FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- 1. What ballistic protection level should I get?
- 2. What about rifle and submachine gun protection?
- 3. How comfortable is EnGarde body armor?
- 4. What materials does EnGarde use for its body armor?
- 5. Do you have some television footage of your body armor being tested?
- 6. Where can I find more information about body armor?
What ballistic protection level should I order?
NIJ Level II is a good balance between comfort, concealability and protection from blunt trauma. NIJ Level IIIA is worn by many police officers and law enforcement agents. This is the most widely utilized type of vest in the industry for safety, cost and the ability to be worn under another garment.
Level III and IV tactical vests require ballistic inserts and are thus heavier and also a bit more expensive. The plates will provide better blunt trauma protection and preserve the wearer's ability to return fire after taking a hit. These vests are highly desirable when facing threats such as machine guns and high velocity rounds. Refer to the ballistic test chart for more detailed information on the protection specifications.
What about rifle and submachine gun protection?
Rifles and submachine guns are capable of delivering higher velocity rounds that render soft armor ineffective. Therefore we advise the use of hard armor inserts which will upgrade a level IIIA vest to a level III or IV protection in the front and back. EnGarde offers plates made of Dyneema®, ceramic or a combination of both materials to cover the chest and back. Soft body armor vests only provide pistol and shotgun protection.
How comfortable are EnGarde bulletproof vests?
EnGarde bulletproof vests are engineered to be both cool and comfortable for extended wear. Only extreme heat can present a certain level of discomfort.
What materials does EnGarde use for it's body armor?
EnGarde's scientifically engineered body armor is of superior quality and designed for a broad range of uses. For our ballistic packages we use the polyethylene material Dyneema®.
Body armor manufactured with Dyneema® ballistic panels provide superior protection against a wide range of threats including handgun ammunition, grenade fragments and knives. Thanks to the patented unidirectional material inside, vests made with Dyneema® provide unparalleled stopping power coupled with superior comfort. Dyneema® UD provides excellent multi-hit performance along with protection from angle and edge shots.
Dyneema® UD panels enable maximum protection at minimum weight, providing for low back face deformation (BFD), along with resistance to trauma and abrasion. Dyneema® ballistic panels have high durability (environmental conditioning NIJ 0101.06) and are resistant to damage from fire, moisture, UV rays and chemicals. Vests designed with Dyneema® are so lightweight they actually float. For protection against heavier rifle fire, vests can easily be upgraded with best in class armor inserts also made with Dyneema®.
Our vests are designed to be comfortable during strenuous activity and provide both a comfortable fit and secure protection for your life the moment you put on EnGarde body armor.
For the production of our hard armor inserts we use Dyneema®, Aramid and ceramics.
Ballistic inserts made with Dyneema® provide protection against heavier, penetrating rifle threats such as 7.62 x 39mm (AK47 MSC) and 7.62 x 51mm Nato Ball. Deploying these lightweight, stand-alone inserts in front, back and side plates allows for added protection of critical body areas while adding very little to the total weight. Dyneema® UD provides maximum coverage area with superior multi-hit, angle-shot and edge-shot protection. Back face deformation and trauma values for this product are outstanding. For stopping armor-piercing (AP) rounds Dyneema® can be used in combination with a ceramic strike face. The ceramic inserts help break up the ammunition's hard core and the Dyneema® backing catches the resulting fragments. In addition, Dyneema® UD is highly durable and resistant to water, UV rays and chemicals. Military and law enforcement agencies all over the world have expressed their confidence in inserts made with Dyneema®. Inserts can be combined with vests made with Dyneema® to enable a wider range of protection. For more information about Dyneema® please visit www.dyneema.com.
Spectra® is together with Dyneema® one of the world's strongest and lightest fibers. A bright white polyethylene, it is, pound-for-pound, fifteen times stronger than steel, more durable than polyester and has a specific strength that is 40 percent greater than aramid fiber. It is manufactured by Honeywell.
Aramid fiber (1961) is a strong, lightweight and fire-resistant synthetic fiber used in aerospace and military applications, for "bullet-proofing" body armor fabric and as a substitute for asbestos. The term is the shortened form of "aromatic polyamide". Another well-known type of Aramid fiber, developed by Stephanie Kwolek, is commonly known by its DuPont trade name Kevlar, or Teijin trade name Twaron.
Ceramic inserts are special bulletproof plates with a ceramic coating strong enough to protect people from submachine guns and high velocity rifles. It protects against 7.62mm Full Metal Jacketed bullets and U.S. military M80 shot. It is a bulletproof plate of great strength providing protection against 30 caliber armor-piercing bullets as well.
Do you have some television footage of your body armor being tested?Yes, if you click here you can watch a Dutch television show during which our EnGarde DeLuxe Undergarment Vest vest is tested, using different types of ammunition. Macromedia Flash Player 8 is required to be able to see the movie. You can download this plug-in here.