Increased gun violence occurring in the United States has translated to bulletproof clothing and body armor becoming more common to own for your average citizen. These articles of clothing absorb the impact and stop the penetration of certain bullets. They are also stab-proof against sharp objects like knives and razors.
Bulletproof clothing is common and highly recommended for people frequently in high-risk or potentially high-risk situations of violence. These include security guards, gas station attendants, and hunters. However, anyone who feels that they may be at risk of violence can purchase body armor, except for those with felony convictions.
To determine a product’s level of protection, the items of bulletproof clothing and body armor are tested against various firearms to determine the force they can take while keeping you safe. Different products offer different levels of protection, but most are bullet resistant against anything from a BB gun to a .44 Magnum.
Bulletproof clothing or vests offer standard protection from the upper chest to the lower abdomen on the front, the sides, and the back. Some bullet resistant designs provide additional protection to the groin, shoulders, and collar. All of these provide the highest level of protection for soft body armor at a level IIIA (3A). This means a bulletproof vest can protect against handgun rounds up to .44 Magnum which covers most handgun rounds used in shooting incidents. With that being said, level IIIA vests do not protect against heavy rifle fire alone. If this additional security is desired, additional ballistic plates can be added to front, rear, and side vest pockets for all sizes except for X-Small vests as they do not have the space for additional storage.
In regard to size and weight, most vests are available in X-Small to 4XL, but certain designs are limited to Medium to 2XL. For standard bulletproof clothing, their weight and total protection area in regards to the vest size are as follows:
4.85 pounds with a total protection area of 340 square inches
5.15 pounds with a total protection area of 390 square inches
5.70 pounds with a total protection area of 430 square inches
5.70 pounds with a total protection area of 430 square inches
6.05 pounds with a total protection area of 450 square inches
6.35 pounds with a total protection area of 490 square inches
6.95 pounds with a total protection area of 560 square inches
For vests that provide additional protection to the groin, shoulders, and collar, their weight and total protection area are as follows:
12.7 pounds with a total protection area of 890 square inches
13.6 pounds with a total protection area of 910 square inches
14.5 pounds with a total protection area of 930 square inches
16.3 pounds with a total protection area of 1050 square inches
All vests should fit securely around the abdomen area. Use your height and weight to determine the appropriate size based on a bulletproof vest size chart. Because vests have adjustable straps, the length of the vest in comparison to your abdomen length is not as crucial as how well the vest securely covers the width of your midsection. If you are in between sizes and have a larger midsection, go for the larger size. If you have a smaller midsection, go for the smaller size.
Protection for shoulders, arms, and lower legs from the knees down to the ankles are offered by pads. They are ideal for thrown or swung objects and they absorb the impact of bullets. These bullet resistant paddings are designed to be durable yet flexible for full-range mobility. Shoulder, arm, and leg pads come in one size for people up to 225 pounds. In regards to weight, a set of all three pads cumulatively weighs about 6.5 pounds.
Our bulletproof clothing includes baseball caps offer level IIA protection from .22LR to .45ACP rounds. The cap is meant for everyday wear so they only offer coverage to the front third of the skull to maintain comfort and discretion as an everyday bullet resistant accessory.
The caps come in a size Small, Medium, and Large. To determine your size, measure the circumference of the widest part of your head, around the middle of your forehead to the outermost part of the back of your head.
less than 21 inches in circumference
21-23 inches in circumference
23 - 24 inches in circumference
Bulletproof helmets offer full protection around the head, face, and neck. It includes a face shield that is impact resistant while maintaining optical visibility. This product also includes a neck guard to deflect thrown or swung objects toward the neck region. The helmet is available in a size Small to XXL and weighs an average of 3.9 pounds.
Our bulletproof clothing collection also includes bandana offers level IIIA protection to the upper chest, neck, and lower face region from bullets. This piece of body armor can absorb the impact of handguns and up to .44 Magnum rounds. This bulletproof accessory is available in one size and weighs 1.8 pounds.
Let’s face it, one evening news segment is all you need to get a glimpse into the underbelly of society. Gunshots, knife assaults, terrorists, gang wars, disgruntled employees, triggered fanatics and more are all a real and present threat in today’s modern society.
The sad truth is that stepping outside of your own front door is risky business. At any time we could find ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. But you don’t have to be the victim.
Bulletproof clothing is just one of the many tools we now have at our disposal to protect self and family. No longer just for police and law enforcement, the use of body armor isn’t just legal, it’s a trend that has seen significant growth in recent years.
Fact is, given the innovative technology and discreet designs, you may have walked right past someone wearing our bulletproof clothing without even noticing.
What was once bulky and cost-prohibitive is now accessible and available for the general public. Now you too can take back control of your personal safety when out on the town.
The primary reason you’re shopping for bulletproof clothing in the first place. Designed to protect against both bullets and knife attacks, the fabric and materials used in the manufacturing of our clothing line is NIJ rated to perform to standards set by the same governing body that is the gold standard for police and military.
Today’s body armor and bulletproof clothing has come a long way since the days of plated armor. Of course, bulletproof clothing can never be a total replacement for hard and soft plated options. But it can offer a nice middle ground between protection, discretion and comfort.
After all, you can’t really be expected to wear full-body armor when running your errands or visiting the doctor’s office, can you? Even if you did, you’d stick out like a sore thumb, and the last thing you want is to draw attention to yourself.
Bulletproof clothing offers NIJ rated protection that looks, feels and performs like your regular clothes. With one big difference: the ability to protect you from ballistic and knife threats.
Perhaps you live in a high-risk area of the city, or are hypervigilant about the safety and security of your family. No matter your reasons, we can all agree that you can never be too cautious when protecting your life and that of those you love. Bulletproof clothing can offer you the peace of mind you need while causing little to no disruption in your daily life.
Traditional body armor, be it hard or soft plate, isn’t exactly the most comfortable to strap on and lug around. Especially if you expect to require protection for an extended period of time (such as an all day outing). Bulletproof clothing enables you to reap the benefits of a bulletproof vest, without the weight, bulkiness and discomfort. All while providing a reasonable amount of protection from NIJ rated materials that are engineered to withstand a 357 magnum, .45, 9mm and more.
In tactical and self-defense situations, every ounce matters. Each ounce takes energy to move and sustain in positions, and can leave you lagging behind or exhausted if you need to move fast or for long periods of time. While great strides have been made to reduce the weight of traditional body armor, you simply can’t get more feather-light than with bulletproof fabric. When heavy armor isn’t an absolute must, or in situations where flexibility, mobility and speed matter more, bulletproof clothing often fits the bill.