Switlik X-Back Basic Air Crew Vest

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Switlik X-Back Basic Air Crew Vest

X-Back Basic Air Crew Vest

Thin. Light. Comfortable. Durable. Safe.

We have expanded our successful X-Back life vest line to include the new X-Back Basic.  The X-Back Basic incorporates the same fit, adjustment and overall comfort users have come to expect from the Switlik X-Back, with the addition of two permanently attached all-in-one pockets in lieu place of the MOLLE vest attachment loops. This new vest is intended to be a modern version of SWITLIK’s previous HV-35 Helicopter Vest. This vest is for users who do not need the MOLLE system and all its accessories. The pockets attached to the vest are intended to fit your essentials “keys, phone, sunglasses & wallet” (and yes, the newest smart phones will fit!)

The X-Back Basic vest includes:

  •  FR Nomex®/Kevlar® cover (cobalt blue)
  • Dual-opening zipper closure
  • Beaded inflation handle
  • X-Back adjustment system
  • Two 18g CO2 cylinder inflation
  • Over 35lbs of Buoyancy

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Product Description

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Thin. Light. Comfortable. Durable. Safe.

The new SWITLIK X-Back Basic incorporates the same fit, adjustment and overall comfort users have comSwitlik2014-OnModel-036e to expect from the SWITLIK X-Back MOLLE design, with the addition of two permanently attached pockets in place of the MOLLE vest attachment loops. The “Basic” naming of this vest speaks not to a basic design, but to a vest that is meant for when you only need to travel with basic items such as keys, phone, wallet, locator beacons & sunglasses. SWITLIK respects that a full MOLLE attachment system is not required for all aviators, and that there are times when an all-in-one pocket will do the trick.


  • Signature SWITLIK X-back construction with ergonomic design for superior comfort while in the seated position.
  • Designed to transfer the load away from your neck.
  • Twin cell inflatable life-vest with two oral tubes.
  • Innovative protective cover with dual-opening zipper design that provides emergency access to both oral tubes.
  • Built in locator light.
  • Replaceable inflatable cell and/or cover option.
  • Two permanently attached pockets for gear storage.


Weight: 2 lbs 6 oz (1.08kg)
Buoyancy: Over 35 lbs
Inflation System: Two 18g CO2 cylinders
Cover Fabric: Nomex®/Kevlar® Blend 
Color: Available in Cobalt Blue 
Pockets: CORDURA® High Denier Nylon 
Model: HV-35C


Pockets for the Basics

The two permanently attached pockets on this vest are designed to hold all sizes of smart phones, with additional room to spare for other items.


Signature X-Back Design

The X-back design allows the vest to contour to your shoulders, lowering the profile, increasing comfort, and improving range of motion. The weight of the vest and its contents is moved away from the back of your neck and evenly distributed across your shoulders, reducing fatigue. The adjustable X-Back straps provide enough range to make this vest one size fits all.


A low-profile designSwitlik2014-OnModel-037

A unique proprietary interior cell folding technique combined with our open V-Neck design removes the bulk from your neck and reduces interference with your helmet. Thoughtful design has moved the components away from your chest to increase comfort and avoid interference with safety restraints.


zipperBreakthrough Zipper Enclosure

The Switlik Zipper closure keeps your inflatable vest secure at all times. The simple reliable dual breakaway design provides immediate inflation when activated, and can easily re-closed if needed. Backup oral inflation tubes are conveniently located on either side of the vest and easily reached through the side access flaps.

beaded-handleSimple deployment with our new beaded handle.

High visibility red beaded handles are found on both sides of the vest for simple activation. They incorporate a breakaway safety feature to prevent snagging.



comfortable and safe.

The exterior cover is constructed from a blended Nomex®/Kevlar® Rip-stop weave fabric. The material is extremely soft and comfortable to wear, and is breathable to reduce thermal burdern with better venting properties. The Kevlar component provides excellent durability, while the Nomex gives you the in-cockpit fire protection you want.

Additional Information

Weight 5 lbs


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