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I am approved to get a new vest and seeing as it has been a few years since I have had a new one everything changes. My question is from which company would be the best one to order. I want one that is comfortable, bendable, and light. I will take your advice under advisement on this issue. Thanks.  


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Our office recently went to issued vests from Point Blank. I've been in this one for about a year now and I'm happy with it. Just make sure you get measured correctly prior to ordering. This not only helps with comfort but is vital for proper protections as well.


On a different note, its good to see you back on here!

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We are issued "Second Chance" vests, and have the option of upgrading at our exense to a higher threat-level of protection.


MH557 is right, get fitted so it covers what it's supposed to.


Check the vest ratings at: http : / / w w w . o j p . u s d o j . g o v / b v p b a s i /

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Thanks for the advice folks


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I recently purchased a new vest....... Point Blank Vision series.  It is by far the most comfortable vest I have worn EVER.  It is ALL of the things you listed as wants in your next vest purchase....... Comfortable, Bendable and Light.

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Thanks Skoolcop I will look into this one.


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Of all the vests I have worn ( probably 7 or 8 fifferent ones total) I found the Safariland zero G gold by the far the most comfortable (mine was level II), in fact that is the one I currently wear.

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Cedardale says ...



Of all the vests I have worn ( probably 7 or 8 fifferent ones total) I found the Safariland zero G gold by the far the most comfortable (mine was level II), in fact that is the one I currently wear.



 


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Thanks folks under advisement.


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I think an important question hasn't been asked.


What's your budget/approved spending amount?


Also current vest type and carrier and condtition of carrier?

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I prefer Second Chance.


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We are furnished out vests by the State, so we have to get what the State bid is.  Our vest seen to be good, they fit well and are made by Survival Armor, which use to be owned by Second Chance.  Level IIa, is what we are issued. 


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Do your homework and get the most comfortable and highest protection level for your buck. If you don't like it after you purchase it you will be inclined to not wear it 100% of the time. Never work a tour without a vest, mine paid off on a traffic stop, being on the slow midnight shift other officers I was working with left theirs in the trunk in case they needed it.

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TNDEPUTY says ...



Do your homework and get the most comfortable and highest protection level for your buck. If you don't like it after you purchase it you will be inclined to not wear it 100% of the time. Never work a tour without a vest, mine paid off on a traffic stop, being on the slow midnight shift other officers I was working with left theirs in the trunk in case they needed it.



If you don't mind and can, you might elaborate on how the vest paid off.  At least the spare tire is safe with the vest in the trunk LOL.

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Cedardale says ...



TNDEPUTY says ...



Do your homework and get the most comfortable and highest protection level for your buck. If you don't like it after you purchase it you will be inclined to not wear it 100% of the time. Never work a tour without a vest, mine paid off on a traffic stop, being on the slow midnight shift other officers I was working with left theirs in the trunk in case they needed it.



If you don't mind and can, you might elaborate on how the vest paid off.  At least the spare tire is safe with the vest in the trunk LOL.



Theres only one situation I know of where wearing a vest pays off.


Have ASP will travel.

Justice is the one thing you should always find, you gotta saddle up your boys you gotta draw a hard line.

When the gun smoke settles we'll sing a victory tune and we'll all meet back at the local saloon.

And we'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singing whiskey for my men beer for my horses.

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Bach when second chance listed all the saves by their vests the majority of them were not from being shot, but from surviving blunt trama from automobile accidents.

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We are furnished out vests by the State, so we have to get what the State bid is.  Our vest seen to be good, they fit well and are made by Survival Armor, which use to be owned by Second Chance.  Level IIa, is what we are issued. 



IIA? I would seriously consider upgrading to a IIIA.  Does your agency allow you to buy your own? We are provided with vests, but have the option of purchasing and wearing our own.  Since they supply us with IIIA I see no need to upgrade on my own. 


 


Please EVERYONE keep in mind that most vests have a shelf life of 5 years before they begin to degrade.  Turns out the first vest I was first issued (point blank)was found to be defective.  Wore it for about 5 years.  Until the department replaced them we had the option of not going on patrol if we were on the list for defective vests.  Sgt. pitched a fit when I told him I wasnt going out... But I stuck to my guns, I aint no dummy.  Wasnt going out on patrol in Brooklyn North with a defective vest.


Have ASP will travel.

Justice is the one thing you should always find, you gotta saddle up your boys you gotta draw a hard line.

When the gun smoke settles we'll sing a victory tune and we'll all meet back at the local saloon.

And we'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singing whiskey for my men beer for my horses.

