How to choose a bulletproof vest and pouch?

Vest is an individual body armor which protects the human torso from injuries by firearms and cold steel arms, fragments of mines, grenades and shells.

Tactical vest is a piece of equipment with a lot of fasteners and pockets that makes it easier to carry and retrieve weapons, magazines, first aid kit, grenades, radio, flask and more. Such a vest evenly distributes the weight of the equipment, which reduces fatigue during prolonged wear.

Pouch – a bag for carrying ammunition, radio station, flask, flashlight, first-aid kit, and other equipment. The pouch attaches to your waist belt or overgarment vest. Click to select dump pouch.

Vest fabrics: nylon, cordura, kevlar

The protection in the simplest body armor is several layers of so-called ballistic fabric (flexible, heat-resistant and waterproof material). Therefore they are very lightweight. Armor vests of higher classes are made of the same special fabrics, but they have niches for special armor plates.

The vest-pouch for the plates does not carry any degree of protection and is often sewn from nylon. This is not a very durable option.

Cordura is considered a more reliable material. This is also nylon, but very thick and reinforced with water-repellent impregnation and polyurethane coating.

Kevlar vest is considered the most durable. Kevlar thread is made from para-aramid fiber (aramid) and has a very high strength – 10 times greater than that of steel thread.

The material has a high impact resistance index, so that such body armor can withstand high dynamic loads.

Subsequently aramid-based materials for body armor with similar characteristics were developed – Nomex and Twaron. In addition to para-aramid (kevlar) fibers they also contain meta-aramid and antistatic fibers. Thanks to them the fabric has increased thermal and fire-resistant properties. Otherwise they are practically the same as Kevlar, with the same high strength index.

Kevlar vest has a number of disadvantages: this material does not tolerate moisture. When it gets wet, it loses about 40% of its strength. In addition, Kevlar fibers when struck with a sharp object (a knife or an awl) easily move apart and allow the sharp weapon to cause a wound.

But a large number of layers of this ballistic fabric, due to its high strength, is able to act as a full-fledged protective plate in armor vests of low protection class. What is commonly referred to as a Kevlar plate is nothing more than 20 to 25 layers of this fabric.

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