Worn and trusted every day by thousands of law enforcement personnel, the Armor Express® Hard BalTM Plate Carrier delivers heavy-duty performance and protective capability in an easy-to-wear, snug-fitting, yet non-restrictive, platform. It's designed to accommodate 10x12" hard-armor plates in front and back, and includes the Armor Express Dynamic Cummerbund System with soft-armor pockets for an easily adjustable fit and added side protection (side armor not included). MOLLE attachment points on front, back and sides allow for convenient gear attachment, and an integrated hook-and-loop ID panel on the chest provides for attachment of personal or organizational ID placard.
The simple, straight-forward design of the Hard Bal was developed with a single goal in mind: to provide a high level of multi-directional protective capability in an extremely rugged, easy-to-wear, easy-to-adjust package. Heavy-duty nylon construction with stitching to handle a lifetime of hard wear and mistreatment. Super-strength hook-and-loop panels hold even the heaviest plates firmly in place, with no sagging. MOLLE webbing on the front and back accommodate your magazines, tourniquets, IFAK, and more in near limitless configurations. Adjustable shoulder straps with hook-and-loop panels ensure a perfect fit from front to back
For a snug, custom fit, Armor Express equipped the Hard Bal with their Dynamic Cummerbund System. It features a wide band that fits around the torso and attaches with a heavy-duty hook-and-look panel — with plenty of fit adjustability. This allows for a truly custom fit for a wide range of body types. Plus, the fit is more snug than provided by straps and buckles, which means the Carrier stays in place and won't shift, even during high activity. In addition, the Cummerbund System includes soft armor pockets for inserting side armor.
Following a mugging during a pizza delivery, Richard Davis — inventor of soft armor and co-founder of Armor Express® — went to law enforcement supply stores to look for a way to protect himself. He was shocked to learn that nobody made soft, concealable body armor. Up to that point, Law Enforcement Officers wore flak jackets, steel plate — or nothing at all. Richard saw an opportunity, and set out to work on his own soft armor. In 1971, after years of development, Richard had a product he knew would save lives. To sell it, he did the unthinkable: he put on the armor he made, and shot himself point-blank with a .44 Magnum revolver (don't try this at home). It worked, and Law Enforcement Officers bought his product. The materials and technology have come a long way since the early 70s, but current Armor Express CEO Matt Davis sells it the same way his father did. By now, both men have shot themselves over 200 times. Because they trust their product. And they want LEOs, firefighters, service providers, and anyone who needs added protection in dangerous situations to trust it, too.