American Blast Systems manufactures the lightest Level III plates in the industry! Constructed of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE), the Stand Alone plate is only .75 inches thick and weighs only 2.6 lbs (based on the standard 10″ x 12″ single curve plate). This particular plate is a “Stand Alone” plate which means that it meets NIJ Level III standards when used alone as opposed to the ICW or “In Conjunction With” plates that achieve Level III protection when used with Level IIIA soft armor. This plate is rated to stop 7.62×51 mm rounds and all lesser threats. If you prefer the lighter ICW plate that weighs 1.6 lbs and is used with Level IIIA soft armor, the link to purchase can be found HERE.
Each Level III Stand Alone plate is manufactured in the USA and comes standard in a black Cordura protective covering. If you’d like to upgrade to a Line-X protective coating, the option can be added for $50. The Line-X coating adds a little more weight, but further reduces spalling in a situation where the plate is struck by rounds. Customers also have the option to choose between a Single Curve or Double Curve profile and between a SAPI or Shooter Cut design at no extra cost. The Double Curve or “Multi-curve” profile is curved both horizontally and vertically. Depending on the user’s chest shape, they may find one option is more ergonomic and comfortable. The SAPI cut design is the military standard “Small Arms Protective Insert” cut which has the top corners cut away for increased mobility. The Shooter Cut design has an even more aggressive angled cut on the top corners and slight corner cuts on the bottom which offers less torso coverage, but increases flexibility range for the user to do activities like shoulder a long gun. The Shooter Cut also slightly reduces the overall weight of the plate.
The polyethylene “Stand Alone” plate is available in 8″ x 10″, 10″ x 12″, and 10.5″ x 14″ sizes. This plate comes with a 15 year warranty.