I will be shopping for a new Level IIIA vest after the first of the year. I currently have a GH Armor Systems HELIX Level IIIA vest. I can (and have) worn it under my uniform shirt. But, I mostly wear it in an external vest carrier. I've liked the vest and would buy another. It's been 5 - 6 years since I've bought a vest. I am always looking for better / lighter. I will explore GH Armor Systems' ETHOS line (supposed to be lighter than the HELIX line). Any suggestions for brands of Level IIIA vests I should be looking at? Thank you!
I'd still suggest panels, armor that has passed the current version of the FBI protocol. Both II and IIIA vests have come out good. Sorry, I do not have a current list.
Given that we still crash cars and get into some good fights, because of the zylon debacle, I'm in the blunt impact side of things too.
RBOYLE, you can probably get that information from the FBI Ballistics Research Facility if you send them a letter from a sergeant or above and state you will not release the results outside your agency. That said, I suspect comfort and convenience are part of your criteria and the Bureau doesn't rate that.
That said, I'll ask for Boyle: Anyone with IIIA armor that fits and is comfortable? He can probably check that against FBI, NIJ, and other testing protocols.
Thank you both for the advice!
I'm probably going to buy new armor in January. Probably my last set since I turn 62 in February.
Two options I am considering at the Point Blank Alpha Elite AXIIA and the Point Blank FLXIIA.
I too want something that passes the FBI contact shot protocol.
Doc Roberts is usually current and very knowledgeable on this topic as well.
Thank you! Happy Holidays.
I am looking to replace my Diamondback Tactical Synergy IIIA that “expires” next month. Prior to that I wore the DBT QVAIIIA , both were recommended by Doc Roberts. Both fit great and I hate that Diamondback Tactical went out of business as I would buy from them again.
I have contacted Armor Express and Survival Armorer as I have heard good reviews on their products. I sent emails in early December to both with no response except for Survival Armor saying they would check for a dealer in my area. No further responses, I wrote this off to the holidays.
Monday this week I sent both companies a followup email, no response. I guess I'll write this lack of communication off to SHOT prep.
I was hoping to avoid the Cop Shop PACAs as they never fit as well as my DBT vests and I felt PACAs of old were just over priced marketing with testing that made admin happy.
I'll give it another week and see if I'll be contacting PACA anyways.
Thank you Brad!