The Unique Situations a Kevlar Vest Can Protect You In

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As any good Survivalist will tell you, the art of survival is in preparation- after all, there is a reason we’re known as ‘Preppers’. By preparing for society after the SHTF, you will be adequately set up to carry on living even when all around you lose their heads. Of course, what exactly should your preparation entail? That is the question that stumps many a Survivalist, as there are myriad different situations one can prepare for. Of course, there are a number of basics that need to be addressed, such as food, water, and shelter. However, on top of this there are a number of areas you should be aware of before you find yourself in a George Miller-esque wasteland. One of the most important things to be aware of is body armor.

Keeping yourself protected is the ultimate aim of any Survivalist; it is the Survival part. This is why water, food, and shelter are so important (perhaps not in that order, depending on the situation). However, there are a number of other precautions that can be taken to ensure your safety, and one of the simplest is a bullet proof vest.

Imagine for a moment that society has crumbled, and the world has devolved into a survival of the fittest arena, where only the most ruthless and the most prepared will come out on top. As a Prepper, you are uniquely qualified to deal with this situation. Your attention to detail has led you to survive quite comfortably and live on through your considerable stores and wealth of knowledge. However, not all will be as forward thinking, and may view your success with jealousy.

Protecting yourself against attackers is just one reason to consider body armor. If you find yourself besieged by raiders, a bullet proof vest can help keep you safe. You will likely already know the importance of being well-armed, and no doubt your attackers will too. By utilizing a Kevlar vest, you can defend yourself against the vast majority of firearms. Similarly, by wearing an overt vest- one worn over the top of clothing- you can potentially deter any attackers and avoid an attack altogether.

Of course, as time goes on, supplies of weapons and more importantly ammunition will dwindle, leaving any would be attackers armed with other weapons. Knives, arrows, and bolts can all be just as deadly as a bullet, and cannot be stopped with a Kevlar vest. You should perhaps consider a stab or spike proof vest, which is usually provided in addition to ballistic protection. These vests uses materials like chainmail and/or plastic laminate to provide a tough surface that can protect you against these weapons.

As mentioned before, the key to surviving any situation is preparation. All of the advice provided to Survivalists is in this vein, so that when things do go south, you are ready to face any challenge. But what if that day never comes? Body armor can be incredibly useful in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but it can be just as useful in day-to-day life. With the prevalence of both firearms and crime, it is very easy to face an attack and an injury in today’s society. However, a bullet proof vest will mitigate the effects almost completely, and let you live to fight another day.

For this reason, it may be worth considering a covert vest. These vests provide all the protection found in an overt vest, but in a slightly thinner and far more discr4eet style. These vests are designed to be worn under clothing, close to the skin, and are almost undetectable. This allows you to go about your business without alerting anyone to your protection. Moreover, some covert vests are designed with temperature-regulating materials that can actually help keep you cool.


Whatever the choice, any purchase of body armor must reflect your own preparation. Being aware of the scenarios you may find yourself in, apocalyptic or no, allows you to decide whether or not a vest is right for you. However, as a cheap and accessible product, the benefits it provides are too good to ignore. From an armed robbery, to a traffic accident, or even the teeth and nails of the undead, a bullet, stab, or spike proof vest can keep you safe and confident in your protection.

A Survivor’s Guide to Body Armor

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One of the most important parts of preparing for the end of the world, the breakdown of society, or simply surviving is understanding all the different skills and equipment you may need. There are many guides available that explain the different skills you need to master in order to survive in any number of environments, and situations and scenarios come with long lists of equipment that is deemed vital for survival. However, hardly any of these lists or scenarios even mentions body armor, let alone emphasise just how important it is and exactly why you should be wearing it.

The skills and equipment regularly espoused by all manner of Survivalists and Preppers are undoubtedly helpful, and will set you in good stead to survive any sort of situation. However, all of this preparation will be for naught if you are not protected against attacks, and it is not enough to be armed to the teeth; all it takes is one bullet, bolt, or blade to ruin all of your hard work. When body armor is as accessible and protective as it is now, it becomes a vital piece of equipment that anyone facing a potential attack should utilise.


