Flak vest

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Flak vest

Flak vest

A vest with armor plates inserted on the chest and back. While quite effective at deflecting gunshots and stabbing attacks against the chest, it does nothing to protect the limbs.

Base Stats

Type
GearArmor
Market Value
225 Silver.png
Mass
4 kg
HP
200
Flammability
60%

Apparel

Insulation - Cold
°C (1.8 °F)
Insulation - Heat
°C (0 °F)
Armor - Sharp
100%
Armor - Blunt
36%
Armor - Heat
27%
Coverage
Torso, Neck, Left Shoulder, Right Shoulder
Layer
Middle

Creation

Crafted At
MachiningTable.png
Required Research
Flak armor
Skill Required
Crafting 4
Work To Make
9,000 ticks (2.5 mins)
Resources to make
Steel.png 60 + Cloth.png 30 + Component.png 1
Technical
thingCategories
ApparelArmor
defaultOutfitTags
Soldier
tags
IndustrialMilitaryBasic


The flak vest is a type of armor that protects well against sharp/piercing attacks (e.g. bullets, stabs, cuts, bites), and offer minor protection against blunt attacks, explosions and the ever-present threat of clubs, maces, and wild animals.

Acquisition

Flak vests can be crafted at a Machining table once the Flak armor research project has been completed. They require Steel.png 60 Steel, Cloth.png 30 Cloth, Component.png 1 Component, 9,000 ticks (2.5 mins) of work, and a Crafting of 4.

They can also be bought from orbital, Outlander, or Empire Content added by the Royalty DLC traders, as well as Outlander and Empire faction bases. Flak Vests are also commonly found on Outlanders, Pirates, Ancients and Imperial Troopers Content added by the Royalty DLC.

Summary

They also reduce the wearer's base move speed by 0.12 c/s. The vest protects torso, neck and shoulders.

Analysis

Flak vests provide good protection at low cost and for a very small decrease in movement. The vest provides significant protection for the torso, neck, heart, lungs & kidneys (if one of them is already destroyed) and liver, all of which are immediately fatal if destroyed, and which constitute all the body parts that do so that are not exclusively covered by helmets. This comes at the cost of offering no protection to the extremities. For this reason, besides rarer deaths by consciousness or blood loss, a flak vest offers more survivability than recon armor, or its variants the locust armor Content added by the Royalty DLC and prestige recon armor Content added by the Royalty DLC. However, the risk to the limbs is still greater.

Additionally, flak vests occupy the middle layer, meaning that overgarments such as duster or flak jacket may be worn over the top, whereas power armor variants occupy both the middle and outer layers so they cannot be worn with the duster. This further improves the torso protection and provides some, but still less protection, to the extremities.

The combination of flak vest and dusters with protective materials such as devilstrand or thrumbofur allow the flak vest to compete in torso protection against the marine armor of similar qualities and their low price, smaller movement speed, and low research cost make them attractive alternatives. However at all qualities the marine armor will outperform any combination of flak vest and duster in terms of limb protection.

Quality table

  • Quality Sharp Blunt Heat Item HP Insulation - Cold Insulation - Heat Market Value
    Awful Flak vest 60% 21.6% 16.2% 200 -0.8 °C (-1.4 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 113 Silver
    Poor Flak vest 80% 28.8% 21.6% 200 -0.9 °C (-1.6 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 169 Silver
    Normal Flak vest 100% 36% 27% 200 -1 °C (-1.8 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 225 Silver
    Good Flak vest 115% 41.4% 31.05% 200 -1.1 °C (-2 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 280 Silver
    Excellent Flak vest 130% 46.8% 35.1% 200 -1.2 °C (-2.2 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 335 Silver
    Masterwork Flak vest 145% 52.2% 39.15% 200 -1.5 °C (-2.7 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 560 Silver
    Legendary Flak vest 180% 64.8% 48.6% 200 -1.8 °C (-3.2 °F) +0 °C (0 °F) 1125 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

  • Version history

    Prior to Beta 19, it used to be called the Armor vest. It was much more expensive and did not protect against heat.