This customer had a problem with the side closures on his armor system. Apparently the manufacturer thought that a single overlap of hook and loop between two kevlar panels in an outer carrier laden with gear would hold up in the field. As might be expected, the sides come apart at the most inopportune times. Velcro is not the preferred method of closure for such a critical juncture. But you work with what you’re given. It turns out, the PALS Shock Cord Anchor, or a derivative of the design might solve the problem. This hasn’t shipped yet so the outcome is unknown until the customer installs the parts and puts the vest through it’s paces, but simple solutions tend to be the most likely to work.
Two sets of buckle systems were fabricated. The first is a standard PALS Shock Cord Anchor which uses a PALS loop to tether a buckle via shock cord. An ITW QASM secures the buckle on the other side of the opening. Thinking that elastic shock cord might not be enough, a second buckle system strapped into a length of webbing was included. It’s sewn into a triglide which has been slotted to slide onto a PALS loop. After the customer has received both systems and put them through their paces to determine which one is most appropriate, we’ll exchange the one that is least useful for another of the variant that works best.
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