Gear: Improved Outer Tactical Vest


Improved Outer Tactical Vest

U.S. Army
Category: Officer Safety Products
Subcategory: Body Armor
Price: priceless
Average Rating:
(11 Votes)

The Improved Outer Tactical Vest, or IOTV, is a replacement to the older Interceptor body armor fielded by the United States Army. It is compatible with the Deltoid Axillary protection system, E-SAPI (Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert) and Side SAPI plates, as well as the interceptor body armor's groin protector. The old IOTV was considered insufficient which led to the new IOTV and also the Modular Tactical Vest (MTV) which proved very popular with the majority of the Marine Corps. The IOTV is designed to take the weight of the vest off the shoulders and move it to the lower torso. The vest is also equipped with a mesh inner cover that is designed to improve airflow inside of the armor. There is also a cushioning pad in the lower back area of the vest, which might mitigate back injuries due to impact or blunt force trauma. It also features a grid of PALS webbing on the front, back, and sides for the attachment of modular pouches and accessories.

Member Reviews

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    Anonymous, Tue, 09 Dec 2008 10:11:05 UTC.
    1st review

    Im not a fan of bulky armor, but then Im not a fan of getting shot or being blown up. Good vest, but glad I only have to wear it as a Soldier in a combat zone and not a cop back home.

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    LongRangeScout, Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:27:43 UTC.

    I also am not a fan of bulky gear. I am writing this nearing the end of my current deployment while having to wear this vest everyday. Being the designated marksman/troop sniper I found the attachments such as the collar system quite annoying. I ended up removing the whole collar system, and groin protector allowing it to be about 5-7lbs. lighter. Once I did that I found the vest to be quite comfortable. Well, as much as it could be anyways. While, you can wear it with the D.A.P.S. (Deltoid Axillary Protection System). I do not recommend doing so unless you don't mind keeping a close eye on the mechanics of your vest (the rip cord tends to slowly pull apart). Other than that I really dont have of a problem with the vest.

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    Anonymous, Tue, 27 Jan 2009 20:21:26 UTC.

    I can't stand it...the neck collar rides up to scratch your neck all day/night, very bulky, a pain to put on and take off and does not allow your body to breathe. Would trade it back in for my old IBA with side SAPI plates and DAPS.

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    bears11185, Wed, 28 Jan 2009 12:46:23 UTC.

    I friend a former New Orleans Police Officer is still here thanks to this bulk vest. He was hit in the plate by a sniper. I love this new vest. Nothing is perfect but I prefer this vest to the older version. The Marine Command suspended the purchases of this vest due to the 8 pound difference in weight and the fact it slides over your head.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 28 Jan 2009 13:32:20 UTC.

    Outstanding body armor vest for combat area, but for patrol duties, to heavy and to big!

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    Bulldog136, Tue, 14 Apr 2009 15:31:12 UTC.

    I wore this one on my second tour, I liked the old "flak style" . This one slid down over your heard and was difficult to put on. The quick release cords kept coming loose. You had to bend over backwards (literally) to get it on, with all the weight it is bad on your back. The other one if you stopped somewhere for a brief period of time you could open it up and cool off, this one you either had it on or off.

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    Worldviewer, Sat, 16 May 2009 22:51:28 UTC.

    I only see this in use in SWAT teams because of weight considerations. Improperly trained personel is reason for many complaints on this armor for one side can be opened from quick strap to enter and exit thru the side of the armor instead of just overhead application. Also helps medical applications without removing the armor completely from body. It gives you more locations for mod attachments than regular IBA. The pull cord for quick release removal is awesome and if you conduct proper maintenance on this armor than there are no issues. It also has the option for anybody above small size for more area of protection due to the fact that xsmall and small sapi-esapi plates for chest and back can be used as side armor for larger personal above those sizes more ballistic area coverage. All mods from IBA can be applied to this body armor so all round very good. I have gone from regular flak jackets vietnam era stuff to IBA's and now this and it is the best body armor right now for modularity and most coverage. The dragon skin armor is very simular and has different armored system that is still being tested and reviewed until it is approved for weight considerations this is pretty much the best you can get for any kind of ground troop minus a bomb suit.

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    MERNUS, Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:15:37 UTC.

    I guess if you compare it to those used by other countries, this is probably the best, but it needs to lose weight and there needs to be a more comfortable neck guard.

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    Armordawg, Wed, 18 Nov 2009 08:28:45 UTC.

    I understand the "Powers that Be" want to keep the Soldiers safe. But c'mon, I have to wear this thing almost everyday and I hate this thing. It's too bulky, cumbersome to put on. and oh yeah by the way my shoulders are killing because of it.

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    ArMy_MP, Wed, 17 Feb 2010 04:25:23 UTC.

    All these complaints about the vest.. The vest adds more protection,and to me it's way more comfortable than the old IBA and the much older Flak Crap.. I know the medics can get the IOTV off me in a heartbeat if needed. Take care of your equipment and there would be no issues.

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    BeezCombatSystems, Sat, 17 Dec 2011 22:24:12 UTC.

    It is an improvement over the OTV carrier but very bulky and heavy for LE guys wearing it all day. We designed a IOTV LBAV carrier which is very low profile and lighter weight so LE guys could use their IOTV armor in a streamlined carrier.

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