Body Armour Inserts – SAPI Panels

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Level 1 Soft Body Armour Insert

Protection Area

  • Soft and flexible panel measuring 25cm wide x 32cm tall (10″ x 12″)
  • Covers all major organs.
    • 60% of all gunshot injuries are to the heart and lungs
    • 86% of all knife wounds are to the chest and liver

Independently Tested

  • Stops 9mm 8g 124grain bullet (Handgun)
  • Stops knife strikes at 35j (Level 1)
  • Stops spike strikes at 35j (Level 1)

Made in the United Kingdom

  • Encased in waterproof cover
  • Labelled according to CAST (formerly HOSDB) Standards
  • 5 Year shelf Life

Area of Coverage

SAPI plates are popular as they cover the vital organs.

Protecting Vital Organs

Our body armour panels measure 25cm wide x 32cm tall, or 10″ x 12″, and are commonly known as SAPI panels. SAPI is an acronym for Soft Arms Protective Insert and was initially designed to provide further protection for the vital organs when added to existing soft armour.

However, nowadays SAPI panels are very popular on their own for a variety of reasons; they are lighter than traditional armour, allow greater flexibility and protect against the most comonly hit areas that are more likely to be fatal.

We have found and published research indicating that over 86% of gunshot wounds are to the chest (60%) and liver (26%). Furthemore, two separate studies of knife wounds indicated that 80% of all knife strikes were to the chest and abdomen and 53.7% of all wounds resulting in death were to the chest.

Independently Tested

As a company based in the United Kingdom we test to UK standards. The Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST), formerly HOSDB, are responsible for setting those standards.

Their publication, Body Armour Standard (2017), is 92 pages long and details how body armour intended for UK law enforcement agencies should be inspected and tested.

In short, there are two test standards relating to our body armour that are relevant:

7.6.2.2 Stab and Spike Testing

Table 13 on page 49 details that, for level 2 knife and spike resistant the armour should be struck with a force of 50j. This is the highest level of force.

Table 15 of page 55 advises a variation of between 5 and 15 strikes depending on the size of the armour and implement used.

Ballistic Testing

HO1 is a 9mm, 8g, 124grain bullet fired at a minimum distance of 5m with a speed of 365m/s.

Table 10 on page 39 advises a medium front panel should be shot 7 times; 6 at 0 and 1 at 45.

The rear panel should be shot 7 times also; 6 at 0 and 1 at 30