Body Armor Buyer's Guide
Please specify the Back Panel Length in inches:(view Instructions tab below for clarification)
If the photo upload is not working it is ok! You can email the photos to one of our customer service reps after the order has been placed. Please process the order without the photos and we will take care of them after the order is submitted.
Please specify the Back Panel Height in inches:(view Instructions tab below for clarification)
Please specify the Back Panel - Wing Height in inches:(view Instructions tab below for clarification)
Please specify the Front Panel - Length in inches:(view Instructions tab below for clarification)
Please specify the Front Panel - Height in inches:(view Instructions tab below for clarification)
Please specify the Chest Measurement in inches:(view Instructions tab below for clarification)
Measure abdomen at the widest portion of your mid-section.
Please measure around your waist, just above your duty belt. Please give us this measurement in inches.
Please specify the Front to Back Measurement in inches:(view Instructions tab below for clarification)
Please specify the Vest Gap Measurement in inches:(view Instructions tab below for clarification)
Please Enter Your Height. Examples: 5 feet 7 inches , 6 feet 2 inches, etc.
Please enter your weight in pounds.
Concealed handgun holster sits on the inside of your load bearing vest so you can always keep a backup weapon within reach.
When you select your radio pouch size, please consider the height of the radio pouch compared to the height of your actual radio (not counting the antenna). For example, If your radio is 5 inches tall to the top of the Frequency knobs, you may want to order a pouch that is 4.5 inches tall so the top of the radio sticks out a little. The image below shows an example.
Do not include the antenna in the measurements, only the body of the radio
These Level 4 armor insert pouches allow you to insert Level 4 armor into your vest without needed to remove your Load Bearing Vest AND it still allows you to access all of your items on the front of your vest (magazines, handcuffs, radio, OC, custom pouches, etc.)
To make your vest compatible with a Body Worn body camera, we will insert the specially designed Grommet and zipper to the front of your custom load bearing vest.
If you send us an embroidered name tag made from an outside source it can be sewn onto your vest. However, we will not be responsible if the material colors of your name tag and the color of the load bearing vest do not match.
If you requested an Embroidered Name Tag, Please enter here what Name you would like on the name tag.
If you select the option to purchase a trauma plate, we will include the pouch to hold it for Free!
The velcro retention piece we offer can be added onto your vest and hold your radio antenna securely in place, so it stays out of your way while on duty. The picture below has a sample of this for your reference.
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A study from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire has shown that police officers that wear load bearing vest carriers experience significantly less hip and lower back pain than those that wear only a duty belt. Our load bearing vest carriers (also known as external carriers) are proudly made in the USA and keep you safe while you protect others. Our load bearing vests are made to exactly fit each officer's bulletproof vest and perfectly match the officer's uniform. With just a few simple steps, we ensure that you'll receive a product that helps to reduce your hip and back pain. We are an industry leader in load bearing vest carriers and custom vests.
We take pride in our American Made products fully stand behind our products. If there's something you'd like that you don't see, please contact us.
Be safe out there.
Note: We can not accept returns on custom items.
First you will need the following:
Using the tape measure, measure your chest as shown in diagram 1.A. Write down the measurement.
Diagram 1.A - View Larger
Measure your vest from back to front as shown in Diagram 2.A and Diagram 2.B. The measurement should go from the bottom of the back panel of your vest, over your shoulder, to the front of your vest. Write down the measurement.
Diagram 2.A - View Larger
Diagram 2.B - View Larger
Measure the gap from the bottom of your front panel to the top of your duty belt as shown in diagram 3.A. Write down the measurement.
Next, take your front and back panels out of your carrier vest. Using the tape measure, find and write down the following measurements:
A. Measure the length of your back Ballistic panel as shown in Diagram 4.A
B. Measure the height of your Ballistic back panel as shown in Diagram 4.B
C. Measure the height of one side wing of your Ballistic back panel as shown in Diagram 4.C
D. Measure the length of your Ballistic front panel as shown in Diagram 4.D
E. Measure the height of your Ballistic front panel as shown in Diagram 4.E
When you have finished these steps, please fill in your color preference and measurements in the fields above. Round your measurements up to the next inch.
Once you submit your order online, we will send you a follow-up email requesting the following photos:
Your order will not be completed until you send the photos listed.
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