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Elite IIIA+ vs Standard IIIA Armor – What’s the Difference?

Inside of a Standard IIIA armor panel are multiple layers of raw aramid fibers (Kevlar) designed to absorb the impact of a bullet.

Elite IIIA+ exceeds the standard IIIA armor by having multiple layers of ballistic material that have been reinforced with ProTek™ and GraphTek™

Learn more about ProTek™ and GraphTek™

We’ll go into this later but, when shot, a .45 caliber bullet will literally bounce off an Elite IIIA+ Vest.


What is Level IIIA?


Level IIIA body armor protects against handgun rounds (9mm to .44 magnum) and is rated to stop six shots that are spread out over the face of the vest. None of these shots can have more than 44mm of impact through the vest into the body behind it (called Back Face Signature or Back Face Deformation). This limits the blunt force trauma delivered to the wearer.


Standard IIIA body armor meets that requirement, and this is the type of body armor worn by most citizens police officers.

It functions well, it doesn’t cost as much, and it stops bullets. 


If you want to stop bullets on a budget, Standard IIIA armor might look attractive at first glance, but keep looking, choosing Elite will be well worth it to you.


The 3 Big Problems with Aramid Fibers (Kevlar)


    1. After getting wet, Aramid Fibers stop bullets about as effectively as wet toilet paper. Any moisture (rain, snow, humidity, sweat) that gets through the lining of the vest will compromise its integrity.
    2. If you get hit more than six times, or if shots are tightly grouped, your vest might not continue to stop shots – this could prove fatal.  Ranger Brody Young was shot nine times during an ambush, with the fourth round penetrating his vest and hitting his spine. His story is told by Police1.
    3. Aramid fibers are rated to last a maximum of five years.  A vest could stop bullets after this, but you shouldn’t count on it.

Why Choose Elite IIIA+?


Elite IIIA+ armor outperforms the IIIA standards for body armor by a landslide. 

  • Elite IIIA+ armor stops all the required rounds (9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .357 magnum, .357 Sig, and .44 magnum) and stops several high-threat rounds such as the FN 5.7x28mm, Winchester Ranger T-Series SXT, and the Liberty 9mm.
  • Elite IIIA+ armor stops shots with far less blunt force trauma delivered to the wearer (20-50% less Back Face Deformation on average).
  • Elite IIIA+ armor has a minimum lifetime of 7 years. 

Our Elite IIIA+ armor is the only body armor that has passed the 7-year lifecycle test by National Institute of Justice (the organization that certifies US body armor for police use) with no degradation of the armor.

Note: IIIA+ is not an official designation for body armor, but denotes exceeding the level IIIA standards in some capacity. 


In addition, because our Elite armor is made with graphene infused ballistic materials, it solves all three of the major problems with aramid fiber (Kevlar) armor.

  1. Elite IIIA+ armor is impervious to water and will stop bullets when soaking wet.
  2. Elite IIIA+ armor will stop far more bullets than standard armor.  In a private test, we shot an Elite vest more than 130 times with no penetration.
  3. Elite IIIA+ body armor is rated for a minimum of 7 years of use. 

To Recap

Both the Standard IIIA and the Elite IIIA+ armor sold by Vertrad has been thoroughly tested to meet the national requirements for armor rated for handgun rounds – level IIIA armor. 


Standard IIIA armor is made with aramid fibers (Kevlar) which is the type of armor currently used by most law enforcement officers around the world. 

This armor will stop bullets and will save lives. 

Standard IIIA armor is a cost-effective method to ensure ballistic protection for you and your family.

Elite IIIA+ armor uses revolutionary ProTek™ and GraphTek™ to provide far greater protection than Standard IIIA armor, or any other armor made from aramid fibers.

Shop for Elite IIIA+ Armor Here, and ensure the best protection for you and your family.



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