might be eagle, it might not though..the webbing is all saggy and its hard to tell


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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by P-E on Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:28 am

    Well, I'm not expert in assault vests, but this last one look like the Spear kit...?

    see : http://www.special-warfare.net/data_base/305_load_bearing/spear_elcs_03.html

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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by Misanthropic_Gods on Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:46 am

    P-E wrote:Well, I'm not expert in assault vests, but this last one look like the Spear kit...?

    see : http://www.special-warfare.net/data_base/305_load_bearing/spear_elcs_03.html

    AAH, you are right..I didnt see the MOLLE...I should have paid more attention!


    I was also looking at the picture of the SF soldiers I posted earlier, I think the guy in the middle of the first picture is wearing another one!

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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by Mercenary25 on Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:14 am

    P-E is correct, it is SPEAR ELCS. That guy in the middle also is wearing ELCS. Few things to notice: Shoulder pads shape and MOLLE webbing: Eagle ELBV doesn't have it.

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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by JKin on Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:03 pm

    Mercenary25 wrote:Arch, can you scan this picture, please? I would be interested to see it.

    Shane, thanks for a picture! The guy on right does appeared to be wearing ELBV in DCU color. It got to be eagles, note the slanted pouches. Are they SF or Delta? What is very interesting, the guy on left is wearing M67 grenadier vest and SPEAR ELCS.
    Im thinking SF. You dont see too Delta guys with ELCS kit. At that time, their typical kit came from a different line.

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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by nkomo on Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:15 pm

    Ok....I am not sure why I didn't think of this last night, but I recently picked up a three color Eagle Industries holster while over in NC. It is most definitely SF used and the buckles are dated 01. So.....that means the three color Eagle vests were around during early OEF. Not quite sure why we can't find any pics of the three color vests being worn in A-Stan. Question

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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by Mercenary25 on Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:49 pm

    Since I don't plan to bid it anymore so I will share the link. I can't take photos from ebay. So it would be nice if someone could do that for future reference; Photos in ebay will not last long after the auction ended.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320592811471&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_810wt_1139

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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by Mercenary25 on Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:55 pm

    Nevermind, I figured it out. Picture:


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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by Mercenary25 on Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:05 pm

    Found a photo of a sailor from Naval Coastal Warfare wearing three color LBV. It doesn't look like Eagles Version. Note metal snaps like regular woodland LBVs.

    Photo courtesy of Smittie from flickr.


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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by Beppe_goodoldrebel on Fri May 13, 2011 8:28 am

    found another photo of a green beret


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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by Mercenary25 on Fri May 13, 2011 9:29 am

    Beppe, it is SPEAR ELCS.

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    Re: Eagle Industries LBV in three color desert ever used in early OEF?

    Post by CamoDeafie on Fri May 13, 2011 9:00 pm

    Merc; I believe the one on the Navy guy may have come from SDS or similar; possibly FOX outdoors sports; I remember a while back; you could get them in 3-color, 6 color, woodland, OD, USMC digital, ACU, black, tan....but these were NOT USGI...the navy guy's looks more like the USGI version;

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    Post by Mercenary25 on Fri May 13, 2011 10:14 pm

    CamoDeafie wrote:Merc; I believe the one on the Navy guy may have come from SDS or similar; possibly FOX outdoors sports; I remember a while back; you could get them in 3-color, 6 color, woodland, OD, USMC digital, ACU, black, tan....but these were NOT USGI...the navy guy's looks more like the USGI version;

    True. I just noticed the visible snaps on the pouch flaps.

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