About our Armor:
What types of Armor Plate do we use?
CATI Armor AR500 Level 3:
AR500 Armor Plate is a high hardness (HH) steel used for High Impact Ballistic and Abrasion Resistant (AR) applications. Level 3 is rated for M80 Ball at 2800 Feet per second.
CATI Armor AR600 Level 3+:
The CATI Armor AR600 armor Ultra High Harness (UHH) exceeds level 3 standards and is special threat tested to the 5.56 round of M193 up to 3100 feet per second.
CATI Armor Pistol Hard Plate 3a+:
At 5mm thick, the CATI Armor pistol hard plate is constructed of a super thin AR500 ballistic steel. Far exceeds the capability of standard 3a soft armor in ballistic capabilities and blunt force trauma. The hard plate is virtually impenetrable in the slash and stab test for knives and spiked objects.
CATI Armor Pistol Soft Armor 3a:
3a soft armor is constructed of multiple layers of Aramid Kevlar and is great flexible option as a backpack panel, or an armor plate backer.
Plate Coating Options:
- What we use:
We utilize a Rhino Linings Extreme product that is recommended and developed specifically for anti-splatter (spalling) mitigation by Rhino Linings Military Research and Development. This is Rhino Linings top of the line product for armor applications. The only other product on the market that is equal in properties is Line-X PAXCON.
- Base Coat:
Base coat is a thin coating of the ballistic steel to seal the armor from environmental elements. This coating provides no measurable splatter mitigating properties. For splatter mitigation you need at least ¼ inch to be effective.
- Build-Up Coat:
Build-Up coating is a ¼ inch of the Rhino Linings material applied to the strike face of the armor plate to mitigate splatter. As the projectile passes through the coating and impacts the armor plate the fragments are trapped between the armor plate and the build-up coating layer. The steel plate armor goes through a 4-step process of Blasting, Cleaning, Etching and Priming to achieve proper adhesion of the splatter mitigation coating.
Plate Forming Options:
CQB - Multi-Curve:
At the forefront of AR500/AR600 armor forming technology, we’ve created a “Patent Pending” protected process to achieve the greatest comfort, concealable and weight distributing steel armor plates on the market call the CQB for Comfort Quad-Bend. The CQB is our top of the line forming process and is modeled from Tier 1 Operator armor plate curvature. This double curve forming is tried and true for comfort and tactical applications. The double curve form wears lighter than any other steel armor on the market. The CQB can be placed in front or rear configurations.
EVO - Advanced Single Curve Plates:
As part of our *Patent Pending* forming technology, we’ve also created the Advanced Single Curve, the “EVO” plate. This curve fits your torso, but does not have the weight distributing properties of the upper chest curve. The Advanced Single Curve can be placed in either front or rear configurations.
Trauma pads are manufactured from a specifically designed from a high impact foam specifically formulated for protection from blunt force/high impact trauma. These pads are designed to be worn on the body side of the ballistic plate and serve to provide shock absorption between the armor plate and the human body. We seal each pad with an ultrasonic sewing machine into waterproof rip-stop nylon covering for durability and sanitary reasons. They are very lightweight and are ¼ inch thick.
CATI Armor AR500 Level 3 and AR600 Level 3+ Plate Weights
- +/- 5% tolerance
- Overall thickness .26 inch (base coat), .5 to 5/8 build-up coat
- 6X6 - 2lb 10oz (base coat), 3lb 2oz (build-up coat)
- 6X8 - 3lb 8oz (base coat), 4lb 1oz (build-up coat)
- 8X10 - 5lb 6oz (base coat), 6lb 2oz (build-up coat)
- 10X12 - 8lb 4oz (base coat), 9lb 4oz (build-up coat)
- 11X14 - 10lb 8oz (base coat), 12lb 1oz (build-up coat)
CATI Armor Hard Pistol Plate
- +/- 5% tolerance
- Overall thickness 5mm (base coat), 11.5mm (build-up coat)
- 10x12 – 4lb 1oz (base coat), 5lb 1oz (build-up coat)
- 11x14 – 5lb 3oz (base coat), 6lb 7oz (build-up coat)
To learn more about our plates please visit our FAQs.
I don't have much experience with body armor but the rating seems good. Thankfully I haven't had them tested yet. My brother said they seemed just as good or better than the ones he wore in the Army in Iraq.
AR 600 10x12 with side plates
What a sweet deal! I paid roughly 300 dollars to another company for just a front and back plate. Once I found that I could buy a better rated armor (WITH SIDE PLATES!) From CATI i returned my old plates immediately and used my refund toward buying this set. Theyre really not as heavy as you think they'd feel, and very comfortable. I also think the label with the manufactured date and protection rating is a nice touch (i didn't get that with my other plates, kinda scary if you think about it lol) and i also like that I'm supporting a small local company. The stickers and morale patch that come with the set are pretty rad too!
10x12 front,back, and side plates
I ordered my catiarmor plates January 21st 2021 and received them on February 15th 2021 not bad shipping considering the snow and ice storms we had in my area, but after unpacking my plates and looking at them, wearing them around and watching tons of reviews online of shooting tests I believe these plates are GREAT and will definitely protect my life and yours to and a low cost and shipping is free! Although they don’t do much on responding to emails or calls I ordered a swim front and rear plate and realized I needed a sapi rear cut plate and they saw my email and did as I asked and got me the exact plates I wanted so I’m SUPER thankful to catiarmor and I hope the best for the company and I will be referring these guys to all my family and friends and will also be buying more plates and doing reviews myself on shooting and testing these plates just to show everyone I trust them making my metal so should you! Have a great year and let’s hope the government allows us to continue buying these plates because it would suck not being able to protect yourself as needed but for now buy up all the plates you can afford!
Best value out of all the researched options. Plates are extremely comfortable with multi curve options. The build up coat is extremely durable and would definitely recommend getting it. I would definitely recommend this company as compared to others who take much longer to send you the plates. I took about a week or two to get mine sent out. Also can't beat free shipping. Hands down, Cati is the best steel armor company out there.