FAQ

Below some answers to most frequently asked questions. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions about our products or company.

Body armor is designed to stop certain bullet types travelling at a specified speed. The ballistic panels are made of layers of strong non-woven and/or woven fibers. The layers in the ballistic package turn the bullet, slow it down, and spread out the rounds energy throughout the ballistic panel.

EnGarde® body armor starts with the latest and most advanced ballistic materials available. Our ballistic panels disperse the energy of the bullet impact quickly across the panel and are therefore designed to minimize trauma values.

The US National Institute of Justice has developed a ballistic standard that has become the most commonly accepted ballistic standard worldwide. This standard specifies different levels of protection.

NIJ Level II is a good balance between comfort, conceal ability and protection from blunt trauma. It stops 9mm and .357 Magnum rounds.

Vests with NIJ Level IIIA panels are worn by many police officers and law enforcement agents. NIJ Level IIIA is the most widely utilized protection level in the industry for safety, cost and the ability to be worn under another garment. NIJ Level IIIA soft armor panels offer protection against most handgun rounds including the 9mm, .357 SIG and .44 Magnum.

Rifles and machine guns are capable of delivering higher velocity rounds that render soft armor ineffective. Therefore we advise the use of hard armor inserts which can upgrade an NIJ Level IIIA vest to an NIJ Level III or IV protection level.

The NIJ standard test protocol requires test projectiles fired from a distance of 5 meter for levels of protection up to Level IIIA, and from 15 meter for threat Level III and Level IV. Our ULTRA™, MT-PRO™ and FLEX-PRO™ soft armor panels are also certified according to the German SK1 standard. The SK1 certification also includes contact shot tests (point blank range) with three different types of 9 mm rounds.

In order for a vest to fit comfortable there are few simple guidelines. When standing, the lowest point of the vest should level with your belly button. If any lower, the vest might hinder you to move freely. If any higher, your vital organs are not properly protected. Although we advice the front and back panels to overlap on the sides of the body, some individuals prefer a small gap.

EnGarde® manufactures high quality body armor since 2003 using the highest quality materials available, such as DSM Dyneema®, Kevlar XP™, Pro-Systems Artec® and Teijin Twaron®. We pride ourselves on our engineering talent and our ability to combine performance, comfort and durability while meeting the highest standards of protection. Complementing the engineering, our body armor products are manufactured in the EU under the most exacting production standards.