Hi all, Quick gear question here. According to CAPR 62-1, all GTMs must wear an orange vest meeting ANZI Class 2 whenever they are out in the field. I have been doing ground team ops for about 6 months and currently have a setup with a 24 hour pack and a larger 72 hour pack, which gets quite cumbersome carrying them both. What I was wondering was if I was to get an orange vest (MOLLE or SARMED) that meets class 2 (reflective material) would it be able to count as the "orange vest" per 62-1? I have several friends who already use vests for the 24 hour pack (not in orange) but have to put the orange safety vests over them, diminishing the effectiveness of the vest in the first place. I apologize if this question has been asked before, I searched the forums and couldn't find an answer to that particular question. Thank you all
ANSI compliant vests are only required under the following circumstances:"...anytime a member’s duties may place them within the right-of-way of Federal-aid highways; such as directing traffic, investigating crashes, handling lane closures, obstructed roadways, and disasters within the right-of-way of a Federal-aid highway..."We rarely do that sort of thing, and when we do, you can carry a cheapie compliant vest from your favorite hardware or big box and throw it over whatever you are wearing. If you're stuck working a corner for a prolonged period of time, you probably don't want all your gear on you anyway.Otherwise I'm sticking with the SARMed for most ops.
So additional question for y'all:Since it seems that painting a MOLLE vest (of the nessisary size) orange and adding the appropriate amount of reflictive material wouldn't satisfy the reqirements of the reg, does anyone know of a place I could find SARmed vests that ARE ANZI class 2 compliant? I'm currently checking out thevestguy for products. Something less than $150 would be nice. Thank you again
ANSI 2 compliant.