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Old 06-08-2021, 8:25 AM
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Default Your experiences & recommendation on Level III+ & level IV plates

First time purchaser, looking for comfort (wearing all day long), doesn't heavily smell from sweat, reliability, and won't break the bank. Thanks.
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Old 06-08-2021, 9:00 AM
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Imagine wearing floor tiles on your front and back. The most comfort will come from flexible armor. Expensive though. See MrGunsnGear on youtube.
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Old 06-08-2021, 9:12 AM
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if you're going to be wearing them all day, then I would recommend a lighter set, which arent necessarily cheap. My hesco L210's weigh about 5.5lbs each and i wear them in a ferro slickster. Have run with them a few times and while they arent heavy, they arent light either.

If I had to choose a pair to wear all day long, every day, I would pick one of their plates that weighs like 3lbs. but again, those arent cheap.
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Old 06-08-2021, 9:27 AM
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3+ is heavy. What type of tour are you doing? If you're sitting all day at the computer then any is fine. If you're humping up and down SF neighborhoods then lighter is better. And if money is free like right now, go for it.
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Old 06-08-2021, 9:54 AM
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I've never heard of Level III+ at under 4 pounds.
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Old 06-08-2021, 3:50 PM
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thanks i'll look into some of the names mentioned.
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Old 06-08-2021, 4:56 PM
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First time purchaser, looking for comfort (wearing all day long), doesn't heavily smell from sweat, reliability, and won't break the bank. Thanks.
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Old 06-08-2021, 5:49 PM
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Bone up and buy hesco 3810s
Light, very comfy, curved and worth it.
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Some even have a shelf life like ceramic so watch out.
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Some even have a shelf life like ceramic so watch out.
If never abused (cracked), Ceramic SAPI and ESAI plates should last a lifetime. The only soft armor to get is aramid Kevlar/ Twaron. I have seen 20 year old vest stop everything they were originally rated for. I personally avoid all other soft armor materials.

The 5 year "shelf date" for ceramic plates and aramid soft panels is purely to make sure armor that may have been abused is replaced and to keep the armor maker in business...planned obsolesce is the correct term I believe.
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Watch MrGunsGear youtubes. He shoots them to destruction. "All armor dies on this channel" is his motto.

Hesco is ridiculously overpriced, imo.
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Old 06-08-2021, 9:37 PM
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Damn Hesco is a mortgage payment
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i went with RMA level 4 plates...look at the weight and reviews on what your looking for. I watched a video of MRGUNSNGEAR do a review on the RMA plates and it held up to alot of abuse.
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If your rifle plates need to handle more than two hits... your F'd no matter what you are wearing.
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The real question is how much is your budget. You can get some nice plates that are light and fairly comfortable but its going to cost you more/a lot more then the heavier less form fitting ones. I started with AR500(9.7lbs per plate), went to AR680(8lbs per plate), bumped that up to a set of Highcom 4sas7's(7.2lbs per plate), and just recently settled on Hesco 3810's(4.6lbs per plate). Wish I had found the Hescos sooner because they (at least to me) are worth every penny.

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Bone up and buy hesco 3810s
Light, very comfy, curved and worth it.
This statement from Hesco makes me smile.
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Comfortable but expensive.



They even make a concealable system.



https://safelifedefense.com/product/...le-armor-fras/
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I've never heard of Level III+ at under 4 pounds.
Hesco 3810. 3.9lbs.
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As far as comfort goes, the weight of the plates is really the only factor. Unless you're talking about some cheap non curved steel plates. The plate carrier will make much more of a difference in comfort than the type of plate.

I have a 5.11 tactec. Works for me.

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If you like Hesco plates You should see the Hesco wall!
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Ceramic
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As far as comfort goes, the weight of the plates is really the only factor. Unless you're talking about some cheap non curved steel plates. The plate carrier will make much more of a difference in comfort than the type of plate.

I have a 5.11 tactec. Works for me.

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Question ?

How much can a level 4 plate take ?

A rifle round ?, or only handgun stuff ?

Curious.
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Question ?

How much can a level 4 plate take ?

A rifle round ?, or only handgun stuff ?

Curious.
Allegedly 1 black tip .30-06.
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