From the premier name in body armor comes the Armor Express® Rapid BASE,TM a Plate Carrier Vest that goes on fast, light, and tight for vital coverage when you need it. When equipped with hard or soft armor (both sold separately), it offers quick, compact protection while allowing for full freedom of movement so you can climb, crouch, and reach without restraint. It's easy to put on when seconds count, and features highly configurable MOLLE attachment points that make it much easier to carry a full complement of gear all while storing neatly behind the seat in your pickup or in a cramped trunk. Today, one out of every five police officers…along with tens of thousands of firefighters and EMTs…trust Armor Express® with their safety. And now, you can too.
The Rapid BASE Vest is made extremely tough from rugged nylon, put together with heavy-duty 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, while front and back hook-and-loop ID tag attachment points let you quickly identify yourself. Adjustable shoulder straps and buckle-close side straps let you find your perfect fit — and lock it in permanently.
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 their products too.