These are approved by GORUCK for the requirement of PT Belt.
The HVS-V is another Todd Forkner (aka Gear N8tion) creation. This time around he has made a reflective strap meant to ensure you are seen by your team (and cars) at night. The strap attaches to the 3″x2″ patch panel on your ruck then loops around and attaches at the webbing on the bottom. Once secured it holds on tight and does its job. The attachment point on the 3″x2″ patch panel has loop material on it so, don’t worry, you can still attach a patch to your ruck.
No one really knows what the HVS-V stands for… some say it means “Hard, Very Severe” which is how I’d describe a GORUCK event. Others say it stands for “Hyper-Velocity Star” which sound awesome… basically they’re stars that can travel up to 2 million miles per hour. I’m not sure the HVS-H will make you faster but it’s worth a shot.
The one gripe I’ve heard about the HVS-V is that if you use the outer pocket frequently it can get frustrating to have to either slip your hand between the HVS-V and your pack or detach the HVS-V, grab your item, then attach the HVS again. This really isn’t too bad because you only have to remove the Velcro at that the 3″x2″ area to have full range of the pocket but I can see how people would get annoyed. If, however, you are not in and out of your back pocket much then this would not be an issue for you.
There were only 12 (6 green and 6 orange) of these made in the entire first run (with no guarantee of a second run) so if this is something you’re in the market for I’d say buy sooner rather than later.