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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


Designed for street teams, undercover agents, and regular duty patrol officers, Safariland Armorwear's Mantis concealable vest provides customizable protection for both male and female officers. Its lightweight, low-profile design features recessed zippers and hardware that result in less wear on clothing and helps prevent the carrier from snagging on accessories or duty gear. The new field-tested female cut provides improved comfort for female officers. The male carrier employs adjustable and ported shoulder straps, affording protection that is ergonomically adaptable for each wearer. Anti-microbial mesh interior and exterior front mesh vents allow better air flow, and the option of one or two waist straps allows officers to secure the vest without sacrificing ventilation.

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Second Chance

By combining comfortable and wearable designs and construction with proven ballistic materials such as Kevlar and Twaron, Second Chance is dedicated to providing the best protection for law enforcement officers. The design of Second Chance's Apex concealable vest provides greater weight distribution and maximum concealability. Its X-Static fibers contain thermodynamic, anti-static, and anti-microbial properties that increase comfort and prevent odors. Removable, heavy-duty elastic side and shoulder straps provide greater adjustability, and hook-and-loop ballistic panel attachment systems hold panels in place for better fit and comfort.

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Survival Armor

Survival Armor's Falcon concealable armor uses state-of-the-art ballistic material and an innovative design to give its wearer high performance with exceptional weight and softness. The Falcon line of armor is offered in both male and female versions and NIJ levels II and IIIA. The vest has also been tested against special threats faced on the street today.

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The Comfort XLT concealable vest from US Armor is 25 percent lighter and more flexible than vests made with all-aramid fabric, but still results in V-50 ratings exceeding NIJ requirements. The vest comes in IIA, II, and IIIA protection levels against handgun threats. It uses Kevlar Comfort XLT, which is the latest ballistic technology from DuPont. The vest also comes with a removable, washable panel cover in male and female sizes and anti-microbial closed-hole mesh fabric with built-in two-way stretch. The vest keeps you cool with Akwadyne moisture-wicking mesh. The vest is available in black, navy, tan, white, and custom colors upon request.

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In August, 2007 POLICE conducted a Web Poll asking readers if they kept their ballistic vests on even when they were hot and uncomfortable. Here are the polling results.


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