Bullet Proof Vests

The most important protection for Survivalists is a bullet proof vest. Body armor can refer to a wide range of protective clothing, including bullet proof vests, and it is important to understand the distinctions and specifications of each. However, a bullet proof vest should be considered a necessary piece of equipment. Bullet proof vests provide protection not only against bullets, but their ability to absorb energy from impacts means they can protect you in a variety of scenarios

The materials used in bullet proof vests are made of plastic fibers that have an extremely high strength-to-weight ratio, meaning that when arranged into a fabric, they can absorb and disperse huge amounts of energy. This is what allows them to trap and slow bullets to a complete stop, but also means that in situations like a car crash or if you are hit by falling debris the vest can potentially save your life. DuPont, the makers of Kevlar, regularly honor US Police Officers whose lives were saved by their products, and many of these were involved in otherwise fatal transport accidents.

Bullet proof vests come in a variety of protection levels however, and it is important to know what each level of protection can defend against to ensure you have the right bullet proof vest. For example, it is important to have a vest that can protect against the ammunition you will use in your weapons. While it may seem paranoid, the threat of someone using your own weapon against you is one that needs to be prepared for; according to the FBI the last decade saw 33 Police Officers murdered with their own weapon. Therefore, if you are going to be carrying a handgun, you will need a vest that can protect against handgun ammunition. Level IIIa bullet proof vests can stop the vast majority of ammunition used in handguns, and is still available in both covert and overt styles.


How to Wear Your Vest

In addition to deciding on what level of protection is most appropriate, it is also important to choose the right style of vest. Body armor can usually be worn over clothing in an overt style, or under clothing in a covert style. While this won’t affect the protection it offers, there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Imagine that society as we know it has ended, and those left are forced to scavenge and scrape to survive. You, on the other hand, exist in relative comfort thanks to your foresight, and the skills and equipment you have mean you can survive for a good while longer. This makes you a rarity in this post-apocalyptic world, and soon those who didn’t prepare will come looking for you. If you’re facing a group of attackers intent on taking your provisions, the sight of you in overt tactical armor may be enough to deter them completely, and will certainly make them think twice about their next decisions.

Overt armor is not necessarily the same thing as tactical armor however, and tactical armor will not be necessary for all. Overt armor is simply armor that is worn over clothing, and in situations where you need to quickly equip and remove your vest, it is ideal. Tactical armor on the other hand can be augmented with additional protection for the neck, throat, groin, and upper arm, as well as pockets for extra equipment, and even space for rigid plates capable of stopping extremely powerful ammunition. For those who need complete protection, tactical armor is a necessity. However, for all others it will simply be a hindrance, and unnecessary.

It is impossible to know exactly how society will collapse, if indeed it will, and preparation means being ready for a variety of situations. Just as many advocate carrying a handgun at all times for just such an occasion, covert body armor is designed to be worn comfortably for extended periods, and offers complete discretion. This means that you can wear a bullet proof vest at all times and stay secure in your protection; even if the apocalypse never happens, a protective vest can protect you from an attack, which are still rife in our ‘civilized’ society.


Other Weapons

Bullet proof vests are important to anyone who may face an attack, and are a comfortable and convenient piece of equipment that can and should be invested in. However, it is not only firearms that threaten people, and other weapons can be just as deadly and often more accessible. Edged and spiked weapons are not only easy to find, but are easy to make, and even in unskilled hands can make for a life-threatening weapon.

Many do not realize that bullet proof vests cannot protect against edged or spiked weapons because of the materials used. The soft fabric in bullet proof vests can absorb large amounts of energy, but can easily be cut by edged weapons like knives or axes. Similarly, spiked weapons like needles or screwdrivers can pass through the minute gaps between the fibers, again rendering the protection useless. These weapons require their own protection, which uses materials like Chainmail and/or plastic laminate over ballistic materials to provide a tough surface to stop these weapons.