Polyethylene vs AR500 Steel Armor Plates and Inserts. Which is better?
In short if you want the very low-cost option then steel is probably going to be your pick. Want the best "Upgrades" or "Features" then you want PE, aka Polyethylene.
Steel AR500 Rating Inserts and Plates
- Thin (usually)
- Heavy (Always)
- Can easily cause shrapnel
- Can be NIJ certified
Polyethylene Plates and Inserts
- Often Thicker (Thinner if adding padding to steel)
- More expensive
- Absorbs the round better
- Doesn't require padding
- More modern
- Lifespan of 5 years or more