A weekly column dedicated to answering questions about gaming, Ask Stan advises Resident Evil fans on how to make a Chris Redfield cosplay.
This weeks Ask Stan will do something different. Instead of answering one persons question, I will be answering multiple people who asked the same question. Early this week, I posted several pictures of my Chris Redfield cosplay (the S.T.A.R.S. vest). I posted them in several groups (mostly cosplay and Resident Evil fan groups). A lot of people were impressed and many were asking me about it. Specifically, what is the vest called, how much it costs, and where to find it. I will be answering all these questions based on my experience in the hopes of helping other fans.
The vest I used is an M69 Flak Vest (Size XL). This was standard issue for the US Military from the late 60’s to the early 80’s. The one I bought (according to the seller) was used during the Vietnam War. At the time, I bought it on eBay for $75 USD (+ $10 for shipping because of the weight). I had a print shop do the S.T.A.R.S. engraving on the back ($25 USD).
You could still find them online or at military surplus stores but they go for a hefty price. When searching for the M69, I did find a lot of the Israeli version at surplus stores. While they are not as pricey compared to the M69 Flak Vest, I could not find one an Size XL. Please note that when searching, don’t get it mixed up with the Ephod Combat Vest.
Cosplayers who want to save money and don’t want to wear a heavy piece of clothing, I would recommend an un-issued IDF Flak Vest. It’s very similar to the M69 only the protection padding has been removed. I have one myself that I use for other cosplay projects. For additional ideas for the other parts of the Chris Redfield cosplay, check out this guide from Carbon Custom.
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