Does body armor actually expire?

Believe it or not, body armor is manufactured with an expiration date, which is usually around 5 years after a vest is produced. While expired vests may still offer considerable protection, they aren’t nearly as reliable or consistent as a vest that is not expired.

How long does it take for body armor to expire?

Most safety products, including bulletproof vests and plates, might degrade after a particular time frame. Body armor specifically has about 5 to 10 years of expiration period from the time it was made.

What is the shelf life of Kevlar?

Based on the results of the accelerated aging test, the projected shelf life of Tychem® materials is more than five years, as long as the material is not stored in sunlight or in excessive heat (>40° C).

How long do ballistic plates last?

five years
After a few years, plates should routinely be checked for tears, burns, creases, strange smells and other signs of damage or deterioration. Because ballistic materials degrade over time, soft body armor should always be replaced after five years.

Do ballistic vests really expire?

Most providers warrant their vests a five-year life. Exposure to water and/or heat may greatly reduce the efficacy of the vest. If a vest is ever saturated with water, it should be replaced immediately. Experts recommend that you never rely on an expired bulletproof vest, or purchase a used one.

Do bulletproof vests actually work?

A bullet proof vest is actually bullet resistant. Even if a vest is strong enough to stop the bullet penetrating, the wearer may still suffer injury. If the vest stops a bullet, it may still force the vest fabric into the body of the individual. This can cause bruising, or more severe internal injury.

Do stab vests expire?

Do stab vests expire? You should always look the vest carefully over for signs of damage – tears, smells, burns and creases – before you use it. Our Exoskeleton stab vest uses aluminium instead of aramid fibre, so the material doesn’t expire. Properly taken care of, the vest should last five years.