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Keep yourself as protected as possible with the newest body armor.

July 01, 2004  |  by - Also by this author

Protech Armored Products

Protech Armored Products' Trimax vest provides a variety of options to increase your protection during a tactical entry or other high-risk operation.

The Trimax protects you with its standard features such as removable NIJ Level IIIA ballistic panels; full front, back, and overlapping side protection; and an attachment for upper-arm and groin protection.

Convenient features include weapon retention pads, dual microphone tabs, built-in wire channels, rear "officer-down" strap, and an expandable 8-inch elastic side closure system.

A detachable yoke system that protects shoulders, collar, and throat is available as an option, as are detachable ballistic protection for shoulders, upper arm, and groin.

PT Armor

The new Titan LT3A from PT Armor uses Twaron LFT to provide its shock absorbency and ballistic stopping power. It meets NIJ threat Level IIIA, hence the name.

The lightweight Titan LT3A weighs only .95 pounds per square foot and is .19 inches thick. Because it is made of Twaron microfibers, the vest can withstand clusters of rounds landing within a small area without bunching up.

PT Armor offers an attrition rate warranty on its Titan LT3A vest. The company will recut it to fit an officer of equal or smaller size for the life of the ballistic warranty. The agency incurs only the charge for a new cover.

RBR Tactical Armor

The RBR 203-60 First Responder Vest at NIJ Level IIIA features a side opening style with front-to-back overlapping protection as well as over-the-shoulder coverage and a groin protector.

Like other vests in RBR's 203 line, the First Responder comes with a Velcro-backed nylon webbing pocket attachment system, pistol belt keepers, a rescue handle, a channel for flex-cuffs on the right shoulder, and front and rear 12-inch plate pockets to insert plates for protection against rifle blasts.

The vest intentionally uses Velcro instead of snaps for its modular grid system to make it lighter and to prevent snaps from tearing away from a vest as a projectile after a blast.

Reliance Armor  Systems

Although bullets are often seen as the officer's ultimate enemy, edged weapons are also dangerous and potentially deadly. Gladiator stab armor from Reliance provides protection against both spikes and edged blades.

The carrier includes transpor lining to keep your skin dry and comfortable. Panels resistant to picks and knives are sealed in an antimicrobial, antibacterial pouch to prevent odor. Laminated fabric and foam provide for soft, comfortable wear, as do the custom fit. It's lightweight at 1.38 pounds per square feet and provides ease of movement.


Safariland's Zero-G armorwear uses fabrics worn by professional athletes to enhance comfort and performance. The satin-like carrier allows your uniform shirt to slip over it as you move while other fabrics provide abrasion and snag resistance, breathability, and moisture wicking.

Besides a variety of materials, Safariland offers more than 400 unique panel shapes so your vest will fit your specific body type.

In addition, special straps and fasteners make Zero-G vests easily adjustable. Repositionable NeoSoft straps allow you to change the length of the strap at the anchor point. QwikTab fasteners are low profile so they won't show through your uniform shirt and they can be loosened or tightened without help so you can adjust your straps in the field if necessary.

Second Chance Body Armor

The sixth generation Monarch Summit line of body armor from Second Chance is 15 percent lighter and 20 percent more breathable than previous generations.  Made with all aramid fiber materials from Simula and Teijin Twaron, it is available in NIJ levels IIA, II, and IIIA.

The Monarch Summit's light weight and comfort are enhanced when used with the company's Apex carrier.

The Apex provides comfort and a secure fit, enhancing safety. It features X-Static fiber for thermodynamic, anti-static, anti-microbial properties. Its unique design provides greater weight distribution and holds ballistic panels in place better.

The Apex is also very adjustable. Its Powernet side and shoulder straps are completely removable and extra front pockets allow for added ballistic protection.

U.S. Armor

The High Velocity Gold-Flex concealable vest from U.S. Armor uses a combination of AlliedSignal's Gold Flex and Spectra Flex ballistic fabrics to provide protection in a thin, light, comfortable vest.

The High Velocity's other components are built with comfort in mind, as well.
The vest's standard poly-cotton outer carrier is treated with Intera to wick moisture away from skin, keeping you cooler and more comfortable. It also features shirt tails to keep it in place. Other carriers are also available.

The ballistic panel cover material, made of Dupont Nylon Supplex, is breathable and water resistant to prevent odor and uncomfortable wetness.
A detachable six-point elastic and Velcro closure system keeps the vest secure and ensures it can be adjusted to the best fit.

Male and female High Velocity concealable vests are available in NIJ Levels IIA, II, and IIIA, as well as three lengths and seven sizes.

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