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Body Armor Technology

Our vests start with the finest materials available, such as DSM Dyneema®, Kevlar® XP™, Pro-Systems Artec® and Teijin Twaron®. These materials enable us to produce ballistic vests that are light, flexible and extremely durable. Currently we offer four high-end NIJ Level IIIA ballistic packages and one lighter weight NIJ Level II ballistic package.


High performance and extremely lightweight

The ENGARDEII-ULTRA™ is our latest, lightest and most flexible ballistic package. The 100% Dyneema® full-wrap design offers high performance protection and superior comfort. Test results show that the ENGARDEII-ULTRA™ exceeds NIJ standard 0101.04 Level II.

ENGARDEII-ULTRA™ | Armor technical details

Ballistic capabilities : NIJ Level II according to STD 0101.04
Armor material : DSM Dyneema®
Areal Density : 3.95 kg/m2
Weight (medium size) : 1.25 kg / 2.8 lbs
Thinness : 5.9 mm
Warranty : 10 years


Exceptional performance and superior comfort

The ultra thin and flexible ENGARDEIIIA-ULTRA™ ballistic panel consists of layers of Dyneema® combined with the latest Twaron Trauma Reduction Technolgy. The ENGARDEIIIA-ULTRA™ panel has been rigorously tested by independent testing laboratories and is compliant with the latest NIJ Level IIIA performance standards.

EnGarde has also successfully tested the ENGARDEIIIA-ULTRA™ panel according to the ballistic requirements of German Schutzklasse 1 TR03/2008, including the 0-meter distance (contact shot) tests.

ENGARDEIIIA-ULTRA™ is an enhanced version of the ULTRA-06™ model launched in 2012. The durability of the pure Dyneema® ULTRA™ series armor allows us to provide a ten year warranty on the ballistic performance of this model.

ENGARDEIIIA-ULTRA™ | Armor technical details

Ballistic capabilities : NIJ Level IIIA according to STD 0101.04
  SK1 certified according to TR03/2008
Armor material : DSM Dyneema®
Areal Density : 5.3 kg/m2
Weight (medium size) : 1.65 kg / 3.6 lbs
Thinness : 7 mm
Warranty : 10 years


Threefold protection against bullets, knives and needles

The EnGarde MT-PRO™ series is one of our most advanced ballistic products. The MT-PRO™ is dual-purpose armor providing superior stab and ballistic protection. In this design we have successfully integrated innovative Dyneema® fabrics from DSM with our proven TitanSkin™ anti-stab technology. This integration results in an extremely light, ultra-thin and ruggedly tough multi-threat solution.

Bullets, Knives and Needles

We submitted our MT-PRO™ to the most stringent testing program we have ever created for a ballistic product. Normally only two different bullet types are tested with NIJ Level IIIA but our MT-PRO™ was tested with no less than eight different types of ammunition including close to edge shots (35mm from edge) and close group shots (35mm distance).

The MT-PRO™ is one of the few products to be officially certified to stop the HOSDB P1 Blade at 15 Joules (<20mm) and a hypodermic needle at 5 Joules according to VPAM KDIW 2004. We can proudly state that the MT-PRO™ is a true multi-threat panel.

ENGARDEIIIA-MT-PRO™ | Armor technical details

Ballistic capabilities : NIJ Level IIIA according to STD 0101.04
SK1 tested, according to TR03/2008
Armor material : Blend of DSM Dyneema® and TitanSkin™
Areal Density : 5.4 kg/m2
Weight (medium size) : 1.75 kg / 3.8 lbs
Thinness : 8 mm
Warranty : 7 years


Our lightest NIJ IIIA panel

The ELITE-PRO™ series is some of the thinnest and lightest high performance armor on the market. The ELITE-PRO™ Series is tested to NIJ Standard-0101.04 and features a design that incorporates the most innovative fabric technologies, resulting in the highest level of protection against a wide range of threats.

Armor technical details | ENGARDEIIIA-ELITE-PRO

Ballistic capabilities : NIJ Level IIIA according to STD 0101.04
Armor material : Blend of next generation Kevlar® XP™
Areal Density : 4.85 kg/m2
Weight (medium size) : 1.58 kg / 3.4 lbs
Thinness : 7 mm
Warranty : 5 years


Our most flexible and comfortable NIJ IIIA panel

The EnGarde COMFORTSeries is NIJ Standard-0101.04 tested and features a soft, flexible and light ballistic design. The COMFORT Series is designed for people wearing body armor for extended periods of time during working hours and are looking for a flexible and comfortable panel solution.

Armor technical details | ENGARDEIIIA-COMFORT

Ballistic capabilities : NIJ Level IIIA according to STD 0101.04
Armor material : PeraPlus™
Areal Density : 5.9 kg/m2
Weight (medium size) : 1.9 kg / 4.2 lbs
Thinness : 7.5 mm
Warranty : 5 years

Below is a quick comparison chart of our entire product line.  As always if you have specific questions not covered here, please don't hesitate to contact us directly.

NIJ standard: NIJ .04 NIJ .04 NIJ .04 NIJ .04
SK1 standard: - tested - certified
Warranty: 5 years 7 years 5 years 10 years
Ballistic Performance: **** ***** **** ****
Anti-stab capability: ** **** * ***
Thinness: ***** ** ** ****
Flexibility: **** *** ***** ***
Weight: ***** *** ** ***
Waterproofness: **** **** **** ****

***** = Best in class
****   = Excellent
***     = Good
**       = Average
*         = Poor

All our ballistic packages have been thoroughly tested at official testing laboratories such as H.P. White Laboratory (USA), Oregon Ballistic Laboratories (USA), TNO (Netherlands) and Mellrichstadt Ballistic Laboratory (Germany).