American Cop Magazine, High Tech section
Keep Your Cool
Pushing a police cruiser around on a 10-hour shift in 100 plus degree weather is the hate side of the equation. It’s like you can never drink enough water and your air conditioner can never be cold enough. Feeling miserable is just part of the downside, because studies have shown the more dangerous negatives are decreased cognitive performance, decreased critical decision-making abilities, increased exhaustion, dehydration and possibly heat illness or heat stroke. You can’t change the weather but CORTAC has come up with a viable solution — their CTAV Shirt Carrier System. It’s a 2-pronged approach to keeping you cooler. Read the full article
Law Officer Magazine
Body Armor: Never Better
Weight and flexibility have definitely made today’s armor more comfortable for officers but the number-one complaint of virtually every officer remains, “It’s hot!” I even heard this from officers in Alaska. No matter how light or how flexible armor becomes, it will always heat against the body.
Some officers wear specialty t-shirts that have ribs designed to allow air travel underneath the armor. Many use t-shirts comprised of special wicking material that carries away moisture. For me, both of these approaches proved to be ineffective and relatively expensive. It seemed that no matter what I did, I ended up soaked in sweat at the end of my shift.
Cops are known to be inventive. “Adapt, improvise and overcome”—that’s our world. Not surprisingly, there have been a couple of officers who have developed products and founded companies to address the issue of body armor and heat. My days of wearing armor are over but if I were still working the field, I would definitely consider products from the following two companies.
Jeremy Harrell, a co-founder at CORTAC, served seven years with Metro Nashville (Tenn.) PD until he was injured in the line of duty. The Cortac Cooling and Trauma Attenuating Vest (CTAV) uses a combination of science and physical design to lessen both heat problems and blunt force trauma. Read the full article
Armor & Mobility Magazine, Future Tech section
Study Finds That Some Body Armor Is Cooler
An independent study conducted at the University of Arkansas Human Performance Laboratory has produced data that supports claims by body armor manufacturers CORTAC of improved comfort and cooling while using the CTAV with concealable and tactical body armor. Previously, CORTAC has relied upon anecdotal evidence and testimonials from field-tests to give credibility to the CTAV’s performance.
A Cool Solution to a Sweaty Body Armor Problem
In the summer of 2011 I was issued new body armor. As most officers know, new body armor is often cumbersome because it is stiff. Once the new body armor relaxes, it allows the officer to work “a little” more comfortably. But my new body armor was not only stiff — there was another problem.
When I perspired during the shift, I began to itch. Summers in my part of Washington State are short, but they can be very warm and are always muggy. That first summer I noticed my itching increased so much that the itching would wake me up from deep sleep.
It was more than uncomfortable — it was miserable. Read the full article and see how the CTAV cured Officer Rivera!
Guns & Tactics Magazine
CTAV – Cooling and Trauma Attenuating Vest by CORTAC
Combined, these features allow the body and existing base layers to respond more efficiently to increases in body temperature; essentially creating a thermo regulated microclimate between you and your armor. It all boils down to you staying dryer, helping you combat dehydration or even hypothermia. An additional benefit of the AIR technology is its proven ability to limit injuries related to ballistic strikes and non-ballistic impacts. That’s technology any operator can appreciate. Read the full article and watch Mike Haytack’s video review