2-19. AIRCREW SURVIVAL ARMOR RECOVERY VEST, INSERT, AND PACKETS (SARVIP) -
Replacing a slide interlocking fastener. A slide interlocking fastener (zipper) located on the vest
front or on a vest pocket which is defective in any manner shall be replaced with a serviceable item
from stock using the following procedures:
Remove the original slide interlocking fastener from the vest front or vest pocket, as applicable,
by cutting the stitching which secures the fastener. Ensure the adjacent vest material is not
damaged during the cutting process.
Obtain a serviceable 14 inch long, type IV, style 8, size MHS slide interlocking fastener for use
as a replacement item for the vest front closure.
Position the replacement fastener in the original fastener location and secure by stitching
according to original construction details and paragraph 2-7, using the specifics in table 2-3.
Replacing a thong. Replace a damaged thong on the vest front closure slide interlocking fastener
(zipper) by fabricating as follows:
Remove the original thong from the vest front closure slide interlocking fastener by cutting the
Cut a 2-3/4 inch length of 5/16 inch wide, type I nylon tape and sear the ends.
Fold the tape lengthwise and align the ends.
Pass the tape folded end through the slide interlocking fastener. Pass the seared ends through
the loop formed by the folded end and pull tape tight. Align the thong loose ends and make an
overhand knot near the bottom of thong.
Harness webbing repair. Repair to rescue/lift harness webbing straps contained on the vest will not
be done. This will be cause to condemn the vest. The vest contents will be removed and transferred
to the replacement vest. The pockets and hardware will be removed from condemned vest and used
as spare items for future repairs. The condemned vest will be destroyed by cutting in half.