figured I would put this out for reference, I have not been able to find a true time line and variation list so this is just what I have been able to piece together. also I am sorry in advance but I didn't remove the pouches from the vests for the pictures. I thought about it but getting everything off and back on would take a lot longer then I really have time for.
the predecessor of the issue RRV was very similar to a true Rhodesian recon vest, a somewhat large chest rig with several sewn on pouches. not a whole lot to it and from what I understand eagle started making them in the 1990's. the first DOD contract vest came with the DG-MLCS kit issued at first to DEVGRU (U.S. Navy Special Warfare Development Group) in 2002 to replace the ELCS kits used before its development and later trickled down to other NSW teams. the RRV in this kit had a top flap which acted as a closer when being used with the bib tucked and a 1" waist strap that only released on one side. the first of these were in an almost orange color with black buckles, white Velcro and black elastic. the later version was in what's called by many pinky tan, a light tan color 1000D cordura with almost white webbing and purple binding tape. by the end of 2002 they stated using tan webbing and Velcro and sometimes using a gray binding tap.
the pictured RRV is mid to late 2002 production and was camo painted woodland early in its life.