In the armor industry right now, there is no shortage of companies to choose from. Many of these companies have the classic ceramic SAPI and E-SAPI plates that many of us are used to from the Global War on Terror. Others have gone a slightly less expensive route using steel, to make body armor more attainable for the masses. There have even been innovations to the well-known ceramic systems that create an almost soft-armor type of body armor system that protects up to the same penetration level of their ceramic plate counter-parts.
True innovation however is rare. That’s why when we heard about a company with an all new type of material creating their own ballistic plates, we had to dive in. We’ve been using the ShotStop Duritium ballistic plates for a hot minute now, and this is our full review. By the end of this, you’re going to understand what Duritium is, and why we think ShotStop is a true competitor and the future of body armor solutions.
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What is Duritium Technology?
In order to understand why ShotStop makes some of the best armor plates on the market, you first need to understand what Duritium Technology is. In the body armor world, for the longest time, the kings have been ceramic, and steel plates. Duritium however is a relative newcomer that offers some much needed innovation, and boasts higher durability with a longer life-span.
To keep it short, Duritium is a proprietary material, and a next generation polyethylene with an extremely high tensile strength. Due to the extreme tensile strength of the polyethylene, it has an amazing ability to distribute and disburse kinetic energy. This ability makes it ideal for use in products in the armor industry.
Also worth noting is the fact that Duritium is far lighter than both steel and ceramic. This means that the individual carrying Duritium plates is shedding weight in the armor department to either be lighter in general, or to make room for other required pieces of kit.
Meet ShotStop’s Duritium Plates.
Now that you know, basically, what Duritium is, we’d like to introduce you to ShotStop’s Duritium plates. ShotStop makes the armor plates in five different ratings ranging from Level III+ to IV. Each plate is multi-hit rated, and also comes in a variety of different cuts depending on the mission-set of the end-user. All of their ballistic ratings have come from an independent NIJ certified laboratory.
It’s also worth noting that each plate’s counter-part in both ceramic and steel weigh, on average, around 50% more. You can see a full list of their ballistic ratings, weights, and other various information on every plate in the graph below.