Propper® 4PV-FEM Vest
Setting a new standard in women’s vest comfort and protection, the 4PV-FEM offers a four panel system that articulates with the wearer’s body.
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Setting a new standard in women’s vest comfort and protection, the 4PV-FEM offers a four panel system that articulates with the wearer’s body. This new design molds to fit around the female form better than a traditional two piece vest without bunching, billowing, or scooping on the chest and neck.
4PV-FEM Review: Comfortable Protection
Guest post by Jessica Cioci, Alliance (OH) PD
I have been using the Propper 4PV-FEM for the past year and, ladies, listen up: this is the most comfortable vest I have worn to date.
This vest must be custom fit by someone who has knowledge of the system or you will have comfort issues, so make sure to double check when you order this vest from Propper. They have staff that can help you find a vendor that knows what they are doing.
The vest out of the box is a four-piece set that fully articulates when you move, decreasing vest ride up when you are sitting in the cruiser or going hands on with someone. The cut is very form fitting and should be snug on your body. The straps provided are special to the female vest and need to be placed correctly so they will pull the vest “in” around your chest.
Hands down, the best part of the 4PV-FEM is the lack of darts. Any woman who has worn a vest with darts will understand the pain involved.
If you wear the wrong bra to fitting or you are not measured correctly for the dart placement, then you get a vest that is uncomfortable and unflattering under your shirt. The 4PV-FEM takes the misplaced – or as I like to call them, Madonna Boobs – out of the equation and presents as a flat, single sloped vest. It’s the straps provided and the placement that pulls the vest into your chest under the “girls” and creates a custom fit no matter what you are wearing underneath that day and eliminates the crushing and side boob created with typical male armor.
Let’s talk about the side panels. Bet you didn’t even think about having side armor on a daily basis. You have two panels that are independent to the vest and completely customizable to your body type, which adds to the comfort of the whole vest.
The standard vest overlaps on the sides creating a weak area and little to no ballistic protection. The 4PV-FEM eliminates that.
Remember, these are also ballistic so you will have much better protection while wearing this vest. They are what creates the full articulation of the vest and where the front and back straps will attach to creating the suspension system.
Looking at the rear panel, it is cut more generously to cover more area in the back by your shoulder blades. The front has a slimmer cut to compensate for freedom of maneuver. Think about drawing and presenting a firearm… You won’t have any restrictions with this vest around your arms, and the vest won’t ride up. Bottom line about fit, make sure your measurements are correct when getting measured and then spend the time getting your straps adjusted correctly.
Wearing the vest for the first time can be a little tricky. You can’t just sling this over your head, pull a few straps, and run out the door. Since there are four independent panels you will have all kinds of things swinging around your head. The side panels go under the two main ones and you may have to untwist the straps to get it on correctly. Once you adjust it for the day, you shouldn’t have to mess with it until it’s time to take it off.
I have worn this under a patrol uniform while pushing a cruiser and under a polo shirt when in plain clothes.
This isn’t as low profile as I would like and it does print, but not as much as a standard female vest with darts. It looks more natural, but people will know you have something on under your shirt. The vest is pretty thick and retains heat. Kind of a double-edged sword keeping you warm in the winter, which is great, but is also very hot in the summer. I have not washed my vest once, on purpose, to see when it would start to get funky. No issues so far, but I do let it hang to air out at the end of each shift. The vest doesn’t smell springtime fresh but it’s not offensive either, so no need to rip it apart too often to clean it with regular use.
The straps are very, VERY secure. Like, so secure I need two hands to get the hook and loop off at the end of shift. Not complaining about that one bit because it has held up very well and there are no issues of the straps not securing the vest. Just be advised that once you get this vest on it’s not coming off without some work.
As we all know, vest choice is very personal and you should give this one a good look. The vest isn’t the lowest pro or lightest around but I don’t think you will be disappointed one bit.
The 4PV-FEM is definitely a powerhouse contender in the field of female ballistic vests and my personal go-to choice for duty work.
Jessica Cioci is a veteran patrol officer, detective, and trainer for the Alliance (OH) Police Department. She wears the 4PV-FEM every day on duty.
NTOA Member Tested and Recommended
With reviews from four different NTOA members, the Propper 4PV-FEM Concealable Armor received their seal of approval garnering an overall score of 4.28 out of a possible 5 with its design, performance, and durability praised across the board.
I liked this vest a lot. It is lightweight and comfortable especially for a level IIIA. It does not rise up too high when I'm sitting and doesn't feel like it's cutting off circulation under my arms. I am one of those who has put on a few extra pounds since being fitted for my original vest and depending on my movement, my normal duty vest pinched me. This vest has not pinched, bunched up and folded over on itself or tried to choke me. This vest also seems to be cooler than my original. When it comes to female vests, I like this one the best so far. The only down side is technically when taking it off if you use the straps the way they are designed, it's a bit of a reach. The female vest has straps that "V" out in the front and a solid piece in the back. The back solid piece has a small area (about the size of a fingertip) that seems to be made to help you un-Velcro your vest, but for me it's a little hard to get to. The design of the V to me is helpful in the way it allows the vest and its individual pieces to move, but the Velcro is so good it is very hard to get undone from the front. Honestly when you get the front straps the way you like them, you really don't want to have to undo them daily. I also like the fact that you can change out just the side pieces if you lose or gain too much weight. I will recommend this vest to my agency. I would definitely recommend giving this vest a try.
- Slim design
- Reinforced, highly durable straps to prevent sagging and rolling
- Durable 2-to-1 straps help mold armor around bust
- Independent side panel suspension
- Four panel vest for complete modular coverage
- Internal ballistic suspension system
- Modular side panels can be replaced with larger/smaller panels if individual sizing changes
- Body-facing antimicrobial mesh
- Moisture-wicking and soil release outer fabric
- Internal plate pocket with included soft trauma pack
- Vest must be individually sized
- Special threat plates
- Shirt tails
- See Ballistic and Spike Options