Blauer’s revolutionary ArmorSkin is the new way to wear concealed body armor. ArmorSkin is the first body armor integration uniform system for law enforcement that provides relief from the heat and discomfort of conventional body armor carriers, maintains a police uniform look, and helps to alleviate lower back and hip pain.
The system consists of the ArmorSkin vest, which covers your existing body armor carrier, a Blauer Base Shirt – our performance uniform shirt- worn as a base layer or as an alternate uniform shirt, and an optional duty belt suspension system integrated into the vest. In the office the outer layer, ArmorSkin carrier and concealed soft body armor, can be removed for relief from the heat and weight of the vest.
When worn over a Base Shirt, ArmorSkin allows you to maintain a normal professional appearance, maintaining your tactical advantage in the field. With easy adjustment at the shoulders and sides and universal armor fit, your existing ballistic police body armor and pads can be fitted and worn exactly as it would under a uniform shirt. Mesh lining and side panels are lightweight, breathable and dry quickly, maximizing comfort.
With side openings utilizing stretch nylon mesh and two-way zippers, a greater range of motion is achieved making it easier to don and doff the body armor carrier. Quick adjustments to the fit of the concealed armor are also possible during your shift. Just like the Blauer SuperShirt, ArmorSkin also features epaulets, pleated patch pockets with scalloped flaps, Napoleon pockets, a pencil slot, center mic tab, and traditional 5-crease military style stitched in. ArmorSkin is available in polyester shown above, as well as wool, rayon and cotton ripstop blends.
Until now external carriers had to be matched with the concealed soft body armor manufacturers outer carrier in order to be covered by the original manufacturers warranty. ArmorSkin uses the concealed armor carrier and all 4 (or 6) hook and loop connector straps and fits virtually every brand of armor made. There is no effect on performance of the ballistics or the fit of the soft body armor since it is worn as if it were concealed under a uniform shirt.
ArmorSkin® and ArmorSkin® Suspension System are patented (U.S. Patent No. 8, 528, 112).
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Modern law enforcement professionals face potentially lethal threats in situations that may seem somewhat harmless on the surface. Today’s criminals carry a variety of dangerous concealed weapons. A law enforcement professional never knows what weaponry they can be facing as they investigate a building, enter a home or make a routine traffic stop. With this constant looming risk, police bullet resistant body armor has become a standard part of every officer’s outfit.
The latest concealed soft body armor is more protective and durable to wear and use; however, it is also less comfortable than past generations of armor. At the same time departments who take advantage of the Federal BVP grants have now created mandatory wear requirements to continue to receive benefits.
Body armor carriers, especially the external vest carriers, have become increasingly popular due to the lack of comfort offered by the new vests and the new rules. Many feel external carriers can portray an unnecessary and unwanted military image that can be too intimidating to civilians. Others have noted that the multiple layers of nylon material used to make the carrier make them hot and defeat the purpose of wearing them in the first place.
Here at Blauer, we understand that the protection and added comfort an external vest carrier provides may come with unwarranted attention to a peace officer of the law when in a non-tactical situation. They are plainly seen as armor vests by the public and criminals alike. With that in mind, Blauer developed ArmorSkin to give law enforcement authorities a discrete method of using an external body armor carrier while still maintaining a non-threatening, professional image.