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Concealable Body Armor: A Review of Ballistic Vests

Ballistic vests for everyday use underneath your uniform.

August 01, 2008  |  by Angela Lu

American Body Armor

The Xtreme Force (XTF) concealable vest from American Body Armor utilizes the newly improved ballistic material Spectra Shield II to construct a vest with up to 20 percent more stopping power than its predecessor. The new XTF is strong, yet still lightweight and flexible. With up to 40 percent greater strength than aramid fibers and up to 20 percent greater ballistic performance over previous Spectra Shield ballistic composite products, the XTF benefits from hybrid engineering. Honeywell's Spectra Shield II material utilizes a Spectra fiber 15 times stronger than steel, and Twaron, one of the most reliable bullet-resistant materials available. XTF is the newest model in the Xtreme Body Armor series.

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The Cougar Classic concealable vest now also comes in an all mesh, breathable, anti-microbial, moisture-wicking material to provide ultra comfort on even the hottest of days. The vest is available in Level II and IIIA packages and features self-supporting ballistic panels. Also included is a sonic-weld water resistant ballistic pouch as well as standard Box-Tac anchor stitching that is applied to all Velcro attachments. The vest also comes with the option of ArmorShield's patented Blunt Trauma System, which reduces the overall blunt trauma to the body. The system allows for up to 35 percent less blunt trauma. Available colors include black, navy, white, tan, and dark brown.

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The new Lawman Series from Bianchi Body Armor includes ready-to-wear concealable ballistic vests that are designed to protect law enforcement officers who require an off-the-shelf affordable, high-quality body armor solution. Bianchi vests are constructed with 100 percent Dupont Kevlar ballistic fiber, proven to be one of the most reliable materials in the industry. Lawman Series vest panel coverings are constructed from breathable and waterproof Gore-Tex. Vests are available in eight different sizes in black, navy, or tan.

Need FREEInfo? Visit Bianchi Body Armor online. 

First Choice

N-FORCE from First Choice is the first vest to use NanoRepel technology in fabric fibers, to form a fortification matrix around the ballistic panel. The vest meets Level II NIJ 0101.04 and NIJ 2005 Interim requirements and features NCNM08 Poly-Mesh, Diamond Ripstop, and one-time shoulder adjustment of straps for personal fit. Also featured are a patent-pending Leveler system that eliminates shifting and a 5 x 8-inch soft trauma plate. Options include an anti-stab/anti-trauma or curved titanium plate, a Cool-Tek mesh carrier, a carry bag, and Evercool cooling inserts. Available colors include black, tan, navy, and white.

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GH Armor

The Vanquish II by GH Armor Systems utilizes Honeywell fabric for a lightweight solution that provides excellent trauma reduction. The vest also includes GH's exclusive patented desiccant system, which allows for absolute moisture management for the protection and longevity of your panels. Both male and female sizes are offered with a variety of moisture wicking carrier options.

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PACA's Blue Steel concealable vest comes with a Tri-Level Temperature and Moisture Control System. Its outer shell allows for a great amount of air transmission so that the vest is lightweight and breathable. Wik-Away mesh in the front and rear shirt-tails keeps the vest in place comfortably and also works to draw moisture away from the body and keep the wearer cool in warm temperatures and warm in cold temperatures. Loading ballistic panels is quick and easy with the vest's convenient front and back mid-torso zipper opening. The vest is available with NIJ Level II or NIJ Level IIIA ballistic systems.

Need FREEInfo?  Visit PACA Body Armor online.

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