Trying to choose between protection and comfort in body armor is a difficult task. Sure, you want to be bullet-hole free, but you also want to be able to wear it without difficulty. Fortunately, the Marine Corps has found a way to keep Marines protected while making added safety more comfortable.
Though there are many changes with the improved Modular Tactical Vest, one of the most notable is that it weighs two pounds less than its predecessor. It may not seem like much, but every pound counts when you’re carrying it all day. Besides being lighter, the vest packs on the following improvements:
- Incorporated optional firing shoulder adaptor for better weapon stock weld
- Bigger neck opening with less-abrasive nylon
- Less material around the shoulders provides more arm motion
- Improved cummerbund stability and placement to mitigate armored plate movement and reduce chafing
- Relocated side release buckles for easier adjustments
- Easy to reach quick-release pull tab
These improvements will make it easier to move around while reducing some of the complexity Marines may face, especially when trying to fire their weapon. It also shares a commonality of parts with the improved Scalable Plate Carrier.