Chest racks, or chest rigs, are an essential piece of tactical gear.  The provide an easily accessible storage area that can be worn on top of a tactical vests or sometimes as a part of one. They are designed to allow the carrier the benefit of carrying a lot of equipment while keeping hands free.  Chest racks are not meant to be protective gear but are often worn on top of them.  Although they come in a variety of styles, they generally have a number of pockets and loops to attach gear to. They often contain buckles for easy detachment when the situation calls for it.  Chest racks are perfect for carrying multiple radios, magazines/ammo, medical equipment, and other general-purpose items.