We recently had someone reach out to us as he was researching his options for Level IV body armor protection. As he was digging deep to find the best body armor for his needs, he ran across a plate online claiming to be a 10” x 12” Level IV plate weighing just 4.4 pounds.
When agencies or departments are evaluating their options of body armor, the focus tends to be on the PRICE and PROTECTION LEVEL. Although these are very important factors, another factor to carefully consider is the health risks to personnel.
Most people would think that higher protection equals higher cost. Although this seems intuitive, it is often not the case and it is important to understand why.