I recently had a package show up here at the Gunmart Blog Test Kitchen from the good people over at Safeguard Body Armor. Inside of said package was a product sample of their Ghost Body Armor.
I have talked a good bit about SafeGuard and their products in the past here on the blog. Over that period of time I have come to greatly appreciate the quality of their products that they sell as well as their high level of service. SafeGuard is a company that has been in the body armor business for more than 10 years now… they have a pretty good catalog of body armor products to choose from and they have many satisfied customers around the world.
The Ghost Body Armor that they recently sent out to me is constructed of DuPont Kevlar armor panels that are NIJ rated to offer ballistics Level II and edge weapon Level I protection. That basically means that the vest is designed to stop most handgun bullets up to and including .357 magnum. They have additional levels of protection to choose from as well as offering two different levels of spike protection if you so desire and depending on your budget.
The SafeGuard Ghost Body Armor is primarily designed to be a an under the garment style of body armor. Because of this they approached the designed with the idea in mind that this is something that you are probably going to wear all day long. Its fully adjustable with large Velcro straps at both the waist (4” Velcro straps) and the shoulders ( 3 1/2″ Velcro straps) to help it give a more exacting fit. Its also designed to be as light as possible. Since its “carrier” is essentially made up of nothing more than the elastic/Velcro straps and two paper thin pieces of fabric (the shoulder supports are also just constructed of their CoolMAX material), the entire piece of armor weighs in at the ridiculously light weight of only five and a half pounds. This is a vest thats meant to be concealed, and its meant to be worn all day, everyday.
To help facilitate the all day wear-ability and comfort of this piece of body armor, SafeGuard has designed the Ghost with what the company calls a “CoolMAX” outer shell. Most concealable body armor out there has some sort of design feature that aims to improve ventilation of the vest, and the “CoolMAX is Safeguard’s answer to this age old problem. The material is ultra thin and ultra light weight. Take the body armor out of the CoolMAX carrier and the thing weighs practically nothing.
While this is not my first time using a product with their “CoolMAX” design, I can tell you that each time that I put one of their vests on I am continually impressed with how breathable the design really is. The SafeGuard “CoolMAX” system that they have come up with does an extremely good job of making this a concealable piece of body armor that you can truly wear all day long.. With this product I was once again pleasantly surprised by how well the vest breathed during my testing of the product.
Now dont get me wrong, if you are putting forth a lot of energy on a hot summer’s day then you will work up a sweat after a while… You can’t completely defy all the laws of therm-nuclear-dynamics (Wait. What?), but this vest goes a long way towards making you NOT feel like you are working a fire with the FDNY. You will 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.
As far as concealability is concerned, here are a few pics to demonstrate what you get… You will notice that its certainly not invisible – there is some printing – but there is a certain measure of concealment. I’ll let you be the judge:
Here it is under a t-shirt…
Here it is under an untucked (and wrinkled) dress shirt…
Overall, The Ghost Body Armor by SafeGuard Armor is a great product. Definitely a quality build, and definitely something that will serve you well. I was very impressed with it, and I would certainly recommend it or any of there other products to anyone who is looking for a concealable, civilian friendly piece of soft body armor.
(All of the SafeGuard Armor products Come with a 5 year warranty and are certified and tested in full compliance with the US National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 0101.03/04 standards)