Selecting the proper body armor size, to allow maximum protection and maintain ease of mobility, is of utmost importance. This guide will assist in selecting the ballistic insert size and shape best suited for you and your field assignment, so that you are able to work in comfort and confidence.
HESCO® Body Armor is available in a number of shapes and sizes (size selection is model specific) as well as various curvatures, weights and thicknesses. Torso plates provide front and back chest protection. Side plates are also available for additional protection.
The primary organ to be protected is the heart. Since the heart is located with its apex near the left center chest, for optimum protection the chosen ballistic insert should be wide enough to ensure complete coverage of this area.
Measure under arms around fullest part of the chest. Be sure to keep measuring tape level across back and comfortably loose.
Measure around natural waist with a loose cloth or flexible measuring tape.
It is critical that plates be worn in the correct position on the body so as to allow maximum protection with minimal discomfort.
A properly fitted torso plate should not interfere with the comfortable movement of the arms and shoulders.
If a plate is too large it may impede mobility and result in difficulty holding, aiming or discharging a weapon which can result in fatigue and inaccuracy.