Measurement, Fit, and Coverage of Body Armor

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Body armor that is perfectly sized and fitted improves the user’s performance and safety by offering protection without impeding movement. Appropriate and precise measurements are the first step in having body armor that fits well. The measuring guidelines provided by this practice will promote consistency in measurement across the body armor industry and enable wearers to understand accurate measures.

A poorly fitted vest will not only be uncomfortable to wear but will also be significantly less effective. 

A good-fitting vest won’t restrict movement in any fashion and will permit a full range of motion without compromising your protection. When trying on body armor, it’s necessary to ensure that you have a complete range of motion and you feel comfortable doing so. As it is intended to protect the internal organs, a bullet or stabbing-proof vest should fit just above the lower abdomen and reach no lower than the naval; any higher will interfere with mobility.

For the best protection and comfort, body armor needs to fit the user perfectly. Anyone who has ever worn a vest that doesn’t fit properly can attest to this. Have you ever been into your patrol car and felt like you were getting pounded in the throat by the front panel? It doesn’t fit right in that vest.

Which size, curve, and form should you pick?

Regardless of form, size, age, or gender, Acelinkarmor body protection has a wide variety of body armor to precisely suit every user. They also adhere to the most recent international safety requirements for body protectors.


We advise taking your measurements before buying a body armor vest to make sure it fits you perfectly. Measurements of your chest, waist and the distance between your navel and the base of your sternum are very important. To get the desired height for your plate, deduct 2 to 3 inches.

The plate should sit nicely whether you’re sitting or standing. When measuring your custom size, keep in mind your service belt and other equipment. Your shoulders and arms should be free to move without restriction if your torso plate is set up appropriately. A plate that is too big could restrict motion and make using a gun or shooting difficult.

How to Ensure That your Body Armor Fits Properly

Wearing bulletproof armor is intended to protect vital organs and reduce the impact of a gunshot on the wearer’s body. However, neither the armor itself nor the ballistics plates should hinder the user’s capacity to carry out her routine tasks. You can only achieve the ideal balance between comfort and protection if you follow the measurement guidelines. It’s also crucial to make sure the armor fits properly.

  • Ensure that the plates are properly inserted.
  • Ensure that the front panel covers your front body.
  • Verify that the straps are not too tight.
  • Ensure that the vest’s front and rear sides overlap by at least 2 inches.

Main body landmarks include:

  • Chest/Bust girth level
  • Torso girth level
  • Chest width
  • Back width
  • Bust point to Bust point (female only)
  • Bust point to side seam (female only)
  • Under bust girth level (female only)
  • Front and back center lengths
  • Front lateral length

Bottom line:

There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all when it comes to concealed armor. A vest must be designed for a specific officer wearing it. Although it may seem like an unnecessary step, your life might just depend on it.