• Riot Armor • Up-armorable Steel Plate Carrier • Standalone Ballistic Armor
The NovaSteel Breastplate is an ultra-versatile torso and shoulder armor system.
Though primarily developed as a revolutionary advance in riot armor — as no other riot armor system to date is capable of stopping a full spectrum of handgun threats, edged weapons, and blunt impact threats — it is more than that. The NovaSteel Breastplate is truly universal armor, and is multi-faceted in ways that other armor systems are not.
9.8 Pounds (L/XL), 9 pounds (M)
13.8×17″ (L/XL), 13.8×12.5″ (M)
Integral air channels provide ventilation, raised crest provides additional protection for spine, heavily padded shoulders reduce perceived weight.
The NovaSteel Breastplate is resistant to:
Handgun threats to Level IIIA
Knives to well beyond Knife-3
Spikes to well beyond Spike-3
Blunt impacts to well beyond 100 J
Level RF1 (III):
Rifle Protection: Protects from rifle threats with integral up-armor plate.
A paradigm shift:
Standard riot armor is much like football armor or motocross armor in that it’s only rated for blunt impact protection and is not intended to protect its wearer from bullets, knives, or spikes.
Many riot officers wear soft armor panels underneath their riot armor torso protectors — but this adds a thermal, weight, and logistical burden, and still doesn’t offer comprehensive protection from knives and other bladed weapons.
The Adept Armor NovaSteel Breastplate is a riot armor torso and shoulder protector — and a drop-in replacement for existing riot armor torso/shoulder parts — with vastly improved ballistic and ergonomic properties. It represents a paradigm shift in protection from the full spectrum of street threats.
Concealable Multi-Threat Armor:
The NovaSteel Breastplate is an excellent option for NIJ IIIA protection. At less than 0.1″ thick, it’s the thinnest Level IIIA armor ever made, and is lightweight and easily concealable. It offers comparable coverage to most soft armor systems. Backface deformation against the common handgun threats, e.g. 9mm FMJ, is extremely low, at less than 10mm on average. And, unlike existing concealable armor systems, it also offers stab and spike protection to the very highest possible level.
Uparmorable Steel Plate Carrier:
The breastplate is adaptable to more extreme circumstances. In fact, it’s a first-in-class plate carrier which can be up-armored with specially-built plates. Ultra-light RF1 plates are available now, which weigh just 1.7 pounds each, and enable the breastplate to handle NIJ Level III and similar rifle threats. RF2 plates are forthcoming. Up-armoring the breastplate requires two bolts, included with each breastplate, and can be done in minutes.
Moreover, the breastplate can be fitted with MOLLE placards for overt use as a structural plate carrier.
Ballistic resistance test
.44 Mag, 240-grain SJHP
Required Velocity: 1430 ± 30 ft./s.
Which size is right for you?
Breastplate sizing is based on chest circumference. The circumference of the chest should be measured at its maximum point.
Breastplate Size M
89-100cm / 35-39.5″
Weight: 9 pounds (M)
Breastplate Size L/XL
101-120cm / 40-47.5″
Weight: 9.8 Pounds (L/XL)
Here are some frequently asked questions about the Novasteel Breastplate.
What materials are used in the construction of the NovaSteel Breastplate?
The breastplate is constructed entirely from our proprietary NovaSteel alloy, which combines outstanding tensile strength and ballistic performance with formability.
Can the NovaSteel Breastplate accommodate other types of plates besides the mentioned UHMWPE plates?
No, other plates are not compatible. This is due to the nature of the attachment system, and due to the way the up-armor plate was designed to synergize with the breastplate.
How easy is it to up-armor the NovaSteel Breastplate? Are any special tools or training required?
All that’s required is to affix the up-armor plates to the inside of the breastplate with two bolts per up-armor plate. This is a quick, easy, and very secure solution. It doesn’t diminish comfort, either.
Is the NovaSteel Breastplate comfortable for extended wear? How does it manage heat and sweat?
The enhanced curvature, ventilation channels, and shoulder padding make for a system that is very comfortable to wear, even for extended periods of time. Sweat will run right off it, and the coating ensures that it won’t rust. That said, in very cold climates, you will want to wear it over clothing.
Are there any warranty or guarantees offered with the purchase of the NovaSteel Breastplate?
The ballistic performance of the system is guaranteed for fifteen years. The straps, which are replaceable, are guaranteed for five.
How does the armor perform in extreme temperatures or wet conditions?
The performance of the system is not affected by reasonable extremes of heat or cold, nor is it affected by humidity.