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Cedric Autier

Exovest Safety concerns

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Hello everyone,

I've been using my exovest for almost 2 years now and I am really happy with it.

During my last too shoots I've had some concern about some safety concerns in case of a fall.

I've realised that sometimes the metal plate on the upper chest can knock on the trachea. And also yesterday going backwards and knocking onto a wall I felt the screw that is in the middle of the back rods hitting my spine.

This made me realised that taking a fall could be pretty hurtful.

As anyone ever noticed that, and maybe found some way of protecting the vest for this points?

 

Thank you all!

 

Cedric

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Hi Cedric,

Please insert a(nother) booster pad at the shoulders if any part of the rod assembly touches your back. 
 

Also, try to not shorten the rear rods as much, but instead pull the front rods down away from your throat. The chest plate should be on your chest. It sounds like it’s too high. 

We can do a video fitting if you like. 
 

All the best, 


Chris 

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Hello Chris,

 

Thank you for jumping in.

It seems to me that my fitting is pretty good (I atached pictures), My back is not touching the rear rods, and the chest plate is in normal operating position pretty low.

It is really in case of a shock that my back bends and come in contact with the rear screw, and for the chest plate I have experienced it when bending down not wearing the rig or arm, so the vest go up.

Let me know what you think.

Thank you.

Cedric

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Hi Cedric,

You're right, the vest looks well-fitted to me. As you point out, when the load is on, the chest plate should stay well away from your throat. As for the the little screw at the back, you could try filing it down until it's flat.

I did have a fall in the vest, down some icy stairs when not wearing the rig, and though I hurt my knee, the vest saved me from hitting my spine on the step. I do take your point, however. In some circumstances it could be that the vest may cause you to get hurt. I honestly don't know what to do about that. 

All the best,

Chris

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Hi Chris,

Thank you for your answer.

I actually did not implied that the problem was in the design, it is a really well constructed vest. I just wanted to know if someone came up with some sort of padding to limit shock with sharp parts.

I will try to see if I can come up with something clean.

Again thanks and great job on designing the vest!

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Hey Cedric,

Thanks for pointing this out. I’m going to have a good think about it. If I come up with anything, I’ll let you know. I look forward to hearing if you have zany ideas or suggestions. 

All the best,

Chris

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The rear screw... are we talking about a screw on the the lever for extending the rods? or what?

I can make a design for a 3D printed cap/protector - made of the same soft material used for protecting smart phones or the aircraft pin in our Steadicam arms. If anyone is interested...

Jerry

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