How To Adjust Our Body Armour So It Fits Correctly

Instructions for the fitting and adjustment of zip fronted body armour carriers

The following instructions will ensure your body armour is fitted correctly. Body armour should be worn tight to the body, whilst still being comfortable to wear.
The first time you adjust the body armour you will find it useful to get a friend or colleague to assist you.

  • Undo popper fasteners on the back flap of the carrier and undo, or ‘ease’ the velcro adjustment on the side/rear closures.
  • Undo the cumberbund/stomach strap.
  • Undo the main zip and put the carrier on.
  • Drop down the 4 belt straps, if required.
  • Fasten the cumberbund/stomach strap.
  • Fasten up the belt loops. It is recommended that your trouser belt is threaded through the belt loops when worn, as this will ensure that the weight of the body armour is distributed correctly and carried on the hips rather than on the back and shoulders.
  • Ensure the front armour panel is inserted in the ‘pouch’ in the left-hand-side of the front cover, then fully close the main zip.
  • Loosen the shoulder velcro fitment and adjust so that the bottom of the body armour is in line with the navel/tummy button. Ensure both sides are adjusted evenly and re-close all velcro adjustments.
  • Close the rear velcro pads so that they are the same on both sides. The fit should be close-fitting and snug, whilst remaining comfortable.
  • Close the popper fasteners on the rear flap.

There may well be a gap below the bottom of the body armour and the top of your trousers.
This is normal and allows flexibility and movement.

Your body armour should now be adjusted correctly. From now on, whenever you ‘don’ or ‘doff’ the body armour, all you have to do is open or close the main zip as you would do with a normal coat, not forgetting to first fasten the cumberbund/stomach strap and use the belt loops if you prefer to do so.

Body armour WILL NOT stop you from being attacked. It is designed to protect the vital organs and prevent serious injury against the type of weapon it has been certified to protect against.