5 Best Plate Carriers

Plate carriers are major upgrades over normal chest rigs because they carry all your gear while also providing some protection in the form of ballistic plates. Somethings to consider are the size and weight of the plate carrier. Some low profile plate carriers only provide thorax protection while some have room for side plates. Most plate carriers will have molle webbing to attach molle accessories, like mag pouches. If what you are looking for isn't on this list, you can check out all plate carriers here.
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Grey Ghost Gear SMC Body Armor Plate Carrier

The Grey Ghost Gear SMC Body Armor Plate Carrier is Grey Ghost Gear's most advanced carrier design to date. Secretly in development for the past 2 years, the SMC (Shoot, Move, Communicate) is everything you've wanted in a lightweight, combat-ready plate carrier. Designed to carry a pair of 10x12 hard plates or most large SAPI plates (no plates included with this carrier), the cummerbund features MOLLE/PALS style webbing for the addition of pouches for side plates if you prefer your kidneys remain non-perforated. The front panel also features an open pocket for maps, water/cable retention or enough room for a fleece watch cap or gloves. This carrier is “one size fits most” thanks to its adjustable shoulder straps and cummerbund, ensuring a snug fit for just about every warrior’s body type. Should you find yourself on fire, trapped in a tight spot or unexpectedly going for a swim, the new ROC buckles on each shoulder strap and either side of the cummerbund can be rapidly released in case of emergency. These also make putting on the carrier much more convenient when you are in a hurry. The secret sauce behind the SMC is literally in the back.  All these panels are compatible with SOCOM issued carriers with zippered back panel systems. View the whole line in the SMC Back Panel collection. As for the SMC carrier, breathable mesh is built into the cummerbund and inside faces of the carrier body for enhanced comfort. Interior padding enclosed in tweave gives the wearer additional comfort and air channels to wick away moisture.  Longevity is also increased as cut edges do not fray after they are heat sealed with the laser.

Features

  • YKK Zippers and webbing on the back panel
  • Six rows of MOLLE/PALS style webbing with built in matching loop material
  • Laser cut laminate nylon gives you all the modularity of traditional MOLLE webbing at a significant reduction in weight
  • Designed to carry 10" x 12" plates
  • Weight without plates: 1.5 lbs.

What Customers Are Saying

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Trust me. Spend the extra money and you wont be disappointed. Very comfortable. Feels very high quality like it will last for years to come. The inner material is very breathable and stays surprisingly cool. I want to get a second one for my daughter.
- Texas patriot, 7/13/2020 Shop Now
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Blue Force Gear PLATEminus 6 Plate Carrier

The Blue Force Gear PLATEminus 6 Plate Carrier is built with the same fully MOLLE compatible MOLLEminus platform as the original PLATEminus. This provides fully modular load carriage capability but significantly reduces weight and bulk over traditional armor carriers. PLATEminus 6 is designed to hold ESAPI/SPEAR armored plates and has fully enclosed plate pockets which protect the plates. “Plate 6” provides users with built-in 6”x6” side plate pockets and cummerbund side closures. It also has a flat admin pocket behind the front loop field and a drag handle on the back.

Features

  • Ball Loaded Index Points
  • Drag handle and Eyelet for Radio Back
  • Able to carry two magazines
  • Fits 6" x 6" side plates
  • Medium fits 9.5" x 12.5" plates
  • Large fits 10.125" x 13.25"

What Customers Are Saying

First-Class Fit, Finish & Quality

Excellent Quality. Actually designed to fit a large American Male. Actually well though-out and designed instead of a "me-too" carrier. Excellent use of cutting edge fabrics for lightness and durability. I have a lot of Blue Force Gear mag pouches and the like. All excellent quality and this carrier is the same.
- Greg, 7/22/2022

About Blue Force Gear

Since their beginning in 2004, Blue Force Gear strives for excellence in all they do and to exemplify that excellence in their products and design. Blue Force Gear is not satisfied with manufacturing the same thing as everyone else - merely changing the color or style. They design by a code of advancement. If they can't make something better than what is currently available, they don't make it. They are proud to have pioneered technological innovations to establish the world's standard in weapon slings and the world's lightest, MOLLE compatible load carriage. With technological products like the Combat Vickers Sling, Micro Trauma Kit, dump pouches, chest rigs & more, Blue Force Gear continues to be an innovative leader in tactical gear manufacturing.

