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Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier

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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.

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Särmä TST PC18 Plate Carrier.
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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.

Modular design

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 construction 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.

PC18 components

Plate bags

  • Front: front panel attachment points, PALS webbing, Velcro One-Wrap cable management and loop for patches.
  • Back: PALS webbing and loop for patches.
  • Hook-and-loop for cummberbund attachment.
  • Shoulder straps with hook-and-loop adjustment,
  • Body side made from stretch fabric, even thin plates sit firml in place.
  • Body side loop surface for cushion attachment.

Shoulder pads

  • Hook-and-loop closure.
  • 4x1 PALS webbing on the top.
  • Velcro One-Wrap cable management loops.

Elastic cummerbund

  • Simple and lightweight cummerbund made from elastic webbing.
  • Attaches by hook-and-loop.
  • S/M for 85-110 cm / 33.5" - 43.5" chest circumference.
  • L/XL for 100-125 cm / 39.5" - 49" chest circumference.

PALS cummerbund

  • Three rows high double sided PALS webbing..
  • Attaches by a hook-and-loop adapter and bungee cord.
  • S/M for 85-110 cm / 33.5" - 43.5" chest circumference.
  • L/XL for 100-125 cm / 39.5" - 49" chest circumference.

4x6 PALS front panel

  • Four rows high and six channels wide PALS webbing.
  • G-hook and hook-and-loop attachment to front platebag.
  • Bottom corner tabs to ease opening.

3xRK mag pouch front panel

  • Three open top mag pouches for a total of three RK/AK magazines.
  • G-hook and hook-and-loop attachment to front platebag.
  • Bottom corner tabs to ease opening.

Cushion set

  • Hook-and-loop attachable cushioning set for the plate bags
  • Added comfort through cushioning and ventilation

Tips and notes

Front panel attachment

The front plate bag 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.

Velcro One-Wrap

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.

Cummerbund hook-and-loop attachment

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.

Hook-and-loop hanging accessories

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.

Made in Finland and Estonia

These manufactured in co-operation with Finn-Savotta Oy (Finland's 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

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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Varusteleka employee 26.10.2018 (Edited 01.06.2021)
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23.12.2018 (Edited 02.06.2021)
Very comfy, great modularity, and quite durable. The cushions really help the carrier breathe. Highly recommended.
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06.02.2019 (Edited 02.06.2021)
Kokemukseni platacarriereista rajoittuu tähän Särmäläiseen, mutta eipä oikein parempaa osaa kaivata.

Tähän kannattaa heti suosista valita PALS cummerbundit, tilaa kaipaa äkkiä lisää lisätaskuille yms. tarvikkeelle ja melkein ovat mukavammatkin kuin elastiset. Ainakin jos pakkaa olla vähän pallomahaa, nostaa elastinen kevyesti pakattua pakettia kainaloihin. Hanger telakkaa IFAK kitille vielä odottelee ja takapuolelle joku päivärepputyyppinen matala tasku olisi (ehkä) tervetullut. Ilman levyjä ei oikein toimi (ei varmaan ole tarkoituskaan?), mutta retkipatjalevyt ajaa asiansa täysin, jos luotisuojaa ei kaipaa. Oman kappaleeni valmistus on osunut Suomeen, materiaalit tuntuu kestäviltä ja työnjälki hyvää.
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25.01.2020 (Edited 06.06.2021)
Very nice carrier. Very modular and accepts a wide variety of parts from other companies. Only complaint is I'm stuck using 10x12 plates which good ones are hard to come by in the US. Future versions sized for SAPI plates would be fantastic.
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27.05.2021 (Edited 27.05.2021)
Recently purchased this plate carrier seems to be really high quality and I look forward to use it. My only question/ complaint is what plates are recommended for it, and I really wish it was fit for SAPI/ ESAPI plates.
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Joseph K. 15.05.2021
Does this except SAPI or ESAPI plates? I noticed you also sell SAPI plates that are 10x12 would those fit? If not what plates are recommended
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