What Body Armor Should I Buy?

What Body Armor Should I Buy?


When it comes to protecting yourself in high-risk situations, choosing the right body armor is crucial. At Pivotal Body Armor, we understand the importance of making an informed decision. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the key factors to consider when selecting body armor and showcase some of our top-performing products.


1. Determine Your Threat Level

The first step in choosing body armor is assessing the potential threats you may face. Different levels of protection are designed to withstand specific types of ammunition. Consider the following NIJ (National Institute of Justice) protection levels:

Level Protection
IIA 9mm, .40 S&W
II 9mm, .357 Magnum
IIIA .357 SIG, .44 Magnum
III Rifles up to 7.62mm
IV Armor-piercing rifles

At Pivotal Body Armor, we offer a wide range of options across all protection levels. Browse our Spartan Armor Systems Soft Body Armor collection for NIJ Level IIA and II solutions, or explore our Tactical Scorpion Gear Soft Body Armor for Level IIIA protection.

2. Consider Your Specific Needs

Your profession and intended use of the body armor will greatly influence your choice. Are you a law enforcement officer, military personnel, or a civilian looking for personal protection? Each scenario may require different features and capabilities.

For example, if you're a first responder, you may prioritize a lightweight and flexible design like the Stab Resistant Vest - NIJ Level 1 Stab Resistance from our Soft Body Armor collection. This vest offers both ballistic and stab protection while allowing for maximum mobility.

3. Opt for Reliable and Trusted Brands

When your life is on the line, you can't afford to compromise on quality. Choosing body armor from reputable brands ensures that you're getting a product that has undergone rigorous testing and meets industry standards.

At Pivotal Body Armor, we proudly carry top brands such as Shellback Tactical, Spartan Armor Systems, and National Body Armor. Our Shellback Tactical Soft Body Armor collection features high-quality options like the Shellback Tactical Blunt Trauma Pad, designed to provide extra protection against blunt force trauma.

4. Ensure Proper Fit and Comfort

Body armor is only effective if it is worn correctly and consistently. Ensuring a proper fit is essential for both comfort and optimal protection. Look for adjustable straps, breathable materials, and a design that allows for a full range of motion.

The National Body Armor Blunt Trauma Pad from our National Body Armor Soft Body Armor collection is an excellent example of comfortable and effective protection. Its lightweight design and moisture-wicking properties make it ideal for extended wear.

5. Don't Forget About Plate Carriers

In addition to soft body armor, plate carriers provide an extra layer of protection by accommodating hard armor plates. Plate carriers are versatile and can be customized to fit your specific needs.

Our Plates & Inserts collection offers a range of options, such as the Spartan Omega AR550 Level III-Plus Front, Rear, and Side Plates. These plates are made from high-quality AR550 steel and provide reliable protection against high-velocity threats.

6. Maintenance and Care

To ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your body armor, proper maintenance and care are crucial. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and storage.

  • Clean your body armor regularly with a mild detergent and warm water
  • Allow the armor to air dry completely before storing
  • Store your armor in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight
  • Inspect your armor periodically for any signs of damage or wear

At Pivotal Body Armor, we are committed to providing you with the knowledge and resources necessary to make an informed decision about your personal protection. Be sure to check out our Buying Guide for more in-depth information on selecting the right body armor for your needs.

7. Invest in Your Safety

When it comes to personal protection, investing in high-quality body armor is a decision you won't regret. At Pivotal Body Armor, we offer competitive pricing without compromising on quality.

Take advantage of our ongoing Pivotal Body Armor Sale to find great deals on top-performing products like the Pivotal Armor Tactical Vest with Plates. This vest offers NIJ Level IIIA protection and comes with adjustable straps for a customized fit.

8. Stay Informed and Up-to-Date

The world of body armor is constantly evolving, with new technologies and materials emerging regularly. Stay informed about the latest developments by following Pivotal Body Armor on social media and subscribing to our newsletter.

We also recommend reading our informative Is Body Armor Legal? page to familiarize yourself with the legalities surrounding body armor ownership and use in your area.

9. Trust in Pivotal Body Armor

At Pivotal Body Armor, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality body armor solutions. With our extensive selection of products from trusted brands, competitive prices, and commitment to customer service, you can trust us to help you find the perfect body armor for your needs.

Browse our Soft Body Armor collection and Plates & Inserts to find the right combination of protection and comfort for your specific situation. Remember, investing in your safety is always worth it.

10. Contact Us for Assistance

If you have any questions or need assistance in choosing the right body armor, our knowledgeable staff is here to help. Don't hesitate to reach out to us via phone, email, or live chat. Visit our Contact Us page for more information.

At Pivotal Body Armor, your safety is our top priority. We are committed to providing you with the tools and knowledge necessary to make an informed decision about your personal protection. Trust us to be your partner in staying safe and prepared for any situation.

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