1. Warrior Trail Non-Ballistic Training E-SAPI Plates Provide Significant Savings

Warrior Trail Non-Ballistic Training E-SAPI plates generally cost less than one-tenth of the price of an operational ballistic plate. Additional Total Costs of Ownership (TCO) associated with ballistic plates are effectively eliminated. Training plates eliminate the requirement to inventory, secure, inspect, repair, and destroy damaged ballistic plates. Warrior Trail Training E-SAPI have no ballistic properties, but as training devices the plates are virtually indestructible. They can be washed and re-used over and over, hundreds, even thousands of times. Warrior Trail Training E-SAPI Plates are the same size, shape, form, weight, and rigidity as genuine ballistic E-SAPI plates. When replaced in a Tactical Vest or in a plate carrier for training, the wearer cannot distinguish the difference. This allows you to keep your TCO low and “Train Like You Fight ®  …… at a Fraction of the Cost,”   providing huge savings to operational budgets. When faced with limited budgets, you can’t afford not to use Warrior Trail training plates.

2. Ballistic E-SAPI Plates Are Easily Damaged

Ballistic Body Armor Plates, particularly those made with ceramic and metal powders, are fragile and easily damaged. Often known as Small Arms Protective Insert (SAPI) plates, Enhanced SAPI (E-SAPI) plates, or Enhanced Side Ballistic Insert (ESBI) plates most often used by military combat forces and some law enforcement organizations to provide ballistic protection against high velocity Armor Piercing munitions. While designed to protect against high velocity projectiles, ESAPI plates are quite  sensitive to low velocity impact damage from dropping, transportation, and careless storage. If dropped or bounced, E-SAPI plates often sustain small cracks and fractures that degrade ballistic protection characteristics and specifications required to meet and maintain National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standards. Tough, rugged, realistic training can easily damage ESAPI plates. Save your ballistic ESAPI plates for real combat, when your life depends on them! Train Like You Fight with Warrior Training ESAPI plates.

3. Ballistic E-SAPI Plates are Difficult to Inspect

E-SAPI Plates are manufactured using expensive ceramic and polymer reinforced fiber materials. Heat, moisture, ultraviolet and visible light, detergents, friction, and stretching may all contribute to the degradation of fibers used in the manufacture of body armor. The ceramic face of the ballistic face is covered with a foam layer and wrapped in a textile material to prevent spalling. Visual inspection even by trained experts is problematic.  Due to their complex structure and anisotropic material properties, use of complex and expensive Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) methods and instruments, such as ultrasonics, X-ray, or CT scan are required to ensure ballistic integrity and NIJ standards are maintained. These technologies are expensive and difficult to use in field or operational environments. Sending plates back to the factory for evaluation, warranty inspection, and repair is costly and time consuming.

4.  Ballistic E-SAPI Plates are a Huge Expense

E-SAPI plates are expensive to manufacture, transport, maintain, inspect, store and control. Each new ballistic E-SAPI plate costs hundreds of dollars, often as much as $700-800 per  plate. The USG has spent several hundred million dollars on ballistic body armor and the costs continue to mount each year. Transportation, storage, inspection, and inventory controls add hundreds of dollars more to the total cost of ownership (TCO) for each plate. Once damaged, E-SAPI plates must be taken out of service and destroyed to avoid stock contamination and to prevent unlawful or  criminal mis-use. The TCO for ballistic plates continues to rise from the date of purchase until the plates are finally shredded and destroyed. Warrior Trail Non-Balistic E-SAPI training plates can help control these costs, potentially saving customers many millions of dollars.

5.  Ballistic Insert Panels Become Contaminated and Degrade Over Time

Ballistic insert panels, typically are manufactured from DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber. They are expensive, typically $500-600 per set.  The panels degrade after 4 years and must be replaced. They are easily contaminated with sweat, fuels and other caustic fluids, mud, sand, munge and mold.  Warrior Trail manufactures non-ballistic training inserts with the same weight, size, form, and flexibility as the expensive panels at about one-tenth the cost. Our training soft body armor insert panels can be sanitized and re-used nearly forever. Protect your expensive investment and train hard with Warrior Trail’s patented non-ballistic training inserts.  BALCS-Style inserts are in production and will soon be released along with our new BALC-style low-visibility vest designed primarily for the Law Enforcement and First Responder communities. The perfect solution for Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighter, and EMT training academies, and jungle warfare and maritime survival training regimens. Warrior Trail training plates will not degrade in salt or chlorinated water.