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Week at Vanson Armor Installation and Adjustment

The armor is attached to the suit with VELCRO® brand hook and loop fasteners and is positioned between the suit’s outer leather shell and the lining. Access to this area is through a zippered opening at the lower rear waist area in our jackets, and custom suits. The lining itself unzips for access in our Velocity suits. On pants there is and opening at the fly area.

The positioning of your armor can drastically change the fit of your garment, so follow the steps below and then readjust until you are comfortable in your new garment.

To help in the break-in procedure, bend the armor parts at their hinging points multiple times before insertion.

Knees: Insert knee armor through access in lining and push it down the leg between the leather and the lining. Position knee armor with knee cap of armor aligning with horizontal knee seam in leathers. Press armor against inside of the leathers, making sure the hook and loop fastenings are securely attached.

Shoulders: Insert and push armor up to the shoulder area between leather and the lining. Position shoulder armor with center of armor aligning with shoulder/sleeve seam. Press armor against the inside of the leathers, making sure the hook and loop fastenings are securely attached.

Elbow/forearm: Insert and push elbow/forearm armor up into sleeve between the leather and the lining. Push it down the sleeve, aligning it so elbow part is opposite the spandex/kevlar cutout. Press armor against the leathers, “molding” leathers to the armor shape. Make sure hook and loop fastenings securely attach to each other.

Hips: Insert the hip pad through the access in lining and push it down to hip area between the leather and the lining material. Position hip pad with top of pad level with or slightly below waist, align fore and aft for comfort. Press hip pad against inside of the leathers, check that hook and loop fastenings are securely attached.

Back Pad: Carefully “thread” the back pad through the opening in the lining, with the pointed portion of the back pad pointing down and the plastic panels facing against the back of the garment. To fit back pads into some jackets you may have to cut some of the exposed foam away at the pointed end to fit as many hard plastic pads as possible into your jacket. Position the top about 2” to 3” below neck and attach with hook and loop leather tab. Center pad in the garment, smooth the lining and attach lower part of the hook and loop panel in the lining. (Note: you may have to remove the VELCRO® brand fastened pad which is attached to tabs during stitching).