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SHTF Tactical Body Armor and Plate Carrier

Regular price $806.99 USD
Regular price $847.14 USD Sale price $806.99 USD
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Armor Level

Full MOLLE compatible Bulletproof Vest

  • Plate Pockets
  • Magnetic Closures
  • III & IV Hard armor plate compatible
  • IIIA or IIIA+ Soft armor plates included

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NOTE: ELITE IIIA+ means exceeds NIJ standards (Learn More)

SHTF Tactical Body Armor and Carrier

When the Shit Hits the Fan (SHFT) you need the SHTF Tactical body armor vest.

This bulletproof vest is designed to give you a full MOLLE compatibility, ensuring that you can carry everything necessary for your safety. The SHTF carrier is made from 1000D ballistic nylon with MOLLE compatible webbing for easier access to all your essential equipment and provisions. The vest can carry both soft armor (included) as well as hard armor plates.

With magnetic closures on the shoulder straps and side openings allowing instant release without having to unzip first; these vests offer versatile protection while still remaining comfortable enough to wear over long periods of time. The SHTF body armor provides excellent high-level protection against threats against the body's vital organs - including the front, back, and sides of the torso. In addition, ID tags are easily displayable thanks to two sets of Velcro strips sewn onto each strap; ensuring quick identification when something goes down!

  • Available in sizes: M, L & XL (Download Size Chart)
  • Armor Levels: Standard (Level IIIA) or Elite (Level IIIA+)  (Learn More)
  • Color: Black
  • Please allow up to 10 days for the product to ship. 
  • Washable outer layer
  • Magnetic quick-release closure system
  • Velcro identification patch strip on the front
  • Velcro pockets for trauma plate (front) and hard armor (front/back)
  • All vests fit up to an 8" x 10" trauma plate and two 10" x 12" hard plates
  • All vests fit 6" x 6" or 6" x 8" side plates
  • MOLLE Integrated system on front and back
  • Emergency drag handle
  • 1/4" foam rubber padding on shoulder straps
  • 1000D Nylon & 3D mesh inner lining
  • DWR Antimicrobial coating with odor control
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Due to delays manufacturing, please allow 10-15 business days for order fulfillment from the time you place your order

It is legal for anyone to purchase or wear body armor except convicted felons. Purchasing armor from Vertrad is done under the agreement that you will not use our products for any criminal use or allow anyone to do so. We do not ship bulletproof vests to Connecticut or New York States.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Corbin W.
Excellent Gear

The design of this vest is exceptional; donning and doffing is simple and efficient. Magnetic clasps securely close, the front facing clasps are doubly secured with a velcro strap. The emergency pull works with little effort, particularly with the top magnetic clasps. The wide drag handle on this vest keeps the wearer from having their circulation cut when dragged by traditional, small handles found on typical plate carriers.

Soft armor is lightweight, accessible, covers well, and overlaps on the sides. Hard armor insert sites are well placed, easily accessed.

The vest and soft armor are flexible and breathe well. Molle is found on front, rear, and sides. Overall weight is about 12 lbs out of the box. I sincerely recommend the SHTF vest for protection, training, and duty.

If I could add anything, I would prefer color and pattern options, coyote, ranger green, od, multicam, mc dark, mc trop, etc. That is not a priority for me and does not detract from the strengths of this kit.

I am getting velcro panels for optional loadouts on front and rear and will customize the vest into a full kit with radio, wiring, and water. Based on the design and availability of these panels and accessories, it should be simple to kit out as desired.

I appreciate the quality and workmanship of this vest, no doubt I will refer many others to your products

Thank you for you thoughtful review Corbin W. We are very glad you are happy with your SHTF Tactical Vest and Armor.

Alexander K. (Springfield, US)
A quality product, with good features

The armor is built with good worksmanship in construction, given at least it is not created entirely by hand, but through automated/machined process. The armor is pretty comfortable, but perhaps not quite the right fit, so it might be wise to go with a size smaller if the margins are small between a fit according to the size chart, and then simply expand the armor from the waist buckling component. The velcrow straps which apply with the magnetic latching can come loose, and be lost. I unfortunately lost mine nearly immediately after unboxing my item, but the folks here at Citizen Armor were graceful enough to offer me replacements as a kindness and a way of extending a branch of peace and protection to me so that I may continue to do great things and protect what is good, as so shall I, so long as I am me.

The vest has plenty of Molle webbings, although the waist webbings can be a bit hard to work with, as the vest does restrict mobility some. The strapping which hold the shoulder pieces together work well and are effective at being adjusted without too much finnicking, although I advise you try to have the vest adjusted before using it, for best result. The waist portion of the vest uses an adjustable velcrow belt-like portion that tucks into the vest, and this is easy enough to get adjusted, but you might be putting on the armor a few times to get the right dimensions squared away. The magnetic clasps can be a bit difficult to get on, at least for my unit, which might have been a small amount oversized, at least right off the bat, but with a small amount of working with it to get it clasped, and some patience, it will work out.

As advertised, this vest comes with the ultra-lightweight and soft armor inserts, which are easy to remove and replace. The armor could have been a bit longer, to cover more of the internal organs when bending over forward, such as the lower portion of the back; You can't have things perfect in this world, and I do feel like this armor offers adequate shielding for general chest and torso protection.

Wearing this armor while also using a backpack may be a small bit challenging, as the packs I use do not seat on it properly, and the shoulder straps can snag on the velcrow clasping when taking a backpack off if you do seat it directly onto the armor's shoulder piece.

This has been my first piece of body armor, and I am happy with the purchase for it's price+value/usefulness, although, I was a bit disappointing to have it not be effective once wet with water, and must be dry before being capable of stopping bullets again, from what I understand, but I have been unable to find the hyperlink to the instructions for assembly, cleaning, storage, and overall care, and cannot be entirely sure of exactly how it functions because of this.

If you were looking for an all-in-one, ready to go piece of kit, I would advise this model, except, go for the Elite IIIA+model so long as you can afford it. Either way, you are getting a good quality American made product for a fair price; Its a pretty great situation. I would recommend getting extra armor plate inserts for any serious protection, as nearly anybody else will tell you.

You also probably want to get one ASAP, since the globo-h*m*s want to take all of this away. And stay armed, because a vest won't help you much if you cant defend yourself beyond that.

Also, I would like to thank the customer service person who offered to replace my missing straps, as though it does still technically work without them, naturally, it is incomplete. Thanks for being generous in spirit; It matters!

Great everyday vest - highly recommend!

I ordered both the Conceal and tactical carriers. i wear the concealed almost daily to get used to the feel. the tactical vest has been used in a few filed training exercises and is both functional and comfortable

Great products, and i have been recommending them to those that have seen me wear mine

Mike T.
Citizens is the absolute best!

Hello this is Mike from Killeen Texas. I just bought another vest from your production team. The v with three plates... I just wanted to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for serving my security needs. Citizens is the absolute best. My friends are all looking to buy from your company. I am telling everybody in Killeen about citizens armor. Keep building great products and veterans will continue to endorse citizens armor. Thank you for always being there and thank you to billy once again. Sincerely.