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.
Most comfortable plate by far. Excellent customer service and fast shipping! I got my plate a week after my order, faster than the lead time on the website. CATI is my go to place for armor from here on out
After comparison shopping different companies, reading online reviews and watching tests on YouTube, I chose CATI armor, and I'm glad I did. Shipping was fast. The plate itself is excellently coated. I am not wealthy enough to have been able to order an extra plate to take to the range for an actual shooting test, but I feel confident the plate is excellent. I also bought a sepi plate with base coat for the back of the carrier. One thing that people had talked about was weight. This swim cut plate with buildup coating is heavier than the sepi plate with base coating. In the carrier, the weight is nicely distributed, but it it is definitely noticeable. What I like about the steel plates over the lighter ceramic hybrid plates, and the poly plates, is that it has such a long shelf life. I don't have enough money to be replacing out of date armor frequently, if the government even let's us have armor in the future. So, I will carry the weight, and hope to never need to take it out of storage. I recommend this armor, love the company and their philosophy.
Great armor! Great price!
Really satisfied with this product!
CATI AR600 10×12 SWIM EVO
Product looks good, feels comfortable, shipped quick. I chose the build up layer. I have no complaints.