Wearing Body Armor as Part of Your EDC


Your garage is home to piles and piles of food. Your home’s security is on point. All the weapons you need are safely stored. However, do you have the protection you need?

There’s no date set for when a civil collapse or doomsday will stir the nation into a chaotic mess. When such occurrences become a reality, you won’t have time or the ability to head out and gather all the missing pieces to the puzzle of security. This is something that preppers are aware of and as a result, they ensure that no time is wasted in checking all the essentials off their list. However, body armor is something that many forget. Others have thought about it but aren’t certain if such an investment is truly necessary. The fact is, body armor needs to be incorporated into your EDC. The benefits are high and the protection is insurmountable.

Another thing that needs to be considered is what body armor needs to secure a space in your Every Day Carry. With so much out there, the decision can be quite tough. Do you need a level II, a level III, a covert or an overt vest?

When speaking of Every Day Carry, the ideal vest will be a covert bullet proof vest. There are quite a few reasons why this is true. (Warning:  Remember to check local laws to make sure it is okay to wear body armor before attempting.)


Covert body armor is lighter

If the time comes that you need added protection wherever you go, whether fleeing your home, heading to your bug out location or attempting to carry out daily activities without posing as a target to other civilians, concealable body armor is important and thus, covert gear should be opted for. Covert body armor is generally a lot lighter than overt body armor which means that the wearer is offered a greater level of flexibility and can exercise their speed without restrictions.


Covert body armor offers more comfort

Made from thinner and more breathable materials, covert vests also take comfort into consideration. This is important for Every Day Carry for multiple reasons. Firstly, a vest that is uncomfortable is one that you’ll be more reluctant to put on and thus, may opt to leave the vest behind in times where you believe, but aren’t certain, that the threats you may face are low. Another reason that comfort is important for Every Day Carry is that focus and concealbility can be attained and upheld through comfort. The need to constantly adjust your vest will redirect your focus to the vest rather than the threat at hand and through this, potential enemies may uncover that you’re wearing a vest.


Covert vests are available up to NIJ

This is a necessity when the risks that you may face involve hand guns. An NIJ level IIIa is the highest level available for covert vests. The Soft armor used in covert vests are usually level 2 and level IIIa and can also include stab and spike protection. The best aspect of a covertly worn vest is that it can usually be worn against the skin for long periods of time. (Remember covert vests do not protect against rifle rounds only pistol rounds and make sure to check what they are equipped to handle.)


Stab level II and spike Level II

In the case that stab and spike protection are needed, level II Edged Blade and Spike protection will give you maximum protection from engineered blades and protect you from high velocity stab and spike thrusts. Spike protection at level 2 are usually made up from platelets attached to the outer-side of the Kevlar.


What else should be considered when purchasing body armor?

Having determined which protective gear is best suited to your need for protection, there’s still work to be done. Sizing is just as important as the protection you decide on. In order for body armor to stay true to its promises, it needs to be given a fighting chance. This means that before body armor is purchased from suppliers, proper measurements need to be taken in order to obtain the best fit possible. Especially when covert type bullet proof vests, which are worn directly against the skin, are your option, you’ll want to be certain that the highest level of comfort as well as the utmost protection is achieved.


How should a vest fit?

Body armor should stop slightly above the navel. The reason for this is that your level of flexibility needs to be high and vests that are too long may work against you, by restricting your movement. In addition, body armor needs to protect the heart; lungs, kidneys and other vital organs and thus, a vest that is too short will also have short comings.


Male vest versus female vest

Thankfully, the perfect body armor isn’t only available to the male preppers. Female preppers can also get the protection they need through a vest that was designed specifically with their body type in mind.


So what’s your next step?

Your next step should be to know what you’re preparing for, carry out a threat assessment and get to taking measurements for your new protective gear. The end may not be tomorrow, but there’s no telling just how close it is.

Here is a great review I did of Safeguard Armor’s concealable body armor.  As you can see it can easily be concealed and could be used as part of your EDC.

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I am Josh the owner of Beat The End. I am a prepper and trying to be more self sufficient. The most likely thing I am preparing for is an economic meltdown/civil unrest. I am a hunter, fisherman and outdoors man. I have also made a part of the website to explain and inform to my readers the importance of liberty and freedom and libertarianism. If you would like to see the political part of the site please go to beattheend.com/politics.

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3 Responses to Wearing Body Armor as Part of Your EDC

  1. Papaswamp says:

    Might want to have the different capabilities of the NIJ levels posted. Having II,IIa and IIIa listed together and only listing stab protection is a bit misleading. Covert vests cannot stop rifle rounds. Only level IV is rated to stop armor piercing, but level III is effective against most threats encountered. An option is to get a backpack/sling pack/messenger bag with level III or IV plate in it ( there are some very clever designs out there or you can make your own). For as important as body armor is…might want a bit more info.

    • Josh Collier says:

      Thanks for the comment. This was a guest post from Safeguard Armor. I put a note in there that lets you know that soft vests can only stop pistol rounds. The article was really only about covert vests that is why it didn’t go into III and IV. I also fixed the IIIA thing on the stab spike area. I have seen the backpacks that are pretty cool but they wont protect you from the front for the most part.

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