I have had the privilege of testing out some body armor, specifically the Ghost model provided by Safeguard Armor. The model I was able to get some hands-on time with was rated Ballistic Level II and Edged Blade Level I.
I have to say that this is a really impressive piece of gear, and I do not say that lightly. Coming from someone who has no prior experience with a body armor like this, I had some expectations built up in my head from articles I’ve read and movies. The Ghost model by Safeguard Armor lived up to all of my expectations.
The image below is one of my favorites that I took from the review process. It features a 9mm round that was captured in the first layer of kevlar, both front and back images side by side.
Testing utilized a 9mm FNX handgun at distances from 10 yards to point-blank. The armor held up extremely well to the punishment. For example, the following image shows the aftermath of a shot that was fired point-blank with the muzzle of the pistol resting against the surface of the vest.
From left to right: the outer surface of the vest; inner surface of vest; kevlar layer penetration; intact kevlar on back.
The armor was very good at stopping rounds, with a success rate of greater than 71%. After multiple repeated hits in the same general area, the kevlar material would spread out a bit and thus let rounds through. But that is the nature of the material, and not a detractor against the product itself.
Have a look at the various state of rounds stopped by the armor:
With regards to the Edged Blade protection, I did not perform much testing other than attempting stabbing and slashing attacks. Neither were able to penetrate even the first layer of the kevlar material.
If you are in the need of affordable body armor I highly recommend the Ghost by Safeguard Armor as a solid, effective solution.