Complete Armour Purchasing Guide
Welcome to Safeguard.
This guide has been written by our production manager. As such, customers that follow its advice are most likely to get armour that is:
Most suited to their needs
Comfortable and well-fitting
It is recommended that all potential customers read through this guide, regardless of how familiar they are with body armour. It caters for newcomers as much as it does veteran wearers.
A walkthrough of the purchasing decision process can be found below. More detailed information on each section can be found via the embedded links.
1. Can I buy a vest / helmet / ballistic plate?
2. Where does Safeguard ship to?
3. Which style vest?
4. Which protection levels?
5. Which size?
6. Additional protection?
Please speak with your local authority.
SafeguardArmour.co.uk delivers to all areas of the UK and Europe.
All orders must be signed for- as such, we do not ship to PO box addresses.
Shipping of all of our products is free.
Vest covers are also known as 'carriers'. These then house protective panels. The protective panels fill the front, back and side portions of the vest entirely.
IMPORTANT - With Safeguardarmour.co.uk vests, the carriers do not include protective panels by default. These must be added using the drop down boxes below the product images.
The most suitable panel carrier style will depend on several factors:
- Will the vest be worn under (covertly) or over clothes (overtly)?
Some of our vests are especially suited to covert wear, some especially to overt wear. However, all of our carriers can be worn under or over clothing.
- Will the vest be worn for long periods of time?
If you are planning on wearing the vest continuously, reducing the weight of the vest to minimum levels should become a priority. As such, it may be more sensible to order a lighter carrier, such as our Stealth.
However, If the vest is only going to be worn in times of emergency, or if the threat level is quite high and you wish to maximize protection, you may wish to order a more heavy-duty carrier. Examples include our Commander, or our high visibility vest, the Vizer.
- How do I want to put on/take off the vest?
Do you want a zip fastening vest, or one that will go over the head? Our Patrol is a front-zip fastening vest, and is most useful when worn over clothes.
- Do I want additional protective panels attached to the vest?
If you want panels that extend away from the main vest, and offer additional protection to the throat, neck, shoulders and/or groin, you will need to order a Tac-Pro or Mil-Pro vest .
When you have selected your carrier, you must then decide which levels of protection you would like the vest to have.
We recommend that you match these levels to your most likely threats. This will stop the vest being heavier than it needs to be.
Ordering a vest with the highest protection levels we offer will keep you the most protected, but this may not be practical or neccessary for your needs. Equally, however, a vest which does not offer protection against likely threats may leave you vulnerable. Selecting the appropriate levels is therefore crucial.
Our vests can protect against three types of threat- ballistic (bullet), stab, and spike.
- Ballistic level - Which bullets might you be exposed to? All of our vests can meet NIJ specification levels II and IIIA. More information, and a table detailing which levels stop which bullet types, can be found here.
Level III or IV ballistic protection can be provided by ballistic plates. These are sold seperately and fit into front, back and/or side pouches found on some of our carriers. The Commander, Tac-Pro and Mil-Pro carriers can accomodate these plates.
- Stab level - Are you likely to face blade and/or knife threats? The level of stab protection will determine which stab forces will be resisted. More information on stab protection levels can be found here.
- Spike level - Is it possible that you may be attacked by pointed weapons, such as hypodermic needles and/or improvised shanks? The level of spike protection will determine which spike threat forces will be resisted. More information on spike protection levels can be found here.
Our size guide, and additional sizing information, can be found here.
Providing additional sizing information will increase the likelihood that your vest will fit you. These measurements will be used by our team when creating your vest.
Please append the following of the wearer's measurements to your order:
- Overall Height
- Chest Size
- Sternum length (distance between the top of the chest bone and belly button).
The more information we have, the more likely we will send you a vest that better fits you first time.
If you have ordered from us before, please inform us of this. We will have a record of which vests we have previously sent you.
You can then leave a note attached to your order that will tell us how you would like the size of your new order to compare to your older order (e.g. make this vest 2 inches longer).
We sell both PASTAC and PASGT helmets, and these protect against level IIIA ballistic threats.
Additional ballistic protection is also available with Tac-Pro or Mil-Pro vests:
Upper arm Protection
We hope you have found this guide useful. Further information can be found under our articles section.
If you are still unsure which specification is right for you, or you have additional queries, please contact us via on the chat system on the bottom right of our pages. We will make sure that we get back to you as soon as possible.