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Velocity Systems SCARAB LT Body Armor Plate Carrier Nylon

The SCARAB LT features Velocity Systems patented swivel shoulder straps that were designed to alleviate common fit issues with traditional fixed angle shoulder straps (US Patent No. 9,894,962). The narrow ULTRAcomp shoulder straps articulate on a D-ring allowing them to sit correctly and comfortably on any user, regardless of neck thickness or shoulder broadness. The ULTRAcomp Shoulder Straps are adjustable for length and have a padded sleeve, that can also be used for cable routing. There is a color matching hook-and-loop Panel on the upper chest, a front expanded kangaroo pouch, and Integrated SwiftClip buckles for rapid on/doff of auxiliary chest worn equipment such as Chest Rigs and SwiftClip Placards. Color matching hook-and-loop on upper rear for Identification. The SCARAB LT also accepts Zip-On Back Panels. The SCARAB LT is sized to hold plates of corresponding sizes to the carrier, for example a size large carrier holds size large ESAPI Plates.

The SCARAB LT/LE Cummerbund has a hook-and-loop One-Wrap fingers that slide inside the button holes on the rear of the SCARAB LT carrier and affix to the interior wall of the plate pocket. 1” of Multi-Layer Elastic is built into each cummerbund finger to give some stretch. Each finger can independently be let in or out of the plate bag to accommodate different body figures, and they can be angled for correct armor placement. All hook and loop material used is color matching hook-and-loop fasteners. SCARAB LT Cummerbund is a lightweight and breathable cummerbund with MOLLE webbing on the exterior and interior. The SCARAB LT Molle features three rows of MOLLE webbing on the outer side / Three internal elastic mag pouches / Soft armor pocket with hook-and-loop closure / Plate pocket holds 6”x6” side plates when Side Plate Retention Strap is used. 

Features

  • Patented swivel shoulder straps with D-ring attachments (US Patent No. 9,894,962)
  • Narrow ULTRAcomp Shoulder Straps
  • Sized to hold plate of corresponding carrier size
  • Front expanded kangaroo pouch
  • Integrated SwiftClip buckles for rapid on/off
  • Color matching hook-and-loop Brand Loop Panel on the Upper Chest
  • Accepts Zip-On Back Panels
  • SCARAB LT/LE Cummerbund
  • Large fits 10.25" x 13.75" plates
  • Medium fits 9.5" x 12.5" plates

What Customers Are Saying

Best carrier hands down.

Wore this carrier through a 5 day course in Camden Tennessee. With plates and mags. Worked great, distributed weight perfectly, best carrier I have ever worn. Worth every penny. My Haley strategic mag carrier clipped right to it.
- Jbud, 2/10/2020 Shop Now
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Mayflower Assault Body Armor Plate Carrier Nylon

The Mayflower Assault Plate Carrier (APC) is designed to provide the wearer with a high degree of mobility while providing ample surface area for mounting mission essential pouches. The upper front of the APC contains an integral admin pouch with internal elastic loops to retain pens, pencils, chemlites or similar items. The front lower half of the APC has an integrated kangaroo pouch sized to hold up to three M4 sized magazines. The shoulder pads are made of a stretch woven material that allows enough elasticity to permit room for cable/hydration tube routing. The plate pockets are sized to accommodate Stand-Alone or ICW ESAPI or Swimmer cut plates. The APC comes with the Standard MOLLE, Plate Pocket Cummerbund (CBN3). The Standard MOLLE, Plate Pocket Cummerbund (CBN3) is designed to accept 6"x 6" hard armor plates or side soft armor inserts. All hook and loop material used is color matching hook-and-loop Fasteners.

