Ballistic vest carrier cover system

  • US 8,528,112 B2
  • Filed: 02/06/2012
  • Issued: 09/10/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/08/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A cover for a ballistic vest carrier, said carrier including a front armor panel in a front portion of the carrier, a rear armor panel in a rear portion of the carrier, attachable/detachable waist fasteners for removably attaching said front portion of the carrier to said rear portion of the carrier at the waist of a wearer, and attachable/detachable shoulder fasteners for removably attaching said front portion of the carrier to said rear portion of the carrier at the shoulders of the wearer, said cover comprising:

  • (a) a mantle extending from a front waist of the mantle through shoulders of the mantle to a rear waist of the mantle and having a neck opening, a right side, and a left side, said mantle having an outer fabric layer and a liner, said liner being attached to said outer layer at the front waist at a front waist attachment, at the rear waist at a rear waist attachment, at the neck opening, along the right side from a right front armor opening on the right side adjacent to the front waist to a right rear armor opening on the right side adjacent to the rear waist, and along the left side from a left front armor opening on the left side adjacent to the front waist to a left rear armor opening on the left side adjacent to the rear waist, thereby forming a front pocket and a rear pocket between said outer layer and said liner, the right front armor opening being separated from the left front armor opening by the front waist attachment, the right rear armor opening being separated from the left rear armor opening by the rear waist attachment, said front pocket being connected to said rear pocket by tunnels between said outer layer and said liner at the shoulders, said front pocket being accessible through said right and left front armor openings and said rear pocket being accessible through said right and left rear armor openings;

    (b) a right waist panel extending from said outer fabric layer at said right rear armor opening to a free end;

    (c) a left waist panel extending from said outer fabric layer at said left rear armor opening to a free end;

    (d) a right zipper having a right rear zipper component attached to said right waist panel free end and a mating right front zipper component attached to said outer fabric layer at said right front armor opening; and

    (e) a left zipper having a left rear zipper component attached to said left waist panel free end and a mating left front zipper component attached to said outer fabric layer at said left front armor opening;

    (f) whereby said front portion of the carrier is installed in said front pocket through one of said right and left front armor openings, said rear portion of the carrier is installed in said rear pocket through one of said right and left rear armor openings, said front portion of the carrier is attached to said rear portion of the carrier by said shoulder fasteners through said tunnels and by said waist fasteners at the waist, said waist panels are extended over said waist fasteners, and said zippers are attached.

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