If you are reading this, it means that you are interested in buying some protective gear. We have all seen plate carriers in films and on security officials. The thing about plate carriers is that you really need to find the right one. This list will help you find the best plate carrier for you needs.
There are so many different kinds of applications for these types of vests, that it can often be quite overwhelming to choose the right one.
But don’t worry, this article is here to help. We will look at some of the best plate carriers out there. We have selected 10 different ones, each with its particular strengths. Once you have read through this article you will have a much better idea of what to look out for when buying your next plate carrier. You will also be much more familiar with what exactly is on offer.
By providing you with all of the information you need about plate carriers, the different options available and the pros and cons of each one, this article will help you decide what is the right option for you.
Things to consider when buying the best plate carrier.
Best Plate Carriers 2017 – Top 10
|Condor Modular Chest Set (Ed’s choice)||Combination - synthetic||Adjustable||Multi|
|Tactical Molle Airsoft Vest||Cotton Synthetic combination.||45 cm to 112 cm)||Airsoft|
|Rothco Molle Modular Vest||Synthetic||Adjustable||Load-carrying (non-plated)|
|CAMTOA Tactical Vest||Combination (Synthetic)||Medium to Large adjustable||Light Duty Tactical (with plate)|
|Crye Precision JPC||Synthetic and nylon combination||Fixed sizes with some individual adjustment possible||Multi|
|UTG 547 Law Enforcement Tactical Vest||Synthetic||Adjustable||Tactical|
|Condor Sentry Vest||Combination||Adjustable||Multi-Application|
|Condor Outdoor MOPC Gear Vest LBE Tactical Molle||Synthetic reinforced||Fixed sizes, but adjustable||Outdoor sports|
|Yakeda Army Fans Tactical Vest||Combination of nylon and synthetic materials||Adjustable||Tactical (Milatary)|
|Barska Loaded Gear VX-200 Right Hand Tactical Vest||Sythetic||Adjustable, but in specific sizes||Multiple|
Our pick for the Best Plate Carrier 2017
Our editor’s choice for the number one best Plate Carrier is the Condor Modular Chest Set.
Our top pick came down to two criteria where this vest just blows the competition out of the water.
The first is its versatility. The vest can easily be worn without body armor and be used as a sports vest for low risk situations. With plenty of attachments for gear, you can use it for hunting, spots or military applications.
The second is its reasonable price considering its high quality. This is an extremely popular vest for good reason. It works well and it is capable of serving many different kind of purposes with great efficiency.
Whether you are an airsoft rookie, or a serious military or security professional, this vest can work for you.
It has a wide range of pouches for extra gear attachments which further enhances its ability to work for a wide range of applications. The Velcro straps also helps you too keep all of your attachments neat and close to your body for maximum movement and general agility.
This our number one pick. It is easy to use, versatile and considering its good quality also very affordable.
With our dedicated team of experts, we spent a considerable amount of time researching all of what the plate carrier market has to offer.
We compiled a list of the top 10 plate carriers currently available. Each has been carefully considered. In these extended reviews you will be able to find some very helpful information that might just help you make the best choice. After weighing out all the options, considering all possible applications and styles, these are the 10 best plate carrier vests for 2017.
The idea is that this will give all of the information you could possibly need to select the absolute best plate carrier vest for you!
Best Plate Carrier #1: Condor Modular Chest Set (ed’s choice)
This is our editor’s choice and number one plate carrier vest. As we mentioned earlier, it is a very versatile, high quality and affordable vest.
The vest can be used instead of standard army issue vests for real combat situations and daily training.
The versatility of the vest means that the plates can also be removed for the vest to be used in more low-risk or sports situations. The body armor aspect is optional depending on your application.
The vest has Velcro fasteners to keep all your gear comfortably tucked away, which helps increase agility and speed in sports or training situations.
This is also one of the more breathable vests on the market. That is to say that the vest can accommodate for a lot of fresh air to ventilate over your body and keep you cool. It is therefore a good plate carrier to be used in hot or humid climates. Definitely not one that would be recommended for use in colder regions or without extra, insulated gear.
Unique hydration bladder sleeve on the back is a great way to carry an extra water pack.
Best Plate Carrier #2: Tactical Molle Airsoft Vest
As you can see from the name, this vest is very specifically for airsoft. That means that it is not the most versatile pick, like our editor’s choice above. It is, however a great option if you know that you will be using it on the airsoft field.
It is a very basic vest, that does not offer maximum protection but definitely does more than serve its purpose as an airsoft vest. It allows basic protection while still providing add-on gear enhancements. The front, for example offers a lot of space, pockets and clips for small gear to be carried on the front.
Since this is an entry level vest, it is very easy to put on, and adjust. No special knowledge or skill needed to start using this vest.
