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How Long Do Bullet Proof Vests Stay Effective?

The Life of a Bullet proof Vest

Bullet proof vests may only last for a certain period of time. After the time has elapsed, the protection that is offered by the vest may begin to diminish. It is important for you to consider all of the factors that affect the life of a bullet proof vest so that you can be sure to replace yours when the time is right.

Stealth™ - Concealable Body Armor

Kevlar® Care is the Key To A Long Vest Life!

How well you care and maintain your vest will greatly affect the length of time that it will remain useful. A vest that is properly cared for will last substantially longer than a vest that is never maintained.

Your carrier will need to be cleaned on a regular basis; many of our vest carriers are even machine washable.

The Kevlar® interior needs to stay out of direct content with liquids and sunlight. The vest needs to be stored properly as well. You need to place your vest in a location that will allow it to rest in a flat position. Many people choose to hang their vests, or store them in a drawer.

How often you wear your bullet proof vest will also effect how often it will need to be replaced. A vest that is worn on a daily basis will need to be replaced in a shorter amount of time than a vest that is only worn on rare occasions.

The carrier may become damaged over time. All carriers need to be inspected on a regular basis to ensure that they are fitting well; If straps begin to stretch, or the Velcro is not working properly, you may want to purchase a replacement carrier. It is critical that the carrier remains undamaged, or the vest's protection level may be lowered as a result.

The last thing that greatly affects the length of time that body armor can be used is the way it is worn. Vests are made to be worn a certain way. When the wearer gains or loses weight, it can diminish the life of the body armor. Someone who loses a large amount of weight will put excess stress on the ballistic panels because they will be able to move around inside of the carrier rather than press snuggly against the body. If someone gains weight, it could cause their vest to crease and damage the ballistic panels. It is important for you to wear a vest that fits you well and make adjustments when needed to ensure that the body armor works as well as it possibly can. Taking the time to be sure that your vest is well maintained, stored properly, and the carrier is replaced when needed, will allow the body armor to last for a very long time.

At the first sign of damage or wear, a replacement vest should be purchased.