Sure, an offensive set of protection is exciting, but let’s face it – offense cannot stand alone when your aim is home defense. Protective vests such as the top choices listed here are direct barriers between you and an attacker.
Usefully, not only do the vests we recommend focus on strength and unstoppable layers, they’re also handy storage items. Being organised in a high-adrenaline, stressful situation is important – that’s why our top pick for practicality is the CONDOR Elite vest.
If you’re looking for a more discrete vest that doesn’t scream you’re being protected, the Self Defense Company has you covered with their jacket – check it out!
#1 Bulletproof Jacket with Base Fleece Outer Shell
Concealed, military grade body armor vests in casual jackets and backpacks.
Damian Ross is the founder of The Self Defense Company
He and his global team of instructors have been helping people stay safe since 2007 through online tactical training and military grade body armor for every day life.
#2 CONDOR Elite Tactical Vest
Love the way this vest looks, has a great setup for functionality and built with quality. The overall fit is a bit tighter than expected but the generous capacity of storage to secure items and access everything is as intended.
#3 YAKEDA Tactical Vest Outdoor Ultra-Light Breathable Combat Training Vest
When it comes to tactical home defense, you want something that is medium to light weight, yet versatile. That is why I like the Yakeda ultra light vest. It’s affordable, and light weight. Yet it is well made, and practical. With a front-left mounted pistol holster, magazine storage, and extra pockets. This vest is the perfect outfit for tactical home defense.
#4 Condor Cyclone Plate Carrier
Cyclone Plate Carrier from Condor features front and back panels with compartments for soft or hard armour plates, with an integrated exterior pocket for storing maps, mags and accessories, and durable emergency grab handle. Both panels are connected with adjustable and padded quick-release shoulder straps and – on the waist level – with wide, removable cummerbund with pockets for soft armour. There is also multiple, heavy-duty MOLLE webbing throughout. This tactical vest can be quickly adjusted and modified while also offering maximum comfort and sufficient ventilation. Adjustable in size: M – XL. Ballistic plate and soft armour not included.
#5 Elite Survival MVP Evolve
This vest provides protection and versatility. The front and back panels are interchangeable and can be switched out for heavier protection panels or left lighter with less protection. The vest is also equipped with Molle webbing so you can customize exactly what you carry and where you carry it. It’s adjustable and will fit most users. An extender set can also be ordered for those of large stature.
The recommendations of products and books within this article where sourced from industry experts. Their names and websites are listed below.
Damian Ross from The Self Defense Company
Dan Lysogorsky from IPL Port
Douglas Dedrick from SurvivalTimes
Lukas from Military 1st
Melanie Musson from Loans.org