Once more unto the breach...
go web gear cheaper and better for long game play because of its lighter weight, and it doesn’t trap heat.
While web-gear does potentially allow for greater overall storage capacity when double-and triple-mag pouches are involved, LBV's have several distinct advantages:
1. Most of the pouches are easily accessible, as they're on the front of one's torso. Getting to all of the pouches on web gear may involve getting all Chubby Checker and doing the twist.
2. Most LBV's have an integral slot for a hydration bladder. While Blackhawk does make an H-harness with a hydration carrier, the premium they charge for it negates the lower overall cost of web gear.
3. For airsoft purposes, having the gear on your front turns it into defacto body armour; not a bad thing for those of us concerned with continuing our careers as A&F models.
You seem to imply that a vest has a limited carrying capacity, making it unsuitable for an extended game. My SpecOps vest is outfitted with a bladder carrier, 2 x SAW pouches, 2 x Knife pouches 2 x M-16 double mag pouch, 2 x logistics pouch (slightly smaller than a SAW pouch with all sorts of nifty internal dividers) and 1 x radio pouch. It contains sufficient equipment and supplies to keep me alive and treating patients for up to three days.
Web gear is neat and certainly has its place, but one oughtn't dissmiss vests so quickly.