Overt Stab Proof Vests
Choose from Our Range of Highly Durable Stab Proof Vests
- Our overt stab vests are hard-wearing and reliable, featuring world-renowned fabrics such as Cordura ®,Coolmax ® and Gore-Tex ®.
- Each of our stab proof panels use the most advanced materials, and offer dependable protection to bladed weapons, up to stab level 2.
- All our stab vests are manufactured and certified to the National Institute of Justice levels. Some of our vests also offer resistance to spike threats.
Overt vests feature durable and hard wearing covers. The panels inside the vests are the same across all of our vests. Generally, overt vests should be worn on top of clothing, and are made from strong durable products such as Cordura®. This helps minimize abrasion, cuts and general wear and tear, providing much more value. Alternatively covert stab vests, which can be found elsewhere on our site, usually have a white cover that is lighter and more breathable. Choosing your cover will depend entirely on how the user will be wearing the stab proof vest.
All of our stab proof vests are certified to a specified NIJ level. We have an overview of the NIJ Levels on our site. Choosing the correct protection level is vital, and the most important part of buying a stab vest along with the sizing. More protection doesn't mean a 'better' stab proof vest. As protection levels increase so does the weight of the stab vest, and flexibility and comfort will also decrease. On the other hand if you choose a stab vest with a protection level that is below that of the threats you expect to face, the dangers are obvious. A threat assessment is vital before purchasing a stab proof vest.
DuPont™ (who make Kevlar®) claim that Kevlar® in soft body armor has a lifespan that is "practically unlimited." They state that "Ballistic decay without use is unlikely assuming it hasn't been mistreated during storage."
All our stab proof vests have been professional refurbished by an armor expert. This involves stripping the stab vest down to the Kevlar®, and checking for any defects, and then recovering and sealing the vest. Unless otherwise stated our stab vests have only just run out of a standard 5 year warranty, and then been refurbished. Due to the fact we use only Kevlar®, and our stab proof vests come from government agencies, once refurbished the stab vest will perform as new. It is not uncommon for a Kevlar® stab proof vest to even have an original warranty of 10 or 15 years, this is actually what is normally offered to most armies and police forces.
How does a stab vest differ from a bullet proof vest?
Firstly most of our stab proof vests also offer ballistic protection. The difference between a ballistic only vest and a multi-threat vest (ballistic and stab), is usually a few extra layers of treated Kevlar®. There are a few popular methods of treating a vest to add stab protection. The two main ways are to treat Kevlar® directly with a high strength plastic or glue (similar to laminating paper, but with industrial high strength products). The second most popular way is to attach chain mail to the Kevlar® stopping edge weapons from penetrating. Both ways are equally effective methods for creating a stab proof vest, and provide similar results.
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