In this section we will deal with the most common questions that arise
when you are about to purchase bulletproof vest. Choosing the right body
armor is essential. Here are the answers you will be looking for.
What ballistic protection level should I get?
NIJ level IIIA body armor is worn by most law enforcement and security
officers. This is the most acceptable bulletproof vest in the industry
with regards to safety, cost and its ability to be worn concealed.
NIJ level III and IV bulletproof vests require ballistic inserts and are
thus heavier and more expensive. The plates will give you exceptional
level of protection, furthermore, it gives you opportunity to return
fire if fired upon. These vests are highly desirable under machine gun
threats and high velocity rounds and thus are ideal for military use.
For more information on protection levels please refer to NIJ standard
Does the body armor keep me completely injury-free?
Very common question for someone thinking of getting a body armor.
Bulletproof vests are designed for stopping projectiles defined for each
protection level and, while doing so, to meet certain requirements.
Armor must not be pierced under any circumstance, and trauma to clay
surface upon which tested sample has been attached has to stay below 44
mm (1.75"). Research conducted by US National Institute of Justice has
shown that every trauma to the body bigger than 65 mm (2.5"), in the
protected area, can cause damage to all the vital organs are located in
it. So, it has been decided and defined as standard that maximum trauma
allowed is 30% less than the potentially dangerous value. Experiences
have shown that projectile stopped by body armor which complies to NIJ
standard does leave some trauma to the body, but all the vital organs
are left intact.
What is the warranty for ballistics performance of Aleks Armor
Body armor warranty depends on durability of the ballistic material used
in it. Aramid based body armor loose their ballistic performance in 5
years maximum, after that it is considered to be insecure. The material
used for construction of Aleks Armor body armor and bulletproof vests
line is the worlds' strongest fiber - Dyneemaź known for its extreme
durability and resistance to moisture, UV light and chemicals. This
allows us to give 10-year warranty on performance for any of our
Dyneemaź based products.
Cheap bulletproof vests?
As Aramid (Kevlar) bulletproof vests come with warranty of up to 5 years
it is very common that they reenter the market once they have been
replaced in regular equipment renewal in military or law enforcement
task forces. There can be no guarantees that these vests will serve its
purpose of ballistics protection. Scenario is as follows: outdated vests
are bought at auction, necessary cosmetic repairs are done (repairing
ballistics carrier, some layers of ballistic materials are replaced
etc.), repaired vest is reintroduced in the market. We advise to
purchase a brand new vest directly from manufacturer, but if decided to
purchase used bulletproof vest make sure to check the warranty label and
the type of material it is made of.
At what distance does the bulletproof vest protect?
NIJ standard requires test projectiles fired from 5 m (16.4 ft.)
distance for levels of protection up to IIIA, and from 15 m (49.2 ft.)
for higher levels. If the bulletproof vest has to perform up to NIJ
standard requirements to get approved. Our tests and customers'
experience have shown that Aleks Armor body armor and bulletproof vests
can withstand projectiles fired at point-blank.
How to determine body armor size I need?
Bulletproof vest and body armor have to fit and follow body contours
perfectly for optimal protection. If you have the opportunity to try it
on there are few simple guidelines for choosing the right size. When
standing, the lowest point on the front of the vest should be leveled
with the belt, and in the back 5 cm (2") above the belt. When sitting it
must not reach your chin and neck.