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    attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    As most would know, the Shin and Knee Armor does nt hang loosely on the Jumpsuit.

    I have tried Cutting a slit, slotting the elastic band on the Shin armors into the slit, then put my whole leg into the slit while putting on the Suit. Then attach the edges of the armor to the suit with velcro.

    Its not a very comfortable way of putting it on.

    I wonder if theres something easier?

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    I have mine so that the elastic band just snaps to the back of the armor. It still takes some time to put it on.

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    That is the way i attached my armor, with elastic band around my leg.

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    asok said: View Post
    I have mine so that the elastic band just snaps to the back of the armor. It still takes some time to put it on.
    But how do u hide the band?

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    You make slits in the side of your jumpsuit. That is how they did the real thing. If you have a Ref CD, you can see them.

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    I first determined where the straps would go by fitting it over the suit. Then I got some sturdy iron on denim patches to iron on the inside where I was going to make the cuts, so the fabric doesn't start ripping. The elastic straps are snapped onto the back of the armor. Just rough up both the snap and the inside of the armor and you can CA glue it to the inside of the armor. I've never had a snap break off. I only use one strap for my shin, but Cruzer uses two, your preference.

    Hint: set your snaps a little forward of the edge like 2-3 inches. That way you can pull your jumpsuit under the armor to keep the jumpsuit legs looking tight, so you don't have a bunch of jumpsuit flapping around along the edges. Also set your cuts a little to the inside towards the fron of your shin for the same reason. When your doing your initial fitting over the suit, pull your suit to the middle, under the armor, so your suit fits your legs well. Make sense? And the strap only needs to be snug, mine used to cut off circulation. It's more likely to com unsnapped if it's too tight.

    You put the suit on first, then feed the straps through the suit.

    I set the straps on the knees lower than I thought I needed. It helps keep them up and not slip down off the knee when walking.

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    You can also use a button hole maker on the the fancy sewing machines. Draw a line where you want to push the strap though your suit on both sides. Use a little bigger line than the strap. Line up the line in the machine and it will make the button hole. Then cut the center out with exacto or razor blade and your hole is made. Make sure to use a similar color of thread to match the suit. Works Great!

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    Brad1957 said: View Post
    You can also use a button hole maker on the the fancy sewing machines. Draw a line where you want to push the strap though your suit on both sides. Use a little bigger line than the strap. Line up the line in the machine and it will make the button hole. Then cut the center out with exacto or razor blade and your hole is made. Make sure to use a similar color of thread to match the suit. Works Great!
    That would work too, but I needed a bigger slit to get my fingers inside to grab the strap so I could pull it through.

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    anyone got some photos?

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    Bleahhh said: View Post
    As most would know, the Shin and Knee Armor does nt hang loosely on the Jumpsuit.

    I have tried Cutting a slit, slotting the elastic band on the Shin armors into the slit, then put my whole leg into the slit while putting on the Suit. Then attach the edges of the armor to the suit with velcro.

    Its not a very comfortable way of putting it on.

    I wonder if theres something easier?
    I have the same method of attaching the armor, although my jumpsuit makes it easier to do it. There is a zipper on each leg that runs from the ankle to the top of the knee (it's in the back of the jumpsuit, so nobody will notice ... heck I didn't even know it was there!) I just unzip the leg which gives me easy access to the back of the slits.

    One different thing I do is that I also use buckles instead of just one elastic band. So I slide each buckle end through the slit, and then clip them together. That way I don't have to worry about sliding the elastic band over my leg.

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    You can make the button hole any size you want. You should be able to get your fingers in with an inch size or so.

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    thnks for ll the inputs.

    but a picture tells a thousand words.

    Asok gave me a pic on hw it looks like put on.

    would like some behind the scenes.

    we can compile them and i will add them tot he first thread.

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    Don't know if this helps.
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    Cruzer said: View Post
    Don't know if this helps.
    thats wad i am talking abt!
    thnks!

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    digging this up a lil; any one has more pics on how u guys secure ur knee and shin armor?

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    I always thought that it would be a good idea to secure the armor to the boot upper. I know the strap & slits are there but it seems to me it would be more comfortable if the armor moved with the boot. You could also mount a snap on the front lower portion of the boot & armor & that would keep it snug instead of flopping around (which is a problem unless you have a second, lower strap. You could simply make a hole in the flightsuit that the snap could be attached through. This would also keep the pant leg from riding up. I've never tried this but I may end up doing this when I get my shin armor finished.

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    Good Idea,
    you can ad these invisible little zippers on the left and right seam of the flight suit.

    I will give this a try on my suit also.

    Jimmy BufFETT said: View Post
    I have the same method of attaching the armor, although my jumpsuit makes it easier to do it. There is a zipper on each leg that runs from the ankle to the top of the knee (it's in the back of the jumpsuit, so nobody will notice ... heck I didn't even know it was there!) I just unzip the leg which gives me easy access to the back of the slits.

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    i used elastic band for my leg armor. and snaps for closing them. i like it very much and they are very close to my legs. all u need is a smal cut on the right place on ur suit. dont forget to fix them ;o)

    here is a pic of my current leg armor. i will replace them soon ;o)

    and are more pics of wearing them ....
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=20274
    and
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=22648
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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    Loanstar said: View Post
    Good Idea,
    you can ad these invisible little zippers on the left and right seam of the flight suit.

    I will give this a try on my suit also.
    i am riding on this idea as well, so that i can reach in and secure the snaps...

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    my concept is very similar to what i think scott did...i plan to have the elastic glued down to the whole width of the back of the armor, then put the loose ends through the holes that ill stitch with the button hole method. once though, I'll sew back pack style small pressure clips to the elastic and just slide the suit on and clip the armor as i go up the suit.

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    Loanstar said: View Post
    Good Idea,
    you can ad these invisible little zippers on the left and right seam of the flight suit.
    That is exactly how my flight suit is set up. I have a zipper going from the bottom of the leg all the way up to just above the back of my knee joint. It makes it fairly easy to strap on the shin and knee armor.

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    Scott - would you mind taking a picture of that? I don't think I understand what you mean.

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    Scott - would you mind taking a picture of that? I don't think I understand what you mean.
    I'll be trooping as this weekend. I'll get some pictures then (or sooner if I can find time.)

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    Re: attaching Shin and Knee Armor on your Jango

    Scott - would you mind taking a picture of that? I would like to see how look that.

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    MAULFETT said: View Post
    Scott - would you mind taking a picture of that? I would like to see how look that.
    Darn it ... I forgot about this thread.:o Let me see if I snapped any pictures.

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