Combat Equipment Combat and Protective Vests

Combat Vests and Plate Carriers

Before one can figure out what is the perfect plate carrier setup, one must answer the question: What is a plate carrier? We can tell you it’s not something a waiter would use to serve tables, but a thing which is used to strike a preferred balance between mobility and protection from all sorts of nasty, high velocity projectiles buzzing through the air. Plate carriers consist of front and rear plate bags, and they are held together by shoulder straps and a cummerbund. Read the full story

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Kierto product
British Osprey load bearing vest package, Desert DPM, surplus
British Osprey load bearing vest package, Desert DPM, surplus
39.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock. Sold 20 in the last two weeks.
Kierto product
Särmä TST LW18 Chestrig, White Särmä TST LW18 Chestrig, Green
Särmä TST LW18 Chestrig
Latest release
Särmä TST LW18 Chestrig
59.99 USD
Now available. Latest release Nov 24th. Sold 32 in the last two weeks.
Kierto product
Dutch modular vest, black, surplus
Dutch modular vest, surplus
Dutch modular vest, surplus
39.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock. Sold 7 in the last two weeks.
Kierto product
Jämä Chestrig, M91
Jämä Chestrig
Jämä Chestrig
99.99 USD
Now available. Sold 2 in the last two weeks.
Kierto product
SADF Pattern 83 Chestrig, surplus
SADF Pattern 83 Chestrig, surplus
119.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock. Sold 2 in the last two weeks.
Sioen Tacticum Plate Carrier, green Sioen Tacticum Plate Carrier, Black Sioen Tacticum Plate Carrier, Coyote Brown
Sioen Tacticum Plate Carrier
Sioen Tacticum Plate Carrier
398.99 USD
Now available. Sold 10 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier w. Elastic Cummerbund, M05 Woodland Camo, S/M Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier w. Elastic Cummerbund, M05 Woodland Camo, L/XL Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier w. Elastic Cummerbund, Green, S/M Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier w. Elastic Cummerbund, Green, L/XL
Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier w. Elastic Cummerbund
Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier w. Elastic Cummerbund
224.99 USD
Now available. Sold 1 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier w. Elastic Mag Pouch Cummerbund
Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier w. Elastic Mag Pouch Cummerbund
248.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Särmä TST LVPC Plate Carrier w. PALS Cummerbund
Särmä TST LVPC Plate Carrier w. PALS Cummerbund
235.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock. Sold 1 in the last two weeks.
Särmä TST LVPC Plate Carrier w. Elastic Cummerbund
Särmä TST LVPC Plate Carrier w. Elastic Cummerbund
214.99 USD
Now available.
Särmä TST LVPC Plate Carrier w. Elastic Mag Pouch Cummerbund
Särmä TST LVPC Plate Carrier w. Elastic Mag Pouch Cummerbund
239.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Sioen Tacticum Vest, NIJ IIIA
Sioen Tacticum Vest, NIJ IIIA
746.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier w. PALS Cummerbund, M05 Woodland Camo, S/M Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier w. PALS Cummerbund, M05 Woodland Camo, L/XL Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier w. PALS Cummerbund, Green, S/M Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier w. PALS Cummerbund, Green, L/XL
Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier w. PALS Cummerbund
Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier w. PALS Cummerbund
243.99 USD
Now available. Sold 3 in the last two weeks.
Kierto product
Finnish M05 combat vest
Clearance
Finnish M05 combat vest
288.99 USD
Now available. Clearance.
Kierto product
US MOLLE II FLC vest, surplus, Coyote Brown US MOLLE II FLC vest, with quick release buckles, Woodland, surplus US MOLLE II FLC Vest, w. Zipper, UCP, Surplus
US MOLLE II FLC Combat Vest, Surplus
US MOLLE II FLC Combat Vest, Surplus
39.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
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Swedish SVS 12 Combat Vest With Pouches, Green, surplus
Swedish SVS 12 Combat Vest With Pouches, Green, surplus
199.99 USD
Now available. Sold 4 in the last two weeks.
Kierto product
Dutch M93 ALICE-style Combat Vest w.o. Belt, DPM, Surplus
Dutch M93 ALICE-style Combat Vest w.o. Belt, DPM, Surplus
9.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Kierto product
US LBV-88, Woodland, surplus US LBV-E, Woodland, surplus
US LBV, Woodland, surplus
US LBV, Woodland, surplus
25.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.
Kierto product
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus
SADF Pattern 83 Battle Jacket, surplus
149.99 USD
Temporarily out of stock.

Before one can figure out what is the perfect plate carrier setup, one must answer the question: What is a plate carrier? We can tell you it’s not something a waiter would use to serve tables, but a thing which is used to strike a preferred balance between mobility and protection from all sorts of nasty, high velocity projectiles buzzing through the air. Plate carriers consist of front and rear plate bags, and they are held together by shoulder straps and a cummerbund.

The best plate carriers have various features, which makes them customizable to one’s needs. Some have a low profile, some have more attachment points for pouches and accessories. An elastic cummerbund is comfortable and adds to one’s agility. On the other hand, a PALS cummerbund extends the plate carrier's carry capacity. Most plate carriers can also be equipped with placards, front and back panels, and backpack modules aka plate carrier backpacks.

How about them recon folks? Troops that primarily operate somewhere outside of enemy contact usually wear lighter armor or no armor at all. They prefer chest rigs or similar combat vest systems. Chest rigs have either fixed pouches for magazines and other gear, or they have PALS webbing for a custom setup. Chest rigs and combat vests can usually be worn over an armor vest, so they are versatile that way.

Whatever your choice of combat vest or plate carrier will be, it is a sum of its parts, so you should give equal consideration for things like pouches, armor plates, and of course, flags and patches to boost fighting morale.

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