If you are new to plate carrier vests, then you may find yourself having to research the best panels for the vest. This is especially true if the vest requires you to supply your own panels. One option is to go with rectangle cut soft armor kevlar panels. If you have not purchased these types of panels before, there are a few things you need to know about them before making a bulk purchase. Here are three key points to keep in mind and what to know about each one.
When you first start looking for your panels, you will find different level ratings. These level ratings refer to the type of armor and what the armor will stop, such as bullets. Soft panels will be rated a Level 3A. It is important to ensure the panels are Level 3A and not just a level 3. Level 3A are for soft panels only while Level 3 refers to harder panels. The Level 3A will also protect you when it comes to smaller caliber weapons such as 9mm. You will need to consider the types of weapons you will come in contact with on the job to ensure that you are getting the protection from the panels you need.
You want to make sure that the rectangle cut soft armor kevlar panels you choose are flexible enough for your body. This is important for several reasons. The first reason is because you need the panel to slowly mold to your body frame and build. This gives you a more comfortable fit during the day and reduced chance of the vest and panels being noticed. The flexibility also means the panels can conform to different shapes. This makes them ideal if you need to store them in a backpack or if you are needing to place them in a different carrier such as a laptop case.
Before you settle on the panels you think will work for your vest, make sure to check the weight. Remember, if you fill the panel pockets in the vest you have the weight of the vest plus the overall weight of the armor. Many first time buyers tend to overlook the overall weight thinking that each panel is lightweight enough that the overall weight will be light as well. Make sure you are considering the weight limits and what you are willing to carry on your body for long periods of time.
If you think you are ready to make your purchase of rectangle cut soft armor kevlar panels, contact your local security supply dealer. They can help you with your order, pricing, and any questions you have. They can also help you if you have specific needs for your security job or position that may require special equipment.