One option for soft body armor is a hybrid armor system that combines both hard and soft body armor components. A hybrid system is made with materials such as Honeywell Gold Shield(r) or Spectra Shield(r) and other ballistic fabric from respected manufacturers. These armors are ultra-thin and weigh less than one pound. Because they are a hybrid, they provide both the benefits of hard and flexible body armor.
Generally speaking, soft body armor is made from strong woven fibers that are stitched into clothing or vests. The most widely recognized soft body armor material is Kevlar, which is a lightweight, 5x stronger fiber than steel fiber and absorbs a great deal of energy. Another man-made fiber is Vectran, which is made of a liquid-crystalline polymer. Vectran is five to ten times stronger than steel.
While hard armor plates are more rigid and offer a high level of protection from rifle threats, soft body armor has a number of advantages. It can be lightweight and easily concealed under clothing. It can be molded to the wearer’s body shape and can be custom-fitted to fit a wide range of movement. In addition, soft body armor is often more effective against lower-level threats than hard plate reinforced vests. If you are a police officer, you should consider soft body armor for your protection.
Soft body armor is an excellent option for protection against low-velocity bullets. It has a p-Aramid fiber core, which absorbs impact energy. Unlike hard body armour, soft body armor does not have any metal parts inside. The p-Aramid fibers help slow the bullet and disperse the force. As such, a high-velocity rifle bullet will penetrate the armor despite the soft-body armor.