BODY ARMOR VENT I.C.E. Retro Fit Kit…
…keeps your body’s temperature down in the summer and your body much drier and warmer in the winter while wearing a carrier. That´s basically the concept of the whole system and what you need to know about. Get one, install it, and enjoy the comfort on your future activities while wearing a plate carrier. Thanks for reading.
Nah, just kidding! Welcome to this product spotlight of Body Armor Vents I.C.E. (Increased Combat Effectiveness) Retro Fit Kit, which is designed to fit all concealable vests and plate carriers on the market. Therefore, it´s available in four different sizes: X-Small, Small, Medium and Large to fit your preferred carrier size.
But what is it all about?
BODY ARMOR VENT’s I.C.E. Retro Fit Kit panels featuring their patent-pending evaporation and ventilation technology; EVAP is the continuous air flow between your torso and your body armor. Airflow around and through the panel is driven as the hot air expands and your own breathing provides the airflow which then produces evaporative cooling. Air moving over moisture, just like an Air Condition, but in the field straight on you!
BODY ARMOR VENT’s proprietary foam filled, vertical air channels force air flow upwards and also through horizontal vent holes to enable true evaporation of sweat from behind armor. This keeps your body’s temperature down in the summer and your body much drier and warmer in the winter as already mentioned at the beginning.
AT FIRST GLANCE
What needs to be told here is that BODY ARMOR VENT really ships out fast! I mean their products ship straight from the States, we´re based in central Europe. The day we placed the order to the day it arrived – just 8 days! That is great customer service right there. Five Star approved.
The I.C.E. Kit comes simply packed in a plastic bag including the plates, instruction manual and the “SUPER GRIP hook tape” which is needed to get it installed to your carrier.
The plate itself only weights 35g which is nothing in regards to its performance. The foam filled air channels are only 8mm thick (you won’t even notice them). Once holding it in your hand, you can feel the high quality and workmanship that has been put into the I.C.E. System. Top notch!
All I.C.E. Retro Fit Kits are made with “loop” fabric on the backside that attaches to the SUPER GRIP hook tape that you´ve placed on your carrier already.
Before you start cutting the tape, make sure you gave the instructions the package comes with a read. Why is this important for you? Because of different padding styles available. Mostly, they come with raised 3D Mesh airflow sections or with flat panel surfaces. The hook tape needs to be placed correct to ensure best adherence for itself and the I.C.E. plates.
To guarantee best adherence for the SUPER GRIP hook tape, make sure you clean your carriers mesh padding first in case it´s dirty. Wait until it is dry again and place the hook tape as described.
Then get the I.C.E. plates attached to it and you´re ready to roll. You see, the installation is pretty simple, fast and easy.
My working horse carrier is the Tasmanian Tiger Plate Carrier QR LC. This carrier comes in an so called “unisex” size which means, it´s designed for SAPI plates in (30 x 25 cm) max. How to get the right sized I.C.E. Retro Fit Kit for your carrier? Make sure you check their SIZE GUIDE at the website before ordering so you don´t have a bad time with the wrong size!
I run the large kit for my TT carrier and as you can see, they fit straight on how they should be.
Well, as COVID-19 has us down again in our region and we can´t really go to any field or range to run it the way it´s build for, we need to put this on hold till future notice. As soon as we´re able to go out again, this part will follow-up in a separate article for you.
I try to find other ways in the near future so stay tuned for more Intel about the performance soon. I think, I give it a tryout in the gym or running outdoors with it.
Got your interest? Head over to Body Armor Vents website and find out more as well see other I.C.E. kits available for example: for backpacks.