Instructions for use and care

Congratulations on buying ANORAK ballistic vest!
The present use and care instructions of ANORAK ballistic vest aim at familiarizing you with the operation, use and care of your new ballistic vest. The user shall be informed, through this manual, on the proper operation and care of the ballistic vest. Proper protection against threats is ensured only subject to the strict observance of the instructions and warnings included herein. The non-observance of these instructions and warnings shall void all terms of the warranty accompanying the ballistic vest, and may affect its protection level.

USE INSTRUCTIONS OF THE BALLISTIC VEST
The ballistic vest is intended to perform when meticulously taken care of. When it is not meticulously taken care of, per the use and care instructions, its warranty is voided. You may find below additional points that shall be taken into account when using the ballistic vest. For more information, please refer to ANORAK’s warranty.
The ballistic vest is a system consisting of the carrier and of the front and back soft armor panels.
The non-careful compliance with the use and care instructions voids all warranties, including those referring to ballistic performance, and may lead to grave injury or even death!

ASSEMBLYING THE BALLISTIC VEST

  • You must identify the STRIKE FACE of the soft armor panel, as indicated on its label. This is important, since our soft armor panels are of hybrid composition and every single material, placed in the specific order, plays a unique role.
  • Insert your soft armor panels in the front and back pockets of the carrier, making the STRIKE FACE face outwards, and carefully fasten the hook and loop tapes found at the opening of the pockets in which the soft armor panels have been inserted.
  • Fasten the hook and loop tapes at the shoulders and waist from the back to the front (or vice versa, depending on the model).
  • Adjust the hook and loop tapes at the waist and shoulders, so that the sides of the ballistic vest are equally overlapped.
  • The ballistic vest shall properly fit your body, without obstructing your movements. Its front coverage area shall start three (3) centimeters below the beginning of the sternum and end at the height of your navel.

CARE OF THE BALLISTIC VEST

The parts comprising the ballistic vest shall NEVER be cleaned together, as a system. Each part of the vest shall be cleaned separately, per its individual instructions.
The following instructions serve as a quick guide for the care of each component comprising the ballistic vest.

CLEANING OF THE SOFT ARMOR PANELS

  • Remove all soft armor panels, all trauma inserts and any hard armor plates.
  • Carefully wipe the soft armor panels, using a sponge soaked in a solution of cold water and mild washing machine detergent or antimicrobial soap.
  • Place the soft armor panels on a flat surface and wipe the detergent or soap off, using a sponge soaked in clean water, until it is completely dry.
  • Do not hang dry nor expose them to sunlight to dry.
  • Make sure that the soft armor panels are completely dry before re-inserting them in the carrier.
  • Make sure that the soft armor panels are inserted with their STRIKE FACE not facing the body.
  • Do not subject soft armor panels to dry cleaning.
  • Do not wash the soft armor panels in the washing machine.
  • Do not iron soft armor panels.
  • Do not expose soft armor panels to liquid chlorine or steam.

CLEANING OF THE CARRIERS

  • Remove all soft armor panels, trauma inserts, agency insignia, reflective patches and any hard armor plates before attempting to wash the carrier.
  • Remove or fasten all hook and loop tapes (VELCRO) at the shoulders and waist.
  • Concealable carriers, apart from hand washing using a sponge soaked in a solution of lukewarm water and mild washing machine detergent or antimicrobial soap, which constitutes the suggested cleaning method, can also be washed in the washing machine at a cold water cycle for delicate clothes.
  • If machine washed, they shall first be placed inside a special washing machine bag for delicate clothes, and mild detergent shall be used.
  • With regard to overt carriers, first remove dust, dirt or any other foreign matter using a clean soft cloth.
  • For more persistent stains, you may use a soft brush and a solution of water and antimicrobial soap. Wipe the soap off using a clean damp cloth.
  • Place the carrier on a flat surface until it dries completely.
  • Make sure that the carrier is completely dry before re-inserting the soft armor panels.
  • Make sure that the soft armor panels are inserted with their STRIKE FACE not facing the body.

STORAGE

STORE YOUR BALLISTIC VEST CAREFULLY!

It is well-known that the protection performance and features of soft armor panels are affected by usage over time, and that they deteriorate when exposed to extreme environmental conditions.
Ballistic vests shall not be stored in an environment where they are exposed to high temperatures and in combination with high humidity for long periods of time. Exposure to such extreme environmental conditions may adversely affect the performance of the soft armor panel.
The meticulous storage and frequent inspection of your ballistic vest helps you extend its performance period.
The most appropriate way to store your vest is to place it on a flat surface, without placing any object on top of it. Never place your vest at the back seat or inside the trunk of your car.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

DO NOT MISUSE YOUR BALLISTIC VEST!

If your ballistic vest is highly worn (e.g. soft armor panel presenting creases and/or folds, carrier presenting openings/ cracks, large stains, worn threads/ seams, visible moisture, soft armor panel envelope presenting tears), regardless of its age, it is considered to have been misused and it shall not be covered by any warranty.

FREQUENTLY INSPECT YOUR BALLISTIC VEST

If your soft armor panel has been cracked, broken or destroyed in any way, it must be immediately inspected by ANORAK, since the damage of the soft armor panel may adversely affect the vest’s ballistic performance, and it might be imperative that it is immediately repaired or replaced.

NON-INTENDED USE

Tailor-made ballistic vests shall not be used by a body type other than the one they were designed for.
The ballistic vest acts as an integrated system and, if the soft armor plates or the carrier is replaced with that of other manufacturers, the vest’s ballistic performance may be adversely affected and its performance shall be voided.
The ballistic vest has been designed in a way to tackle specific threats and it does not provide protection against any possible threat nor does it protect any area not covered by soft armor panels.
The use of carriers without soft armor panels provides absolutely no ballistic protection.
Placing the soft armor panels in the wrong direction may adversely affect the ballistic performance of the vest