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Lightweight Level 4 Plate (Model #1165)

(24 customer reviews)

Original price was: $299.99.Current price is: $199.99.

**Please allow 2-3 days to ship

Lightweight Level 4 Plates rated to defeat up to 30.06 M2AP

The 1165 Multi-Curve Plate weighs 6.8lbs and is 0.8″ thick.

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Price Listed is **Per Plate**


SKU: RMA-1165mc-10x12 Categories: , ,

Sweeten the Deal, Add an RMA Trauma Pad to your order!

Trauma Pad 10x12

Frequently Bought Together

Lightweight Level 4 Plate Model 1165 front + Mule Carry Bag Multicam Front Angle + Sierra Plate Carrier Multicam Front Angle
Price for all three: $479.97


Lightweight Level 4 Plates

Lightweight Level 4 plates aren’t new–but they are at this price. RMA is proud to introduce our brand new 1165 lightweight level 4 plates. Evolving from the tried-and-true high-performance 1155 design, these plates cut weight, thickness, and also price. It’s the best value in American-made body armor – and its why this plate is also the best multi-curve level 4 body armor. Made from 100% American materials, we combined our high performance multi-hit capable Alumina Oxide strike face with a lightweight Dyneema® UHMWPE backer to create affordable and also lightweight level 4 plates.

Shed Weight, Not Dollars

RMA 1165 Lightweight Level 4 plates are the ultimate expression of our mission; to make the world’s best body armor available for all Americans. Typically, manufacturers save weight by using lighter weight ceramics like silicon and also boron. We also do that. But it comes at a cost. Our 1192 series is a fantastic lightweight level 4 plate, but is more on the expensive side. Boron/Silicon carbide is more expensive to make, and thus ultimately results in a more expensive plate.

We wondered if there were other ways to save weight while keeping costs down. Legendary Dyneema® UHMWPE was the answer. This high strength material works as a lightweight backer to our famous RMA alumina Level 4 strike face. While this requires a bit more labor and machine time, it also cuts about 1.5 lbs from the weight of our best-selling 1155 plate. You can expect both high performance and low weight from our new 1165 plates. And your wallet? It will stay a little heavier at such an affordable price.

Plus, we’ve also slimmed the 1165 down to only 0.8 inches thin. Save weight, save thickness, and also save money.

Pair our 1165 10X12 plates with best-selling carriers like the Crye JPC 2.0 or the 0331 Tactical Sierra for the best value in protection, mobility, and also price.

Lightweight Level 4 Plates – Carrier Compatibility

As a 10″x12″ multicurve hard armor plate, the RMA 1165 will also fit into a majority of plate carriers. Here are some of the best plate carriers that we recommend with model 1165 body armor:

RMA 1165 Armor Spec Sheet

RMA 1165 Ballistic Lab Report

Which Armor Is Right For Me?


  • Stand Alone Level 4 Armor
  • Full Edge-to-Edge Protection on its 10″ x 12″ Strikeface
  • Warranty: 10 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • Armor Shape: Multi-Curve
  • Armor Cut: SAPI Cut (Shooter’s Cut)
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs (tolerance +/- 0.2)
  • Thickness: 0.8″
  • Armor Build: Alumina Oxide Ceramic & Dyneema® UHMWPE
  • 600 Denier Water Resistant Cover
  • NIJ 0101.06 Tested
  • Low Cost, Lightweight Body Armor Solution
  • Free Incident Replacement (If our armor saved your life, please let us know!)
  • Made in Centerville, IA – USA
  • RMA Return Policy
  • RMA Hard Armor Warranty Policy


18 U.S. Code § 931. United States law restricts possession of body armor for felons convicted of a crime of violence (as defined in 18 U.S. Code § 16). Many U.S. states also have penalties for possession or use of body armor by felons. By purchasing body armor from RMA Armamant, Inc. or employees of RMA Armament, Inc., you are also certifying that you have not been convicted of any crime that would restrict you from being able to purchase or possess body armor under any Federal or State laws.


