The best way to buy a bulletproof vest is to look it over closely. Many vests have a IIIA rating like ours, but aren't constructed as well. That's why we want you to see our vest very closely. It is a very well made product. Many vests just have single-layer velcro straps that are really small. Our vest has wide straps that are backed with stitched nylon to last a long, long time. Our vest has large front and rear pockets for armor plating so that you can upgrade to level III or level IV protection with our Ballistic Plates. It's a great bulletproof vest for an unbelievable price. Have a look at all of the pictures.