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Cedardale says ...



Bach when second chance listed all the saves by their vests the majority of them were not from being shot, but from surviving blunt trama from automobile accidents.



Interesting.


Have ASP will travel.

Justice is the one thing you should always find, you gotta saddle up your boys you gotta draw a hard line.

When the gun smoke settles we'll sing a victory tune and we'll all meet back at the local saloon.

And we'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singing whiskey for my men beer for my horses.

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Well cared for vests will last a lot longer than 5 years, but if the dept is footing the bill replace every 5 years and donate the old vest to an agency/officer that can't afford one.  While I would not use a IIa vest, preferring a higher rated one, unless it was that or none, it is certainly better than nothing. 

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Cedardale says ...



Well cared for vests will last a lot longer than 5 years, but if the dept is footing the bill replace every 5 years and donate the old vest to an agency/officer that can't afford one.  While I would not use a IIa vest, preferring a higher rated one, unless it was that or none, it is certainly better than nothing. 



They unfortunately didn't give us the option of keeping the old ones or disposing of them as we wished.  The department kept them. Don't know what they did with them. Otherwise thats a great idea.  I think I am on my third vest.


Have ASP will travel.

Justice is the one thing you should always find, you gotta saddle up your boys you gotta draw a hard line.

When the gun smoke settles we'll sing a victory tune and we'll all meet back at the local saloon.

And we'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singing whiskey for my men beer for my horses.

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JIMROC says ...



We are furnished out vests by the State, so we have to get what the State bid is.  Our vest seen to be good, they fit well and are made by Survival Armor, which use to be owned by Second Chance.  Level IIa, is what we are issued. 



IIA? I would seriously consider upgrading to a IIIA.  Does your agency allow you to buy your own? We are provided with vests, but have the option of purchasing and wearing our own.  Since they supply us with IIIA I see no need to upgrade on my own. 


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My Point Blank Vision Series is a level IIIA that feels like a level IIA in comfort and fit.  I have had it now for almost a year and as I stated earlier, it is by far the most comfortable vest I have had in my career.

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 I have heard that Dragon Skin is supposed to be one of the most technologically advanced vests out there. I know nothing about the average price of vests but the last I knew it was something crazy like $3k for one of the Dragon Skin vests. They will take substantial numbers of rounds (even high powered rounds) without penetration. I also saw on Future Weapons that they took one and put it on a dummy torso and laid it on a frag grenade and even that did not penetrate. Also not sure how heavy or hot they are compared to other good vests. I'd love to have one though, seems like the ultimate protection!!

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 I have heard that Dragon Skin is supposed to be one of the most technologically advanced vests out there. I know nothing about the average price of vests but the last I knew it was something crazy like $3k for one of the Dragon Skin vests. They will take substantial numbers of rounds (even high powered rounds) without penetration. I also saw on Future Weapons that they took one and put it on a dummy torso and laid it on a frag grenade and even that did not penetrate. Also not sure how heavy or hot they are compared to other good vests. I'd love to have one though, seems like the ultimate protection!!



I've heard about it also. Even saw the same show. If I remember correctly though, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) did not approve it for use in the field.


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I got approved to get the Point Blank Vision in Level II. I took Skoolcop's advice and it seems he has been around here for a bit and I respect his opinion. Thank you to all now I just gotta get measured. Anyone have a tape measure? LOL  


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I would reconsider and get that model in a IIIA threat level.  I believe Skoolcop said his was a IIIA.


Have ASP will travel.

Justice is the one thing you should always find, you gotta saddle up your boys you gotta draw a hard line.

When the gun smoke settles we'll sing a victory tune and we'll all meet back at the local saloon.

And we'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singing whiskey for my men beer for my horses.

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SkoolCop says ...



NYTRDT1 says ...



JIMROC says ...



We are furnished out vests by the State, so we have to get what the State bid is.  Our vest seen to be good, they fit well and are made by Survival Armor, which use to be owned by Second Chance.  Level IIa, is what we are issued. 



IIA? I would seriously consider upgrading to a IIIA.  Does your agency allow you to buy your own? We are provided with vests, but have the option of purchasing and wearing our own.  Since they supply us with IIIA I see no need to upgrade on my own. 


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My Point Blank Vision Series is a level IIIA that feels like a level IIA in comfort and fit.  I have had it now for almost a year and as I stated earlier, it is by far the most comfortable vest I have had in my career.



The State won't budge.  They pay $800.00 per vest on the state bid.  I know what you are going to say, but our uniform policy is real strict. We have to wear what we are issued. 


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