Tactical Bulletproof Vest – Guardian


Hard Shell offers Guardian Vest with advanced protection for complete up-armor capabilities including Collar, Groin, shoulder and side protection with Level III-A soft Armour Panel. Guardian Vest has an additional feature of Molle which is useful for soldiers to carry pistols etc. The basic protection of Level III-A can be enhanced to Level III or Level IV based on the requirement.Nij Tested products Available with bespoke solutions for bulk orders along with 5 year warranty banner.

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Best Level III Bulletproof Vest

The Guardian offers the most overt front and back protection in our advanced armour range. Based on a standard tactical vest, the guardian has optional throat, collar, shoulder and groin protection. The guardian is an ideal vest in high threat areas or doing internal security with the capability to add ballistic upgrades plates.


  • Additional removable Ballistic Cloth protection around the shoulders, throat and groin areas.
  • Ideal for Internal Security use or high threat areas.
  • Custom cut NIJ 0101.06 Level IIIA Ballistic Soft armour.
  • Allowance for 10” by 12” Hard armour Panels of Level III, Level III+ & Level IV.(fitted in HAP Pockets).
  • Allowance for Aramid Fabric Material(SAP) inserts to be used with ICW (is Conjunction With) Hard armour Plates.
  • MOLLE / PALS Load attachments.
  • Comfort Padding Front / Back and Shoulders.
  • Adjustable Shoulders for improved comfort.
  • Air Mesh for improved airflow around the body of the wearer.
  • Front to back wrap around ballistic protection.
  • Available in PU Coated Hardwearing Nylon Fabric, Cordura and Cotton Fabric in range of Colors.
  • Externally and Internally adjustable Waist bands to secure the vest to the wearer.

Protection Level

  • SAP protects against 9mm Projectile as per NIJ Level IIIA
  • Upgraded to NIJ LEVEL III, III+, IV, depending upon the HAP used.


  • Washable outer cover
  • Transfer soft armour protection from one carrier to another

Optional Accessories

  • BP Vest bag/Carrier
  • Optional Bicep Protection
  • Pouches for Magazines
  • Gun Holsters
  • Radio Pouches
  • Medical Kit pouch
  • HAP’s
  • Carrier Bags

Coverage Area

Size Coverage Area
Small 0.32 m2
Medium 0.38 m2
Large 0.46 m2
X- large 0.51 m2
XX-large 0.55 m2


Outer Cover + Sap Approx. 3.5 kg (for large)
Tolerance: ± 5%


  • 5 year performance warranty on SAP
  • 10 years performance warranty on
    Hard armour Panels
  • 1 year performance warranty on Outer Carrier
    (Subject to usage conditions)

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What ballistic protection does Guardian Vest offer?

    Advanced NIJ Level IIIA ballistic protection with Soft Armor Panel (SAP) is provided by the vest, with the option to upgrade to higher levels (Level III, III+, or IV) depending on the Hard Armor Panels (HAP) selected.

    How much does Guardian Vest weigh?

    The combined weight of the outer cover and SAP is approximately 3.5 kg for the large size, striking a balance between providing robust protection and ensuring wearability for the wearer during extended use.

    Can a Guardian Vest accommodate Hard Armor Panels?

    Yes, the vest has pockets specifically designed to hold 10

    Is Guardian Vest comfortable to wear?

    Guardian Vest's design prioritizes comfort. Its shoulders, back, and front are padded for comfortable wear for extended periods of time. The overall ergonomic and comfortable design is enhanced by the air mesh for better ventilation and the externally and internally adjustable waistbands .

    Are there color options available for Guardian Vest?

    Yes, a variety of color variations are available for Guardian Vest to accommodate different operational scenarios. At Hard Shell, the color options include black, desert camouflage, desert tan, jungle print, and many more. Personnel can maximize effectiveness by customizing their outfit to meet mission requirements.

    Additional information


    Urban Camouflage, Black, Desert Camouflage, Desert Tan, Digital Desert Camouflage, digital olive green, Jungle Print, Multi Camouflage, Olive Drab, Olive Green


    Small, Medium, Large, X Large, XX Large


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