How Bullet Proof Vests Work

THE CONCEPT:

Bulletproof Fashion:

In pursuit of providing the highest quality protection for our discerning clientele, SpyEmporium provides the ultimate in custom bulletproof apparel. Experienced tailors carefully design, cut, and sew each custom bulletproof garment to provide the perfect balance between protection, comfort and style. The ballistic technology utilizes a carefully chosen blend of the most advanced, ultra-light ballistic materials on the market today, which in then tailored into the finest of fashion. The result is a completely new experience. By providing an extensive collection of outerwear, our clients never again have to compromise between style and security, and they now have peace of mind knowing they are protected in compromised or hostile environments.


THE PRODUCT:

Ballistic Material, Ballistic Panels, Liner and Garment

Ballistic material

Our apparel utilizes what is called soft body armor technology. This technology consists of highly advanced fibers that are either tightly woven or layered into a fabric like material. Each ballistic panel is comprised of multiple layers of this material.

The foremost priority in the development of our product line is to minimize weight and maximize comfort and maneuverability, without compromising the ability to protect. To achieve this goal, Spyemporium uses only the most advanced ballistic materials on the market today, In fact our ballistic material is on average ten times stronger than steel. This ballistic fiber is not only ultra lightweight, it is extraordinarily tough, with superior visco-elactic properties, helping minimizing blunt trauma impact from high-load strain-rate velocities. From the user’s point of view this means that even though the impact of the bullet will be felt, the impact will be felt over the entire region of the torso rather than at the point of impact.

Other important properties of our ballistic material include:

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High resistance to chemicals, water, and UV light
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Excellent vibration damping
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Low dielectric constant makes it virtually transparent to radar
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Light enough to float
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Highly resistant to flex fatigue
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Good resistance to abrasion
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Low coefficient of friction


Ballistic Panels/Liner/Garment

There are four independent ballistic panels and a liner that make up each armored garment. The liner is built directly into the garment. The liner has four pockets where the four ballistic panels slide easily into. The four ballistic panels consist of a front, back and two side panels. Once all four panels are incorporated into the garment the wearer has full front, back, and side protection, thus minimizing the threat of injury to vital organs.

The four ballistic panels can readily be inserted or removed from the garment, so the user has total freedom to wear their custom tailored apparel with or without the armor. This provides several advantages:

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Adaptation: The ballistic panel can be removed in seconds, therefore the user can quickly adapt to the occasion by wearing the garment with or without the armor.

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Cleaning: The ease of removing the ballistic panels allows for easy and proper cleaning of the garment and liner

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Interchangeable: High-risk clients often will have several garments tailored for one set of armor. This allows the client to have an exchange of wardrobe, maintaining versatility and protection without compromising a covert profile.

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Convenience: Unlike the traditional bulletproof vest, which needs to be strapped and adjusted every time it is put on, our “built in design” allows the user to be protected in seconds, just by simply putting on the garment.


THREAT LEVEL

Assessing your threat

In choosing what type of protection is best suited for you there are several guidelines you can follow to best protect yourself.

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There is no such thing as a completely bulletproof vest or garment. The term “bulletproof” is commonly used to describe body armor, however there is no single vest or garment on the market that can protect against every different type of ballistic threat. A more precise term is “ballistic-resistant”, where there are varying levels of protection against varying levels of ballistic threats. To better address the different types of threats, a system of ballistic threat levels was devised by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) which is an agency of the Department of Justice. These threat levels were determined by extensive and rigorous laboratory tests.

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There are four threat levels for soft body armor defined by the National Institute of Justice.

Level I:
Is now considered out-dated, offering only the most basic protection against low velocity round such as that from a common .38 special

Level II-A:
Offers greater protection than level I, however it generally only protects against handguns with smaller barrel lengths of 4 inches or less such as lower velocity 9mm and 40 S&W rounds. We do not recommend this level of coverage because the ballistic threats found today commonly exceed Level II-A capabilities.

Level II:
Is the most common level of protection utilized in the law enforcement community. It protects against all the threats found in Level I and IIA, plus it protects against many of the common hand guns found in the streets today. Level II is commonly noted as defeating higher velocity 9mm rounds and .357 ammunitions.

Level III-A:
Is the highest level of protection available in soft body armor technology. This level protects against most handguns threats, including many of the high velocity handguns, common submachine gun ammunitions, and shotguns (buckshot and slugs)

When determining what ballistic protection is best suited for you, you should first determine the “realistic” ballistic threat you may encounter. An excellent rule of thumb is to select a level of protection that at minimum will protect you against your own firearm, or the firearms carried by your security personnel.

Furthermore the type of street weapon used typically varies with geographic location, thus it is important to attempt to identify the most common type of ballistic threats encountered in your area. Taking such steps will help ensure you are choosing the correct type of protection for you.

SpyEmporium offers its collection in threat level II and III-A armor (Information on our lightweight level III hard armor plates available upon request). The choice between level II and III-A tends to be a tradeoff between ballistic protection and wearability. Threat level III-A offers the highest level of soft armor protection, however it utilizes more material, therefore it tends to be heavier and thicker than level II armor. Additionally, it is more costly.