Top mistakes when setting up a tactical vest

Top Mistakes When Setting Up a Tactical Vest

For first-timers, setting up and using a tactical vest can be pretty intimidating. But, it doesn't have to be that way. That's because modern tactical vests are designed to make it easier to set up and use, even for a novice or beginner.

Here, we will dig deeper into some of the most common mistakes made by beginners using a tactical vest for the first time.

So, without further ado, let's have a look!

Not Reading the Instructions

Let's face it, most of us don't bother to read the directions that come with a new purchase. It's crucial to read and follow the instructions, whether you get them with your vest or download them, to prevent unintentionally breaking your vest and voiding its warranty. Maintaining and keeping your armor should be included in the manufacturer's instructions. Every vest supplied by the manufacturer comes with care instructions so that the wearer is aware of potential faults that can damage the Kevlar aramid fibers.

If officers want to get the most usage and protection out of their vests for years to come, they must carefully study and adhere to the instructions the makers give. Otherwise, the manufacturers cannot promise that the vests will fulfill their function.

Not Getting the Right Gear

Individual first aid kits, medical first aid kits, magazine holsters, and other administrative equipment are some tactical equipment and accessories we advise for your armor system. If one arm was to be wounded in some way, medical supplies should be kept in a location reachable with both hands. Both the plate carrier's front and the cummerbund on the non-dominant arm side are suitable locations for magazine holsters.

The location of ammo is prioritized such that an emergency reload is easily accessible. Batteries, pencils, cellphones, radios, and other items may be included in mission-specific or administrative equipment. Overall, we advise against adding extra gear since it adds weight and restrictions.

Most individuals will select a multipurpose bag for their tactical vest. These pouches are constructed of Cordura, and the front and rear include MOLLE webbing and can be fastened to a vest, backpack, or other items of equipment. They are frequently water-resistant, making them perfect for inclement weather transporting equipment.

General-purpose pouches are excellent for storing essential items you don't frequently use, such as batteries and night vision. Additionally, since they might be bulky on the front, keeping them in the rear of your vest is preferable.

Getting the Tactical Vest Wet

Although soft ballistic armor may stop a bullet, it cannot be washed in a machine. Typically, waterproof sleeves with Kevlar/aramid panels inside are put into either an internal or exterior carrier. You can get the ballistic insert wet without harming the fibers as long as the waterproof seal hasn't been compromised.

However, it is advised against immersing the insert in water if the seal has been compromised. When Kevlar is submerged in water, the material becomes looser and begins to deteriorate and disintegrate. It is advised to maintain the whole insert dry to avoid potential water entry in the event that the seal is damaged. You'll lose the protection when the fibers wiggle loose and split apart. 

Bullets pass through when the weave starts to loosen. If the fibers have become too loose, the material cannot perform its function. In other words, avoid washing your soft armor because doing so will alter it into a heavy fabric with little ballistic value.

The carrier vest may be washed on its own in a gentle/delicate cycle; however, you should hang it to dry and avoid using fabric softener. All trauma plates, ballistic panels, and straps should be taken off and cleaned separately before being put back together. Your armor should only be put back together once the carrier has fully dried.

Not Getting the Right Protection

You can't just slip on a tactical vest just like any other vest. Think of it this way, being shot in the stomach has a higher chance of resulting in survival than being wounded in the upper chest. Always put more emphasis on your armor around the weakest points.

Protecting your vitals against ballistics should be your priority. Start two fingers' breadth below your collarbone for your vest protection. Wearing a body armor system too low in an effort to hide the stomach is a typical error that compromises the upper chest's protected protection of your essential organs.

The body armor plates are held in place by a great-fitting carrier that doesn't restrict your range of motion. Additionally, a tight cummerbund relieves weight from the shoulders. Generally speaking, armor vests should extend from the right. It is recommended that you get a tactical vest that extends from the right, just below the collarbone, to the base of the rib cage.

Not Keeping the Vest Clean

The instruction "don't wash your armor" does not exclude cleaning. A common mistake many beginners make when using a tactical vest is forgoing the instruction of keeping their vest clean. Your armor has to be cleaned and disinfected since it naturally becomes sweaty and soiled like everything else you wear. This may be done with a little soap, water, and a clean towel. After wiping out any extra moisture, hang the item to dry.

You decide how frequently you should clean your armor. You can probably go longer between cleanings when it's cold outside and you're not perspiring than when it's hot outside and you're sweating. Use baby wipes or a light soap detergent, such as Dawn. Avoid using alcohol or bleach wipes since such substances can cause the ballistic material to break down.

As you clean down your armor, carefully check it for any tears or holes. The inner core of the vest can become wet and degrade, losing its ballistic protective characteristics if the exterior waterproof membrane is damaged. Avoid using Febreze or Lysol on a vest that has grown particularly nasty since such solvents can also harm the ballistic material.

Traditionally utilized by law enforcement or the military, plate carriers are now quite common for civilian body armor. For athletic or training reasons, a plate carrier is frequently utilized. A tactical plate carrier's ability to carry tactical gear effectively and close at hand for emergency scenarios is another fantastic benefit.

Many plate carriers include MOLLE straps that let you attach extras like magazines, holsters, first aid kits, or any other equipment you need to have on hand. It's a fantastic technique to maintain focus on your target while grabbing any essentials, like a mag refill. Plate carriers are occasionally used for physical activity. The additional weight creates resistance and effort, strengthening the heart and muscles. To find out more interesting information on tactical vests and other tactical gear, head to