The Mawashi R4-E Suit incorporates a “secure off-set” design approach for the protective plates and components over the torso so that ventilation channels and spacers are present underneath the suit. With the “off-set” aspect of this design approach cooling air flow and ventilation is achieved and with the “secure” aspect of the design the protective plates and components are retained in the proper position and remain stable and do not shake or shift during dynamic activity and rapid response situations.
This “secure off-set” approach is achieved by utilizing a sub-harness system that creates air ventilation and cooling channels for the wearer and positions and stabilizes the protective torso plates and components of the suit. Additionally the protective plates and components over the legs and arms regions have a “ventilation mesh” integrated throughout the design that helps facilitate air flow between the wearer’ body and these protective elements of the suit.
By allowing for more air flow underneath the suit Mawashi is able to maximize on the body’s natural cooling process of perspiration evaporation. With a “secure off-set” design approach and the use of “ventilation mesh” officers can be confident their suit will help cool them and reduce excess body heat which can contribute to heat-stress.
During the frequent situation of down-time between high intensity events or in a hold/waiting status it is very advantageous for officers to be able to open up components of their blunt impact PPE to allow for increased ventilation and cooling and very importantly to be able to rapidly close and reinstall the components to go into action. The R4-E is designed so that the neck and chest plates can easily be opened on one side to permit for increased ventilation and cooling (over and above that present with the integrated cooling aspects mentioned previously) and then to be very easily and quickly be closed to bring the suit back to full coverage and protection capacity.