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harbl_the_cat
05-07-2012, 04:48 PM
Pics to follow:

http://frontierfirearms.ca/index.php/body-armour.html

I bought a second set of the body armour from Frontier a few weeks back and tried mounting it inside of one of these:

http://www.google.ca/imgres?num=10&um=1&hl=en&biw=1431&bih=462&tbm=isch&tbnid=dWcykuuvdhjbQM:&imgrefurl=http://www.weaponblender.com/index.php%3FproductID%3D1047&docid=DJWN7GNjzpYtjM&imgurl=http://www.weaponblender.com/products_pictures/condor%252520modular%252520plate%252520carrier%252 520300.jpg&w=300&h=334&ei=zU6oT5ehFabl6QGX9YXbBA&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=735&sig=109459602100469179984&sqi=2&page=1&tbnh=124&tbnw=105&start=0&ndsp=17&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:71&tx=84&ty=62

When I first ripped part the main vest, there was an enclosed nylon carrier with some thin foam protecting the ceramic plate (which was in a tear drop shape). I tried to ram the whole thing into the plate compartment on the inner side of both panels. Bad idea - I could hardly close the vest when I did.

I then decided to rip it apart and was a bit surprised by what I found. Inside was what looked like some boning made of thin sheets of plastic that matched the pattern of the kevlar, with some cheap cotton foam glued along the shape of the plate (I assume for comfort sake).

For this vest, I ripped out the boning material, taped the outer foam to the plate on the strike face, and tapped the cotton to roughly where the plate lined up (on the inner side).

I then decided to rip out my first vest similarly which I originally mounted inside one of these: http://cf.mp-cdn.net/03/ab/1c599f4d17f3e646cf1c0af5fab7.jpg

I was surprised to find
1) there was no plastic boning, just some thin foam on both the inner and outer side of the kevlar panels and
2) the plate was actually a rectangular plate instead of a tear drop.

For this one, I removed the plates from the kevlar, wrapped it in the foam, and slipped it into the plate compartment of the vest and put the kevlar panels directly into the vest.

The end result of both modifications was a greater degree of mobility, less weight - even though I assume the foam/boning was originally designed to allow the kevlar panels to both retain their shape and provide the wearer some protection from blunt trauma.

I don't plan on wearing these vests 9 hours a day, 5 days a week, so I don't think that will be too big of a problem for me.

Pics to follow.