Any body armor works only if worn. Most armor that is heavy or cumbersome is easily left “unworn”.
Wearable armor is usually divided into two types, hard and soft. Soft armor is usually rated up to IIIA and can stop many hand gun rounds. Soft armor is usually more form fitting and is often worn under clothing. Hard, light, thin trauma plates can usually be added to critical chest area to enhance protection. Hard armor can be built to withstand rifle rounds and have several ratings established by NIJ (National Institute of Justice/ DOJ). Hard armor is often worn in plate carriers externally. Some hard armor is inexpensive and heavy (and potentially dangerous…i.e. steel plates); some armor may be rated to higher ammunition threats (level IV) and is rated to stop armor piercing rounds.
WARNING: Beware of armor plates that are not rated at the newest NIJ 0101.06 rating OR plates that are rated as ICW plates and only meet standard when worn “in conjunction” with soft armor.
DKX Max III plates are durable, droppable, take multi hits (of rated ammo), don’t spall, are VERY light, and are buoyant. DKX plates have a 7 year warranty.
DKX Max IIIA plates stop virtually all handgun rounds. Combined with our light weight carrier, two IIIA plates and a carrier weigh 3.2 lbs.