Level III Lightweight Body Armor


Thinner and lighter than our previous PE plate, this Level III armor is a must-have if you work around water or where weight is a primary factor in your armor needs.

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    There is a saying in the backpacking community, “take care of the ounces, and the pounds will take care of themselves. When weight and mobility are everything in your body armor, the AR500 Armor® Level III ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene plate is the clear choice.

    Ultra-light Level III protection

    Even thinner than our previous UHMWPE (sometimes abbreviated to PE) offering, each plate weighs a mere 2.7 pounds in our 10” x 12” standard shooters cut. This stand-alone plate is NIJ 0101.06 certified, has positive buoyancy, and is multi-hit capable.

    Our new PE lightweight armor plate is a true contender for those who can sacrifice the inherent benefits of our steel core body armor to save weight.


    • Peace of mind: NIJ certified Level III, multi-hit capability 
    • Confidence: stops high velocity military 5.56 and .30 caliber ammunition
    • Safety: ultra-lightweight and floats in water



    • Triple curve and reward facing padding
    • Durable polyureas coating seals out water and the elements
    • Made in the USA
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    Armor Level Level III
    Armor Threat Rating Level III multi-hit protection against 7.62 mm FMJ, steel jacketed bullets (U.S. Military designation M80) with a specified mass of 9.6 g (147gr) and a velocity of 2780 ft/s (+/- 30 ft/s).
    Armor Size 10" x 12"
    Application Chest & Back
    Armor Features Made in USA, Buoyant, Polyurea, Hard
    Armor Construction Material Polyethylene
    Armor Shelf Life 5 Years

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