Through a friend, I was put in contact with Tarik Lazri. He is a former U.S. Army soldier who has an idea for a heavy duty hanger and transporter for body armor. Lazri told me of his frustrations with hanging up his plate carriers and body armor in stints in Iraq and as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan. I said, “You should see the makeshift hand-twisted coat hanger nightmares holding ballistic vests in our police locker room.” He replied, “Exactly!”
When I met with Lazri and he showed me his patented I-beam-inspired Tough Hook. It was thick and sturdy with turned up ends to keep the straps in place. It also flipped over and provided a grab handle to transport around body armor or scuba gear. Lazri said the Tough Hook would hold over 150 lbs!
To pay for mold and production start-up fees, Lazri is using Kickstarter for initial funding. Link here. Check out the Kickstarter page and lend some monetary assistance if you wish. You can even contribute and have a Tough Hook sent to a soldier overseas. ThinBlueFlorida likes to support the little guys. TBF paid the last $26.00 this morning to get the project up to the $11,000.00 initial pledge goal. Good luck, Tarik!