awakeneddragon 4 Not the easiest thing to get in and out of. It seals through velcro at the shoulders and sides, with additional (steel?) cables at the shoulders. The sides have the cables as well, but also clips. If you are round bodied I wouldn't get this as it fits snugly, with little evidence of expansion. Thankfully, I'm thin, so it fits well. With it on, the stiff layers of material feel supportive, and comfortable enough with a tshirt underneath. No chafing at the armpits. The pouches seem as durably constructed as the rest of it. I bought this for a costume, not for anything else, but it seems very sturdy. It is just a bit unfortunate that it's a bit difficult to get into. Be warned that it has a very strong petroleum or gasoline smell. I'll be washing it, of course, but the smell was a surprise. Perhaps it's a preserve measure. All in all, I'm pleased with it.