In 2014, Premier Body Armor revolutionized the civilian body armor industry with the introduction of our Discreet Executive Vest. The first ballistic vest of its kind, a vest designed to have the same level of protection as a standard law enforcement vest, but comfortable and concealable enough to wear to high-profile outings. Worn like an undershirt and extremely flexible, it quickly became the go-to choice for countless international business travelers, politicians, musicians, celebrities, and concerned individuals alike.
Fast forward to 2022 and Premier is once again raising the bar for personal protection with the best bulletproof vest. We took all the features that made our Discreet Executive Vest so popular (flexible side panels, and an aerospace wicking carrier) and combined them with our new HOVERLIGHT ballistics, a proprietary blend of US-made armor fibers, to create the thinnest and lightest (30% lighter than our standard soft armor) wearable armor available to civilians: The Elite Executive Vest. Now even more concealable than before and only available from Premier Body Armor. You won't find level 2 body armor in a more comfortable, lightweight option.
Our Elite Executive Vest is level 2 soft body armor, as dictated by National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standard .06. Within this rating system come multiple tiers of level 2 armor; level 2, 2A, and 2+. Level 2A protects against lower threat levels than level 2, while Level 2+ is not an official NIJ rating. The “+” indicates it has been successfully tested against calibers outside Standard .06 rounds.
To learn more about the NIJ body armor standards, visit our Understanding Body Armor Ratings blog.
Level 2 and level IIIA are both types of soft body armor. While they both offer protection against handgun rounds, there are key differences to consider when determining what is right for you.
Naturally somewhat lighter because of the lower level of protection, Level 2 soft armor is designed to absorb the impact of a bullet by deforming and distributing the force over a wider area. The greater flexibility provides a more comfortable fit for extended wear, and makes it convenient to conceal for individuals looking for low profile protection.
Level IIIA soft body armor, on the other hand, can be slightly heavier than level 2 armor. This is because of the increased protection. In some cases, this could mean increased rigidity, and users may choose less mobility for increased protection against higher caliber handgun rounds.
Beyond level IIIA, those looking to defend themselves against greater threat levels should consider level III hard body armor plates. These plates provide the protection against rifle rounds that lower level armors do not.
Every Executive Vest comes with two 1" size adaptors. Therefore, we would recommend going with the smaller size and utlizing these adaptors.
While the Executive Vest does offer flexible spandex side panels, there is about a 1" mesh strip (without armor) on both sides for breathability.
The domestically-sourced materials used to produce the HOVERLIGHT ballistics are of the highest quality, making it the thinnest, lightest, and most concealable ballistic vest on the market. With these features in mind, the Elite Executive Vest is competitively priced while still considering the cost of production.
The outer carrier is machine washable. Simply remove the ballistic panels and trauma pad, then we recommend washing the carrier on gentle. Lay the carrier flat to dry.
Body armor is legal to own in all 50 states. Civilians are legally allowed to purchase and wear bulletproof vests in 49 U.S. States. New York is the only state where it is illegal to purchase body armor (with those previously purchasing grandfathered in and allowed to continue owning their armor), while Connecticut does not allow the shipment of body armor, requiring a face-to-face transaction instead.
Level 2 soft armor weight can vary depending on the specific model and the size of the vest, but the average soft body armor can weigh anywhere between 5 and 15 pounds. The Elite Executive Vest, on the other hand, weighs 3 pounds, meaning it is 30% lighter than the standard soft body armor vest.
The lifespan of soft body armor can vary depending on factors such as usage, storage, and exposure to extreme conditions. On average, soft body armor has a lifespan of 5-7 years, but a replacement is recommended if the vest has been used in a life-saving instance or shows signs of wear and tear. Certain use cases, such as off-body carry with a backpack panel, can prolong the lifespan of the vest, protecting from wear-inducing conditions like high body temperature and excess sweat.
Level 2 body armor is designed to protect against low-velocity handgun rounds, but is not rated by the NIJ to stop stab or knife attacks. While they will fare better than nothing, a separate stab-proof or knife-resistant vest is recommended for maximum protection.
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