Whatever the military uses has got to be durable and rigid, otherwise, it’s just not good enough. The same goes for the most protective military garments, the vest. Protecting a large and vital area, they are more than just plate-filled vests. Whilst the primary goal of vests is to keep you safe from external factors, they also make for extra storage space. But military personnel aren’t the only ones that can make use of military vests. Today, tactical army vests are available to the general public as well. Hunters, paintball fanatics, and rescuers also make use of tactical vests in various ways.
Is a Tactical Vest Bulletproof?
Tactical army vests are similar to regular bulletproof vests. This is because a tactical vest has level III-A protection which technically makes it bulletproof. Why? Because a level III-A tactical army vest can store armour plates which are bulletproof.
What to Look for in a Military Vest
A military vest’s main purpose is keeping you protected from flying or any other life-threatening objects. For example, if you need protection from handgun rounds, you can get a soft armour. But if you need protection from rifle rounds, you need to get what is known as a plate carrier. This is still a vest it just uses armour plates.
Since a plate carrier army vest requires additional armour to be placed in it, it is heavier than regular soft padded armour. While more weight means better protection it doesn’t necessarily mean a safer vest. If you go for the heaviest vest, it would be harder for you to move and you’d put a lot of strain on your body. Proper protection doesn’t mean having more of it, but having it in the right place.
If you’re going to wear a vest out in the scorching sun, you need to consider getting one with proper ventilation. This will allow your skin to breathe, reduce body odours and keep you more energized.
If you need a plate carrier vest, you’ll need to know the material of the plates before you purchase them. There are three common materials, ceramic, steel, and polyethylene. Steel armour plates are the most common options nowadays but they are not the best choice when it comes to stopping bullets. Polyethylene plates are effective at repelling rounds and are much lighter than steel plates. Ceramic plates are considered to be as effective at stopping bullets as polyethylene. They weigh less than steel but are not as light as polyethylene plates.
Pockets & Pouches
As mentioned above, you can also use this kind of vest for carrying additional gear. This is possible if your vest comes with MOLLE or PALS webbing. This way you can attach pouches for extra storage.
What to Carry In A Military Vest
Military vests are a great place to store a tactical (military) flashlight. These torches are made to survive the toughest of conditions and provide extremely bright light. Safety features and long-lasting batteries are also common in tactical torches. You should have one in your vest whenever you go on nightly adventures.
Emergency food can be a real lifesaver and storing some in your vest’s pouches is a great way to be equipped with snacks at all times. This can be as little as a few power bars to some dried noodles or even a baked potato.
Tools are an essential part of every adventurer’s life and having different kinds of tools will allow you to do various tasks. Having a reliable and quality multi-tool with you can make a great difference in your overall experience.
Starting a fire can seem like a tough challenge sometimes. In some instances, you may have plenty of time and resources to start a fire, however, that just won’t always be the case which is why having a fire starter can be a real lifesaver.
Injuries can happen in the safest of environments let alone when exploring the wild at night. A first aid kit doesn’t have to be a bulky box filled with medication and bandages. Sometimes, a small pocket-size packaging is all you need to keep a cut form getting infected and continue your journey safely.
A smartphone can be useful for navigating through unknown areas but it is not as useful as a GPS device. This dedicated handheld unit is made with durability, longevity and precision in mind. Not only do handheld GPS devices have a longer battery life than your smartphone, but they also provide you with the coordinates of your exact location.