Additional information

Weight 6.8 lbs

24 reviews for Lightweight Level 4 Plate (Model #1165)

  1. James (verified owner)

    best bang for your buck on level 4 plates. cant believe theyre this cheap. very light and thin. happy with my purchase

  2. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Good price, light and high quality

  3. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Quick shipping, well packed, great customer service when it came to correcting a billing issue. Very impressed with the company side of things. The plates appear to have nice QC and finish. The multi curve hugs my torso well in the carrier. The plates are heavy compared to thicker poly options, but no more than advertised and I don’t plan on rucking in these things. I chose increased protection rating over weight, I also didn’t like how thick the poly plates were. The only thing I can’t attest to is true ballistic performance, and hopefully I never have to. Overall very impressed with the company and product for the sales price I paid, never thought I would be able to afford to outfit myself with this level of quality level IV ceramic plates.

  4. Andrew (verified owner)

    Bought during Memorial sale. Order was processed quickly. I purchased these for their light weight with the intent of pairing them with the medium Slickster. They fit fairly snug, but I see that as a positive. They feel great and the outer material helps as additional padding. Have not tested their ballistic protection and hope I never have to.

  5. christopher.luttrull (verified owner)

    Shipped quickly and fit like a glove in a G-Code carrier with First Spear backers. A+. Comfort level is night and day vs single curve level III they replaced.

  6. Ross F. (verified owner)

    Great plate, not the lightest in the world, but fantastic for the price and level 4… they fit great, right into my agilite k19 carrier. Hopefully never have to find out if they actually lvl 4 but… Also, can’t rate them high enough for their customer service / team responses on facebook… there was a guy trashing them and they responded to my questions and even owned up to the dispute they had with the nij on passing a rating. I have the utmost confidence in RMA!

    Thank yall for being one of the good guys in the “prepared civilian” arena!

  7. John L. (verified owner)

    Lightweight, and very comfortable, I could sleep in these.

  8. Calvin (verified owner)

    Great curvature to these plates and fits perfectly in the Defense Mechanisms MEPC(M). Cost to weight is awesome too. I’ll let yall know if I get shot and will update the review.

  9. Michael (verified owner)

    So far, so good. Not too heavy, inserted into my Plate Carrier OK, although my PC is on the larger size, so it could take the thickness. I like the outer covering, as it seems somewhat protective of incidental bumps while out of the PC.

  10. Kyle G. (verified owner)

    Extremely light compared to the issued plates on my deployment.

  11. Derek T. (verified owner)

    Great plates, good fit in my ferro slickster. Solid cost effective option for the weight and protection.

  12. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Slightly more expensive than cheaper LVL 4 but the weight savings and slim profile make big difference once PC is fully loaded with ammo and other accessories.

  13. Austin Devane (verified owner)

    A+ customer service too

  14. Brooks (verified owner)

    Unbelievably light and small. Cost per pound is INSANE. Can’t believe how much of an upgrade it is from my 1155MCs!

  15. Andrew (verified owner)

    Solid construction. Multi curve is definitely the way to go. Weight and thickness is great. Worth every penny! You guys rock.

  16. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Excellent product, fast shipping

  17. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Plates were light for level 4s but it felt even lighter when worn. From the ballistic tests that I’ve seen, I would 100% trust RMA with my life. Also surprised when I saw that included in the package was two stickers AND Smarties.

  18. Vladimir C. (verified owner)

    A bit thicker than I’m used to but super comfortable! Would highly recommend

  19. heith c. (verified owner)

    Form fitting plate. Weight is distributed well. Overall great plate for daily needs. You cant go wrong.

  20. Kane A. (verified owner)

    Pretty nice, good wight for level 4s especially since I got em on sale

  21. Joe (verified owner)

    It’s lighter than other level 4. Weight definitely matters when you are carrying it. And made in the USA. Need I say anymore!

  22. corey (verified owner)

    Looks great , feels well made and very light compared to my steel I was quite impressed,

  23. Brandon A. (verified owner)

    Great quality product shipped very fast.

  24. Aaron L. (verified owner)

    I am very happy with this setup, I have a Large SDS RBAV, and these plates fit perfectly in my Body Armor with my soft armor. I watched a lot of informational videos on these plates and others, before I ordered, this setup was the superior choice.

    As an ex Infantryman, I hate the plate carriers with the lower kangaroo pouch, if you exercise or run, and you’re double stacked on your mags, you can expect the velcro to fail. Which is frustrating when your mags start flopping.

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