Cop creates cool, breathable vest to wear under armor
The Maxx-Dri vest is a thin vest made out of unique mesh material that's meant to be worn under ballistic armor
Business Name: 221B Tactical
Officer Madhavan got so uncomfortable wearing a vest in the warmer months that he wished he could leave it in his locker. But he’d made a promise to always wear it on duty and wasn’t about to break it, so he created a solution.
We talked to Officer Madhavan about the product, its inspiration and what the future holds.
What is your signature product?
It’s machine washable and doesn’t need to be dried – in fact it comes out of the wash ready to be worn because it doesn’t retain moisture.
Where did the idea come from?
Things came to a head for me when I broke out in a rash on my back and ribs from having a sweat-soaked shirt and vest against my skin for 12 hours a day and my skin had no ability to breathe, and I wasn’t alone.
Many officers were even neglecting to wear their vest on duty. So I got to work on designing something that would keep the vest just slightly off my body so that fresh air could circulate between my body and my bulletproof vest.
How did that idea turn into a product?
He was able to give me various samples based on what I wanted to do, but nothing seemed to work. Then one day we came across this material that was being used overseas in the bedding industry, and that was it. As soon as I touched the material, I knew it was the one.
What was it like creating the first prototype?
How did you test it out?
Where did the names of your company and product originate?
I came up with the name Maxx-Dri after I realized what I was trying to accomplish: maximize dryness while wearing a ballistic vest.
Where can they be purchased?
I wanted to make it affordable for everyone, even rookies who are only making peanuts. Money is tight for a lot of officers I work with and know. But that doesn't mean they don't deserve to be more comfortable while on duty. They need to be focused on the job and potential threats, not how hot and sweaty they are.
Anything else you’d like readers to know about your business?
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