BulletSafe, the company that last year introduced a $299 Level IIIA bulletproof vest is now introducing a bulletproof baseball cap. The cap, which offers frontal protection, isn’t meant to replace a SWAT-style helmet, but is instead meant to be worn all of the time and to project a more approachable image.
“This cap gives increased protection without intimidation. It’s a discreet way for officers to be a little bit safer and aligns with community policing practices,” said Tom Nardone of BulletSafe.
Will officers like the hat? Will they wear it? Will departments buy them? Do regular people want them? These are all questions that will affect the future of this product. The hats are comfortable, discreet, professional, and inexpensive. They are comfortable because the hard ballistic panel rests upon the wearer’s forehand and weighs about 7 ounces. They are discreet, with no real difference between the look of the bulletproof hat and a premium fitted baseball cap. They are also reasonably priced. The retail price will be just $129 or about 1/3 the price of a SWAT helmet.
To find out if the BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap will be successful, BulletSafe is launching the project via Kickstarter.com, a crowd funding site. Kickstarter allows people to pre-order a new product at a discount while helping get the product off the ground. In exchange for buying the BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap on Kickstarter, backers get a special price of $99.
BulletSafe recently completed prototype tests and they are targeting NIJ Level IIA protection for the cap. The project launch has gone well, after just two days, the project is beyond 50% of its pre-order goal.
The company will also be showing the bulletproof baseball cap at SHOT Show booth #616 and other trade shows. The Kickstarter process ended in January, so now the bulletproof baseball hat is available for pre-order at a special price here. Caps are scheduled to ship out in November.