The Safeguard Stealth body armor that they sent me has DuPont Kevlar armor panels rated to be a Level II ballistics vest. That basically means that the vest is designed to stop most handgun bullets up to and including .357 magnum. This particular vest that they sent me is also rated as a stab resistant piece of armor (level 1). The Stealth line of body armor that the company offers is also available in level IIIa protection and with/without the knife and spike resistant protection. So they have a few different options available for you to choose from depending on your needs and your budget.
(All of the SafeGuard Armor products are certified and tested in full compliance with the US National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 0101.03/04 standards)
The Safeguard Stealth body armor is designed to be a concealable, under the shirt style of body armor, and I have to tell you… it does a remarkable job at this task. Compared to the various other soft body armor designs that I have worn over the years, the Stealth is one of the most concealable that I have ever tried. I can honestly say that the second that I put this armor on I was very impressed with the product. The armor is very slim and fitting. It doesn’t completely disappear under a t-shirt, but it may be one of the best options for concealed body armor that I have seen.
Here are a couple of photos of me in a dress shirt while wearing the Safeguard Stealth body armor. You can see a little bit of stretch to the front of the shirt and some printing in the shoulder area which I think would be a giveaway, but this is my regular shirt size. If you are wearing this with a tighter fitting dress shirt then you should definitely go up one shirt size to compensate for the vest. Adding a sport coat over top will also aid in concealment.
OK, I will go ahead and tell you up front that I did not wear this out and about while I was around town because, well… I didn’t really want anybody who was “in the know” to say “Ummmm…. why is that dude wearing body armor?“. Like I said earlier, this vest is very concealable, but it wont completely disappear 100% under a t-shirt. You are going to see some bulge and some of the outline of the vest in certain areas no matter what. So… to test the wear-ability and comfort of this vest I strapped it on and took it out for a couple of treks in the woods (2 exactly) and did a few miles of hiking with it on to give me a good gauge of what it is like.
The first thing that I want to say about this vest is that it is very soft. Yes, all soft body armor is by definition soft, but this may be the most flexible soft body armor that I have ever worn. That goes a very long way towards achieving all day comfort, and it really takes the “ease of movement” score way up there. This vest is not restrictive in the least… It is very comfortable.
Another thing that I will point out is that when properly sized that vest does a good job of covering the side rib cage portion of the body. It doesn’t technically have side armor panels (not separate ones at least), but as you can see from the pic below the front piece of armor is definitely big enough to wrap around and give a little bit of added protection… if the vest is sized properly.
The Safeguard Stealth body armor is made with what the company calls a “CoolMAX” outer shell. Most concealable body armor has some sort of design feature to aid in ventilating the vest in some way to help make it more breathable… but the “CoolMAX” system that they have come up with does this extremely well. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the vest breathed during my testing of the product.
Yes, while hiking around in the southern woods early in the spring I did in fact work up a sweat… however, it was nowhere near what I was expecting it to be. I will say that it is comparable to what it would have been if I was wearing a lightweight fleece vest. You feel it after a while, but its not overly taxing and its certainly not going to sweat you to the point of dehydration. Thanks to the “CoolMax” design this vest is very breathable, and it is something that you can definitely work in all day long without burning out.
Overall, The Stealth Concealable Body Armor by SafeGuard Armor is a great product. I was very impressed with it, and its something that I would definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for a concealable piece of body armor. What was so amazing to me about this vest is how comfortable and wearable this vest actually is. Most soft body armor is something that you can wear all day long, but this was by far the most flexible and breathable body armor that I have ever worn. The conceal-ability and wear-ability of this particular design really impressed me, and its something that I think really sets the Stealth body armor apart from most of the other soft body armor designs out there on the market.
Worn outside the cover garment:
Concealed under the same cover garment: