A vest is a form of body armor, generally consisting of soft armor intended for a variety of protective wear situations ranging from casual day-to-day protection to extreme mission-critical situations requiring high amounts of protection. Vests serve as body armor and have been in use since the ancient Egyptian and Roman times, where they were primarily used to protect the torso from injury in battle. Modern-day vest designs are made from high-quality materials, providing maximum protection and durability against wear and tear. This article discusses vest-related products including vests, protective wear, and protective clothing for law enforcement officers.
Soft armor vests are designed to absorb and deflect impacts without sacrificing mobility or protection. Soft armor vests are similar to soft armor vest inserts, with the primary difference being that vests are designed with added breathable fabric that allows moisture to evaporate, creating an effective barrier between the wearer and any potentially damaging projectiles. Used by law enforcement and military personnel for protection against the wear and tear of potentially hazardous circumstances, soft vests are designed to retain their shape and function even after extensive exposure to abrasive substances like sand and bullets. Hard Body armor vests, often called hard armor or bullet vests, are designed to resist powerful handguns, rifles, and other large calibre firearms. Hard armor is typically used for defense purposes, to protect the wearer against more potent weaponry.
Bulletproof vests are protective clothing for individuals who must remain exposed to the threat of bodily harm, either through injury or death, from a fired projectiles. Constructed from a heavy gauge polyethylene material and equipped with a layer of hardened carbon fiber, bulletproof vests provide excellent protection from handguns and other projectiles. As the name suggests, bulletproof vests can only be penetrated by a bullet if it has a hollow metallic core; otherwise, the vest can simply be pierced. While many police departments have replaced the traditional full body armor with bulletproof vests, they usually have little say in how this type of protective clothing is worn. Vests must conform to local regulations before they can be carried by law enforcement officers.