There are two basic types of hard armor: soft and hard. Obviously, each of these is important, but the right choice depends on the situation. In this article, we will look at both types and discuss the pros and cons of each type. While it can be overwhelming to pick out the right type for your needs, knowing your body size can make the process a little easier. If you have a lot of muscle mass, you may want to consider a lightweight vest for added protection.
The first kind of hard armor is rifle plates. These are primarily designed for stand-alone use and are stamped with ICW. Rifle plates are generally heavier and difficult to conceal, but are also a good option if you need to go on long patrols or perform an anti-terrorist operation. These can also be used for anti-strike operations. As a final note, you should be aware that a hard plate does not protect you as much as a soft plate.
Soft and hard armor are both prone to degrading in water. Textile vests and UHMWPE materials are not affected by neutral water, but acidic solutions can reduce their tensile strength. Many major test standards include wet testing for textile armor, but their mechanism is not yet understood. However, water-resistant, heat-sealed enclosures are the best choice for testing these kinds of armor. There are some benefits to using hard-plates for these purposes.