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TacVent – How it all began

SWAT COP Invents Game-Changer After a Real-World Active Shooter Event

Los Angeles, CA: On November 1, 2013 at 9:20AM, an active shooter attacked LAX, targeting TSA, killing one and wounding two. After the suspect was neutralized, Sgt. Jeff Shelton and his tactical unit continued to search the airport for additional suspects. After several hours of sweating beneath their heavy armor and tactical gear, the team began to dehydrate and overheat, and, necessity being the mother of all invention, Shelton discovered the only possible way to passively and effectively ventilate body armor.

To solve a problem that has plagued makers and users of body armor since its inception, previous attempts by others have included wicking fabrics, or spongy and absorptive materials, even inflatable devices, all which can actually be counter productive.

What makes the TacVent truly unique is that it achieves that highly crucial separation with space rather than matter, using a corrugated panel of soft, rubbery plastic comprised of vented, vertical grooves, slightly and very comfortably pushing armor away from the body by a mere 1/2″. This allows heat to escape from the torso and flow upward, uninhibited and out of the vest where it belongs, cooling body surface temperatures by up to 14.5°!

This is not yet another garment to wear or strap on, as the tension of a vest and the TacVent’s rubbery surface ensure a secure fit, all day, with no shifting. Users also have the option of using provided zip ties for added security, outer carriers, or for easy addition of a rear panel.

Another huge benefit of the TacVent is trauma attenuation as it profoundly reduces blunt-force trauma. Ballistic clay testing showed that with the TacVent, damage to the clay and carrier was minimal, whereas without it, the carrier was torn significantly, causing massive damage to the clay, reaching the surface of the heavy punching bag used in the test.

Trimming and customizing of a standard XL TacVent is extremely easy, requiring a blade or pair of scissors, and as far as cleaning, there is no washing and hang-drying, just a simple wipe down.

The TacVent, made in the USA, is available here for just $34.99 for one panel, $59.99 for two, with additional discounts for bulk orders. TacVent will honor the discounted price for those customers who later opt for a second panel.

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