Features

  • Plate pockets are sized to accommodate Stand-Alone or ICW ESAPI or Swimmer cut plates
  • Integral admin pouch with internal elastic loops hold small accessories
  • Integral kangaroo pouch can hold up to three M4 magazines
  • Stretch woven shoulder pads offer elasticity
  • Hook and loop material is color matching hook-and-loop fasteners
  • Standard MOLLE, Plate Pocket Cummerbund (CBN3) model

Notes

  • S/M APC fits size small, medium and 10"x12" sized plates
  • L/XL APC fits large and X-large plates
  • Armor/Plates Sold Separately 

Sizing

  • All Plate Carrier sizes S/M comes with Medium size CBN3 which fits (40”-50” Waist)
  • All Plate Carrier sizes L/XL comes with Large size CBN3 Which fits (44”-54” Waist)



What Customers Are Saying

Awesome carrier for a great price.

This isn't my first Mayflower carrier, and I'm got nothing but praise for Mayflower. They make a quality product you can roll around in the dirt with and trust it to not fall apart on you. I got a second carrier because I want to set up a carrier for a .308 rifle without taking apart my current 5.56 setup, and this was on clearance sale so it was the perfect opportunity to get a new one. For future reference, I ordered a Small/Medium size for plates and the carrier came with the Medium sized CBN3 Cummerbund. I didn't have an option to select what sized Cummerbund, but that is a Midway problem not the fault of Mayflower. Medium Cummerbunds are for 42-52" navels, and they are expensive to get a spare/replacement so be wary if you're a larger person.
- Basketball Bears, 3/8/2019 Shop Now
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Velocity Systems SCARAB LT Body Armor Plate Carrier Nylon

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4 Color Options

The SCARAB LT features Velocity Systems patented swivel shoulder straps that were designed to alleviate common fit issues with traditional fixed angle shoulder straps (US Patent No. 9,894,962). The narrow ULTRAcomp shoulder straps articulate on a D-ring allowing them to sit correctly and comfortably on any user, regardless of neck thickness or shoulder broadness. The ULTRAcomp Shoulder Straps are adjustable for length and have a padded sleeve, that can also be used for cable routing. There is a color matching hook-and-loop Panel on the upper chest, a front expanded kangaroo pouch, and Integrated SwiftClip buckles for rapid on/doff of auxiliary chest worn equipment such as Chest Rigs and SwiftClip Placards. Color matching hook-and-loop on upper rear for Identification. The SCARAB LT also accepts Zip-On Back Panels. The SCARAB LT is sized to hold plates of corresponding sizes to the carrier, for example a size large carrier holds size large ESAPI Plates.

The SCARAB LT/LE Cummerbund has a hook-and-loop One-Wrap fingers that slide inside the button holes on the rear of the SCARAB LT carrier and affix to the interior wall of the plate pocket. 1” of Multi-Layer Elastic is built into each cummerbund finger to give some stretch. Each finger can independently be let in or out of the plate bag to accommodate different body figures, and they can be angled for correct armor placement. All hook and loop material used is color matching hook-and-loop fasteners. SCARAB LT Cummerbund is a lightweight and breathable cummerbund with MOLLE webbing on the exterior and interior. The SCARAB LT Molle features three rows of MOLLE webbing on the outer side / Three internal elastic mag pouches / Soft armor pocket with hook-and-loop closure / Plate pocket holds 6”x6” side plates when Side Plate Retention Strap is used. 

Features

  • Patented swivel shoulder straps with D-ring attachments (US Patent No. 9,894,962)
  • Narrow ULTRAcomp Shoulder Straps
  • Sized to hold plate of corresponding carrier size
  • Front expanded kangaroo pouch
  • Integrated SwiftClip buckles for rapid on/off
  • Color matching hook-and-loop Brand Loop Panel on the Upper Chest
  • Accepts Zip-On Back Panels
  • SCARAB LT/LE Cummerbund
  • Large fits 10.25" x 13.75" plates
  • Medium fits 9.5" x 12.5" plates

What Customers Are Saying

Best carrier hands down.

Wore this carrier through a 5 day course in Camden Tennessee. With plates and mags. Worked great, distributed weight perfectly, best carrier I have ever worn. Worth every penny. My Haley strategic mag carrier clipped right to it.
- Jbud, 2/10/2020 Shop Now