Since it is specifically for airsoft purposes, the vest is very light and helps you maintain agility on the field. It is also quite affordable if you are just starting out and getting your gear together.
Best Plate Carrier #3: Rothco Molle Modular Vest
The biggest upside of this vest is all of the space that it offers to carry extra gear. It is important to note that this is not a protective gear vest at all. This vest is best suited for applications like hunting or the shooting range.
As we mentioned, it comes with incredible amounts of space, pockets and clips to deal with many different types of gear.
The straps are all highly adjustable to suite your size as well as the way you decide to use the vest. The application might exclude heavy military uses, but it includes many other uses.
The stitching on the vest is very good and the size is one size fits all, which is great if you are ordering this type of thing on line.
Best Plate Carrier #4: CAMTOA Tactical Vest
The Camtoa tactical vest comes with protective plates. The plates are interchangeable depending on your application. It is, however, still a lightweight vest and cannot be used for intensive combat situations.
It is good for airsoft, and low grade security operations. The materials and stitching are all top quality and the thick shoulder straps are great support if you are carrying a big load over a long distance.
The color options vary, which is a great asset if you might need to be camouflaged in different environments.
Best Plate Carrier #5: Crye Precision JPC
This is a well-known brand in military and security equipment worldwide. It is one of the more expensive options on our list, but with the extra dollars comes a lot of extra quality, and in this case a lot of extra protection.
Everything about this vest is borderline professional quality. It has a lot of options for adding extra gear, but what sets this one apart from the rest is how it manages to, without compromising safety, keep everything close together.
The way the vest connects the front part to the shoulders is seamless and allows you to spread the weight of your gear around your body in such a way that you can hardly feel it.
Best Plate Carrier #6: UTG 547 Law Enforcement Tactical Vest
This is the plate carrier that you need if you want to be wearing something that will allow you to use the gear of standard law-enforcement professionals.
It is also for this reason that this is an extremely popular vest among a vast amount of buyers. The use of space on the front, sides and back is very good.
If you are training in the field of law enforcement and you need to get as close as possible to experiencing the real thing with all the bells and whistles, this is the vest for you. This tactical vest, however does not hold plates. So it is not for protective purposes.
This is also one of the vests that you can easily wear over warmer clothes, so it can actually be used in colder climates.
Best Plate Carrier #7: Condor Sentry Vest
Very good quality entry level vest with multiple applications. It is a fairly new model that has not been tested as much, but the initial feedback has been positive.
It is very well-made and adjustable to almost any size. If you are looking to maybe buy your very first plate carrier, or looking for a multi-purpose vest, this is your top choice.
The Condor Sentry also enables you to add a lot of extra gear to the front and sides, so depending on your application, you will be able to customize it to work very well just for you.
Best Plate Carrier #8: Condor Outdoor MOPC Gear Vest
This is a very well-received vest among plate carrier enthusiasts. It is a good choice if you are just getting into outdoor airsoft or other military style sports.
It offers a lot of space for extra gear to be added while still allowing you to move freely.
The stitching is high quality, the vest is adjustable and offers a fairly wide range of possibilities in terms of application.
Best Plate Carrier #9: Yakeda Army Fans Tactical Vest
The Yakeda Army Fans Tactical Vest is a vest that is especially made for army fans. In fact, it is often marketed as a Cosplay vest.
This means two things. Firstly, the vest is very accurate in its representation of a real army tactical vest. You can look like and a real tactical response team member in this vest.
Secondly, it means that this is not the type of plate carrier that you should be using for real security situations.
It is great for carrying gear and even for paintball or airsoft use. It is, however not a good idea to use this in high risk situations.
Best Plate Carrier #10: Barska Loaded Gear VX-200 Right Hand Tactical Vest
This is one of my personal favorite vests. Despite the fact that it does not come with protective plate pockets, it is one of the most useful vests for airsoft enthusiasts.
The amount of pockets and other add-ons for gear is really incredible. But that is not the only reason we liked this vest. The trick lies in the way that the space is used. All of the pockets are incredibly well laid out in such a way that it uses the available space with maximum efficiency.
Everything is easily accessible, and the vest does not inhibit movement at all. That means that it is perfect for outdoor airsoft use.
Wrapping it up
This list, and these reviews were designed to really help you make the best and most informed choice when it comes to buying a plate carrier vest this year. We really hope that you found this helpful.
The current market is chock full of options. We know that this can be quite overwhelming sometimes. But don’t worry. If you read all of our reviews and considerations, we are convinced that you will be able to make an informed choice about your next vest.
We really tried to be thorough with our research and our tests. Remember to keep your application in mind and we are sure that you will be able to use this article to find the best vest for you.
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