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How to Stay Cool Under Body Armor: the Science Behind Body Armor Cooling for Military and Law Enforcement

  Heat casualties are a critical problem for body armor users. This is, of course, a big deal for Military, SOF and Law Enforcement. There's a new, way better, approach. The military has been trying to solve the problem of cooling soldiers efficiently for several decades. The insulating properties of protective body armor increase the risk of dehydration, heat stroke, and performance loss for those who wear it, as their bodies cannot offload the heat trapped by the armor. Typical cooling mechanisms require power or add significant weight to operator kit, making them ineffective and impractical. Thus the US military spends hundreds of millions of dollars in hydration bladders and bottled water to replenish and rehydrate operators in the field after they have...

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How to Sew Adhesive Loop Strips onto your Plate Carrier to install IceVents Body Armor Ventilation Pontoons

Sewing the adhesive loop strips included with IceVents Body Armor Ventilation Pontoons is super easy. First, place the adhesive loop strips toward the edge of the inside panel of you plate carrier so that when IceVents are installed, the edge of the IceVents are at the edge of the plate carrier to allow air to flow through the IceVents. The lines in the picture below indicate the sewing lines: Here is an image showing where the stitch lines would be with the IceVents installed. Stitch the adhesive loop strips only. Do not stitch the IceVents themselves. The image below is for demonstration/reference purposes only.  

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How to Prevent Heat Injuries in Military Training

Summary Exertional Heat Illness (EHI) fundamentally negatively impacts warfighter performance.  This paper references independent scientific and military research to summarize the impact of conductive cooling in preventing exertional heat illness and providing an operational advantage to the individual warfighter. Exertional Heat Illness: A Significant Threat According to the March 2017 Department of Defense Medical Surveillance Monthly Report, “heat-related illness remains a significant threat to the health and operational effectiveness of military members and their units and accounts for considerable morbidity, particularly during recruit training in the U.S. military [1].” In 2016, there were 2,536 documented cases of heat illness, 406 of which were a severe form of heat illness known as heat stroke [1]. The effects of heat stroke go...

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