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The PC18 was designed to meet the need for a simple yet extensively scalable plate carrier for Finnish end users, including meeting Finnish military specifications in regards to materials and construction. Compatibility with ready available industry standard accessories was also a key design point.
Each component of the PC18 is sold separately. This way the end user can choose exactly what they want and need, you are not force-fed and made to pay for some useless crap which you don't need.
The PC18 is not just a single piece of kit, it is a whole range of components for the user to piece together according to personal preference. The plate bags are the heart of the carrier, everything else is optional. For a low profile setup you can just use the plate bags with the elastic cummerbund. When you need to carry a heavier load you can add shoulder pads, front panels and pouches and the PALS cummerbund for added carry capacity.
On top of the numerous options we offer the PC18 is also compatible with a plethora of industry standard accessories from many other manufacturers and brands such as the Swiftclip placards and chest rigs from Velocity Systems, Esstac, Spiritus Systems etc.
An important detail is the 4-way stretch fabric used in the constuction of the plate bags. The PC18 is designed for 25x30 cm plates (10x12"), with or without soft NIJ IIIA backers. How valuable a detail this is is difficult to grasp until you have tried a pair of too thick plates into a too small, non-expanding plate carrier.
The front platebag attachment points are compatible with most placards and chest rigs out there,
this means you can run our PC18 with a Mayflower UW chest rig, or Esstac Daeodon panel. The PC18 does not come with QASM buckles installed since our own front panels and chest rigs use G-hooks.
We use One-Wrap instead of the common closed elastic band loops for cable/tube/antennae management. One-Wrap is super easy and fast to use and does not require you to disconnect plugs from your comms and valves from your hydration tubes. Just open up the wrap, place whatever you want to attach to it in place and roll it up.
We chose hook-and-loop for the cummerbund attachment for the simple reason that this offers the most options for the end user to run their PC18 with different brands and manufacturers cummerbunds. To attach the PALS webbing cummerbund we use a simple and reliable hook-and-loop shock cord adapter.
The plate bag bottom openings follow the industry standard construction style. This makes the PC18 very much compatible with the multitude of different hook-and-loop attachable hang mounted accessories out these, such as the Ferro Concepts Dangler and Haley Strategic Multi Mission Hanger.
These manufactured in co-operation with Finn-Savotta Oy (Finlands leading military and outdoors gear manufacturer and the main load bearing equipment contractor for the Finnish Defence forces). Depending on the situation production runs are sewn either in Savotta's Finnish or Estonian factory, sometimes even partially in Finland and partially in Estonia. The little printed tags tell where exactly each particular product was sewn.
Särmä TST is Varusteleka's in-house brand of clothing and gear designed for military and law enforcement end-users. Our clothing and equipment are made in co-operation with a number of experienced manufacturers with a strong background in producing clothing and gear for military and law enforcement officials, most notably for the Finnish Defence Forces. For further reading check out the Särmä TST corner of our website.
Särmä TST products are covered by a 12-month warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. For further information please read our detailed warranty guide.
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