I had this chest rig demoed to me at SHOT 2010. A year later at SHOT I saw it again and decided it was time to finally pick it up. This rig stuck out to me as a great light weight rig for a day at the range or for a course. Not only that but it fits well under a jacket and doesn’t print bad for those of you who need to do undercover work.
As you may have noticed from my other article. I was demoed two models at SHOT Show the CDI Maxes and the other model was the Crossbow. The Crossbow kit comes with two separate frames the standard Crossbow frames and the Suppressor frames. The Suppressor frames are made for those of you who wear ear defenders while shooting and doing other tasks that require ballistics.
Having long used a pair of Oakley Gascans as range glasses and for anything else that may require my eyes being protected outside of work I decided it was time for a change. I was always worried about ruining the lenses in my Gascans and wished they made a model that had removable lenses. The reason they were my favorite was both fit and that they are optically corrected in both the x and y plane. At SHOT Show 2011 I meandered over to the ESS booth to get a run through of their new products. The first of the two products I was run through was the CDI Max and I instantly knew this was to be my Oakley replacement. Knowing that Oakley owns ESS also helped because I knew the lens would be corrected the same as the Oakleys.