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Mandalorian_skull_2_max50

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Posted almost 6 years ago

 

I've been tasked with researching new duty vests for the department. Some of the guys want to go to a level IIIA versus the II we currently wear. We don't have a huge budget. What are some of the pros and cons you all have experienced with the different levels and also different brands? I know it'ts all going to come down to cost vs. weight (comfort). Any help will be greatly appreciated.


Thanks,   Bill

Captain-america-avatar-22_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

We use the pointblank vision vest.  I believe it is a level II but not sure since I didn't make the order.  It is definitely more comfortable than the one we used to wear and definitely lighter.  I am not a pro on these things but just letting you know that what we use is a very comfortable vest.

Ec_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Hi Bill,


Start with this website:  http://www.justnet.org/Pages/RecordView.aspx?itemid=384


Call the 877# for information about the vest program and see if they will still offer funds to help you pay for the vests or at least direct you to an active program that will help with funding.  You will also find a link to NIJ's searchable database to get a list of the latest approved models available.  If funds/budget allows, go Lvl III if at all possible.  Just remember that comfort will COST.  The lighter the vest, the higher the price.  Look for a kevlar/goldflex blend and only go with a model whose manufacturer will put it in writing that your vest WILL comply with the upcoming NIJ Standard 06 revision.  If the vest won't comply to 06, then that manufacturer's vest will soon be obsolete ... that gives you an advantage to negotiate a much lower price - at the very least 40%.  Do your homework and good luck!


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Mandalorian_skull_2_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

Thanks a lot to both of you for the info. This is why I signed up on this site. ElizabethC - You're awesome!  I'll try your suggestions.


 


Thanks, Bill

Ec_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

You're welcome - Glad to help. 


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