Kevlar Vest

charlie82

Member
May 21, 2010
353
PA / USA
I am considering buying a Kevlar vest to wear when I am working on the ambulance. I have no experience in this field. I am not looking to buy the farm, but what is a fairly priced good vest to get?
 

Ben E.

Member
May 21, 2010
2,417
Iowa, USA
charlie82 said:
I am considering buying a Kevlar vest to wear when I am working on the ambulance. I have no experience in this field. I am not looking to buy the farm, but what is a fairly priced good vest to get?

For a quality, comfortable vest, you're looking at LEAST $400 on up. All vests sold are certified to a particular threat level, the higher levels cost more. In the lower level armor, the more you pay, the more comfortable it will be to wear, generally.
 
Jul 14, 2010
1,639
S.W. Ohio USA
I bought a clearance vest from Galls a while back. It was only $230 and is more comfortable than my last vest that cost $700. Check their website clearance area. They all have to be NIJ certified to be sold, and if you aren't wearing it 40 hours a week, who cares? Just measure properly, because fit does matter.
 

NPS Ranger

Member
May 21, 2010
1,988
Penn's Woods
Decide if your risk is getting shot by a sniper, versus getting stabbed in the back of the ambulance. You may want a stab vest instead of a ballistic vest, they are totally different. Most ballistic vests are not rated against sharp penetration.
 

Rofocowboy84

Member
May 20, 2010
1,161
Centre County, PA
NPS Ranger said:
Decide if your risk is getting shot by a sniper, versus getting stabbed in the back of the ambulance. You may want a stab vest instead of a ballistic vest, they are totally different. Most ballistic vests are not rated against sharp penetration.


I wear a frickin' stab vest every day at work. Recently I tried on a ballistic vest, and was actually surprised how much more comfortable they are than stab vests....


Your logic is completely sound, I just loathe stab vests....
 
Jan 20, 2011
1,264
Lake of the Ozarks
charlie82 said:
I am considering buying a Kevlar vest to wear when I am working on the ambulance. I have no experience in this field. I am not looking to buy the farm, but what is a fairly priced good vest to get?

I thought I was the only one who did that! I wear a Safariland that's older than dirt, but it serves it purpose. It's pretty comfortable for the job.


Caleb
 

FireEMSPolice

Member
May 21, 2010
3,429
Ohio
My last vest was Second Chance. My current vest, which is far more comfortable and better fitted is made by Survival Armor.
 

rwo978

Member
May 21, 2010
5,196
ND, USA
Stay away from Safariland... I'm on my 4th vest, and it's by far the worst. It feels like I'm wearing a friggen 2x4 and plywood shield. The only nice thing about it is it's thicker, and more insullating for the winter/cold. That will be a downfall come this summer (I just got it this fall).


I've also used Second Chance and ABA/Xtreme. They're both way more comfortable than the Safariland.
 

FireEMSPolice

Member
May 21, 2010
3,429
Ohio
rwo978 said:
Stay away from Safariland... I'm on my 4th vest, and it's by far the worst. It feels like I'm wearing a friggen 2x4 and plywood shield. The only nice thing about it is it's thicker, and more insullating for the winter/cold. That will be a downfall come this summer (I just got it this fall).

I've also used Second Chance and ABA/Xtreme. They're both way more comfortable than the Safariland.

I take it you dont have a say in the matter regarding buying your vest since you purchased 4 of something you dont like?
 

Fenn

Member
May 28, 2010
228
Ocean County, NJ
FireEMSPolice said:
I take it you dont have a say in the matter regarding buying your vest since you purchased 4 of something you dont like?

We don't. Department buys what they want and you wear it.


I'm just happy they buy them for us some departments make you pay for them
 

rwo978

Member
May 21, 2010
5,196
ND, USA
rwo978 said:
Stay away from Safariland... I'm on my 4th vest, and it's by far the worst. It feels like I'm wearing a friggen 2x4 and plywood shield. The only nice thing about it is it's thicker, and more insullating for the winter/cold. That will be a downfall come this summer (I just got it this fall).

I've also used Second Chance and ABA/Xtreme. They're both way more comfortable than the Safariland.

FireEMSPolice said:
I take it you dont have a say in the matter regarding buying your vest since you purchased 4 of something you dont like?

Correct, I get whatever I'm given. However, when the Safarilands were purchased, we were originally 'told' they were 'the same' as what we had (Xtreme). They weren't. :rolleyes: And that's all I'm going to say about that... :-x ;)
 

11b101abn

New Member
Jun 10, 2010
549
Georgia, United States
I have worn Safariland armor in the past, and have never found it to be uncomfortable. Wonder what gives with yours?


Anyway, I wear PT armor now, and it is the bomb. Being that we are authorized outercarrier, doesn't hurt at all.
 

11b101abn

New Member
Jun 10, 2010
549
Georgia, United States
I have worn Safariland armor in the past, and have never found it to be uncomfortable. Wonder what gives with yours?


Anyway, I wear PT armor now, and it is the bomb. Being that we are authorized outercarriers doesn't hurt either. Much more comfortable than concealed.
 

Agency1

Member
Aug 4, 2011
72
USA / Ohio
Take a look at Govdeals.com


They have some vests that haven't been used. Overstock by PDs, etc. I've seen all manufacturers on there. Can likely find something in the $100-$150 range...if it doesn't suit you, likely can re-coop your money....IMO
 

EMT-BLS

New Member
Oct 28, 2011
2,640
Waterbury, CT
MEVS06 said:
I have an ABA/Xtreme that was donated to me brand new, its more comfortable than the Safariland I used to have
Donated?! Hook me up! I've been looking for a vest, but I'm really not sure how much protection i want to pay for. Is there a website that sells armor at discounted prices( besides GovDeals.com, their system won't let me create an account!)?
 

charlie82

Member
May 21, 2010
353
PA / USA
My Armor Express Quantum NIJ Level II shipped today. Got it a state bid pricing (40% off!!). I hope that I wont need to use their 30 day comfort fit guarantee, or the 5 year get shot and we replace for free guarantee. :eek:
 

MEVS06

New Member
May 23, 2010
3,485
San Antonio, TX
EMT-BLS said:
Donated?! Hook me up! I've been looking for a vest, but I'm really not sure how much protection i want to pay for. Is there a website that sells armor at discounted prices( besides GovDeals.com, their system won't let me create an account!)?

It was donated by a Chief of Police that I know very well. One of my close friends back home works at the PD. He was talking to the Chief about my small dept. not having vests so he had my friend go to the equipment closet and grab me a new vest for free.
 

patrol530

Member
May 23, 2010
1,016
Central Florida
Just a quick story from years ago. A member of a small PD purchased a used vest from my current bureau commander. The very next day, he was shot multiple times on a traffic stop & survived because of his personal investment merely 24 hours earlier. It's difficult for me to believe that there are agencies failing to equip their officers with armor, although I know it's true. A used or expired vest is better than none.
 

timlinson

New Member
Apr 11, 2011
513
North Dakota
A nearby department is looking into stab armor for their medics. Not something I hear of often.
 

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