Below we have listed the most common questions prospective customers might have, e.g., product info, return policy, product warranty info, shipping and returns, etc.)
How Does Fabric Stop a Bullet?
Body armor is comprised of very strong non-woven and/or woven fibers. The material will stop a bullet similar to how a net will stop a tennis ball or volleyball. It causes the bullet to turn, slow it down and send its energy through the whole panel. The bullet mushrooms, which helps in the process. Keep in mind that the slower the bullet is, the better off the wearer is going to be. Bullets that have a hard tip or fired at a high velocity will get through the fibers and right through the bullet proof vest.
It is important to note that not all body armor can stop a speeding bullet. Any bullet – small or large – that travels at a high rate of speed may get through body armor.
What is the Lifespan of a Bulletproof Vest?
The majority of the United States’ body armor has a standard National Institute of Justice (NIJ) five-year service rating. When a vest is worn each day, it loses the protective capability quicker than one that sits on a shelf. It doesn’t matter how short or long the body armor is worn, the vest should be carefully looked over for any signs of damage – creases, tears, smells and burns. If properly taken care of, the vest should last five years. Be sure to follow the care instructions.
To increase the lifespan of your vest make sure:
- The ballistic interior of the vest is not exposed to direct sunlight or liquids.
- Make sure that your vest is properly stored, usually in a place that allows you to lay it completely flat or hang it on a hanger
- A bulletproof vest can also become damaged. Therefore, regular inspections of the vest itself, also be done to make sure that they fit well. If you notice the straps are starting to stretch or the Velcro doesn’t work like it should, it may be high time to buy a replacement Vest
- The DefendAPack Vest cannot be washed, but should be dry cleaned if dirty.
Can You Get a Bulletproof Vest Wet?
The worst idea you can do is go swimming with your body armor on. The reason is that some bulletproof vests lose their ballistic performance because the water acts as a lubricant. When this happens, it makes it susceptible to bullet penetration.
Can I Test Shoot My Armor?
Never shoot your body armor unless you are never going to wear it again. And Never tests ANY body armor while wearing it. No indiviudal should be anywhere near, in, or around the DefendAPack Vest if testing.
Can I Wash My Body Armor?
IMPORTANT: Do not machine wash or dry clean ballistic panel insert(s).
- Remove ballistic panels from inside the backpack or the DefendAPack Vest.
- Gently wipe ballistic panels using a mild soap and water. Set aside to dry.
- Close all Velcro fasteners on the backpack armor pockets.
- Dry clean or hand wash the backpack and Vest on a delicate cycle using medium water temperature. DO NOT BLEACH!
- Air dry the Backpack and Vest
- Reinsert ballistic panels with the “Strike Face” facing outward of each armor panel pocket; BE SURE THE BALLISTIC PANELS AND BACKPACK ARE DRIED COMPLETELY prior to re-inserting.
Can I travel with My Backpack/Vest/Body Armor?
Yes, Body armor is legal in all 50 stats and can be transported over state lines. However, you must be a law-abiding citizen and must not have any felonies or criminal investigations, or your body armor can be confiscated.
Do you have a warranty?
Yes, we have a 30 Day limited warranty on the on the workmanship on the DefendAPack Vest and Plates.
What’s your return policy?
All purchases are final, due to the nature of the product. See Terms and Conditions page.
How Should I Store My Body Armor?
You should store your DefendAPack Vest in a room temperature environment, away from direct sunlight, liquid or chemicals. If at all possible, lay your Vest flat.
Do the Ballistic Panels Need to be Inserted in a Particular Way?
Yes. Ballistic panels have been created to fit into the carrier in a certain way. If the wearer puts them in wrong, it can lead to tragic results. The panel’s strike face is created to slow and disperse the energy of the bullet. The backside of the panel is created to reduce the trauma. If the panel is flipped, there’s no promise of the vest stopping the bullet.
Are DefendAPack Vests Knife-Resistant Vests
Bulletproof vest wearers need to understand that bulletproof vests are not knife resistant vests. Stab vests are made of another kind of fiber and weave than bulletproof vests. There are multi-threat vests on the market; but, these are generally heavier and costs more money.
Can Bulletproof Vests Keep The Wearer Safe Even In Vehicle Accidents?
Each year, during the International Association of Chiefs of Police, DuPont has a ceremony for officers who have been saved by the Kevlar body armor. Numerous officers recognized during this ceremony were saved from the impact of their patrol car’s steering column after an accident, not just from bullets. But do NOT just rely on the DefendAPack Vest. Make sure you are always wearing your seat belt.
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