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PortaBrace ATV-Z8 Audio Tactical Vest for Zoom F8 Portable Recorder

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PortaBrace ATV-Z8 Audio Tactical Vest for Zoom F8 Portable Recorder
Key Features
  • For Zoom F8 Recorder
  • Support & Improved Weight Distribution
  • Attach Gear to Front & Back
  • NP1 Pocket
The Porta Brace ATV-Z8 is a military-style audio tactical vest designed to safely hold and provide convenient access to a Zoom F8 recorder and related accessories for sound recordists, mixers, and boom operators in ENG, television, video production, and field recording. Combining the functionality of a bag and harness, the adjustable vest delivers comfortable support and even weight distribution while preserving mobility and equipment access. Padding minimizes fatigue, and the mesh back ensures breathability.
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PortaBrace ATV-Z8 Overview

The Porta Brace ATV-Z8 is a military-style audio tactical vest designed to safely hold and provide convenient access to a Zoom F8 recorder and related accessories for sound recordists, mixers, and boom operators in ENG, television, video production, and field recording. Combining the functionality of a bag and harness, the adjustable vest delivers comfortable support and even weight distribution while preserving mobility and equipment access. Padding minimizes fatigue, and the mesh back ensures breathability.

Attach your most commonly needed items to the front of the vest, and store lesser-needed contents on the rear. An NP1 pocket offers a consistent location for your batteries, with additional storage courtesy of an iPad pouch, phone and pen holders, and a rain cover that can serve as an extra pouch. Between recordings, a dedicated clip can hold your boompole so you can rest your arms.

Fits Zoom F8 recorders
Form-fitting design stabilizes equipment close to your body, even when on the move
Durable, 1000-denier Cordura nylon construction
Boompole clip provides convenience and rest when not recording
Swap out integrated tablet pouch or phone/accessory pouch
Modular design adds additional storage if needed
UPC: 877547024932

PortaBrace ATV-Z8 Specs

CompatibilityZoom F8 recorders
Construction Material1000-denier Cordura nylon
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.2 x 11.2 x 4.3"

PortaBrace ATV-Z8 Reviews

Wow, best investment ever

By Jonathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-07-21

Dude, this thing is amazing, it allows me to have all my equipment for a one man band sound guy, without having to place anything on the ground. Even how it distributes the weight, now it feels more even on my shoulders, then my lower back when using a harness with a sound bag. The zipper noise doesn't bother me, you shouldn't be playing with them during takes anyways. Only thing like another review said, is that you should be able to detach the mixer holder from the harness, but other than that I love this thing.

Great!

By Ian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-10-14

This is a great vest for holding practically anything. However, it kinda makes you look like a suicide bomber. haha

Without alternative until today

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-12-18

Generally happy with it. Hopefully zippers won't disappoint, this became an issue with some of my latest PortaBrace gears. Looks sharp, the ZOOM F8 fits perfectly, one more pocket on each side of the hips would be a very useful addition. And one more thing: a wire channel built in the fabrics for getting the power from the pocket on the back hidden into the mixer bag in front. Guess the back bag will be used quite often for this purpose. Haven't found tactical gear on the net which looks made professional audio like this one from PortaBrace. Thanks guys.

The ideal audio solution!

By Emerging Light M.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-09-14

We just used this on a 3 day shoot where we were in different locations. Having all the multiple storage options was great! One thing we did find interesting was the zippers. There is a number of zippers on the vest and the cling like little bells when moving. An idea would be to have some rubber grips on them so they ton't chime. We ended up gaff taping the ends. Other than that, we found the vest to be great!

Back Saver!!!

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-05-22

This vest makes all the difference when running as a one man sound department. Amazing weight distribution over the entire torso, as opposed to running a bag on a strap

Almost perfect

By Mario
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-18

I really love this vest. It’s changed the way I work. I like how compact and sturdy it feels. Having said that, there’s only two things about it that may be improved. As mentioned in other reviews, the zippers on the detachable pouch are noisy. I had to remove the ends in order for it to be usable on set. Also, the bag is sawed onto the vest making it impossible to take off the bag without taking the vest off. This also means that if you have recorders of different sizes, you would need to have one vest for each recorder. Overall I really like this vest but would probably wait for a second generation if I was considering buying one.

Almost perfect

By Mario
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-18

I really love this vest. It’s changed the way I work. I like how compact and sturdy it feels. Having said that, there’s only two things about it that may be improved. As mentioned in other reviews, the zippers on the detachable pouch are noisy. I had to remove the ends in order for it to be usable on set. Also, the bag is sawed onto the vest making it impossible to take off the bag without taking the vest off. This also means that if you have recorders of different sizes, you would need to have one vest for each recorder. Overall I really like this vest but would probably wait for a second generation if I was considering buying one.

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which pouches and accessories do NOT come with ...

which pouches and accessories do NOT come with the vest? NAB gave me the impression this item is only the vest as the boom clip, pouches, and other items seen in the picture are sold separately. thanks for the help!
Asked by: Samuel
The long list of features includes: a modular iPad pouch, an innovative new boom clip, a removable pouch that can attach to either the front or back, a separate modular phone/pen holder, which is interchangeable with the iPad sleeve. In addition, there is an NP1 pocket situated under the mixer and a double vinyl rain cover that opens up and acts as a pouch.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2020-01-09

question

What is the sizing for this vest? I'm 6.2FT with a 38 waist. Would this fit me?
Asked by: Jeremy
I am 6.3FT 34 waist, it fits me pretty well.
Answered by: Morgon L.
Date published: 2018-11-17

question

Is the bag removable from the harness and does it come with a separate shoulder strap?
Asked by: Anonymous
No, it's an all in one package. Everything is attached making it have better support. ( There are attachments, like extra pockets and other holders that can be taken on and off) . It's great for run and gun stuff, nothing bouncing around while you're on the move, and It's easy to slip on and off. Also the boom holder that comes with it, is very helpful.
Answered by: Ryan M.
Date published: 2020-01-09
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