Body Armor / Bullet Proof Vest Sizing
Follow these steps to detemine your proper vest size.
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Measure completely around the chest at nipple height with arms at sides. Make sure to keep the tape at an equal height around the chest.
Wider gives more coverage, but less freedom of movement, and less ventilation. Let us know your preference, and we'll steer you to the right vest for your measurements.
Measure completely around waist just above belt height. Stand normally and do not suck in your stomachor hold your breath.
The idea is to have the front and back panels close to touching at the sides. This provides almost 100% "full-wrap" coverage, without any overlap which would cause a bulge under your clothes and extra bulk. Then in the summer you can loosen up the vest to get a little gap for ventilation.
You may want an inch or so of overlap on the sides to get more side coverage, plus extra blunt trauma protection with the stronger overlap connection between front and back ballistic panels. This is standard for Tactical armor worn on the outside, and popular with concealable vests worn for shorter periods of time.
Measure from the second button on your shirt to above your belt in sitting position. Sit comfortably. Do not sit slouched or rigidly upright.
Concealable vests are designed to cover the vital organs - not the entire torso, i.e., lower abdomen. So It may be preferred to get a longer vest for more coverage vs. standard length, but it's also critical not to get TOO LONG a vest.
Too long and it will hit your belt when you sit or bend, and then jab you in the throat. Generally we take an inch or two off the Collarbone to Belly Button measurement when SITTING.
Better to wear a short, comfortable vest all of the time, than a long vest that is left at home because it's just not comfortable enough.... Your personal preference, just let us know.