As your dad always told you; protection is important, but you should know how to put it on. This time we take a look at the Pantac Force Recon Protective Accessory Kit, which consists of six pieces of protective panels, which you attach to the Force Recon Vest for added protection and better looks in the gaming field.
In real life, the Force Recon Vest is a releasable armor that has soft armor against handgun calibers and shrapnel, and ceramic plates in the front and back that can stop most rifle bullets. The level of protection is already quite good, and allows great mobility, but in situations where added protection at the cost of a slight increase of weight is worth it, you can opt to upgrade the armor with dedicated additional panels. Black, Cordura: [OT-C513-BK-T]
It should be noted that the protective kit doesn't necessarily have to be precisely the same camo as your vest. For example if you have a MultiCam pattern vest, you can safely go with Coyote Brown. Olive Drab on the other hand goes well together with traditional Woodland. If you are doing an MP impression, the Black kit is a nice detail thanks to the deltoid pieces, which can be equipped with the black/white patch.
HOW TO PUT IT TOGETHER THEN?
Attaching these pieces simply by looking at them separately isn't as obvious as it would seem. And even if you have a picture of a finished vest, some details may go past you. So let's go through the attachment process step by step. The first step is also the easiest one, and to many it's the most important one: The groin. The front soft armor compartment has clips for this inside. They are the opposite pieces, so they can be connected when stowed away. NOTE: Pantac has recently upgraded the clips from UTX to ITW. These different brand clips are not compatible with each other, so at this point you may run into a problem if you are putting an older and newer product together. If you run into this situation, please contact our after-sales service with your order number to get an updated pair of clips.
The groin protector also covers part of your lower stomach. There has been some confusion about the sizing of this vest, with many thinking that it's too short. However, the shoulder straps can be adjusted to make the vest fit lower, and of course you need some weight in the pouches to pull it down. Even in the lowest position it should be just low enough to cover your bellybutton. If the vest and the replica plate were too long, you would get knocked in the throat when you squat down with the vest on.
NECK AND SHOULDER
After getting the groin panel in place, it's time to attach the parts to the top. At this point it is important that the vest is already adjusted to your height and girth. Leaving a little bit of slack to hang the vest lower is a good idea, since the shoulder panels will raise that area.
Attaching the shoulder panels is best done first. The wider front of the panel is aligned with the vertical velcro fastener on the inside of the vest front, and then rolled towards the rear. If you keep the shoulder piece bent at this point already, it will be more comfortable to wear. The rear of the shoulder panel may reach the back of the vest, depending on your shoulder strap adjustment. The side flaps are best left open at this point.
Next up is the neck panel. It attaches not only to the back of the vest itself, but also to the shoulder panels. Looking from below, spot the velcro-sealed openings of the shoulder panels (where the armor would be inserted), and sandwich the neck panel attachment points between them. There is some room for adjustment here as well, so you can adjust how high up your neck the panel ends up. Too high could restrict you from looking up, but too low would leave the neck exposed.
Finally we get to the deltoid protectors. These panels add width to the shoulders, which makes the fighter look more intimidating. The Pantac panels feature velcro attachments for patches. Remember the flaps on the shoulder panels that you left open? Well, if you closed them, now it's time to rip them open again. The attachment tabs have velcro on both sides, so when it's sandwiched the result is as solid as if they were sewn together. Don't leave slack in this area, and fold the excess tab into the velcro opening of the original shoulder pad.
Congrats! Your vest is now one notch beefier, and it may very well make the opposite sex a bit more attracted to you.