The Switlik X-Back™ Air Crew Vest is a newly configured, lightweight crew vest that provides a high level of comfort and durability. The aptly named X-Back™ has a unique, proprietary cross back strap configuration, with breathable mesh webbing that is ergonomically fitted to one's shoulder contours for an amazing fit. Specifically designed for constant wear in the seated position in your helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. Accessories can be mounted on the sides rather than midsection allowing more room for shoulder and lap belts. As accessories are added, their weight is distributed on the shoulders and off the neck, greatly increasing comfort for the wearer. FAA TSO-C13D approved. Made in USA.
- X-back design for superior comfort
- Dual opening, zipper closure design
- Multiple MOLLE straps for accessories
- Designed to transfer the load away from your neck
- Twin cell inflatable life-vest
- Built in locator light
- Replaceable inflatable cell and/or cover option
- Built in storage pockets for excess webbing
- Ergonomically correct torso design for added comfort while seated
The MOLLE system
Space to attach everything.
The MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment) system lets you customize your vest with the accessories you need. Accessories are located to the sides rather than midsection allowing more room for shoulder and lap belts, for added comfort when seated. As accessories are added, their weight is distributed on the shoulders and off the neck, greatly increasing comfort for the wearer.
Signature X-Back design
The X-back design allows the vest to contour to your shoulders, lowering the profile, increasing comfort, and improving range of motion. The weight of the vest and its contents is moved away from the back of your neck and evenly distributed across your shoulders, reducing fatigue. The adjustable X-Back straps provide enough range to make this vest one size fits all.
A low-profile design
A unique proprietary interior cell folding technique combined with our open V-Neck design removes the bulk from your neck and reduces interference with your helmet. Thoughtful design has moved the components away from your chest to increase comfort and avoid interference with safety restraints.
Security & visibility
An integrated grab handle allows wearers to be pulled to safety in a search and rescue scenario. The reflective material will make sure that the wearer is seen, whether the vest is activated or not.
Breakthrough zipper enclosure
The SWITLIK Zipper closure keeps your inflatable vest secure at all times. The simple reliable dual breakaway design provides immediate inflation when activated, and can easily be re-closed if needed. Backup oral inflation tubes are conveniently located on either side of the vest and easily reached through the side access flaps.
Nomex/Kevlar: comfortable and safe
The exterior cover is constructed from a blended Nomex®/Kevlar® Rip-stop weave fabric. The material is extremely soft and comfortable to wear, and is breathable to reduce thermal burden with better venting properties. The Kevlar component provides excellent durability, while the Nomex gives you the in-cockpit fire protection you want.
Simple deployment with beaded handle
High visibility red beaded handles are found on both sides of the vest for simple activation. They incorporate a breakaway safety feature to prevent snagging.