Kevlar Bulletproof Vests Explained
Many people often confuse the different types of technologies that are used and applied in the bulletproof vest industry. Usually, they think only a singular type of technology is used when producing a vest.
Truth be told, deciding to buy the right plate for one’s specific protection needs can become a difficult and overwhelming task, especially when there are at least three different ways to be protected against bullets. One of the oldest yet most versatile technology used in today’s industry is Kevlar.
What is Kevlar?
First and foremost, Kevlar is just a word, a trademark. It is a trademark for a more complicated liquid crystalline, polymer solution that was discovered and invented by American chemist Stephanie Louise Kwolek in 1971 (the Famous Women Inventors website).
One of the most attractive qualities of this polymer is its rigidity; according to Christine DeMerchant, Kevlar is five times stronger and stiffer than steel by weight. Scientifically speaking, it is a para-aramid synthetic fiber that is woven and layered into a fabric.
Entrance in the bulletproof vest market
Initially, Kevlar was built with the purpose of replacing steel in racing tires during the 1970s but, as soon as it became popular and commercialized, the United States National Institute of Justice (NIJ) added Kevlar to its evaluation program and is being used today as a component for bulletproof vests.
Kevlar’s main benefits
At first glance, Kevlar’s number one benefit over traditional steel is its weight – it is so lightweight that it provides flexibility and mobility without compromising the user’s safety.
Aside from guns, it can also protect an individual from knife threats since it has a high level of tear and abrasion resistance.
Kevlar fabric is also resistant to a certain degree of heat and fire, thus it provides a comfortable wear even during hot weather.
“Even in the high temperatures that a fire produces, the Kevlar still maintains its strength. The fibers on the edges of the vest are what keeps the fire from getting in because they never melt or burst due to heat,” a writer from DesignBump said.
Levels of protection
Depending on the number of layers applied, Kevlar can provide different levels of protection. This is why it is such a versatile material. For example, a well-built Kevlar vest (one with at least fifty layers of it) can protect a civilian from small, low and high velocity handguns and submachine gun rifle threats.
The NIJ, ranks this level of protection as a Level IIIA protection.
Kevlar body armor can be worn by law enforcement officers on a daily basis since it is lightweight, allowing the vest to breath and provide mobility and protection at the same time.
Quality Kevlar vests are mixed with silica and carbon black which allows them to be extremely durable. Additionally, this material lends itself to be worn for extended periods of time. Say for instance a police officer or civilian is required to wear a bulletproof vest at all times: if this is the case, then there is no better option than choosing a Kevlar as a vest material.
Lastly, Kevlar can be waterproof; because of its thinness, it can be wrapped or placed around waterproof materials to prolong its lifespan.
Do you sell Kevlar bulletproof vests?
Here at Rhino Armor we sell top-quality, composite plates for our bulletproof vests that have a superior performance than Kevlar. Our plates can protect you from threats that Kevlar simply cannot. These include, but are not limited to machine guns, high powered rifles, and assault rifles (Level NIJ III MAX).