So just a quick update.... As stated in my previous post I did end up ordering from BCS. I ordered the BSC BALCS Cumber vest. They build these vests to order and it took about two weeks from online order to delivery to me, so I was pretty pleased with the delivery time, and from communications with them it sounds like if you call them up and tell them you need something in a rush and can give them a good reason they will do it much quicker.
There level of customer service including responsiveness to emails is really quote impressive, so I give them top marks in that regards, but, out of the box I had one problem, they forgot to include the "cumber". I emailed them the next day, they responded to me almost immediately and said they would get it shipped out, so now I am waiting for that to show up. I will say that my initial impressions of the quality of the vest are very good, the quality seems very good and the materials are sturdy. When I ordered the vest I asked them if they could add more than the stock velcro pile to the front of the vest and they accommodated at no extra charge. In addition to quality, the vest fit my IIIA panels perfectly as well. One I get the cumber I will get things setup and get a better idea of how happy I am with it.
One Question: I am strongly considering purchasing the FirstSpear Retrofit Cummerbund Kit, and I am just looking for opinions from you guys that have used the FirstSpear tubes technology to see if you think it is worth the money?