by 10" (20 X 30 cm)
||Many females and smaller frames
SAPI - 8.75" by 11.75"
(22 X 30 cm)
|Smaller Frames that have an average height or taller
(25 X 30 cm)
often slightly under 10" by 12")
SAPI - 9.5 by 12.5" (24 X 32 cm)
||Most males, especially longer torsos.
SAPI - 10.25 by 13.25" (26 X 34)
||Larger males (or more coverage on the back)
SAPI - 11" by 14"
||The "Big boys!"
You can best determine
your optimal plate size with a tape measure looking in a mirror - put
the width and height of the plate on your chest to check for good coverage.
If you have the time, you could even cut the size out in cardboard.
More coverage is
more protection, but also more weight...
get too big a plate...
1. Be sure the
plate is not too wide so as to disturb your buttstock weld with a
2. Can you hold
your pistol in your isoceles or Weaver stance without the plate interfering?
3. Ensure that
when you sit down, or bend over, the bottom of the plate will not
hit your duty belt and get pushed up into your throat.
If your Rifle Plates
Carrier or Pockets will accomodate, sometimes it is a good idea to go
one size bigger on the back for more coverage that won't interfere with
you holding a weapon. (Plus it can counterbalance all the extra gear
weighing down the front of the vest...)