Which bulletproof vest is best for the average civilian just looking for everyday safety?
The body armor brands we work with at Bulletproof Zone produce a large array of high-quality NIJ certified vests and plate carriers that excel at meeting tactical needs, but very few of them were designed with the average individual’s needs and budget in mind.
We believe everybody deserves bulletproof protection they can understand and use almost right out of the box, so we took all our body armor knowledge and experience into the design room and set to work.
We're now proud to say we’ve created a bulletproof vest that’s everything a person with no prior tactical gear knowledge could ever ask for!
Meet the Bulletproof Zone ProtectVest.
The ProtectVest is a plate carrier style bulletproof vest engineered from the ground up with the average civilian in mind.
It’s for anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Read on to discover more about this user-friendly, dependable, affordable vest by Bulletproof Zone!
The ProtectVest at a Glance
- Easy to use: Goes on in 5 to 10 seconds
- Ultra simple design: Soft armor plate carrier vest with no unnecessary “extras”
- Compact: Stores easily – perfect for closets, cars, under desks, under beds, etc.
- Protective: Certified NIJ Level IIIA ballistic armor protects against handgun rounds up to .44 mag
- Lightweight: Only 2.5 lbs with front and back armor inserted
- Versatile: Designed to accommodate future Bulletproof Zone rifle-defeating hard plates*
- Affordable: Superior and simple protection for only $299!
*The ProtectVest comes with soft armor for now, but there are plans in place to also offer hard armor as an option in the future.
How the ProtectVest is Different
Easy to put on fast
Typical bulletproof vests can be slow for regular civilians to put on. They’re designed for people already familiar with ballistic gear–law enforcement officers, for example, who wear them as part of their daily uniform.
The ProtectVest takes only 5 to 10 seconds to put on from the moment you slip it over your head to the moment you adjust the waist strap.
Easy to understand
When designing the ProtectVest, we had our family and friends in mind who aren’t familiar with tactical gear. They didn’t want a vest that required multiple practice sessions and an instruction manual.
They wanted something that goes on and fastens in a familiar way.
The result? Donning the ProtectVest is as easy as putting on a lifejacket. The Velcro straps are similar to those on a shoe. Even loading the ballistic panels feels a lot like sliding a laptop or tablet into a case.
- NIJ Level IIIA Soft Armor Panels: Tested to protect against handgun threats up to a .44 mag.*
- Top-Loaded Plate System: Soft bulletproof panels slide straight down into the carrier.
- Panel Side Indicator: Shows which side is which (front or back) at a glance.
- Hook and Loop System: Velcro straps shut as easily as fastening a shoe.
- Elastic Shoulder Straps: Bulletproof panel adjusts over your torso in a matter of seconds.
- Durable 600d Cordura Fabric: Carrier holds up and stays strong for years.
- Elastic Waist Strap: Easy size adjustment. One size fits most.
*Hard armor plates tested to defeat rifle rounds will be available for the ProtectVest carrier in the future.
Lightweight and sleek
The ProtectVest is a plate carrier style of vest–one of the simplest armor designs out there, and purposely so!
Slide hard armor plates into a vest with pockets, adjust the straps and the cummerbund, and off you go!
Unfortunately, other typical plate carrier vests tend to be heavy. The exact weight depends on the NIJ level and material of the armor plates, but you’re generally looking at 10+ lbs minimum with a front and back hard plate loaded in.
Another issue with plate carriers for everyday civilian use is that they can be quite bulky. They’re typically designed for tactical use–military, SWAT, and the like–and meant to go over the clothes, so discretion isn’t a factor in the design process.
Also, they often have a system of straps running along them to make them MOLLE-compatible (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment), and this doesn’t make them the sleekest pieces of gear in the world.
In creating the ProtectVest, we've stripped down the classic plate carrier bulletproof vest to its fundamental life-saving components: ballistic panels and a carrier portion.
What did we remove from the traditional model? Extras like pockets, pouches, or tactical clip-on loops that add bulk. They’re great for tactical mission work but not necessary for civilians just trying to live their lives.
Those tactical extras also increase the price, and we didn’t want that. It was vital to us that the ProtectVest be…
Typically, a good quality NIJ-certified ballistic vest will run you from between $400 to more than $800. This range makes sense if you know about the costs of design, quality ballistic materials, NIJ testing, and manufacturing.
But we knew that a simple, streamlined protective vest didn’t need to cost more than $300, so that was the price we set out to meet.
And we exceeded our expectations.
ProtectVest Torture Test
So how does the ProtectVest perform in real life?
Check out GoldenWebb's torture test video below!
The ProtectVest: It’s For You
Secure yourself with quick and easy bulletproof protection today!
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